If you love Game of Thrones, read the Empire of Salt series by CF Iggulden

Fond of a fantasy world filled with conspiracy theories, double-crossing, a myriad of characters hiding their true selves and a fight for a crown? Game of Thrones fans will love the Empire of Salt series by CF Iggulden. The first book introduces us to the city of Darien, which lies at the heart of a dying empire. Here, 12 families are battling for a throne that will soon become vacant. Into this come an orphan, an old swordsman, a hunter, a killer, a thief and a chancer - there may not be dragons but there’s so much else going on, you won’t even notice.

If you love True Blood, read the Half Bad trilogy by Sally Green

True Blood made vampires fashionable again. We’re introduced to them - alongside a melting pot of other supernatural creatures - through the eyes of the telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse. Fans of the show should read Sally Green’s YA trilogy Half Bad, an epic series that enhances its classic good vs evil storyline with troubled teen characters who are trying to be normal in a world of warring factions of witches. Half Bad’s protagonist, Nathan Byrn, is as loveable and appealing a character as Sookie, and you’ll want him to win against the odds - and there are a lot of odds.

If you love American Horror Story, read the Penguin Classic Horrors series

Like the TV show, which evolves with every series, the Penguin Classics Horrors offer a variety of sinister tales, and you’re sure to find one that will terrify you. Behind the series’ curation is filmmaker and master of Gothic horror Guillermo Del Toro. It includes renowned tales such as Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Edgar Allen Poe’s The Raven, as well as lesser-known short stories collected into the American Supernatural Tales volume. 

If you love The Fall, read the DI Harry Virdee series by A. A. Dhand

Gillian Anderson has had many small-screen roles since the days of The X-Files, but it was her portrayal of police officer Stella Gibson in The Fall that really brought her critical acclaim. While hunting a resident serial killer she treads a fine line on the margins of what’s honourable, just like Dhand’s Harry Virdee. Why not swap The Fall’s Belfast for Dhand’s Bradford, and get to know Virdee who, despite his many, many flaws will have you rooting for him - just like you did for Stella.

If you love Stranger Things, read the Winternight Trilogy by Katherine Arden

At first glance it might not seem like Stranger Things - a 1980s-set sci-fi drama - and the Winternight Trilogy - inspired by Russian mythology - have much in common. But both feature leads with extraordinary gifts, demons and dark magic, and are set in worlds which are not what they always appear to be. The Winternight books put a new spin on fairy tales, introducing us to mortal and magical villains.  Central character Vasya, like Stranger Things’ Eleven, is a girl not to be underestimated.

If you love Twin Peaks, read 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

Cult classic Twin Peaks is, on the surface, an investigation into the murder of a homecoming queen, but delve a little deeper and you’ll discover a healthy dose of the surreal.  It’s packed with many uncanny elements that elevate it to something a bit more unusual. Similarly, Murakami’s dystopian 1Q84 seems to start in a place we think we know - Tokyo in 1984 - before transporting readers into something that seems both strange and familiar. A love story that traverses parallel worlds, multiple narratives and interwoven subplots, 1Q84, like Twin Peaks, is a cult hit from one of our most revered writers.

If you love Line of Duty, read the Rizzoli and Isles series by Tess Gerritsen

Its double-crossing cops may be a hallmark of Line of Duty, but what really stands out about the BBC series is its complex, flawed female characters. Gerritsen’s Rizzoli and Isles books share that trait, following Detective Jane Rizzoli and forensic pathologist Maura Isles, who work in partnership to solve a variety of crimes. Perfect for those who love intricate crime dramas with characters as compelling as the mysteries they’re solving.

If you love Vanity Fair, read the Georgian series by Jean Plaidy

If you’re currently enjoying ITV’s adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray’s classic novel - complete with its plucky heroine tailor-made for our times - then you’ll love Plaidy’s Georgian-set novels, which bring the 1800s vividly to life. Featuring royalty, political intrigue and a good dollop of romance, these books all have great female heroes, who are both brave and brilliant.

If you love Luther, read the Alex Cross series by James Patterson

Idris Elba’s Detective Chief Inspector John Luther is a maverick cop, tormented by the crimes he investigates, often ensnared in psychological games of cat and mouse. If you like a tough detective whose job demands almost more than they can give, then try Patterson’s Alex Cross series, focusing on the Washington, D.C. detective who not only fights against threats to his city, but also to his family. Tense and with a mastermind protagonist, this is an extensive series to really lose yourself in.

If you love American Gods, read the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan

Looking for some good old classic mythology set against a modern-day backdrop? In American Gods, conceived by Neil Gaiman, we meet Shadow Moon, an ex-con who meets the mysterious Mr Wednesday and is quickly embroiled in a conflict between the Old Gods the New. It’s a not dissimilar challenge to the one faced by Percy Jackson, who leads a perfectly normal life until he discovers he’s the son of Greek god Poseidon. Suddenly, demigod Percy is swapping basketballs and skateboards for swords and monsters, while avoiding Zeus who thinks he’s stolen his lightning bolt. 

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