I can’t believe that the Game of Thrones season 8 premier is just over a month away! If you’re anything like me (and by that I mean completely obsessed with this series) then you’ve probably already, or are currently, binge watching all 7 seasons to prepare for April 14. But rewatching the show and rereading the A Song of Ice and Fire series isn’t enough. It’s time to grab your Arbor wine and curl up on the couch with one of these great books!
The Crown’s Game Series by Evelyn Skye
This series gives me major A Song of Ice and Fire vibes. In The Crown’s Game, the threat of war causes the tsar to need a powerful enchanter by his side. With only 2 enchanters in Russia, the tsar initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the tsar’s most trusted advisor; the defeated is sentenced to death.
As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear—the Crown’s Game is not one to lose. In The Crown’s Fate, a revolution is on the rise and dangerous new magic emerges. The stardom must fight or face the destruction of their world and themselves.
The Cerulean by Amy Ewing
Have you read this new YA fantasy novel? Sera has always felt as if she didn’t belong among her people, the Cerulean. She is curious about everything and can’t stop questioning her three mothers, her best friend, Leela, and even the High Priestess. Sera has longed for the day when the tether that connects her City Above the Sky to the earthly world below finally severs and sends the Cerulean to a new planet. But when Sera is chosen as the sacrifice to break the tether, she feels betrayed by everything in which she’d been taught to trust. In order to save her City, Sera must end her own life. And if you love The Cerulean then you’ll be excited to know that is going to become a duology (currently untitled)! Stayed tuned for more information.
The Poppy War by R.K. Kaung
This epic historical military fantasy is inspired by the bloody history of China’s twentieth century and filled with treachery and magic. When Rin aced the Keju—the Empire-wide test to find the most talented youth to learn at the Academies—it was a shock to everyone: to the test officials, who couldn’t believe a war orphan from Rooster Province could pass without cheating; to Rin’s guardians, who believed they’d finally be able to marry her off and further their criminal enterprise; and to Rin herself, who realized she was finally free of the servitude and despair that had made up her daily existence. That she got into Sinegard—the most elite military school in Nikan—was even more surprising. But surprises aren’t always good. The second novel in the series, The Dragon Republic, is set to be published in August 2019!
Red Queen Series by Victoria Aveyard
In Red Queen, Glass Sword, King’s Cage, and War Storm, the is a world divided by blood: red or silver. The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control. Pursued by the vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors. But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat. When blood turns on blood, and ability on ability, there may be no one left to put out the fire. Mare must embrace her fate and summon all her power… for all will be tested, but not all will survive. If you love this series, you’ll be excited to know that the final addition to this series, Broken Throne: a collection of novellas to be published in May 2019!
The Queens of Renthia Series by Sarah Beth Durst
A mesmerizing epic fantasy series, filled with political intrigue, violent magic, malevolent spirits, and thrilling adventure where an idealistic young student and a banished warrior become allies in a battle to save their realm. Everything has a spirit: the willow tree with leaves that kiss the pond, the stream that feeds the river, the wind that exhales fresh snow. But the spirits that reside within this land want to rid it of all humans. The battle between vicious spirits and strong-willed queens that started in the award-winning The Queen of Blood and continued in the powerful The Reluctant Queen comes to a stunning conclusion in The Queen of Sorrow.
Everless Series by Sara Holland
In the kingdom of Sempera, time is currency—extracted from blood, bound to iron, and consumed to add time to one’s own lifespan. The rich aristocracy, like the Gerlings, tax the poor to the hilt, extending their own lives by centuries. A decade ago, Jules and her father were servants at Everless until a fateful accident forced them to flee in the dead of night. In Everless, when Jules discovers that her father is dying, she must return to Everless to earn more time for him before she loses him forever. Soon she’s caught in a tangle of violent secrets and finds her heart torn between two people she thought she’d never see again. In Evermore, the secret of Jules’ identity is revealed. She must piece together the stories of her past lives to save the person who has captured her heart in this one. Her decisions have the power to change her fate—and the fate of time itself.
The Saxon Stories Series by Bernard Cornwell
Starting with The Last Kingdom and ending with War of the Wolf, this 11-part series has been called a realistic Game of Thrones! It is the story of the making of England in the 9th and 10th centuries, the years in which King Alfred the Great, defeated the Danish Vikings who had invaded and occupied three of England’s four kingdoms. This thrilling adventure—based on existing records of Bernard Cornwell’s ancestors—depicts a time when law and order were ripped violently apart by a pagan assault on Christian England. To make this series even better, Netflix has also adapted it into an original television series, The Last Kingdom, which I’m currently obsessed with!
The anticipation of the new season is torture but at least this reading list will help me wait as patiently as humanly possible. What are you doing while you wait for the newest season of Game of Thrones? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter @SavvyReader.
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