Frustrated that George RR Martin’s “Game of Thrones” series still isn’t finished, or that the TV spinoff is? Either way, if you’re looking for fresh fantastical worlds to lose yourself in, replete with political machinations, bloodthirsty scheming and shocking twists, here are some recent epic fantasy series starters for you to dive into.
- The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
Jude was just seven when her parents were murdered and she and her sisters were stolen away to the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, but is despised by Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King. Black brings GOT style plotting and betrayal to the world of the Fey.
- The Wolf, by Leo Carew.
In this promising debut, Roper – the young heir to the Black Kingdom of the Anakim – ascends to a beleaguered throne as enemy forces, rival rulers and devious underlings converge to steal his power – and his life. Will the young cub rise to meet the challenge? Time will tell, but one thing’s for sure: the North remembers.
- City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty
In this brilliant debut, the young trickster Nahri accidentally calls forth a djinn warrior, drawing her into a world even more treacherous than the one she knows, and into an otherworldly power struggle that continues in the even more gripping sequel, The Kingdom of Copper.
- Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James
This bloody, visceral fantasy debut by Booker Award winning James is packed with shocking action and a fascinating array of exotic creatures and beings: small wonder many are calling it “the African Game of Thrones.”
- An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
The Scholars may have been conquered by the Warriors, but they still have a few tricks up their sleeves. Seeking to rescue her brother, young Laia infiltrates the Martial Kingdom’s elite academy posing as a slave, setting wheels in motion that just might lead to a revolution.
You’ll find many more great titles for GOT fans in our If You Like Game of Thrones list, in the library catalog.
~ Posted by David W.