Books to fill the Game of Thrones void

Game of Thrones has finished and if you’re wondering what to do with the Westeros shaped hole in your life, you’ve clicked on the right article.

We’ve loved the immersive universe and the complex and sometimes fleeting characters George R.R. Martin has created. Whether it’s the HBO series or the books themselves.

-If you haven’t read the books, I’d recommend them, as Martin’s style is compelling, and the plot differs from the TV series- especially the last season.

Just like Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and Martin’s Game of Thrones, these authors have created a similar enthralling universe to lose yourself in. Discover your rebound fantasy series here…

  1. Dune- Frank Herbert

Think Star Wars meets Game of Thrones and you have the famed, irresistible science fiction series, Dune. Set on the inhospitable planet, Arrakis, the only thing of value is a drug capable of extending life. A “spice” that the noble House Atreides is destroyed for, save for one. The series follows the story of Paul Atreides as he becomes the mysterious man known as Muad’Dib and achieves humanity’s unattainable dream. This masterpiece is coming to the big screen in 2020, directed by Denis Villeneuve, starring our favourites: Timothée Chalamet, Josh Brolin, Jason Momoa, Oscar Isaac, Zendaya!

 

  1. Black Leopard, Red Wolf- Marlon James

 Drawing from African history and mythology, Penguin Random House describes the trilogy as “an African Game of Thrones.” The novel follows a group of mysterious people, including a mercenary and a shape-shifting man known as Leopard, as they track down a boy who disappeared three years ago. As they face obstacles and creature’s intent on destroying them, they start to wonder who this boy really is, who is telling the truth and who is lying? A truly gripping novel set in a world that is unlike any I’ve read about thus far, a must read!

 

  1. A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms- George R.R. Martin

If you really can’t get enough of the GOT universe then maybe this compilation of prequels will sate your hunger. Set during an age when the Targaryen line held the Iron Throne, and we all know how that turned out. A young, naïve and chivalric knight, Ser Duncan, sets off on an adventure with his squire, Egg. Although Dunk and Egg aren’t your typical heroes, they will encounter powerful enemies, royal intrigue and outrageous exploits, making it all the more entertaining.

 

  1. The Book of Magic- George R.R. Martin, Scott Lynch, Elizabeth Bear, Garth Nix and edited by Gardner Dozois

If you felt that the only thing that was missing from GOT was more magic, like a Gandalf or Merlin figure, then these short stories are for you. This anthology is filled with thrilling tales from great authors, like George R.R. Martin himself, about worlds far and near where magic reigns supreme. These 17 short stories will sate your need for an epic fantasy fiction and if you don’t want to commit to another soul-sucking series, they’re short enough for a casual read.

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