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Books to Read Between Episodes of Game of Thrones

You know nothing, we know nothing; there’s a whole week until the next episode of Game of Thrones. So how do we survive? These richly detailed stories will divert you from the absence of Thrones and toward new worlds of tragic emotional roller-coasters, er, epic fantasies.
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    The Name of the Wind

    If you’re looking for an epic fantasy, Patrick Rothfuss has just the series for you. The KingKiller Chronicles are about a young boy named Kvothe who grows to become a notorious magician. Rothfuss transports you into his world which is both riveting and chock-full of character development. If you’re still unconvinced, George RR Martin himself called this “the best epic fantasy [he] read last year…He’s bloody good, this Rothfuss guy.”

    The Name of the Wind: 10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition Book Cover Picture
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    Half a King

    Another George R. R. Martin recommendation, who called Abercrombie’s first book in the series, “a fast-paced tale of betrayal and revenge that grabbed me from page 1 and refused to let go.” The story follows a one handed prince who seeks to avenge the death of his father to regain the throne. Think Jamie Lannister meets Daenarys Targaryen.

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    The King’s Deryni

    In this conclusion to the epic Child Morgan trilogy, the bonds of both magic and loyalty will be put to the ultimate test.

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    The Farseer Trilogy

    Robin Hobb’s beloved assassin, FitzChivalry Farseer, has taken the fantasy world by storm. Discover this intricate world of royalty, murder, and survival while on your Game of Thrones hiatus.

    The Farseer Trilogy 3-Book Bundle Book Cover Picture
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    The Lies of Locke Lamora

    A young orphan, Locke Lamora dodges death and slavery, becoming a thief under the tutelage of a gifted con artist. He soon gains notoriety, fooling everyone, and finds that he must use this talent to defeat his enemies. Arya Stark, anyone?

    The Lies of Locke Lamora Book Cover Picture
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    Darwin’s Watch

    Combine history and the philosophy of science with wizards that have to save Earth from an apocalyptic end, and you’ll find an elaborate, fantastical, and funny tale called Darwin’s Watch.

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    Outlander is a story known for its unforgettable characters and detail-rich historical settings. Much like the places you know so well in Game of Thrones, you’ll be drawn into the world of Outlander and its soulful inhabitants.

    Outlander (Starz Tie-in Edition) Book Cover Picture
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    The Darkling Child

    A stand-alone novel in Terry Brooks’ legendary Shannara series, The Darkling Child, has all the requirements of an epic fantasy; It is a race against the clock for dark sorcerer, Paxon Leah, to locate a magical source before it falls into the wrong hands.

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