George R.R. Martin’s epic Song of Fire and Ice series is wildly popular, both as novels and as the tv miniseries. The following suggested reads share with GoT exquisitely developed worlds (some parallel fantasy universes, some purely historical) in which their extensive casts of characters play out the epic stories filled with dynastic war, political machination, intrigue, romance, the quest for power, and the struggle to keep the world safe against mysterious forces.
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Christian Fiction is an increasingly popular segment of the publishing world, with many well-known and best-selling authors that appeal to a wide variety of readers. Christian Fiction encompasses many subgenres…romance, mysteries, westerns, historical fiction, “gentle reads”, “chick lit”, novels that focus on a particular religious order or community, and just regular realistic fiction. Authors range from formative classics–Lloyd Douglas, Taylor Caldwell, Catherine Marshall–to contemporary bestsellers–Karen Kingsbury, Jan Karon, T. Davis Bunn, Tim LaHaye. Some authors are “gentle reads”; some are not. The common thread among these varying forms is the resolution of narrative conflict through Christian principles.