After watching Game of Thrones on HBO and finding out it was based on a book series, I couldn’t wait to read through them all. But now that I have completed the series, Drogon, Viserion, and Rhaegal have me hungry for more dragons. So, after you’ve finished reading the Game of Thrones series, here are five more epic fantasy book series to sink your teeth into.
1. Dragonriders of Pern
Written by Anne McCaffrey in 1966, this is the series that got me hooked on the fantasy genre as a school girl. It is actually three different books: Dragonflight, Dragonquest, and The White Dragon. All three are set on Pern, where dragons have been genetically modified to protect the planet from its greatest danger, the Thread. Unfortunately, this is the only series that I am still waiting to see made into a movie or TV production.
What began as a three part series written by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman in 1984 has swelled to over 100 titles. At the core of the series are the first three books: Dragons of Autumn Twilight, Dragons of Winter Night, and Dragons of Spring Awakening. They take you on a journey through the world of Krynn with a group of unlikely heroes to fight in the War of the Lance. Dragons of Autumn Twilight has also been adapted into an animated film.
3. Sword of Truth
The Sword of Truth series began in 1994 with the novel Wizards First Rule. Although it only has a few mentions of dragons, with it being eleven books long and translated into languages such as German and Spanish, it earns its spot in an epic fantasy list. According to the publisher, Macmillion, the author Terry Goodkind is a #1 New York Times bestseller. To find a complete list and description of each book, you can visit Macmillion’s website. For even more adventure, you can also check out Legend of the Seeker, which is the TV series based on the books.
4. Inheritance Cycle
Published in 2003, the series has grown to four books titled Eragon, Eldest, Brisingr, and Inheritance. The series follows a farm boy named Eragon and his dragon Saphira. For more about this series, you can visit the website, The Inheritance Cycle, dedicated to the books. Eragon was also adapted into a movie by the same name in 2006.
5. The Lord of the Rings
J.R.R Tolkien’s masterpieces, The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King were published in 1954 and 1955. While the main character is not a dragon (there is a dragon in the series though), the success of the series has been staggering and has only increased with its adaptation into the films by the same name, making it a must read in the genre of epic fantasy.