Are you looking for similar books to Game of Thrones? First and foremost, if you haven’t finished the entire series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin, you should. Then you can join everyone else in the world who bellyaches about how long it’s taking for the next book in the series, The Winds of Winter, to come out. If you’re all caught up on ASOIAF, however, you’re looking for alternatives, books like Game of Thrones.
This list includes several excellent recommendations by some of the best fantasy authors of all time, and chances are, you’ll find at least one or two books you like enough to delve into another epic fantasy series. And by all means, if you’re a GOT fan and you’ve got additional books that you feel must be on this list, add them. Vote up the books you think others with similar tastes will enjoy, and of course, vote down any books on this list that you think don’t necessarily belong.
If you’re into reading great fantasy series’ (and really, of course you are, you’re here), some of the best, hands down, are The Wheel of Time Series by Robert Jordan (start with The Eye of the World), the Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss (start with The Name of the Wind), the Malazan Book of the Fallen series by Steven Erikson (start with Gardens of the Moon) and The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb (start with Assassin’s Apprentice). All of these books are filled with compelling, memorable characters and most of them are dark, gritty and intriguing (especially The Wheel of Time series).And really, if you’re a die-hard George R. R. Martin fan, you’re going to want to read everything else he’s written, too. Don’t forget, also, to check out and vote on all of Ranker’s great Game of Thrones lists, including the best Game of Thrones characters and the hottest women from the Game of Thrones HBO TV series.
1 6,120 1,089 The Lord of the Rings J. R. R. Tolkien
2 1,698 246 Aelrindel added The Wise Man's Fear Patrick Rothfuss
3 4,245 800 The Way of Kings Brandon Sanderson
4 3,586 706 Benjamin Dunn added Words of Radiance Brandon Sanderson
5 5,073 1,059 The Name of the Wind Patrick Rothfuss
6 3,490 698 Meghan Morphy added Dune Frank Herbert
7 4,586 997 Garvek added The Wheel of Time Robert Jordan
8 1,273 217 Pete Kahle added Dragons of Autumn Twilight Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman
9 3,334 735 Benjamin Dunn added Mistborn: The Well of Ascension Brandon Sanderson
10 1,879 371 Chad Sanders added Magician Raymond E. Feist
11 2,203 460 Assassin's Apprentice Robin Hobb
12 1,474 276 Kelley Hix added The Dragonriders of Pern: Dragonflight, Dragonquest, The White Dragon Anne McCaffrey
13 2,936 660 Benjamin Dunn added Mistborn: The Hero of Ages Brandon Sanderson
14 1,714 344 The Lies of Locke Lamora Scott Lynch
15 3,776 881 The Eye of the World Robert Jordan
16 862 139 Eric Lewis added Time of the Twins Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman
17 1,668 356 The Blade Itself Joe Abercrombie
18 870 144 Eric Lewis added War of the Twins Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman
19 2,648 646 Benjamin Dunn added Mistborn: The Final Empire Brandon Sanderson
20 1,686 378 A Wizard of Earthsea Ursula K. Le Guin
21 1,404 301 Guido Cassulo added The Black Company Glen Cook
22 996 193 Mont Bowser added The Chronicles of Amber Roger Zelazny
23 1,522 347 Larry Caldwell added The Malazan Book of the Fallen
24 1,587 367 Pawn of prophecy David Eddings
25 1,138 236 scott-glen added Elric of Melniboné Michael Moorcock
26 729 120 Eric Lewis added Test of the Twins Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman
27 1,493 367 The Once and Future King T. H. White
28 1,459 357 Katherine Dagold added The Sword of Shannara Terry Brooks
29 1,299 308 Chris Azhocar added The Dragonlance Saga: Book One Roy Thomas
30 1,147 270 ckfive added The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower Stephen King
31 1,138 270 Reilcan Jones added Furies of Calderon Jim Butcher
32 528 89 Pat Macken added Conan L. Sprague de Camp, Robert E. Howard, Lin Carter
33 977 240 Johan Klovsjö added The Dragonbone Chair Tad Williams
34 1,462 413 Watership Down Richard Adams
35 996 256 Reilcan Jones added Guards! Guards! Terry Pratchett
36 1,166 336 Andrew Jones added The Way of Shadows Brent Weeks -
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The perfect killer has no friends. Only targets.For Durzo Blint, assassination is an art. And he is the city’s most accomplished artist, his talents required from alleyway to courtly boudoir.For Azoth, survival is precarious. Something you never take for granted. As a guild rat, he’s grown up in the slums, and learned the hard way to judge people quickly — and to take risks. Risks like apprenticing himself to Durzo Blint.But to be accepted, Azoth must turn his back on his old life and embrace a new identity and name. As Kylar Stern, he must learn to navigate the assassins’ world of dangerous politics and strange magics — and cultivate a flair for death.