Still waiting for the next installment of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire? Or perhaps you’re in need of the next season of the HBO adaption, Game of Thrones—which sadly won't grace the small screen again until this summer. While you’re waiting, try out these duologies, trilogies, and series. Full of epic characters, multiple plotlines, and incredible detail, these books should keep you busy while you wait to see if 2017 will finally be the year we get The Winds of Winter.
The Sea King Trilogy
Nancy Springer is a conjurer of the fantastic, and the Sea King trilogy is one of her finer literary spells. Six tribes are all that remain of a once great and populous kingdom after the Devourers came from the skies. The brave leader of the Seal Kindred tribe, Rad Korridun, embarks on a journey to hopefully save his people. He is joined by Dannoc, a man accused of terrible and nightmarish things, and Tassida, a travelling warrior who has a few significant secrets of her own. Together, they fight great beasts and their own fates as they try to bring peace back to their world.
The Novels of Alexander the Great
The Novels of Alexander the Great
Based on a time that survives only in the textbooks, these novels introduce readers to a young boy destined (as history tells us) for absolute greatness. This historical fiction story shows the reality of being a 'hero,' as Alexander creates, expands, and ultimately destroys his own kingdom. Though we know how this story ends, readers will still anxiously flip the page to find out how history unfolds.
The Tomoe Gozen Saga
The Disfavored Hero
In this epic feudal fantasy tale — the first in a series — an honor-bound warrior returns from the dead and has to reclaim dignity and right some wrongs. Sound familiar, Game of Thrones fans? Featuring epic battles and a cast of deeply flawed but determined characters, this story of the legendary warrior Tomoe Gozen's determination to win back her honor will leave you spell-bound. This is the definition of a saga.
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The Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser Series
Swords and Deviltry
From the father of “sword and sorcery” himself, this collection of connected stories contains the adventures of the young Fafhrd and the eager Gray Mouser. From infiltrating the Thieves’ Guild in the famous city of Lankhmar to studying under great wizards and unleashing terrible magic, our rogue heroes create the kind of epic adventures you'd expect if the Hound and Arya Stark were actually friends. Fafhrd and Gray Mouser are grand characters and part of a world that, like Westeros, developed over decades.
In the City, people with magic are guaranteed a life free from hardship. But Xhea has no magical skills that will protect her—only an ability to see ghosts, which gets her into trouble when she takes possession of a spirit from a girl who’s still alive. The first book in an epic dystopian fantasy trilogy, Radiant will appeal to Game of Thrones readers who loves the complex, fierce women of Westeros.
The Inheritance Trilogy
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
The Inheritance Trilogy includes The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (which won the Locus Award for Best First Novel and the World Fantasy Award), The Broken Kingdoms, and The Kingdom of Gods. The first book in the series follows Yeine, who discovers her recently deceased mother was heir to the Arameri throne (the ruling family)—but was abducted twenty years before. Yeine's now on a quest to discover who was responsible for her mother's death, encountering numerous obstacles along the way.
The Shadow Campaigns Series
The Thousand Names
If the Battle of the Blackwater piqued your fancy, the military themed novels of Django Wexler should interest you. Filled with rebellions, secret identities, and shaky alliances, this story details every swing of the sword and every flanking maneuver. Captain Marcus d’Ivoire serves the Vordanai Empire as a commander of a remote outpost, but is thrust into a more important role when his inexperienced soldiers are pushed into combat. One of his most trusted soldiers harbors a secret—Winter Ihernglass isn’t who she appears to be. Together, these two must defend their fortress against overwhelming odds and survive to fight another day.
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The Acacia Series
Acacia: The War with the Mein
In fantasy epics, members of the royal family are often destined for some kind of tragedy. The Acacia trilogy is no different. When an assassin changes the lives of four siblings, events are set in action that cannot be undone. Separated and far from the safe and clean world they once lived in, Aliver, Corinn, Mena, and Dariel must conquer their own fears and doubts to take back their world. Not everyone has the same end goal in mind though, and family ties will be tested. Stark family flashbacks, anyone?
The Tale of Shikanoko Series
Emperor of the Eight Islands
The fantastical feudal kingdoms of Lian Hearn’s The Tale of Shikanoko rival even Westeros. This imaginative, four-book medieval saga features animal spirits, princes, lords, and priests coming together in a clash for order and control as the succession to the Lotus Throne is contested.
The Ilium Series
If A Song of Ice and Fire was set on Mars, narrated by Homer, and featured Shakespearean characters, it would probably read a lot like Ilium. This two-volume saga has all the detail, complicated family ties, and intricate alliances that Game of Thrones fans have come to expect from George R.R. Martin's epic. Imagine if Old Gods, the Seven, the Drowned God, and the Lord of Light all got together for a winner-take-all brawl on an alternate universe Earth and Mars — Ilium would be the result.