It’s been over two weeks since House of the Dragon season 1 culminated on a major cliffhanger, and ever since, I’ve been trying to fill the dragon-sized hole in my heart. On one hand, I feel inclined to rewatch Game of Thrones or reread ASOIAF. However, that will only bring me so far during the torturous wait until 2024. Therefore, in hopes of securing my fantasy escapism and yours, I’ve compiled some promising epic fantasy reads to keep us occupied until we return to Westeros once more!
Rule by Ellen Goodlett
Rebellion festers in the kingdom of Kolonya. The heir to the throne has just been murdered, and the king’s health is in steep decline. To skirt utter chaos, the king summons his three illegitimate daughters – Zofi, Akeylah, and Ren – declaring that one must succeed the throne upon his death. However, each girl harbors secrets, which invoke blackmail by a mysterious foe bent on ensuring none of the sisters get a chance to rule.
Engines of Empire by R.S.Ford
Torwyn is a nation of industry, run by the power of the Guilds. Chief among them are the Hawkspurs, a powerful family that hold the fate of the empire in their hands. When Hawkspur matriarch sends her three heirs across the nation, each faces a formidable journey involving threats of sorcery, seeds of a revolution, and a false accusation that could bring about the empire’s collapse.
The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
Maya’s horoscope has promised a cursed fate: her marriage will herald death and destruction. Haunted by such a prophecy, she has grown to resent her father’s kingdom and turns her eye to scholarly pursuits. However, all of her plans are capsized when her father arranges a politically-motivated marriage, making her the new queen of Akaran. The role brings her love, compassion, and desire, but also threatens her life by revealing an ancient mystery tied to Otherwordly realms.
Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey
Lessa’s birthright was stolen. When her father was betrayed and his lands, usurped, she was forced to disguise before the nobles of Benden Weyr as a lowly kitchen girl. That is, until she meets a queen dragon and establishes a bond that will change everything. With an ancient evil spelling potential destruction for the entire planet, Lessa must risk her and her dragon’s life to save her world before it’s too late.
The Amber Crown by Jacey Bedford
With the king dead and the queen missing, chaos is on the horizon as enemies mobilize. The usuper king is on the move and a dangerous magical power is gaining strength in Biela Miasto. Valdas, the Captain of the King’s High Guard is on the run after being accused of the monarch’s murder, charged with a new task from the dead king. The quest to discover the true assassin, find the queen, and restore the rightful succession is on.
Winter’s Fury by A.E.Rayne
Jael was the greatest warrier in Brekka, and the daughter of the king. That is, until her uncle stole the throne and made her a pawn in a marriage alliance to the son of their worst enemy. Though both bride and groom are reluctant to the union, the dreamers have steeped the marriage in prophecy. Together, the two must stand against the darkness that looks to overcome the five kingdoms.
The Justice of Kings by Richard Swan
Sir Konrad Vonvalt, the Emperor’s Justice, is both feared and respected, upholding the law despite growing unrest agains the Imperial throne. His protege, Helena Sedanka, stands by his side. As a pair, the two investigate a murder of a provincial aristocrat, which ends up unearthing a sweeping conspiracy – one that extends to the very top of Imperial society. With the stakes quickly rising, Konrad and Helena face an impossible choice to protect the fate of the Empire.