Top 10 Best Fantasy Books for Lovers of Game of Thrones

If you've been left with a Game of Thrones-shaped hole in your life after finishing the books or watching the series, fear not! We've put together an assortment of phenomenal, fantastical, adrenaline-fuelled adventures in one riveting reading list, guaranteed to help you immerse yourself in other weird and wondrous worlds. See below for the best fantasy books for lovers of Game of Thrones.

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1. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

J. R. R. Tolkien

Join the daring hobbits Frodo, Sam, Pippin and Merry as they embark on an epic quest to destroy the powerful and manipulative One Ring, defeat the evil Sauron and restore peace to Middle-earth. Accompanied by a cast of courageous characters including Aragon, Legolas, Arwen and Gandalf, it's sure to be an incredible adventure. This legendary fantasy masterpiece was released in three volumes from 1954 to 1955 and its popularity has grown exponentially ever since, particularly since its adaptation into three blockbusting movies. Discover the books behind the films and delve even deeper into magical Middle-earth.

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2. Dragon Keeper

Robin Hobb

The first book in a two-part series, Dragon Keeper transports readers to Robin Hobb's rich and wondrous world - where dragons have returned... Guided by the dragon Tintaglia, the serpents come from the sea and fight their way up the Rain Wild River to their ancestral hatching grounds. However, the fledglings that emerge from the cocoons are a mockery of the dragons of old. Flightless and fractious, they soon become a danger to all and must be moved. The Rain Wilder Thymara answers the call to become one of the dragon keepers and accompany the creatures upriver. Their target is the legendary Elderling city of Kelsingra, but no-one knows if it actually exists - and no-one expects the dragon keepers to survive.

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3. The Eye of the World

Robert Jordan

In the heart-pounding first adventure of the epic Wheel of Time series, embark on a hazardous journey with Rand al'Thor, a young shepherd from the quiet village of Emond's Field, as he and his friends are forced to leave their tranquil home and flee across the country. Their goal is the apparent safety of Tar Valon, city of the magic-wielding Aes Sedai - but their quest will be perilous, fraught with darkness and danger, and ultimately, they will see the fate of the world hang in the balance...

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4. The Life of Elves

Muriel Barbery

The villagers have never seen anything like it. Dense, white curtains of snow instantly transform the landscape of their once-familiar Burgundy. This shouldn't happen: not here, not in autumn. On the same night, a baby is discovered, dark-eyed little Maria, who will transform their lives. Hundreds of miles away in the mountains of Abruzzo, another foundling, Clara, astonishes everyone with her remarkable gift for piano-playing. But her abilities go far beyond simple musicianship. As great danger looms, the girls know nothing of each other, but it is the bond that unites them and others like them that will ultimately offer the only chance for good to prevail in the world.

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5. The Magicians' Guild

Trudi Canavan

The first book in the spellbinding Black Magician trilogy follows Sonea, a girl who lives in the downtrodden slums of the city of Imardin. Every year, the city's magicians 'purge' the streets of urchins and slum-dwellers. They use a strong magical shield to ward against attacks - but Sonea penetrates it with a mere rock. The magicians' worst fear has come true: there's an untrained magician loose in Imardin. They've got to find her, but Sonea is determined to stay hidden forever - despite her powers growing increasingly uncontrollable...

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6. Sabriel

Garth Nix

This dark and gripping fantasy read stars Sabriel, who is sent beyond the Wall to the safety of a boarding school in Ancelstierre, away from magic - and away from the Dead. But at 18 years old, she receives a cryptic message from her father, and sets off back across the Wall into the Old Kingdom. There, she undertakes a perilous adventure, fraught with danger, magic, and sinister forces. She must find her father, discover her destiny, become the person she was fated to be, and - most crucially - protect the living from the Dead.

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7. The Name of the Wind

Patrick Rothfuss

Unassuming innkeeper Kote is not who he appears to be. He is actually the powerful and infamous Kvothe: adventurer, assassin, lover, thief, songwriter, dragon-slayer and magician. Discover his journey from a childhood in a troupe of travelling players, through his years as a near-feral orphan in a crime-riddled city, to his daring yet successful bid to enter a demanding and dangerous school of magic. The adrenaline-fuelled adventures of Kvothe simply cannot be missed by fantasy fans.

