If you’re a fan of the Game of Thrones series, you should try to get your hands on the books. And if you have read the books, you will most likely love some other epic fantasy books.
George R. R. Martin started writing A Game of Thrones, the first volume in the series, A Song of Ice an Fire, in 1991. When books 6 and 7 titled The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring will come out is anybody’s guess.
But how closely the TV show will match the content of those books is less of a guess, given that they’ve already shown an ability to steer things in their own direction.
If your are a fan of Game of Thrones, while you’re waiting for Martin to finish the books, here are some other epic fantasy books to help pass the time.
Lord of the Rings
Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien is one epic fantasy book every one should read. If you haven’t already read the classic trilogy that can be considered to have started the whole thing, this could be the right time for you to. The good news is that there is a beginning, a middle, and, yes, an end.
Wheel of Time
This book is also quite famous and is a lot longer. Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series has about 14 books and also a prequel.
Jordan deliberately intended for the beginning of his story to evoke the Shire of Tolkien’s Middle-earth, but the series goes on into way more complicated ground, and way more pages.
Jordan died before concluding the series; Brandon Sanderson, author of the Mistborn books, finished the series. Sanderson is now at work on a ten-book series called The Stormlight Archive.
The Dresden Files
Jim Butcher is the author of the bestselling series The Dresden Files, about a grownup wizard solving paranormal crimes in Chicago.
Despite the fact that he has another four-book series titled Codex Alera that is Less well-known, it is also worth reading. The book is based in a world where everyone can control the elements, and the hero Tavi is unusual in having no such power.
Jim Butcher’s take on fantasy is as much fun as his Dresden books.
The Earthsea was originally written as a young adult series. Written by Ursula K. Le Guin’s, the Earthsea series, comprises six books that makes a satisfying read for both children and adults.
As a matter of fact, if you as a parent is wary of all the magic and fantasy in Game of Thrones, you might want to direct your young tot to this book as a safe substitute. The books are set in a world of far-flung islands, providing yet another change of pace from the expected.
Leviathan is Scott Westerfield’s steampunk series, and the books are perfect for people of all ages. Its heroes are a young girl masquerading as a male cadet, and an Austro-Hungarian noble teen boy, just as World War I (or this book’s version of it) is breaking out.