Court intrigues in the land of Seven Kingdoms set the theme for Game of Thrones, the first novel in author George R.R. Martin’s Song of Fire and Ice fantasy series. As the saga begins, cold temperatures are returning to a land blessed by summers that go on for years and cursed by cruel winters that can last a generation. Meanwhile, sinister and supernatural forces are amassing behind the kingdom’s protective wall and a treacherous dragon prince is determined to win back his throne.
Fans of Martin’s books, or the television programs based on the series, will enjoy these tales featuring epic battles, magic, betrayal or conflict between good and evil. They are available to borrow from the Lititz Public Library.
Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
An orphan, who spent his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, undertakes a brazen yet successful bid to enter a difficult and dangerous school of magic.
Shadow on the Crown by Patricia Bracewell
Marrying the much-older King of England in the year of 1002, sixteen-year-old Emma of Normandy is surrounded by a treacherous court and draws on her wits to gain friends and protect her station.
Dune by Frank Herbert
Given up for dead on a treacherous desert planet, the son of a betrayed duke is aided by the land’s fierce, nomadic people.
Gauntlgrym (Neverwinter Book 1) by R.A. Salvatore
Drizzt joins Bruenor on his search for a fabled kingdom, but adversaries find it and set into motion a catastrophe that could spell disaster for the unsuspecting people of the city of Neverwinter.
The Black Prism by Brent Weeks
At the end of a war that put in him power, the emperor discovers he has a son born in a far kingdom and must decide how much he is willing to pay to protect a secret that could tear his world apart.
Wards of Faerie by Terry Brooks
During a tumultuous period in the Four Lands, young Druid Aphenglow stumbles on a dangerous secret about an Elven girl’s heartbreak and the vanished Elfstones.
Dragon Keeper by Robin Hobb
Guided by the great blue dragon, an ensemble of serpents fights its way to the cocooning grounds where the creatures that emerge are a distortion of the powerful, shining dragons of old.
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
Vowing to bring down the crime boss running their city, a group of gentlemen bandits sets out to beat the man at his own game, taking on other thieves, murderers, beggars and thugs in the process.
The Red Wolf Conspiracy by Robert V.S. Redick
After a terrible war, a 600-year-old ship sails for enemy lands and deals with deadly assassins, treacherous mermaids and monstrous slavers in order to deliver a young woman whose marriage will seal the peace.
The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
The visions of a war-weary royal predict the accounts of a highborn youth condemned to military slavery and a woman who hopes to saver her impoverished house.
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin
After Yeine Darr is and named an heiress to the king of the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, she is thrust into a vicious power struggle with cousins she never knew she had, drawing closer to the secrets of her mother’s death and her family’s bloody history.
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
In a world where Red bloods serve a Silver-blooded elite gifted with superhuman abilities, a Red girl scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village discovers she has powers of her own.
Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta
Years after the royal family was brutally murdered, a young man joins forces with an enigmatic fellow-exile who claims her dark dreams will lead them to a surviving child and a way to regain the throne.
August 11, 2017