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Top 5 Fantasy Novels That Aren’t ‘Lord of the Rings’ or ‘Game of Thrones’

Being a fantasy fan means you’re often bombarded with the same recommendations over and over again. Lord of the RingsGame of Thrones, Chronicles of Narnia, Tales From Earthsea, Dragonriders of Pern… it can get a little tiring after a while! But here at Bookstr, we look for the obscure as well as the famous. So, here are a few fantasy novels that fall outside of the norm and have just as much magic, action, and world building as you’d crave, just not by typical authors like Tolkien or Martin. Enjoy!


5. The Axe and the Throne by M.D. Ireman


A garbed barbarian stands tall before a snowy mountain

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A grim, dark fantasy tale, this one isn’t for everyone, especially if you don’t like violence or a cynical tone but it creates a world that’s vivid as it is brutal. The story follows a man called Tallos as he journeys through a war torn land where the line between good and evil is increasingly blurred as Northmen raid his people’s villages. Much like Game of Thrones characters are killed off without a moment’s notice and disposed of, frustrating some readers but allowing the stakes to be made clear. And it will reward you at the end if you can stick through it. Strongly cautioned but this one is highly recommended, despite the brutal, sometimes unrelenting world it creates.


4. Age of Myth By Michael J. Sullivan


A group of people stand before an enormous tree in a field

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Age of Myth begins an epic fantasy saga, telling of a long forgotten age where humans are worshipping a race they call Fhrey as gods. The Fhrey are masters of magic and seemingly immortal but when one falls to a mortal blade, the balance of power shifts entirely. Now humans are spurred into action, ready to rebel against the so called gods that have long dominated them. The book follows three people: Raithe, a boy who slew a god, Suri, a young seer who sees visions of a dark future, and Persephone, a young woman who must lead her people despite personal hardship. This is an epic novel of great scope, crafting the beginning of a great saga.


3. Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson


A young boy jumps around a landscape, knives in his hands

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Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson is set in a world where the land is ruled by a tyrant called the Lord Ruler and magic is uniquely designed around metal. The three main forms of magic revolve around metal to fuel or steal magic for themselves. The series centers around a thief called Kelsier, who plots to bring down the Lord Ruler for his own personal vendetta. Hunted by the Ruler’s armies, he must use his wits and magic to survive as he fights every step to gain an edge against the huge empire that rules the land.



2. The Black Company by Glen Cook


A company of soldiers stand around a woman in white, spikes surrounding around them

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This series is very unique, centering around a company of mercenaries called the Black Company in service to a villain. The series esquires traditional tropes to center more gritty warfare, despite epic fantasy battles from the perspectives of grunts, showcasing the deadly sieges, trench warfare, and other dangerous situations they fight in day after day. Combining epic and dark fantasy, The Black Company showcases a fantastical world from a unique point of view, showing what all this looks like from rank and file soldiers.


1. The name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss


A cloaked figure stands on a field of grass against a black sky

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The Name of the Wild is an acclaimed piece of work and its easy to see why. Following a young magician named Kvothe, Kvothe becomes a student at an arcane school and begins to set himself down the path to become the world’s greatest wizard. While not much truly happens throughout the novel, this is very refreshing, as this novel isn’t a traditional quest but following the journey of a boy to becoming a man. The prose is magnificent, the world is incredibly developed, and the main character is someone who acts like a real boy, frustrating and delighting readers. It’s not easy to say why this novel works, it just does. Pick it up for yourself and see.




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Lin-Manuel Miranda, Name of the Wind, Sam Raimi

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ‘The Name of the Wind’ Taps Sam Raimi to Direct

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s adaptation of Patrick Rothfuss’ The Kingkiller Chronicle series is actually moving forward, as Variety reports the production has approached Sam Raimi to direct. Lionsgate brought Miranda onboard in 2016 to produce and score the movie, and word is they’re now bringing on Raimi to helm the project.


Raimi is fairly familiar with literary adaptations, as the last movie he directed was 2013’s Oz the Great and Powerful, which took heavy inspiration from L. Frank Baum’s Oz series. Also, Raimi directed the original Spider-Man trilogy—the Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst ones.


Name of the Wind

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The Kingkiller Chronicle movie will reportedly be an adaptation of Rothfuss’ first novel in the series, The Name of the WindThe script will be penned by Transformers: The Last Knight screenwriter Lindsey Beer. Beer’s previous writing credit may not excite fans of Rothfuss’ series, but she’s an up-and-coming screenwriter who has a lot of exciting projects on the docket (Godzilla vs. Kong, Dungeons & Dragons). I’m not the only one excited for those, right?


