August 22, 2017
Now that we have reached the end of season seven of “Game of Thrones” and have plunged into the seemingly interminable time between seasons, it seems like a good time for me to suggest some light, or not-so-light reading, to pass the 46 weeks, 6 days, 3 hours and 53 minutes (at time of writing) until the next season airs.
The Red Rising Trilogy: Pierce Brown
This sci-fi trilogy traces the life of Darrow, a lowly “Red” who finds out that the life he has been living toiling under the surface of Mars has been based on a lie. Darrow goes on to fight against those who have kept his people in the dark only to profit off of their labor. This story is filled with the twists and turns that viewers have fallen in love with in the Game of Thrones and pieces together a political and military struggle with an ever-present question of who Darrow can trust and who is plotting his demise.
The Mistborn Trilogy: Brandon Sanderson
This trilogy is not for those who faint at the sight of long books, but Brandon Sanderson is a brilliant writer who constructs a world of magic and power struggle that makes you want to keep reading. This trilogy follows Vin, a “mistborn,” who unites with a band of “allomancer” thieves to try to destabilize the First Empire. For those of you who struggle with magic in books, because it doesn’t follow any rules and seems to just morph to fit the author’s wishes (one of my brother’s biggest pet peeves) then the magic in this book is for you. These books, although long, are written in a much more accessible style then some of the other books on this list — ahem, Tolkien.
The Lord of The Rings Trilogy: J.R.R. Tolkien
No list of epic fantasy books would be complete without J.R.R. Tolkien’s world-building masterpiece. “The Lord of The Rings” trilogy, for those who have not had the pleasure of growing up in a nerd den like myself, follows the story of a hobbit’s quest to bring peace to the land of Middle-Earth by preventing the Dark Lord Sauron from returning to power. Frodo, along with a vast cast of characters ranging from dwarves to elves, kings to wizards, call on all inhabitants of Middle-Earth to assist in the campaign against the dark forces of Sauron. This trilogy is a must-read if you love the complex world in which the “Game of Thrones” series takes place. Tolkien has created within the pages of these books a vast history, a couple of languages and a intertwining of stories that is rarely matched. Yes, these books are long and weighty, but if you can get past Tom Bombadil you’ll do great.
ASOIAF: George R.R. Martin
Last but not least, is the actual “A Song of Ice and Fire” series. If you have been enjoying all of the killing and scheming and White Walking that has been happening in the “Game of Thrones” TV show, have I got a book series for you. George R.R. Martin brings a ruthlessness and a keen eye for the interplay of politics and war to his Westerosian saga. The books delve deeper into multiple of the storylines featured on the show and do have some marked differences from the show version. If you just can’t get enough of the Starks and the Lannisters, go grab “A Game of Thrones” — the book.
September 7, 2017