Are you sick of hearing about A Song of Ice and Fire? It seems like unless you were living under a rock for the past five years, everyone and their dog is reading or watching Game of Thrones. Maybe you’ve checked out the books and haven’t fallen for them, or maybe you just don’t want to give in to the popularity. Whichever the case is, trying these fantasy series can’t hurt.
Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss
Kingkiller, not kingslayer. This is a very concentrated book series, beginning with The Name of The Wind. All of it is narrated by the first person perspective of Kvothe, or from the third person perspective of a man listening to the story. There are no large scale building schemes like in A Song of Ice and Fire, but at the same time it does paint a picture of how power works, similar to how A Song of Ice and Fire puts it. An excerpt from the book:
“[The silence] was as heavy as a great river-smooth stone. It was the patient, cut-flower sound of a man who is waiting to die.”
Malazan, Book of the Fallen by Steven Erikson
This war heavy book focuses more so on military realities and brutality of war, rather than politics that go around in circles. It is a brutal medieval world where Gods and magic play huge parts. No one is entirely good, and no one is fully evil, so you will find yourself rooting for both sides and characters that are scattered throughout. An excerpt from the book:
“Tattersail threaded her way around the dazed survivors, stepping across puddles of blood in the wagon-ruts, her eyes lingering on an obscene pile of amputated limbs…”
The First Law by Joe Abercrombie
A fantasy series that consists of three stand alone novel set in the same world. It has dark humour written all over, it is dark, slick, and some of the most eloquently written fight scenes ever. Although the plot is lacklustre, the characters will resonate with you forever. An excerpt from the book:
“She tipped back her head and swilled down the last of her wine. ‘Having fucked the groom is really no excuse for missing a wedding, you know.”
We hope you enjoy reading.