This was actually a Twitter thread I put together last week when I was bored and travelling. I originally said it would be short and just my top favourites, but it’s ended up covering about 25 book recommendations, so I thought I’d post it here for posterity and anyone who doesn’t like reading through threaded tweets.
THE QUEEN OF IEFLARIA: A Mother of Dragons without the bloodshed.
THE QUEEN OF THE TEARLING: An exiled young queen returns and finds that ruling is harder than it seems.
NEVERNIGHT: A girl trains to be an assassin to avenge her family.
MORTAL HEART: An assassin pledged to the God of Death.
LADY SMOKE: With her country under foreign rule, a young Queen makes tough choices and considers various marriage proposals to free her people.
EAST: A heroic journey through the frozen north to rescue innocents trapped by monsters.
MASQUERADE: A seer who actually decides to do something about the terrible visions they see of the past and future.
LADY BRIENNE OF TARTH
ALANNA THE FIRST ADVENTURE: A girl fights to become the world’s first female knight.
SKY IN THE DEEP: A girl who’s seen more blood than most boys.
THE NAVIGATORS TOUCH: A sapphic seafaring Viking.
THE MATRIMONIAL ADVERTISEMENT: A woman risks a sketchy-sounding marriage to achieve something she needs.
A CURSE SO DARK AND LONELY: A kings guard takes some extremely questionable actions but spends the book redeeming himself. Has family issues.
THE QUEENS OF INNIS LEAR: Everyone wants the crown and everyone is terrible. Everyone has serious family issues.
DAUGHTER OF THE SUN: A noble knight goes on a perilous journey with someone who is literally the “personification of poor decision-making”.
JANE EYRE: A protagonist who loves to read and is abused by their family eventually goes to work for someone very questionable.
NOT EVEN BONES: Our protagonist does horrible things to appease a terrible parent but eventually tries to redeem themselves. Things get pretty gory.
THE TRUE QUEEN: Somebody finds out that they’re actually the lost heir to the Crown. Except, not exactly.
MIDDLEGAME: Mad scientists break the laws of nature to create superpowered “creatures” they can’t exactly contol. Because, of course they do.
A MAN CALLED OVE: A grumpy old man (with a heart of gold) just trying to get on with things while everyone around him is is a useless idiot. Many frustrated sighs and eye-rolls.
WICKED SAINTS: The gods speak to a young girl, urging her to use blood magic to end a corrupt empire. *Potential trigger for self-harm*
DARK TRIUMPH: A trained killer risks everything to fulfil a lifetime ambition of getting back at a truly terrible relative.
SPACE OPERA: A washed-up rocker inexplicably ends up in a position to change history.
*courtesy of @HighHawkSeason*
THE GOBLIN EMPEROR: A young person who never expected to be king Tries His Best while people scheme around him.
OUTLANDER: A fighter from the north kidnaps a uptight, lost southerner. They eventually overcome their mutual distrust and run off together.
MARESI: An island of women and girls defend their home from ruthless invaders.
Do you have any favourite characters (Game of Thrones or otherwise)?
Which book would you pair them with?