10 More Books to Read if You Like Game of Thrones

    Because George R.R. Martin doesn't seem to be making much progress.

    If you’ve got a hankering for more magnificent works of fantasy in the vein of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, we’ve got your back. Here are 10 more books like Game of Thrones to tide you over until (if?) Martin finally finishes his epic saga.


    The Lens of the World Trilogy

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    Lens of the World

    By R. A. MacAvoy

    In this New York Times Notable book, MacAvoy launches a series that contains some of the most engrossing characters in all of fantasy. Right off the bat we're introduced to Nazhuret and Powl, an outcast orphan and his mad but brilliant mentor. Together, they must pursue Nazhuret’s destiny in the face of war, darkness, and a treacherous family.

    Lens of the World

    By R. A. MacAvoy

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    The Broken Sword

    By Poul Anderson

    Published the same year as Tolkien's The Fellowship of The Ring, The Broken Sword also features elves and demigods. But the story boils down to two young men: one raised as a human (he’s not), and one raise as an elf (he’s not either). As tensions rise between these species—and old gods begin to stir—a monumental confrontation becomes inevitable.

    The Broken Sword

    By Poul Anderson

    The Sea King Trilogy

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    Madbond

    By Nancy Springer

    Imagine Westeros after a White Walker apocalypse, and you’ll get a sense of Springer’s Sea King Trilogy. Uneasy alliances, subtle magic, and a fantastically engrossing world set this series apart from its peers.

    Buy The King Must Die at Amazon

    The King Must Die

    By Mary Renault

    An epic imagining of the mythic King Theseus, The King Must Die offers a more literary take on sword battles, prophecies, and diabolical plots. Renault’s fantasy credentials are sound—she tutored under J.R.R. Tolkien at Oxford, after all.

    The King Must Die

    By Mary Renault

    The Kingkiller Chronicles

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    The Name of the Wind

    By Patrick Rothfuss

    With a miniseries produced by superstar nerd Lin-Manuel Miranda on the way, now is the perfect time to read Rothfuss’ dynamic series. Riffing on the fantasy trope of the Chosen One, The Kingkiller Chronicles features split narration: the rise of Kvothe, destined to humble kings, and Kvothe in the present, washed-up and telling his story to a chronicler.

    The Name of the Wind

    By Patrick Rothfuss

    The Stormlight Archive

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    The Way of Kings

    By Brandon Sanderson

    The Desolation is coming. As it approaches, a broad cast of characters with seemingly unconnected lives are drawn closer and closer. The Way of Kings is Brandon Sanderson’s take on the fantasy epic if you've just finished The Wheel of Time series for Robert Jordan. And he’s mad prolific, so he’ll probably finish before ol’ G.R.R.

    The Way of Kings

    By Brandon Sanderson

    The Night Angel Trilogy

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    The Way of Shadows

    By Brent Weeks

    Week’s series follows the battle for the throne of Cenaria and an assassin caught up in the political intrigue and the battles that follow. In the explosively violent Way of Shadows, Kylar Stern jumps the chance to leave the slums and train as an assassin, only to enter a world full of betrayal and old magic.

    The Way of Shadows

    By Brent Weeks

    The Paksenarrion Series

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    The Deed of Paksenarrion

    By Elizabeth Moon

    The slow but incredible rise from a private in a mercenary army to hero helps make this fantasy series a classic. Like Martin, Moon is merciless when it comes to killing off characters, but the ride is worth it.

    The Deed of Paksenarrion

    By Elizabeth Moon

    The Evertide

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    The Summer Dragon

    By Todd Lockwood

    Dragons? Check. Deadly political games? Check. Follow Maia and her family as they breed dragons for war and navigate increasingly treacherous warring factions.

    The Summer Dragon

    By Todd Lockwood

    The Farseer Trilogy

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    Assassin's Apprentice

    By Robin Hobb

    Fitz is the bastard son of a nobleman. Though some seek to conceal him in embarrassment, he comes to the attention of the king and is trained in the arts of the political assassins. Excellent world-building and a slow, tense build to the climax make this series a must read for Game of Thrones and general fantasy fans alike.

    Assassin's Apprentice

    By Robin Hobb

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