Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books to Read if you like George R.R. Martin…
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
If you’re a fan of George R.R. Martin but are looking for a book more YA than A Song of Ice and Fire (I still recommend reading Ice and Fire if you’re a young adult), some of the books/series below are worth checking out…
1 – Red Rising by Pierce Brown
This has sci-fi and high fantasy elements, with some great writing and cool set pieces.
2 – The Edge Chronicles by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell
This is one of my favourite YA high fantasy series, with some of the best world-building I’ve read. There are 11 books in the main series, with a new series recently released. Beyond the Deepwoods is the first book.
3 – The Fire Sermon by Francesca Haig
This has dystopian elements, but it’s more high fantasy, with the same complex plotting and suspicious characters as Game of Thrones. Fast paced, well written, worth checking out.
4 – The Shattered Sea trilogy by Joe Abercrombie
Arguably the best YA high fantasy ever written, this is gritty, fast-paced and action packed with well-developed characters and plenty of violence. It’s YA, but it’s as close to Game of Thrones as YA comes. Half a King is the first book.
5 – The Rangers Apprentice series by Jon Flanagan
Another fast-paced series with solid action and characters. The plot isn’t as complex as Game of Thrones, but it’s still unpredictable and gripping. The Ruins of Gorlan is the first book.
6 – Shadow of the Wolf by Tim Hall
This book is underrated. It blends the legend of Robin Hood with werewolves, all in an interesting fantasy world.
7 – The Wardstone Chronicles/Last Apprentice series by Joseph Delaney
I grew up with this series. It’s fantasy/horror, set in a world just slightly different from the real one. Dark, fast-paced, worth checking out. The Spooks Apprentice/Revenge of the Witch (US) is the first book.
8 – Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas
I wasn’t a big fan of the first book, but the sequels edged closer to A Song of Ice and Fire and the series got better.
9 – Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
Similar to Throne of Glass in that it’s focused too heavily on romance for most of the plot, this is still a solid high-fantasy read with some good action sequences and an interesting world.
10 – Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence
Violent, gritty, funny, this is like Shattered Sea in that it’s as close as you can get to a YA Game of Thrones.