Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James

Man Booker Prize winner Marlon James returns with immersive fantasy Black Leopard, Red Wolf, the first in a fast-paced trilogy that has been compared in scale to Tolkien’s Lord of The Rings. Introducing Tracker, a lonesome hunter with an extraordinary sense of smell, who is hired to find a missing boy. As he attempts to locate the child, the hunter quickly becomes the hunted. James weaves a tapestry of breathtaking adventure through a world at once ancient and startlingly modern against a backdrop of magic and violence. Black Leopard, Red Wolf was both a Sunday Times Number One Bestseller and a New York Times Bestseller -  a must-read for 2019.

Game of Thrones: A Guide to Westeros and Beyond: The Complete Series by Myles McNutt

Confused about the bloodlines of the Targaryens? Want to know more about the Night’s Watch? Perplexed by the lineage of the Starks? Game of Thrones aficionados will love the definitive companion to the TV series. A deep dive into Westeros, this ultimate companion will guide readers and viewers through the story of Ice and Fire from season one to eight. This beautiful coffee table book helps you navigate the intricate storylines, complex characters, and breath-taking geography of the HBO award-winning show. 

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

A classic fairy tale with literary prowess, The Bear and the Nightingale is an atmospheric read set in a village in rural Russia. In a state of perpetual winter an elderly servant tells stories of sorcery and a mythical Winter King to the children who live there. However, protagonist Vasyu knows there’s more to these tales than meets the eye - she can see and feel the spirits that guard their house. A growing sense of darkness is approaching, and with it comes something evil in nature. Part of the Winternight Trilogy, The Bear and the Nightingale is perfect for fans of historical fantasy. 

Dreamwalker by J.D. Oswald

If you think GoT should spend less time fretting about who should ascend to the Iron Throne and more time in the company of dragons why not try J D. Oswald’s Dreamwalker. In this captivating novel of magic and mystery, the first in Oswald’s The Ballad of Sir Benfro series, dragons take centre stage.  Join Benfro, the first male kitling to be born in a thousand years, as he seeks to return his kin to their rightful place in the Kingdom of Men. While in a small village, far from the bustling Twin Kingdoms, a young boy is beginning his own journey that might one day take him all the way to the throne…

Game of Thrones: A Pop-up Guide to Westeros by Matthew Reinhard

Inspired by the renowned title sequence that opens every Game of Thrones episode, Game of Thrones: A Pop-Up Guide to Westeros is one for super fans. It features pop-up recreations of well-known locations from the series, including Winterfell, King’s Landing, and the formidable Wall. An immersive journey into the landscape, there’s a map of Westeros to pour over, and mini pop-ups of direwolves, White Walkers, giants, and dragons. Packed with interesting text that details the rich history of the Seven Kingdoms and beyond, this dynamic reference guide to the world of Game of Thrones will be unputdownable as you watch the final series. 

God of Vengeance by Giles Kristian

King Gorm puts Jarl Harald’s family to the sword, but makes one fatal mistake – he fails to kill Harald’s youngest son, Sigurd. His kin slain, his village seized and its people taken as slaves, Sigurd wonders if the gods have forsaken him. Hunted by powerful men, he is unsure who to trust and yet he has a small band of loyal followers at his side. With them - and with the help of the All-Father, Odin - he determines to make a king pay in blood for his treachery. Using cunning and war-craft, Sigurd gathers together a fellowship of fsupporters and convinces them to follow him. The first in a series of action-packed Viking fiction, Gods of Vengeance follows Sigurd's quest for vengeance.

And I Darken by Kiersten White

Ever since Lada Dragwyla and her brother were abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman sultan’s courts, Lada has known that ruthlessness is the key to survival. Just like in Game of Thornes, the lineage that makes her and her brother special also makes them targets. Honing her skills as a warrior, she simultaneously nurtures plans to seek revenge on the empire that holds her captive. The first in a trilogy, read as the ties of love and loyalty that are stretched to breaking point by the ultimate anti-princess who knows how to wield a sword. 

Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson

If you like to read a series that is epic in scale and length, start with Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson – once you’ve tackled the first, there are nine more in The Malazan Book of the Fallen series to read next. The vast Malazan empire simmers with discontent, bled dry by war, infighting and bloody confrontations with Lord Anomander Rake and his Tiste Andii. Even its imperial legions yearn for some respite. For Sergeant Whiskeyjack and his Bridgeburners and for Tattersail, sole surviving sorceress of the Second Legion, the aftermath of the siege of Pale should have been a time to mourn the dead. However, it seems the empire is not alone in this great game. Sinister forces gather as the gods themselves prepare to play their hand...

The City by Stella Gemmell

Set in a vast and ancient city that has been caught in deep warfare for centuries, a mysterious emperor lies at the centre -  though few have ever glimpsed him in person. Remembered as a powerful man in his prime, there are rumours he is no longer human. Underneath the City the poor desperately cling to life in the catacombs, while heroes waste their lives on the battlefields. However, with a group of rebels beginning to emerge, hopes rest on one man. A man who was once the emperor’s foremost general - a revered soldier who could lead an uprising and liberate a city, a man who was betrayed, imprisoned and tortured. 

Darien by C. F. Iggulden

Set inside the walls of Darien, 12 families fight for a seat at a throne that is soon to be vacant. Sound familiar? With fraught family and personal dynamics, the Empire of Salt series gives Game of Thrones a run for its money with its complex relationships in an empire on the brink of civil war. Enter an orphan, a swordsman, a hunter, a killer, a thief and a chancer; whose arrival sets off a series of explosive events. 

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