If You Enjoyed…

game of throness1Although season 6 of Game of Thrones is premiering on the 24th of April, the HBO series is still highly requested. Now that the show has finally caught up to the books that George R.R. Martin has published, Game of Thrones fans may feel a bit bored when the show isn’t airing. Below are T.V. Shows, Movies, and Audiobooks that are similar to Game of Thrones.

Disclaimer: due to the nature of Game of Thrones, a majority of the recommendations listed below are for mature audiences.

T.V. Series
The Tudors– King Henry VIII: young, sexy and the most powerful man in the world. The throne and the entire world became his at age 19. This television series reveals the early years of the passionate, vibrant, and scandalous man who forever changed the course of history.

Rome– Much of the politics seen in Game of Thrones is derived from real-life historical events. The HBO Original series, Rome, travels back towards the end of the Roman republic as it was transitioning into the empire; which caused civil wars, political turmoil, wars of conquest, and then eventually its own decline.

Black Sails– The prequel to Treasure Island, Black Sails, begins in 1715, with New Providence Island as a lawless territory. And the island is controlled by notorious and dangerous pirate captains. As the British Navy returns to annihilate the most feared Captain and his crew, the Captain allies himself with a local aristocrat to ensure his crew’s survival. Many opponents and obstacles stand in his way.

Borgias– An explosive story of history’s original crime family, the Borgia family. Conspiring with his ruthless sons Cesare and Juan and poisonously seductive daughter Lucrezia, the charismatic Rodrigo Borgia’s reign as Pope Alexander VI embroils the Catholic Church– and all of Europe– in scandal.

Centurion– If you enjoyed Rome, as well as Game of Thrones, travel back in time, to the rise of fall of the Roman Empire, with Centurion. During the 2nd century, the Roman Empire covered most of present day Europe. But in northern Britain, the relentless onslaught of conquest has ground to a halt in face of the guerrilla tactics of an elusive and savage enemy: the Picts. When the Roman legion is ambushed, the seven surviving Romans pledge to rescue their leader.

Malice– If you’re looking for a break from historical fiction, but still want the drama and action that Game of Thrones has, give Malice a try. When a serial killer begins murdering female students in a New England town, the college dean becomes involved in the investigation while wondering about the surgeon who has taken a room in his house.

Lord of the Rings Trilogy–  The Lord of the Rings trilogy deserves an honorable mention; as George R.R. Martin not only was influenced by Tolkien, but some also speculate Martin derived his signature “R.R.” from Tolkien. The first movie of the trilogy, The Fellowship of the Ring, tells of the fateful power of “The One Ring to Rule Them All.” All members of the fellowship, hobbits, elves, and wizards are plunged into a clash between good and evil. Check out the audiobooks of J.R.R. Tolkien’s work as well, starting with The Fellowship of the Ring.

A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin– Go back to where Game of Thrones originated. Long ago, an enigmatic event forever changed Winterfell, leaving the land with lush summers and harsh winters. Now, Winterfell’s borders are being increasingly encroached, forcing the prominent Stark family to defend its kingdom from enemies both old and new, including the rival Lannister House and a legendary demon. Check out Martin’s other high fantasy works such as A Knight of Seven Kingdoms and Rogues.

The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson– An epic series by Brandon Sanderson, who introduces the world of Roshar through the experiences of a war-weary royal compelled by visions, a highborn youth condemned to military slavery, and a woman who would do anything to save her impoverished house.

The Dark Tower Series by Stephen King– This heroic fantasy is set in a world of ominous landscape and macabre menace that is a dark mirror of our own. A spellbinding tale of good versus evil, featuring, “The Gunslinger,” a haunting figure who embodies the qualities of the lone hero through the ages from ancient myth to frontier western legend. The Gunslinger starts the series off.

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