Ok, I get it. You’re totally, epically, can’t-live-without-it in love with Game of Thrones.
But let’s be real here. If you’re waiting for the books, it’s going to be a while. And while the TV show is still going strong, it doesn’t have long before the lack of books puts it on a long hiatus. So while you’re waiting on the edge of your seat for George to pump out the next installment of A Song of Ice and Fire, you can count on these six series to keep you happily occupied. (And who knows? While you’re reading these, you might not care so much about waiting for the newest chapter of Life Sucks and All Your Relatives are Dead.)
Well it’s good, and it’s finished. Unfortunately for the rest of your daily life, it’s also really, really long. I mean REALLY. This high fantasy series by the late Robert Jordan has an incredibly detailed world, and, like Game of Thrones, isn’t only a book—it now has a video game, rpg, musical album, and may soon be turned into its own TV show or movie.
You will read the first few chapters and be skeptical. “It’s good, but why would Booknista tell me to read this,” you’ll ask. You will read the next few chapters and stop asking. In fact, you’ll stop talking entirely, because you’ll be too busy reading. And here’s a spoiler to sweeten the deal: it’s at least as exciting as Game of Thrones, and not nearly as many characters that you care about die! (Like that’s hard.)
So imagine this: a matriarchal society is being threatened by another matriarchal society that’s actually patriarchal. (Sort of.) Complex, fascinating characters. A good versus evil setup that’s actually interesting. Sound too good to be true? You’re wrong. It’s real. It’s even in your bookstore. Seriously. Go find it. Look under Fantasy > Anne Bishop > Daughter of the Blood. Go. Now.
A woman so good with words that she can change your identity just by calling you a different name—now that’s a girl Booknista can get behind! Just add a dash of romance, accidental time travel, criminal companions, mystery, and adventure, and you’ve got Elizabeth Haydon’s Rhapsody trilogy.
It’s basically a sex-based society. Seriously. It’s as if France had been founded by angels who were really into sex. I’m not kidding here. Our protagonist is a girl raised as a courtesan-priestess and trained as a spy who discovers a plot against her country. She gets kidnapped, escapes, shacks up with her bodyguard, and becomes an ambassador. So, basically my role model (except for the kidnapping thing).
This post-apocalyptic epic takes place shortly after all electricity, engines—basically everything that’s able and intended to explode—stops working. Three different characters all make the journey to the Pacific Northwest (that’s around Portland and Seattle, people), and set about building their own countries. (Nation-states? Societies? Whatever. You get the picture.) As you can probably guess, the three sets of characters meet up and start bangin’. Also trying to kill each other. If they had Facebook, all their profiles would say “it’s complicated.”
Go check ‘em out, and let us know which one made you forget all about your Game of Thrones obsession.