13 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.

Although the series finale of Game of Thrones aired over a year ago, we're still waiting for the next installment of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire book series. While you’re waiting, try out these duologies, trilogies, and the first novels in new series. Full of epic characters, multiple plotlines, and incredible detail, these books should keep you busy while you wait to learn the final The Winds of Winter release date.

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The Vanished Queen

By Lisbeth Campbell

In this timely debut novel from Lisbeth Campbell, hitting shelves this August, it’s an open secret in the kingdom that King Karolje is responsible for the ‘disappearance’ of his wife Queen Mirantha. And when Anza finds a copy of the absent queen’s journal, she’s quickly radicalized by what Mirantha revealed in her diary before vanishing.

Anza’s father was executed by the crown, so she has personal reasons for both distrusting and fearing Karolje. To get the justice she craves, Anza joins the dangerous resistance plotting to overthrow the throne. She finds an unlikely ally in Prince Esvar, who’s desperate to escape his father’s court. 

Together, they can free the kingdom from tyranny — or doom the revolution forever.

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The Sea King Trilogy 

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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.   

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 The Novels of Alexander the Great 

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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.   

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The Tomoe Gozen Saga

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The Disfavored Hero

By Jessica Amanda 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 Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser Series

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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.    

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The Legends of Camber of Culdi Trilogy

By Katherine Kurtz

Set in the medieval fantasy world of Gwynedd, this epic trilogy follows Camber of Culdi, who has evolved from a noble member of a magical sect, to a religious icon. 

For years, Camber has disapproved of the tyrannical rule of King Imre. And when Camber suffers a devastating loss, he realizes he can no longer suffer the country’s fascist rule, and leads a rebellion that will change the kingdom forever — and turn Camber into the figure of legends. 

Rich with history and intricate worldbuilding, Diana Kurtz’s work will satisfy Martin fans hungry for a similarly complex and comprehensive world.

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The Born Prophecy Series

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Starborn

By Katie MacAlister

The Born Prophecy series is filled with fascinating elemental magic and ancient lore. For generations, war has waged in the land of Alba. Peace is prophesied to arrive in the Fourth Age, but harmony won’t be possible until the Fireborn (those who can control the Sun) and the Starborn (those who control the night sky) can achieve a truce. 

Three unsuspecting young people will play a vital role in bringing peace to their people and protecting their home from invaders — but first, they must discover how to work together. The third book in this epic fantasy from Katie MacAlister recently hit shelves, so now is the perfect time to explore the world of Alba.

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Karina Sumner-Smith

By Radiant

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 

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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. 

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The Shadow Campaigns Series

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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 Acacia Series

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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? 

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The Tale of Shikanoko Series

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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. 

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The Ilium Series

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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. 

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Dark Star Trilogy

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Black Leopard, Red Wolf

By Marlon James

Kirkus Reviews called this epic by Man Booker Prize-winning author Marlon James “one of the most talked-about and influential adventure epics since George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire was transformed into Game of Thrones,” and it’s not hard to see why. 

The bestselling first novel in the Dark Star trilogy draws inspiration from African mythology, and follows a skilled hunter named Tracker on a mysterious quest for a missing boy. As his journey takes him across dangerous terrain and through mysterious kingdoms, Tracker questions the true nature of his mission — and the world around him.

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Published on 9 May 2019