Need a fix of intrigue, adult fantasy, sex, and dragons? Here you go.
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The Fifth Season, N.K. Jemisin
This amazing novel by award-winning writer N.K. Jemisin is the first in the “Broken Earth” trilogy. It’s set in a world with a huge, single supercontinent called the Stillness. Every few centuries, the planet goes crazy, and they endure a “fifth season” of cataclysmic environmental changes. Buy the paperback edition for £2 here, the Kindle edition for £5.99 here, or the audiobook for £17.49 here.
Kings of the Wyld, Nicholas Eames
If you’re a fan of Tormund Giantsbane and the rest of the wildlings, you’ll love this tale of tough, funny, brave, free-living bandits who team up to rescue a friends’ daughter called Rose, who’s trapped in a city besieged by a huge enemy horde. It’s like George R.R. Martin meets Terry Pratchett. Get the paperback for £8.99 here, the Kindle edition for £5.99 here, and the audiobook for £17.49 here.
The Assassin’s Apprentice, Robin Hobb
Do you like bullied, ridiculed, and overlooked bastard sons who go on to train to become skilled fighters, are revealed to be more than they seem, and potentially go on to save the world? Then you’ll enjoy this novel (the first in a trilogy) set in the fantasy kingdom of the Six Duchies and packed with warring political factions. Get the paperback for £6.99 here, and the Kindle edition for £4.74 here, the audiobook here.
The Nevernight Chronicle, Jay Kristoff
If you loved following Arya Stark’s trials and tribulations in the House of Black and White, you’ll enjoy the Nevernight Chronicles, which follows ten-year-old Mia Corvere as she trains (and grows up) with the deadly assassins of the Red Church of Itreya. Oh, and there are demons in it too: bonus. Get the paperback for £6.29 here, the Kindle edition for £1.99 here, and the audiobook for £16.62
The Lies Of Locke Lamora, Scott Lynch
George R. R. Martin is a fan of this sprawling novel series, set in what’s essentially a fantasy version of Venice. It’s part of the “Gentleman Bastards” series, and follows a child called Locke, who’s constantly coming up with scams, until the Grey King and his mage arrive to test Locke and his gang. Buy the paperback for £6.99 here, the Kindle edition for £5.99 here, or the audiobook for £14.85 here.
The Waking Fire, Anthony Ryan
If you’re missing Drogon, this book is for you. It’s set in a fantasy world of feuding empires, where dragon blood is prized above all other things. Over-hunting has led to a shortage, so professional thief Claydon Torcreek is sent to find a legendary white dragon; even stronger than the others. Buy the paperback for £8.99 here, the Kindle edition for £4.99 here, and the audiobook for £17.49 here.
A Court Of Thorns And Roses, Sarah J. Maas
This complex story of alliances, magic, violence, and brutal politics set in a high fantasy, otherworldly faerie realm is pretty much exactly what GoT fans need to get them through the coming year-long drought. It’s for young adults, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t pack a visceral punch. Get the paperback for £5.19 here, the Kindle edition for £4.93 here, and the audiobook version for £21.87 here.
The Shadow Of What Was Lost, James Islington
This gripping saga takes place 20 years after the overthrow of god-like beings called Augurs. The Augur’s servants, the Gifted, are allowed to live, but they’re despised. And in the far north, an “ancient enemy is stirring” that everyone thought was a myth (and there’s no Wall to keep them out). Get the paperback for £8.99 here, the Kindle edition for £4.99 here, and the audiobook for £39.80 here.
His Majesty’s Dragon, Naomi Novik
Everyone knows the best way to win wars is with ships and dragons, right? This epic novel series imagines an alternate Earth where dragons are used to fight the Napoleonic wars. Captain William Laurence and his fighting dragon Temeraire aren’t quite Daenerys and Drogon, but the books are certainly entertaining. Get the paperback for £8.99 here, or the Kindle editon for £4.24 here.
Prince of Thorns, Mark Lawrence
Do you want blood, betrayal, and treachery set in a fantasy landscape? Look no further. This novel series follows noble-born Jorg Ancrath, who falls from grace to become leader of a band of outlaws in a chaotic world. He has power over the dead, and many childhood horrors to contend with. Get the paperback for £6.99 here, the Kindle edition for £4.74 here, and the audiobook for £11.37 here.
An Ember In The Ashes, Sabaa Tahir
Pakistani-American young adult author Sabaa Tahir really knows how to develop a gripping story. In this series, she introduces us to a brutal fantasy world roughly based on ancient Rome called the Martial Empire, and a young protagonist called Laia. It’s a bit like Meereen before Daenerys came along. Get the paperback for £7.99 here, the Kindle edition for £3.74 here, and the audiobook for £12.68 here.
The Kingkiller Chronicles, Patrick Rothfuss
This engrossing, addictive fantasy series follows a vagabond called Kvothe from his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, his years spent as a feral orphan in a King’s Landing-style city, and his attempts to join a dangerous school of magic. Oh, and there are dragons and sex too, of course. Get the paperback for £6.99 here, the Kindle editon for £5.99 here, and the audiobook for £17.49 here.
The Painted Man, Peter V. Brett
This first instalment of the Demon Cycle series is set in a ravaged world where demons terrorise the night, slowly decimating the human population, who desperately hide each night and use magical shields to survive. Arlen Bales is the sole survivor of a demon attack on his isolated farm, and vows to take revenge. Get the paperback for £6.99 here, the Kindle edition for £2.49 here, and the audiobook here.
The Ninth Rain, Jen Williams
The Ninth Rain is the first novel in the Winnowing Flame trilogy. It’s set in the once-great but now wolf-haunted city of Ebora. The last ruler of Ebora, Tormalin the Oathless, is tired of waiting to die in his castle, so he teams up with an explorer and a witch for an adventure that leads him into conspiracy, intrigue, and all-out war. Get the paperback for £8.99 here, the Kindle edition for £4.99 here, and the audiobook here.
The Way Of Kings, Brandon Sanderson
This epic fantasy is the first book in the three-part Stormlight Archive series. It’s set on Roshar, the world of storms, which is under siege by the Voidbringers. Only Shardblades can kill the Voidbringers (a bit like dragonglass vs. wights). Kings fight to win more Shardblades, and to unite the world under a single throne. Get the paperback for £6.99 here, the Kindle edition for £9.99 here, and the audiobook here.
The Iron King, Maurice Druon
This gripping work of historical fiction was George R.R. Martin’s inspiration for A Song Of Ice And Fire. It’s about Philip IV of France (“Philip the Fair”) who died in 1314, the end of a great dynasty, Grand Maesters, strangled queens, and curses. Basically, the Lannisters have nothing on the Plantagenets. Get the paperback for £8.99 here, the Kindle edition for £3.49 here, and the audiobook for £11.39 here.