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5 books to help you get over your Game of Thrones withdrawal

If you watched the brilliant and absolutely emotionally gutting Season 5 finale of Game of Thrones on Sunday night, then you're likely undergoing some withdrawal symptoms.

I don’t want to spoil anything but if you haven’t seen it yet be prepared (very prepared) to have your mind-blown and make sure to keep a box of tissues nearby.

As someone who has read the books, I’m very proud of the direction the showrunners are taking the show in and I am anxiously awaiting Season 6. Unfortunately, the next season will not be releasing until 2016. Until then, here are some epic books to help you cope with your Game of Thrones withdrawal.

The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)  by Patrick Rothfuss

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One of the things I absolutely adore about the Game of Thrones series is its complexity and brilliant world-building. If you’re like me and enjoy those aspects as well, then you will love the The Name of The Wind. This book follows the story of Kvothe and his journey to becoming a powerful wizard. The book is full of action, mystery, and amazing characters — although it’s a super long book (600 pages), you will not be able to put it down!

The Queen of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #1) by Erika Johansen

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 Princess Kelsea Raleigh must claim her throne and become Queen of the lands she was born to rule. However, she soon finds herself in possession of a powerful magic jewel and learns that there are people out there determined to destroy. Fans of Game of Thrones who love Dany’s story and her rise to become Khaleesi will enjoy reading about Kelsea’s journey to save her kingdom.

An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes, #1) by Sabaa Tahir

 

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An Ember in the Ashes follows the story of Elias, a solider, and Laia, a slave, as their lives intertwine in a Martial Empire’s military academy. Although this book has been marketed as Young Adult, Sabaa Tahir does not shy away from painting brutal scenes; there’s a ton of gore in this book and also very emotionally gutting rape scene moments. There’s definitely some Game of Thrones level of intensity in this book as Laia and Elias try to escape from the tyranny of the Empire.

 

His Majesty’s Dragon (Temeraire #1) by Naomi Novik

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Imagine if the Napoleonic Wars happened with dragons in the picture. Naomi Novik reimagines a world in which the British and their French don’t have fight for the greatest number of fleets but rather for greatest number of dragons. If you’re missing Game of Thrones’s Dany, the Mother of Dragons, then you should pick up His Majesty’s Dragon and read about the British fighting Napoleonic forces with dragons.

 

Falling Kingdoms (Falling Kingdoms, #1) by Morgan Rhodes

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If you’re missing Game of Thrones’ political scandals, betrayals, murders, and hidden alliances, then you will greatly enjoy Falling Kingdoms series. The book follows the story of four players who live in three kingdoms that are at war with each other. I should warn you guys that there are supposed to be six books in this series and only three are out so far. Don’t worry though, Morgan Rhodes puts out books much faster than George R.R. Martin.