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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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