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A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

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A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
The Starks of Winterfell are a family as harsh and unyielding as the land they were born to. Sweeping from a land of brutal cold to a distant summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, here is a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens. Here an enigmatic band of warriors bear swords of no human metal; a tribe of fierce wildlings carry men off into madness; a cruel young dragon prince barters his sister to win back his throne; and a determined woman undertakes the most treacherous of journeys. (catalog description)

If you like A Game of Thrones, read the rest of The Song of Fire and Ice series:

A Clash of Kings by George RR MartinA Storm of Swords by George RR MartinA Feast for Crows by George RR MartinA Dance with Dragons by George RR Martin

Game of Thrones is an American fantasy drama television series created by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss. Set on the fictional continents of Westeros and EssosGame of Thrones has several plot lines and a large ensemble cast but centers on three primary story arcs. Game of Thrones has attracted record viewership on HBO and has a broad, active, international fan base. The series has received 38 Primetime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Drama Series in 2015 and 2016, more than any other primetime scripted television series. Its other awards and nominations include three Hugo Awards for Best Dramatic Presentation (2012–2014), a 2011 Peabody Award, and four nominations for the Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Drama (2012 and 2015–2017). Of the ensemble cast, Peter Dinklage has won two Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (2011 and 2015) and the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film (2012) for his performance as Tyrion LannisterLena HeadeyEmilia ClarkeKit HaringtonMaisie WilliamsDiana Rigg, and Max von Sydow have also received Primetime Emmy Award nominations for their performances in the series.¹ The seventh season begins on July 16th on HBO. This is the second to last season of the entire series, with fewer episodes than the previous six seasons.


If you enjoyed the violent world and vivid atmosphere of Martin's work, here are some other titles you may enjoy:

Banewreaker by Jacqueline Carey
Banewreaker
by Jacqueline Carey
If all that is good thinks you evil... are you? Once upon a time, the Seven Shapers dwelled in accord and Shaped the world to their will. But Satoris, the youngest among them, was deemed too generous in his gifts to the race of Men, and so began the Shapers' War, which Sundered the world. Now six of the Shapers lay to one end of a vast ocean, and Satoris to the other, reviled by even the race of Men. Satoris sits in his Darkhaven, surrounded by his allies. Chief among them is Tanaros Blacksword, immortal Commander General of his army. Once a mortal man who was betrayed by King and Wife, Tanaros fled to Darkhaven a thousand years ago, and in Satoris's service has redeemed his honor—but left his humanity behind. Now there is a new prophecy that tells of Satoris's destruction and the redemption of the world. (catalog summary)

 


The Bear and the Nightingale: A Novel by Katherine Arden

The Bear and the Nightingale: A Novel by Katherine Arden

In a village at the edge of the wilderness of northern Russia, where the winds blow cold and the snow falls many months of the year, a stranger with piercing blue eyes presents a new father with a gift—a precious jewel on a delicate chain, intended for his young daughter. Uncertain of its meaning, Pytor hides the gift away and Vasya grows up a wild, willful girl, to the chagrin of her family. But when mysterious forces threaten the happiness of their village, Vasya discovers that, armed only with the necklace, she may be the only one who can keep the darkness at bay. (catalog summary)

 

 


Beren and Lúthien by J. R. R. Tolkien

Beren and Lúthien by J. R. R. Tolkien

Beren was a mortal man, but Lúthien was an immortal elf. Her father, a great elvish lord, in deep opposition to Beren, imposed on him an impossible task that he must perform before he might wed Lúthien. To show something of the process whereby this legend of Middle-earth evolved over the years, [Christopher Tolkien] has told the story in his father's own words by giving, first, its original form, and then passages in prose and verse from later texts that illustrate the narrative as it changed. Presented together for the first time, they reveal aspects of the story, both in event and in narrative immediacy, that were afterwards lost. (catalog summary)

 


