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GoT is Coming--Eventually (but in the meantime...)

By Dan Suwinski

If you're a fan of George R.R. Martin and the Game of Thrones series, you know how long the wait can be between books. And now that the TV series has surpassed the books' timeline, maybe it's time to try a new fantasy series while we wait for Mr. Martin to get back to his writing desk.

  • The Way of Kings - Book One of The Stormlight Archive

    2010 by Brandon Sanderson

    Truly a genius of writing fantasy, The Way of Kings series is Sanderson's masterpiece. His world building is nothing short of epic, his magic systems are mind bending, and he has the ability to make you feel like you are there as the story unfolds. You really experience the highs and lows of each character as they encounter success and failure on their own terms.

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  • The Great Book of Amber : the complete Amber chronicles, 1-10

    1999 by Roger Zelazny

    Imagine that there is only one true world and it casts "shadows" that make up the rest of the worlds. All are variations of that true world--or are they? Corwin has spent centuries as an amnesiac. But in searching for his past he learns that his family has some very unusual powers! Zelazny's style is unique, and his magic and world building innovative. This is fantasy that will transport you to another place!

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  • Theft of Swords : volume one of the Riyria revelations

    2011 by Michael J Sullivan

    Brotherhood. Comradery. Thieves. These are not always words that go together, but Royce Melbourn and Hadrian Blackwater are two characters that really embrace them. After being framed for the murder of a king, these skilled mercenaries must fight for their lives and clear their name. In the process, they come across ancient mysteries, develop new friendships, and destroy old ones. Royce and Hadrian are two of my all time favorite characters, and I feel like I can call them old friends after this series!

    BONUS: The series is already complete!

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  • Name of the wind : the kingkiller chronicles #1

    2007 by Rothfuss, Patrick 1973-

    “He's bloody good, this Rothfuss guy.” -George R. R. Martin

    A story within a story (with many stories embedded even deeper along the way), Rothfuss introduces us to Kvothe--an exceptional man with an incredible past. From his ragtag childhood as an urban orphan, to his audacious entrance into a renown university of magic (think Hogwarts for grown-ups--but with a unique magical system that's rooted in real organic chemistry and engineering), The Name of the Wind is the first volume in an engaging and creative series.

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  • Gardens of the Moon- The Malazan Book of the Fallen #1

    2004 by Steven Erikson

    Steven Erickson's ability to develop and introduce new characters, while continuing to build a intricate world is second to none. Like Martin, Erickson is not afraid to kill off main characters, and this really left me not knowing what to expect! While this is a title I don't always recommend for fantasy readers, fans of George R.R. Martin will have no problem assimilating to his large worlds and vast characters.

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