Monday, June 18, 2012
Has the end of the second season of Game of Thrones, based on the book A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin, left you with a void like me? The show is based on his series Song of Fire and Ice. I've read both A Game of Thrones and A Clash of Kings and agree that George R. R. Martin is the American Tolkien. While the story overall would probably be categorized as fantasy it is much more. The series is set in a medival King Arthur-esqe type landscape of kings, queens, knights, and dragons. It is a realm once united by seven kingdoms that crumbles as various factions vie to be the King or the Queen. It's an epic tale of love, family, ambition, honor, murder, greed, and sacrifice. There are characters you love and characters you love to hate. Which makes me think of other fantasy books with kings & queens, and maybe a dragon or two, I've enjoyed over the years which might help while away the time until next season.
Children's Fantasy Series
Prydain Chronicles: Taran, Assistant Pig-Keeper to a prophetic pig, sets out on a hazardous mission to save Prydain from the forces of evil.
Chronicles of Narnia: An adventure story about kids who enter the magical world of Narnia, a land of talking animals and mythical creatures.
Septimus Heap: After learning that she is the Princess, Jenna is whisked from her home and carried toward safety by the Extraordinary Wizard, pursued by agents of those who killed her mother ten years earlier.
The Underland Chronicles: When Gregor and his sister are pulled into a strange underground world, they trigger an epic battle involving men, bats, rats, cockroaches, and spiders while on a quest foretold by ancient prophecy.
The Blue Sword: Harry Crewe, a Homelander orphan girl who becomes heir to the Blue Sword that no woman has wielded since the Lady Aerin herself bore it into battle. (Prequel) The Hero and the Crown.
Young Adult Fantasy Series
Inheritance Cycle: In Aagaesia, a fifteen-year-old boy of unknown lineage called Eragon finds a mysterious stone that weaves his life into an intricate tapestry of destiny, magic, and power, peopled with dragons, elves, and monsters.
Adult Fantasy Series
Lord of the Rings: A hobbit named Frodo Baggins is given a ring of unspeakable evil. He and his companions, including hobbits, a dwarf, an elf, and a human, go on a quest to destroy the one ring.
Historical Fiction Books & History Databases
If you are looking for historical fiction books with British battles for the throne you can try some of Shakespeare's history plays or books like Philippa Gregory's (author of The Other Boleyn Girl) The Tudor or the Cousins' War series.
If you have a more informational historical bent about kings & queens who vied for the throne you can try our History in Context-World or History Reference Center databases.
If You Like Game of Thrones....
I wanted to find some books I haven't read that are like the Game of Thrones so I used the NoveList Plus database to search for Game of Thrones and then selected Title Read-alikes, Author Read-alikes, and Series Read-alikes. I found some good suggestions like the Wind Through the Keyhole, Phantom, Robert Jordan, J. Gregory Keyes, the Acacia Trilogy, and the Alchymist's Legacy.
As King Henry IV says in Shakespeare's play Henry IV Part II: "Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown."