10 Fantasy Books Better Than 'A Game of Thrones', According to Goodreads - The Fantasy Review

10 Fantasy Books Better Than ‘A Game of Thrones’, According to Goodreads

Here is a list of 10 Fantasy Books Better Than A Game of Thrones, According to Goodreads.

A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin currently has the rating of 4.44 on Goodreads. The following books are standalones or first books in a series, as it would be unfair to compare it to the last book in a series, for example the fantastic ending to The Faithful and the Fallen series, Wrath, by John Gwynne, which has a Goodreads rating of 4.51.

Unsurprisingly, Brandon Sanderson features three times on this list! I can’t say I agree with any of these titles being “better”, but the all-knowing Goodreads reviewers might just have some interesting recommendations for A Song of Ice and Fire fans.

The Sword of Kaigen by M.L. Wang

Fantasy Books Better Than 'A Game of Thrones'

Goodreads Rating: 4.46

Better to die sharp in war than rust through a time of peace.
A mother struggling to repress her violent past, A son struggling to grasp his violent future, A father blind to the danger that threatens them all. When the winds of war reach their peninsula, will the Matsuda family have the strength to defend their empire? Or will they tear each other apart before the true enemies even reach their shores?

The Final Empire (Mistborn #1) by Brandon Sanderson

Fantasy Books Better Than 'A Game of Thrones'

Goodreads Rating: 4.47

For a thousand years, ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years, the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years, the Lord Ruler reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when all hope was lost, the scarred, heartbroken half-Skaa Kelsier found in himself the powers of a Mistborn.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Fantasy Books Better Than 'A Game of Thrones'

Goodreads Rating: 4.47

Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1) by Leigh Bardugo

Fantasy Books Better Than 'A Game of Thrones'

Goodreads Rating: 4.49

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price―and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone. . . .

Tress of the Emerald Sea by Brandon Sanderson

Fantasy Books Better Than 'A Game of Thrones'

Goodreads Rating: 4.50

The only life Tress has known on her island home in an emerald-green ocean has been a simple one, with the simple pleasures of collecting cups brought by sailors from faraway lands and listening to stories told by her friend Charlie. But when his father takes him on a voyage to find a bride and disaster strikes, Tress must stow away on a ship and seek the Sorceress of the deadly Midnight Sea. Amid the spore oceans where pirates abound, can Tress leave her simple life behind and make her own place sailing a sea where a single drop of water can mean instant death?

The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle #1) by Patrick Rothfuss

Goodreads Rating: 4.52

My name is Kvothe.
I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep.
You may have heard of me.

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

Goodreads Rating: 4.52

One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.

In ancient times the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elven-smiths, and Sauron, the Dark Lord, forged the One Ring, filling it with his own power so that he could rule all others. But the One Ring was taken from him, and though he sought it throughout Middle-earth, it remained lost to him. After many ages it fell by chance into the hands of the hobbit Bilbo Baggins….

Fourth Wing (The Empyrean #1) by Rebecca Yarros

Goodreads Rating: 4.63

Twenty-year-old Violet Sorrengail was supposed to enter the Scribe Quadrant, living a quiet life among books and history. Now, the commanding general―also known as her tough-as-talons mother―has ordered Violet to join the hundreds of candidates striving to become the elite of Navarre: dragon riders.

The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive #1) by Brandon Sanderson

Goodreads Rating: 4.65

Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter.

The Will of the Many (Hierarchy, #1) by James Islington

Fantasy Books Better Than 'A Game of Thrones'

Goodreads Rating: 4.67


The Catenan Republic – the Hierarchy – may rule the world now, but they do not know everything.

I tell them my name is Vis Telimus. I tell them I was orphaned after a tragic accident three years ago, and that good fortune alone has led to my acceptance into their most prestigious school. I tell them that once I graduate, I will gladly join the rest of civilised society in allowing my strength, my drive and my focus – what they call Will – to be leeched away and added to the power of those above me, as millions already do. As all must eventually do.

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  1. What happened to T H White’s books??? The Book of Merlin and The Once and Future King. The Hobbit by Tolkien. There is not enough room to list some of the best fantasy books.

  2. Really disappointed to see FR using clickbait tactics with the use of the word “better” in place of “more highly rated than”.

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