9 great fantasy epics every Game of Thrones fan needs to rea
George R. R. Martin started writing A Game of Thrones, the first volume in the series, A Song of Ice an Fire, in 1991. But how closely the resolution of the TV show will match the content of his other books is anyone’s guess, given that they’ve already shown an ability to veer in their own direction. For fans of the series, waiting breathlessly for the final small screen installment, here’s a few suggestions for some other epic books to help pass the time.
1. Lord of the Rings
Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien: What is it about fantasy and the initials R. R.?
Anyhow, if you haven’t already read the classic trilogy that can be considered to have started the whole thing, now is the time.
The good news is that there is a beginning, a middle, and, yes, an end.
The series may even be found in schools today – however, these books won’t: they were banned for reasons that today’s readers will find bizarre.
2. Wheel of Time
Also famous, and a lot longer, is Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series.
There’s 14 books plus a prequel. Jordan deliberately intended for the beginning of his story to evoke the Shire of Tolkien’s Middle-earth, but the series goes on into way more complicated ground, and way more pages.
Jordan died before concluding the series; Brandon Sanderson, author of the Mistborn books, finished the series.
Sanderson is now at work on a ten-book series called The Stormlight Archive.
Looking for fellow readers to swap ideas with? It’s easy to start a book club – here’s how.