So you liked A Game of Thrones / A Song of Ice and Fire and you want more of the same. Certain online retail giants can give you some ideas for other books. But there are a lot of facets to the story and the world that George R. R. Martin has built. Different facets appeal to different people, and that means there’s no “one size fits all” when it comes to recommendations. For this edition of “If You Liked…”, I’m going to concentrate on character preferences.
If your favourite character is…
- Tyrion Lannister. Clever, quick-tongued, shameless rogue who never lets his disability slow him down? Try the Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold (science fiction) or Queen’s Man by K.D. Sarge (science fiction).
- Arya Stark. Kick-ass preteen tomboy? Pretty much anything by Tamora Pierce (YA fantasy).
- Brandon Stark. Victim of the bad guys who gets lost inside his own head and must fight his way out? Melusine by Sarah Monette (fantasy) or Solitaire by Kelley Eskridge (science fiction).
- Catelyn Stark. Noblewoman in a patriarchal medieval society who works within the restrictions to get what she needs? Paladin of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold (medieval fantasy).
- Eddard Stark. Hero for whom honour is everything? His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik (historical fantasy) or The Children of Hurin by J.R.R. Tolkien.
- Jon Snow. Boy hero sent into exile? Come on, you don’t really need any help with that one…
- Danaerys Targaryen. Mother of Dragons? Any of the Harper Hall or Pern books by Anne McCaffrey (science fantasy), may she rest in peace.
- Viserys Targaryen. Um, you’re worrying me.
I know I’m missing some characters. If I haven’t included your favourite (from the first two books/seasons only, please), who is it and what books would you recommend?