Fantasy Book Recordings Based On Your “Game of Thrones” Houses
Whether you consider yourself House Stark, Lannister, Baratheon, or Targaryen, we have a fantastic book recommendation for you.
Let’s be real, there is no book series like A song of ice and fire by George RR Martin. The level of court intrigue, family rivalries, betrayal, violence, and ice zombies make it unique and on its own level. When you’re looking for a new series to dive into, these fantasy book recordings are a good springboard to jump on as we get to the final episodes of the epic. The iron Throne.
There are certain aspects of A song of ice and fire which can be found in many fantasy book series, such as court intrigues, assassins, dragons, epic battles, found families, backstabbing for personal gain, magic, the dead coming back from the living and self-sacrifice.
There are nine Great Houses in Westeros: Stark, Targaryen, Baratheon, Lannister, Arryn, Tully, Greyjoy, Tyrell, and Martell, and all of them not only have their own sigils, but also house mottos and fan perceptions of what means to be part of. of each house. By breaking down these three elements, I have created these fantastic book recordings based on each house.
House Stark Book Recordings
Motto: Winter is coming
Book rec: ‘Alanna: The First Adventure’ by Tamora Pierce
When it comes to books that encompass all that it means to be a Stark, the first book that comes to mind is Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce. Alanna and Arya have a lot of similarities at first glance, with Alanna dressing as a boy to become a knight. The beginning of Arya’s journey, as she took fencing lessons disguised as “dance lessons” and was called a boy more than once, it’s no wonder the Song of the Tamora Pierce’s Lioness comes to mind.
Baratheon House Book Recordings
Motto: Ours is the fury
Book rec: ‘Priery of the Orange Tree’ by Samantha Shannon
Samantha Shannon’s epic fantasy, Orange Tree Priory matches the vibe of House Baratheon with its depth of lineage throughout Priory regarding Sabran IX, the thirty-sixth queen of Inys, and the threats her kin pose as assassins draw ever closer to the end of not only her reign, but the grip of her family on Inys.
House Targaryen Book Records
Motto: Fire & Blood
Book rec: ‘His Majesty’s Dragon’ by Naomi Novik
What better book to sum up House Targaryen than Her Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik, whose unique take on dragons and their riders is probably my favorite dragon-centric series to date. The Temeraire series dragons are more sentient than Drogon, Rhaegal, and Viserion, but that’s simply because Temeraire, Lily, and Maximus can talk. Unable to let go, Her Majesty’s Dragon will not disappoint any House Targaryen fan.
House Lannister Book Recs
Motto: Hear me roar
Book rec: ‘Assassin’s Apprentice’ by Robin Hobb
The Lannisters are known not only for paying their debts, but also for being conniving, ruthless, and would do anything to ensure the best for their family. With these characteristics I gave House Lannister apprentice assassin, the first book in the Farseer trilogy by Robin Hobb. The Royals, the Farseers, have a Lannister-sized family drama with the first in line for the throne abdicating because he fathered a bastard, the third in line being as petulant as Joffrey Baratheon, plus copious poisonings which could give the Lannisters themselves a run for their money.
Arryn House Book Recordings
Motto: As High as Honor
Book rec: ‘A Hundred Thousand Kingdoms’ by NK Jemisin
Arryn House and hundred thousand kingdoms are similar in a very superficial way: the Arryns live in the Eyrie, a fortress that sits thousands of feet above the valley below, while the city-state and palace in the Inheritance series of NK Jemisin are called Sky, and you can probably guess why.
House Tully Book Recs
Motto: Family, Duty, Honor
Book rec: ‘The Bear and the Nightingale’ by Katherine Arden
Along with the House Words of “Family, Duty, Honor,” Katherine Arden’s Winternight Trilogy seems like a perfect fit. At first glance The bear and the nightingale has a lot of similarities to A Song of Ice and Fire with the long winters, a blue-eyed winter demon, but what reminds me most of the Tully house is Vasilisa’s family associating it with someone one she doesn’t know, much like both Catelyn and Lysa lived out their marriage in the Stark and Arryn families.
House Greyjoy Book Recs
Motto: We do not sow
Book rec: A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab
Besides the Greyjoys and A Darker Shade of Magic which feature female villains (thanks to Yara and Lila Bard), I chose ADSoM for House Greyjoy because of not just the house’s words, but their more well-known saying, “Qu ‘is it? the dead can never die” which makes a lot of sense in VE Schwab’s trilogy.
House Tyrell Book Recordings
Motto: Become strong
Book rec: ‘Dreamer’s Pool’ by Juliette Marillier
When I think of House Tyrell, I think of Margaery and how she looks, Ser Loras the Flower Knight, and Olenna, who had one of the best scenes in The iron Throne as she revealed her secret. I have chosen Dreamer’s Pool for House Tyrell because of Highgarden’s fairytale aesthetic. Highgarden itself would fit well into Juliet Marillier’s Blackthorn & Grim series, as would Margaery and Ser Loras.
Martell House Book Recordings
Currency: Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken
Book rec: ‘The City of Brass’ by SA Chakraborty
It’s not just the backdrop for The City of Copper it reminds me of House Martell and Dorne, but the Martell family itself reminds me of the Qahtani family. The Martell family crest, a Lance of the Sun, reminds me of certain scenes towards the end of The City of Copper which are technically spoilers, so be sure to read it!
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