9 Sagas to Keep You Satisfied Until "The Winds of Winter" Release Date

    Craving more feuding families, bloodshed, and, of course, dragons? Let these books tide you over while we await our return to Westeros.

    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.  

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    The Sea King Trilogy 

    Madbond

    By Nancy Springer

    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.   

    Madbond

    By Nancy Springer

      The Novels of Alexander the Great 

    The Novels of Alexander the Great

    By Mary Renault

    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 Novels of Alexander the Great

    By Mary Renault

    The Tomoe Gozen Saga

    The Disfavored Hero

    By Jessica Salmonson

    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 Disfavored Hero

    By Jessica Salmonson

    The Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser Series

    Swords and Deviltry

    By Fritz Leiber

    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.    

    Swords and Deviltry

    By Fritz Leiber


    Radiant

    By Karina Sumner Smith

    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. 

    Radiant

    By Karina Sumner Smith

     The Inheritance Trilogy 

    The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

    By N.K. Jemisin

    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 Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

    By N.K. Jemisin

    The Shadow Campaigns Series

    The Thousand Names

    By Django Wexler

    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 Thousand Names

    By Django Wexler

    The Acacia Series

    Acacia: The War with the Mein

    By David Anthony Durham

    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? 

    Acacia: The War with the Mein

    By David Anthony Durham

    The Tale of Shikanoko Series

    Emperor of the Eight Islands

    By Lian Hearn

    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. 

    Emperor of the Eight Islands

    By Lian Hearn

    The Ilium Series

    Ilium

    By Dan Simmons

    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. 

    Ilium

    By Dan Simmons

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