With months to go before Game of Thrones series four, and The Winds of Winter still coming, coming, coming…
fans are experiencing post-Game-of-Thrones-anxiety. Here’s five books to read while you wait.

 

Dangerous WomenDangerous Women Anthology

Dangerous Women will feature 21 new stories from some of the biggest authors in the science fiction and fantasy genre, including Jim Butcher, Diana Gabaldon, Joe Abercrombie, Brandon Sanderson, Sherilynn Kenyon and of course, George RR Martin.

The Princess and the Queen is a history of the “Dance of the Dragons, as set down by a maester of the Citadel”. This is the 30,000 word version. A full 80,000 version will also be released at some point. No date of course, because George loves to keep us waiting.

 

 

 

 

 

Iron_KingThe Accursed Kings by Maurice Druon

Maurice Druon, enjoyed by George RR Martin, Nicolas Sarkozy and Vladimir Putin. The first book in the series, The Iron King, was published in English in 1956. There are seven novels, which take place during the reigns of the last five Capetian kings and the first two Valois kings, from Philip the Fair to John II.

The books were hugely successful in France, with two television series made, the first in 1972 and a remake in 2005. Only the first six were translated into English but they were printed multiple times until they went out of print in the late eighties. George convinced Harper Collins to republish them last year, and the seventh book will finally be translated into English.

Bloodier than A Song of Ice and Fire? You bet. Get onto them now before they disappear again.

 

 

Assassins_ApprenticeRealms of The Elderlings  by Robin Hobb

The first time I noticed George RR Martin was on the back of a Robin Hobb book, where he called her books “diamonds in a sea of zircons”. It took me a while to get around to reading George’s books too, likely because the owner of the second-hand fantasy book shop I used to frequent would always tell me he “kills everyone, EVERYONE!” when I was looking for a new author.

This series began with Assassins Apprentice in 1996, and has grown into a thirteen book series now dubbed Realms of The Elderlings. The series is set in one world, across several cities and countries. Read them in order, and pay attention. The world-building is unparallelled. High fantasy at it’s absolute best, gripping, surreal, amazing.

 

 

 

 

 Gardens of the MoonMalazan Book of the Fallen by Steven Erikson

Author Steven Erikson thinks you are either going to love these, or hate them. With the huge following of fans he has we can err on the side of love. The ten book series began with Gardens of the Moon in 1999, with the final novel The Crippled God published in 2011.

Yes, some fantasy authors manage to complete the series. You can hold on to hope.

The series is set in the Malazan Empire, with a vast cast of characters, with several storylines and subplots progressing simultaneously, the individual novels weaving back and forth between them. Not for the faint-hearted. A seriously epic series, gritty, dark and brilliant.

 

 

 

Feast Of Ice and FireA Feast of Ice and Fire: The Official Game of Thrones Companion Cookbook

A passion project from fans Chelsea Monroe-Cassel and Sariann Lehrer A Feast of Ice and Fire brings you recipes from each region of the Seven Kingdoms, accompanied by passages from the Song of Ice and Fire books.

Featuring more than 100 recipes including Quails Drowned in Butter, Almond Crusted Trout, Cream Swans, Mutton in Onion-Ale Broth, Beef and Bacon Pie and Honey-Spiced Locusts.

Endorsed by the man himself.

 

 

Look out for our interview with with A Feast of Ice and Fire author Chelsea Monroe-Cassel coming up next week!

 

 

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About The Author

Olga Hughes is currently pre-occupied with fairy tales, fantasy, misanthropy, medieval history and the long eighteenth century. She has a Bachelor of Fine Art from the Victorian College of the Arts and is currently majoring in Literature and History at Deakin. She has contributed to websites such as History behind Game of Thrones, The Anne Boleyn Files and The Tudor Society.

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