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8. Gardens of the Moon

Steven Erikson

The vast and sprawling Malazan Empire simmers with discontent, bled dry by relentless warfare, stubborn infighting and bloody conflicts. For Sergeant Whiskeyjack and his Bridgeburners and for Tattersail - the sole surviving sorceress of the Second Legion - the aftermath of the siege of Pale should have been a time to mourn the dead. But Darujhistan, last of the Free Cities of Genabackis, still persists, and Empress Laseen's ambition knows no bounds. But the Empire is not alone in this great game. Sinister forces gather as the gods themselves prepare to play their hand... The awe-inspiring opening chapter of the 10-book Malazan Book of the Fallen series features striking storytelling, a dark and complex mythology, wild magic and a host of enduring characters.

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9. His Dark Materials

Philip Pullman

Featuring three books - Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass - this captivating fantasy trilogy follows Lyra and her 'daemon', the animal embodiment of her inner self. Travel with Lyra to phenomenal fantastical settings, through snow-covered hills, to an otherworldly city, and even to the Land of the Dead, on all sorts of daring and dangerous quests.

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10. The Blade Itself

Joe Abercrombie

Former fencing champion turned torturer extraordinaire Inquisitor Glokta is trapped in a twisted and broken body - and has a twisted and broken mind. Dashing nobleman and would-be fencing champion Captain Jezal dan Luthar is living an easy life by cheating his friends at cards. Vain and self-obsessed, his most pressing concern is having to get out of bed every morning to train with boring old men. Infamous warrior Logen Ninefingers is about to wake up in a hole in the snow with plans to settle a blood feud with Bethod, ruthless King of the Northmen - ideally by running away from it. But old habits die hard, especially when the enigmatic Bayaz gets involved. A bald old man with a bitter temper and a pathetic assistant, he could be the First of the Magi - or a spectacular fraud. Whatever he is, he's about to make the lives of Glokta, Jezal and Logen a lot more difficult...

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    Who will guard the living when the dead arise? Sabriel is sent as a child across the Wall to the safety of a school in Ancelstierre. Away from magic; away from the Dead. After receiving a cryptic message from her father, 18-year-old Sabriel leaves her ordinary school and returns across the Wall into the Old Kingdom. Fraught with peril and deadly trickery, her journey takes her to a world filled with parasitical spirits, Mordicants, and Shadow Hands -- for her father is none other than The Abhorson. His task is to lay the disturbed dead back to rest. This obliges him -- and now Sabriel, who has taken on her father's title and duties -- to slip over the border into the icy river of Death, sometimes battling the evil forces that lurk there, waiting for an opportunity to escape into the realm of the living. Desperate to find her father, and grimly determined to help save the Old Kingdom from destruction by the horrible forces of the evil undead, Sabriel endures almost impossible challenges whilst discovering her own supernatural abilities -- and her destiny.
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    Inquisitor Glokta, a crippled and increasingly bitter relic of the last war, former fencing champion turned torturer extraordinaire, is trapped in a twisted and broken body - not that he allows it to distract him from his daily routine of torturing smugglers. Nobleman, dashing officer and would-be fencing champion Captain Jezal dan Luthar is living a life of ease by cheating his friends at cards. Vain, shallow, selfish and self-obsessed, the biggest blot on his horizon is having to get out of bed in the morning to train with obsessive and boring old men. And Logen Ninefingers, an infamous warrior with a bloody past, is about to wake up in a hole in the snow with plans to settle a blood feud with Bethod, the new King of the Northmen, once and for all - ideally by running away from it. But as he's discovering, old habits die really, really hard indeed ...especially when Bayaz gets involved. A bald old man with a terrible temper and a pathetic assistant, he could be the First of the Magi, he could be a spectacular fraud, but whatever he is, he's about to make the lives of Glotka, Jezal and Logen a whole lot more difficult ...
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    'I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep. My name is Kvothe. You may have heard of me' So begins the tale of Kvothe - currently known as Kote, the unassuming innkeepter - from his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, through his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-riddled city, to his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a difficult and dangerous school of magic. In these pages you will come to know Kvothe the notorious magician, the accomplished thief, the masterful musician, the dragon-slayer, the legend-hunter, the lover, the thief and the infamous assassin. The Name of the Wind is fantasy at its very best, and an astounding must-read title.
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    Bled dry by interminable warfare, infighting and bloody confrontations with Lord Anomander Rake and his Tiste Andii, the vast, sprawling Malazan empire simmers with discontent. Even its imperial legions yearn for some respite.

    For Sergeant Whiskeyjack and his Bridgeburners and for Tattersail, sole surviving sorceress of the Second Legion, the aftermath of the siege of Pale should have been a time to mourn the dead. But Darujhistan, last of the Free Cities of Genabackis, still holds out - and Empress Lasseen's ambition knows no bounds. However, it seems the empire is not alone in this great game. Sinister forces gather as the gods themselves prepare to play their hand...

