Five Books to Get You into the “Game of Thrones” Spirit

Game of Thrones is back for its final season! I am so excited (and terrified) to see what’s in store for my favorite characters this season, but I know that once the show is over, I’ll be in serious withdrawal. To mitigate this feeling, here are some fantasy series that bring all of the magic, intrigue, and romance that Game of Thrones is known for to your very own hands. Hopefully, you can find a new favorite to binge between episodes or after the finale.

I am proud to say An Ember in the Ashes is one of the first fantasy series after Percy Jackson and Harry Potter that I truly fell in love with. Tahir’s world-building is truly incredible (and has only gotten better three books in) and her diverse ensemble of female characters is admirable. If you loved the family relationships in Game of Thrones, particularly female relationships, I promise you’ll devour Tahir’s debut fantasy series.

I’ve been a fan of Leigh Bardugo since I was eleven, and I’m proud to say her written has only gotten better. Her newest, King of Scars, takes readers from the courts of Ravka (a fictionalized country based off of Russia) to the icy forests of Fjerda. Saints, magic, and simmering romance are only some of my favorite elements of this first in a duology. And better yet, Bardugo just signed a deal with Netflix to take the world of Ravka to the small screen, so your next fantasy binge is right around the corner.

  • Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Adeyemi’s fantasy debut is heavy on magical elements and action. However, this quest narrative is also notable because of its diverse inspirations— Adeyemi draws from Nigerian mythology to construct her fantasy world. And, even better news: Children of Blood and Bone is a trilogy, so if you fell in love with Adeyemi’s world like I did, you’ll be set for the next few years.

Although they’re both standalones, I couldn’t choose which Madeline Miller novel I wanted to highlight. If you loved the epic battle scene in “Battle of the Bastards” or the heart-breaking romance between Ygritte and Jon, pick up The Song of Achilles, which is a retelling of The Illiad from the perspective of Patroclus, Achilles’ friend and lover. But, if you’re more a fan of kickass woman like Sansa Stark and Daenerys Targaryen, I’d recommend Miller’s latest, Circe, a feminist retelling of the enchantress’ life.

  • Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

This one should feel pretty self explanatory. If you loved the TV show, why not give its source material a try?

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