Are you anxiously awaiting the next installment of A Song of Fire and Ice? I’m not here to give you spoilers or speculate on cliffhangers. Instead, I want to give you books to fill your need to read this summer. If you like books that come in a series, like the five (and soon to be six, we hope) that are part of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Fire and Ice, then hopefully you’ll find one or more of these book series below enjoyable and entertaining.
If you like the suspense of the A Song of Fire and Ice series but want to move out of the fantasy realm, the Wayward Pines trilogy might just be something you’d enjoy reading. And, if you’re a fan of being able to both watch and read the same story lines, this book series has just been turned into a T.V. show that airs on Fox.
This three-part series, written by Blake Crouch, Pines, Wayward, and The Last Town, are as thrilling as they are engaging. Secret service agent Ethan Burke finds himself in Idaho for a simple mission that quickly devolves into a car accident, a stint in the hospital, and a town that won’t let him contact the outside world. As the series progresses, the town becomes more controlling and Ethan must find a way out beyond the electric fence to the family he left behind.
The Legend of Drizzt
If you love the fantasy, magic, and lore of A Song of Fire and Ice, then the Drizzt books set in the Forgotten Realms, written by R.A. Salvatore, will bring you plenty of enjoyment.
The Legend of Drizzt trilogy tells the story of a Drow, also known as a dark elf. Drizzt Do’Urden was a prince in Menzoberranza, the vast underground city of the Drow. To get ahead in this world, in this city, one has to be bloodthirsty, unprincipled, and downright vile. Drizzt finds himself to be none of these things and flees his home. To escape the underground world and find light, Drizzt must face many things that lurk in the dark, but most of all, he must learn to survive the solitude he is surrounded by to find his way above ground.
If you love the politics in A Song of Fire and Ice but would like a little more romance, Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander might be the series for you. Plus, like Pines, Outlander has been made into its own T.V. series.
Outlander is not for the faint of heart, nor for people who like book series to end after just three books. This series features about ten books written by Diana Gabaldon, with more on their way. In 1945, Claire Randall has returned home from the war and is off on a second honeymoon with her husband. And then she falls through time after stepping through an old stone circle and finds herself in Scotland, in 1743. Claire finds herself in a land torn by war, surrounded by situations that threaten her life, but also finds the possibility of a new love.
The Tales of Dunk and Egg
If you’re just a huge George R.R. Martin fan, and you haven’t read his other works, you should probably start there.
This series is set in the same world as A Song of Fire and Ice but takes place eighty-nine years before events that take place in the later series. The Tales of Dunk and Egg, The Sworn Sword, and The Mystery Knight all focus on the adventures of Dunk, also called Ser Duncan the Tall, and his squire, Egg. Are there spoilers in these three novellas (or short novels)? Not really, at least none that readers have spotted, but characters, like Daenerys’ great relatives, show up in this series. So if you’re craving more adventures in Westeros, you really can’t go wrong with this series.