    Conceived and written on an epic scale, Gardens of the Moon is a breathtaking achievement - a novel in which grand design, a dark and complex mythology, wild and wayward magic and a host of enduring characters combine with thrilling, powerful storytelling to resounding effect. Acclaimed by writers, critics and readers alike, here is the opening chapter in what has been hailed a landmark of epic fantasy: the awesome 'The Malazan Book of the Fallen'.
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    All three parts of the epic masterpiece 'The Lord of the Rings' in one paperback. Features brand new packaging, the definitive edition of the text, fold-out flaps with the original two-colour maps, and a revised and expanded index. Sauron, the Dark Lord, has gathered to him all the Rings of Power -- the means by which he intends to rule Middle-earth. All he lacks in his plans for dominion is the One Ring -- the ring that rules them all -- which has fallen into the hands of the hobbit, Bilbo Baggins. In a sleepy village in the Shire, young Frodo Baggins finds himself faced with an immense task, as the Ring is entrusted to his care. He must leave his home and make a perilous journey across the realms of Middle-earth to the Crack of Doom, deep inside the territories of the Dark Lord. There he must destroy the Ring forever and foil the Dark Lord in his evil purpose. Since it was first published in 1954, 'The Lord of the Rings' has been a book people have treasured. Steeped in unrivalled magic and otherworldliness, its sweeping fantasy has touched the hearts of young and old alike. Now, to coincide with the publication of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Children of Hurin, the definitive 50th Anniversary text, fully restored with almost 400 corrections -- with the full co-operation of Christopher Tolkien -- is reissued with a striking new cover.
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    Each year the magicians of Imardin gather together to purge the city streets of vagrants, urchins and miscreants. Masters of the disciplines of magic, they know that no one can oppose them. But their protective shield is not as impenetrable as they believe. Sonea, angry, frustrated and outraged by the treatment of her family and friends, hurls a stone at the shield, putting all her rage behind it. To the amazement of all who bear witness, the stone passes unhindered through the barrier and renders a magician unconscious. The guild's worst fear has been realised ...There is an untrained magician loose on the streets. She must be found before her uncontrolled powers unleash forces that will destroy both her, and the city that is her home.
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    The Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth returns again. But one truth remains, and what mortal men forget, the Aes Sedai do not ...What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the shadow.
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    "Northern Lights" introduces Lyra, an orphan, who lives in a parallel universe in which science, theology and magic are entwined. Lyra's search for a kidnapped friend uncovers a sinister plot involving stolen children and turns into a quest to understand a mysterious phenomenon called Dust. In "The Subtle Knife" she is joined on her journey by Will, a boy who possesses a knife that can cut windows between worlds. As Lyra learns the truth about her parents and her prophesied destiny, the two young people are caught up in a war against celestial powers that ranges across many worlds and leads to a thrilling conclusion in "The Amber Spyglass". The epic story Pullman tells is not only a spellbinding adventure featuring armoured polar bears, magical devices, witches and daemons, it is also an audacious and profound re-imagining of Milton's "Paradise Lost". An utterly entrancing blend of metaphysical speculation and bravura storytelling, "His Dark Materials" is a monumental and enduring achievement.
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    The villagers had never seen anything like it: dense white curtains of snow that instantly transformed the landscape. Not in autumn, not here in Burgundy. And on the same night a baby was discovered, dark-eyed little Maria, who would transform all their lives.Hundreds of miles away in the mountains of Abruzzo, another foundling, Clara, astonishes everyone with her extraordinary talent for piano-playing. But her gifts go far beyond simple musicianship.As a time of great danger looms, though the girls know nothing of each other, it is the bond that unites them and others like them, which will ultimately offer the only chance for good to prevail in the world.
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    The first book in a two part series from one of the greatest writers in the fantasy genre. DRAGON KEEPER returns fans to Hobb's best-loved world, full of dragons, magical ships and unforgettable characters. Dragons have returned to the world ...Guided by the dragon Tintaglia, the serpents came from the sea to fight their way up the Rain Wild River to their ancestral hatching grounds. But the fledglings that emerge from the cocoons are a travesty of the dragons of old. Flightless and fractious, they soon become a danger to all and must be moved. Thymara, a Rain Wilder born with scales and claws, answers the call to become one of the dragon keepers to accompany the creatures upriver. Their target is the legendary Elderling city of Kelsingra. But no one knows if it even exists; and no one expects the dragon keepers to return, or even survive...