If You Like... Game of Thrones


Political intrigue. Deception. Adventure. Humor. Disguises. Blackmail. Revenge. Alliances. Last minute escapes. More intrigue. Gold. Breaking alliances. Family. Betrayal. Did I mention intrigue? These are the kinds of things that are familiar to fans of George R.R. Martin’s The Song of Ice and Fire series. If you’re like me, you probably don’t think George is working quickly enough on books 6 and 7. You might even be a fan of the TV series. Read these four books with the same feel as The Song of Ice and Fire to keep yourself busy until he unleashes The Winds of Winter on us.

A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms– George R.R. Martin

The easiest book to recommend to fans is this prequel of sorts to A Game of Thrones. Though the adventures of Dunk and Egg take place 100 years earlier, the world of Westeros will immediately seem familiar. You will recognize the families, the places and the feuds all accompanied by Martin’s familiar mix of adventure, humor and world-building. It doesn’t hurt that Dunk and Egg are some of the more likeable and honorable inhabitants of Westeros.

The Lies of Locke Lamora – Scott Lynch

In the past, I’ve described The Lies of Locke Lamora, first book of the Gentleman Bastards series, as a mix of the orphans and thievery from Oliver Twist and the fantasy world-building, tone and feel of A Game of Thrones. It has all the traits of Martin’s series, and it had me thinking with a few tweaks it would be possible that all the action was taking place in one of the Free Cities across the Narrow Sea from Westeros.

The Once and Future King – T.H. White

White’s epic retelling of the tales of King Arthur is something any fan of Martin should read. As you read it, you will recognize the thoughts and behaviors of many characters in The Song of Ice and Fire books.  This is a classic for a reason, and I believe it’s the grandeur, adventure and humor (much of the humor coming via Merlin) that Martin fans will embrace. It seems Medieval England and Westeros are not too different from each other.

The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexander Dumas

The three preceding books are either pure fantasy or have elements of fantasy, and, therefore, will feel right for anyone reading this blog post. This one is a little bit more of a stretch, but bear with me. The political intrigue, deception, adventure and humor that I mentioned earlier are here in spades. Young Edmond Dantes finds himself soon to be married and the captain of a ship until a few jealous “friends” get him locked in a dungeon as a so-called Bonapartist conspirator.  Sounds like time for revenge. The best part is at 1,200 pages it’s only a few hundred more than A Dance with Dragons, so I know you’ll breeze right through it.

-James Cullen, Great Falls Library

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