So, you’ve just binged The Last Kingdom on Netflix, and now you’re wondering what to do next. Well, wonder no more, because we’ve got some book recommendations to cure your Last Kingdom hangover. We’ve rounded up five books that deal with Norse mythology, Vikings, feuding kingdoms, and everything in between.
1. The Saxon Stories, Bernard Cornwell
This first one is a given. If you didn’t already know that Netflix’s The Last Kingdom was based on a book series, now you do! If you love the show and want to get into the details of it, check out the books that inspired the series adaptation. You’re in luck too, because there’s currently 13 books in the series. So, if you were looking for a new series to keep you occupied for a bit, this is the one for you.
2. A Song of Ice and Fire, George R. R. Martin
Okay, this one is another given, but in our defense Bernard Cornwell’s Saxon Stories is frequently compared to A Song of Ice and Fire. If you haven’t already jumped on the Game of Thrones bandwagon or you’ve only watched the series, we highly suggest reading the books that inspired the award-winning series. You can relive all the devastating deaths that shocked you in the show, and then sit with all of us book fans as we continue to wait for The Winds of Winter.
Side Note: WHAT’S TAKING SO LONG, GEORGE?? It’s been 11 years since the last book, we need answers. More importantly, I need answers.
3. Sky in the Deep, Adrienne Young
Sky in the Deep is steeped in warriors trained from birth, clan rivalries, and our favorite enemies to lovers trope. Overall, it’s a great YA read and even if you’re not fresh off of The Last Kingdom you’ll still enjoy it. The best part? Sky in the Deep is the first in a duology, so once you finish it, check out The Girl the Sea Gave Back.
4. The Witch’s Heart, Genevieve Gornichec
The Witch’s Heart is perfect for fans of classic mythology retellings like The Song of Achilles, Circe, and Ariadne. Take a break from Greek mythology retellings (though they are fantastic) and try out this retelling of Norse mythology. Still not convinced? The Witch’s Heart features everyone’s favorite trickster god, Loki! Who doesn’t love that?
5. The Shadow of the Gods, John Gwynne
Shadow of the Gods has everything: a Norse-inspired world, magic, and vengeful gods. It’s fast-paced and full of intense battle scenes that all fans of The Last Kingdom will enjoy. Once you finish this book, have no fear because the sequel, The Hunger of the Gods, is set to hit shelves April 22 of this year!
Fun Fact: Author John Gwynne is also a viking reenactor! How cool is that?!