Raimi hasn’t directed anything since 2013 and has instead been focused on producing (such as Ash vs. The Evil Dead, which everybody should be watching). Personally, I think Raimi’s style would suit Rothfuss’ extremely well. Raimi has a proven old-fashioned eye that can manage both horror, humor, and romance all in one scene, as evinced by his magnum opus: Spider-Man 2. Rewatch that movie. It’s perfect.


Simultaneously, Showtime is developing a Kingkiller Chronicle TV series. Fans of Rothfuss have a ton to look forward to. Plus, Rothfuss has been an outspoken advocate of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s involvement.


Are you excited for Raimi’s involvement? Or did you have other dream directors in mind? Let us know in the comments!


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Walt Whitman

These 10 Writers Had the Most Intense Facial Hair

If you are a man and you want to be a writer, you have two things you must do: 1. Write a book; and 2. Look more like Ernest Hemingway. That is the curriculum. When aged, experienced folks in the publishing industry ask young writers, “Have you read Hemingway,” they are really asking if you have fully embraced the possibility of facial hair. If you can grow a beard, have you tried growing his beard? If you cannot grow a beard like Hemingway’s, then that’s fine too. Your author photo will just be seriously lacking.


If you need inspiration on how to style your facial vegetation, or you want fuel for your imagination of what a beard might look like on your hairless face, then look no further than these literary greats.


1. Mark Twain


Mark Twain moustache facial hair

I also don’t know how he ate. | Image Via Biography


2. Friedrich Nietzche


Friedrich Nietzche moustache insane funny

I don’t think this even counts as a face. It’s 90% hair. | Image Via Encyclopedia Britannica


3. Michael Chabon


Michael Chabon beard

When you want to look like you don’t give a care, but you sneaky give many cares. | Image Via Pioneer Press


4. Walt Whitman


Walt Whitman

Tolkien’s inspiration for Radagast the Brown. | Image Via Social Justice For All


5. Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Fyodor Dostoyevsky crazy beard funny

Rocking the neckbeard since 1821. Beat that, reddit. | Image Via The Arc of Grace


6. Herman Melville


Melville beard square crazy

For those who wish a box hung off their jaw. | Image Via Bio


7. William Faulkner


William Faulkner cool stylish moustache elegant

What you get when googling “debonair.” | Image Via Bio


8. Terry Pratchett


Terry Pratchett beard smile

A beard as sharp as his wit. | Image Via Humanists UK


9. Patrick Rothfuss


Patrick Rothfuss long crazy wild beard

That beard is older than me. | Image Via Wikipedia


10. Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway great beard facial hair cool glorious

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Oh, and a bonus one: Young Stephen King


Young Stephen King crazy Beard wtf

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Showtime Picks Up Lin-Manuel Miranda & Patrick Rothfuss’ ‘The Kingkiller Chronicle’ Series!

Lin-Manuel Miranda, the man who turned the U.S.’s founding fathers into rappers, may be providing the world its next Game of Thrones-level fantasy TV series. Patrick Rothfuss’ The Kingkiller Chronicles will be coming to Showtime and my fantasy-reading friends are pretty stoked.


Lionsgate is also planning a trilogy of Rothfuss’ novels, but the Showtime series will be a prequel. It takes place in the same universe and will tell an origin story set a generation before The Name of the Wind (the first novel). 


Patrick Rothfuss

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It might seem like a weird coupling, Miranda and Rothfuss, but Rothfuss only had nice things to say about working with the Hamilton writer. Speaking to Vulture, Rothfuss said


I’ve told Lin many times, ‘There’s no degree you can be involved in this project that will not please me.’ He is full of joy, and he is disgustingly talented. Why wouldn’t you want to, you know, interact with that person as much as possible, either in projects or just in your day-to-day life?


Sounds like Rothfuss and Miranda have a budding friendship. It’s a good thing too. Miranda’s pretty prolific, so maybe that will rub off on Rothfuss. Fans are still waiting on the finale to The Kingkiller Chronicle. The Name of the Wind came out in 2007 and the follow-up, The Wise Man’s Fear, in 2011.


But don’t go asking Rothfuss where the third book is. He might be polite and say something like, “Oh, it’ll be here soon.” But what he’ll really be thinking, he said to Vulture, is, “just fuck off. Just die. I don’t need any more of that in my life.” His tongue, I’m sure, was in-cheek. Don’t worry, fans. He’s not actually telling you to do those things. Hey, if you were in his position, you might feel the same.


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