Real life is mashing me right now, so instead of writing a new post digging into the final season or finale of Game of Thrones, I am going to give you something even better: the series you should pick up next. Did you love the last season of Game of Thrones? Did you hate it? Are you just despondent that it is over? Are you a big fan of the book series? Are you beyond frustrated that George R.R. Martin isn’t making any progress on it?
Regardless of your answers to those questions, you should pick up The Traitor Son Cycle by Miles Cameron. It has all of the dragons and knightly battles and magic and sprawling cast of characters and epic stakes and deep historical roots of Game of Thrones. In fact, it exceeds Game of Thrones on almost all of those measures. If you think Game of Thrones shortchanged the existential threat posed by the White Walkers, rest assured that The Traitor Son Cycle is an Epic Fantasy with a capital E and a capital F. If you want to see someone stick the series landing after A Storm of Swords-level book 3, Cameron does it. And he is even deeper into the historical context than Martin. Martin reads history; Cameron lives it as a reenactor.
Oh, and his newest series, which opened with last year’s Cold Iron, is pretty dang good too.
Suffering from a Game of Thrones hangover after that shocking season 7 finale? Theorizing about the final season too bitter a salve when the wait might be well over a year? Looking for something with knights and magic and dragons and bloody, bloody battles that draws as deeply from the well of history as Game of Thrones? Look no further than The Traitor Son Cycle by Miles Cameron.
Why? Because it is, in my mind, the best ongoing fantasy period right now. And, yes, I am including A Song of Ice and Fire in that estimation. That not enough for you? You can read my reviews of the first, second, third, and fourth books. There is no interminable wait for the series to conclude here—the fifth and final book is out on October 31 of this year (review here).
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Last year, I read The Red Knight and it was enjoyable. I loved that the author actually depicted a pseudo-Catholic religion that wasn’t full of the usual cliche tropes, i.e. the hypocrite priest, creepy nun, and the entire religion being a total sham. Even some of the more psychotic and hardcore dudes were deeply religious. If anything, that just made the world and characters much more interesting.
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As long as the readers don’t mind nuns being raped by the army they supposedly hired to protect them.
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