The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie

The Blade Itself
by Joe Abercrombie
Logen Ninefingers, infamous barbarian, has finally run out of luck. Caught in one feud too many, he's on the verge of becoming a dead barbarian—leaving nothing behind him but bad songs, dead friends, and a lot of happy enemies. Nobleman, dashing officer, and paragon of selfishness, Captain Jezal dan Luthar has nothing more dangerous in mind than fleecing his friends at cards and dreaming of glory in the fencing circle. But war is brewing, and on the battlefields of the frozen North they fight by altogether bloodier rules. Inquisitor Glokta, cripple turned torturer, would like nothing better than to see Jezal come home in a box. (catalog summary)

 


Childe Morgan by Katherine Kurtz





Childe Morgan by Katherine Kurtz 
Alaric Morgan has been pledged to the King's service. His Deryni blood makes him ideal to safeguard the Haldane kings and ensure that Prince Brion shall have the protection of his hereditary magic. (catalog summary)



 



The Darkness That Comes Before by R. Scott Bakker
The Darkness That Comes Before
by R. Scott Bakker
It's a world scarred by an apocalyptic past, evoking a time both two thousand years past and two thousand years into the future, as untold thousands gather for a crusade. Traveling among them, two men and two women are ensnared by a mysterious traveler, Anasurimbor Kellhus—part warrior, part philosopher, part sorcerous and charismatic presence—from lands long thought dead. The Darkness That Comes Before is a history of this great holy war, and, like all histories, the survivors write its conclusion. With this stunning debut, R. Scott Bakker is poised to become one of the next great fantasy writers of his generation. The Darkness That Comes Before proves again that epic fantasy can be intelligent, majestic, and terrifying. (catalog summary)

 


The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan





The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan
In the Third Age, an age of prophecy when the world and time themselves hang in the balance, the Dark One, imprisoned by the Creator, is stirring in Shayol Ghul. (catalog summary)

 

 


The Half-drowned King: A Novel by Linnea Hartsuyker


The Half-drowned King: A Novel by Linnea Hartsuyker

The first installment in a debut trilogy, The Half-drowned King tells the compelling story of the political intrigues, battles, and struggles for power that led to the rise of King Harald the Fair-Haired, first king of Norway, seen through the eyes of the young man who became his most trusted warrior and advisor. (catalog summary)



 


The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

The Name of the Wind
by Patrick Rothfuss 
The riveting first-person narrative of a young man who grows to be the most notorious magician his world has ever seen. From his childhood in a troupe of traveling players to years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-ridden city to his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, The Name of the Wind is a masterpiece that transports readers into the body and mind of a wizard. It is a high-action novel written with a poet's hand, a powerful coming-of-age story of a magically gifted young man, told through his eyes. To read this book is to be the hero. (catalog summary)
 


 


Shadowmarch by Tad Williams

Shadowmarch by Tad Williams
The maze-like castle of Southmarch stands sentry along the border between the human kingdoms and the land of the immortal Qua. Now, the darkness from beyond that border has begun to enfold Southmarch—or Shadowmarch—the Qua's ancient home. To stop the darkness falling, the Southmarch royal family must face their human enemies, supposed friends and the family curse. Twins Barrick and Briony shoulder impossible burdens as their father is imprisoned and their brother murdered. Briony flees towards her father and the slave armies of the Autarch, while her brother Barrick crosses the Shadowline gripped by madness. (catalog summary)
 

 


The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

 


The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson 
In a storm-swept world where history has dwindled into myth, self-serving aristocrats squabble over mystical weapons that render their bearers immune to mundane attacks. The ambitious scholar Shallan learns unexpected truths about the present, the virtuous aristocrat Dalinar reclaims the lost past, and the bitter and broken slave Kaladin gains unwanted power. (Publisher's Weekly)
 


 


Wizard's First Rule by Terry Goodkind


Wizard's First Rule
by Terry Goodkind
The hero is Richard-the-Seeker, a woodsman with a magic sword. One day in his forest, he rescues a woman pursued by assassins. She turns out to be Kahlan Amnell, from the neighboring kingdom of Midlands, who is seeking a wizard named Zedd to help her destroy the tyrant ruling her kingdom. Richard takes her to him, and the novel is the story of their joint adventure. (catalog summary)