Whether you’re a dragon, a direwolf, or something else entirely, we have the perfect Game of Thrones book recommendations for you—and the rest of your kingdom.
If you’ve ever seen an episode of the epic show, or even read a page from A Song of Ice and Fire, we know you’re like us and have (maybe very) strong opinions about which house you’d belong to. We mean, it’s basically impossible not to.
So, to cure the upcoming and inevitable void in our lives where Game of Thrones should be (and to kill time before book six… *cough cough*), we put together the ultimate list of YA book recs inspired by the stories and spirits of some of the main Westeros houses! Scroll down and see what books you should be checking out from the Citadel next.
Frostblood by Elly Blake
The iconic whisper of “Winter is coming” sent chills down our spine so familiar we had to include FROSTBLOOD on this list. We wish the Starks had Ruby on their side in the fight against the White Walkers, because we are so ready for that reign of ice to end.
Seventeen-year-old Ruby is a Fireblood who has concealed her powers of heat and flame from the cruel Frostblood ruling class her entire life. But when her mother is killed trying to protect her, and rebel Frostbloods demand her help to overthrow their bloodthirsty king, she agrees to come out of hiding, desperate to have her revenge.
Snow Likes Ashes by Sara Raasch
Dark magic and dangerous politics abound in the Kingdom of Winter, which is why SNOW LIKE ASHES is a perfect fit for any self-proclaimed Stark. Plus, Meira was orphaned as an infant! We think her and Jon Snow would get along quite well.
A lightning-fast tale of loyalty, love, and finding one’s destiny. Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.
Hunted by Meagan Spooner
There are no direwolves in this tale, but much like the fierce women of House Stark, Yeva from HUNTED is a force to be reckoned with. She’s the perfect balance of Sansa and Arya, cunning yet vicious, and would absolutely fit into the Winterfell crowd without a problem.
Beauty knows the Beast’s forest in her bones—and in her blood. After all, her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering its secrets. So when her father loses his fortune and moves Yeva and her sisters out of their comfortable home among the aristocracy and back to the outskirts of town, Yeva is secretly relieved. But Yeva’s father’s misfortune may have cost him his mind, and when he goes missing, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the creature he’d been obsessively tracking before his disappearance.
The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner
The political intrigue of King’s Landing is no match for the wits competing on the Little Peninsula. We would pay good money to see Attolia go head to head with Cersei (srsly, crossover, pls), and Gen would definitely enjoy his time off with Jaime and Bronn. The world of THE QUEEN OF ATTOLIA is extremely clever and will appeal to any Westeros fan.
The brilliant thief Eugenides has visited the Queen of Attolia’s palace one too many times, leaving small tokens and then departing unseen. When his final excursion does not go as planned, he is captured by the ruthless queen.
Wicked Like a Wildfire by Lana Popovic
Need we say more for WICKED LIKE A WILDFIRE? The ruling queen of King’s Landing, the Lannister matriarch herself, is deviously wicked, and seven seasons later we know that no one should stand in her way. And then there’s the wildfire…
All the women in Iris and Malina’s family have the unique magical ability or “gleam” to manipulate beauty. Iris sees flowers as fractals and turns her kaleidoscope visions into glasswork, while Malina interprets moods as music. But their mother has strict rules to keep their gifts a secret, even in their secluded sea-side town. Iris and Malina are not allowed to share their magic with anyone, and above all, they are forbidden from falling in love.
The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead
Ah, romance, wealth, and intrigue among the wealthy. It’s what we wish we could expect from a ruling family like the Lannisters, and maybe what we would’ve gotten in the time before the twins. THE GLITTERING COURT is perfect for any Lannister who may not see themselves in their current ruler, but isn’t ready to give up the gold just yet.
Both a school and a business venture, the Glittering Court is designed to transform impoverished girls into upper-class ladies who appear destined for powerful and wealthy marriages in the New World. Adelaide naturally excels in her training, and even makes a few friends: the fiery former laundress Tamsin and the beautiful Sirminican refugee Mira. She manages to keep her true identity hidden from all but one: the intriguing Cedric Thorn, son of the wealthy proprietor of the Glittering Court.
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
The Tyrells as we’ve come to know them are a carefully crafted balance of the both the rose and the thorn underneath. Naturally, we had to start this out with A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES. Things aren’t always as they appear with these schemers, and we think it matches the dreamy—yet twisting—world of ACOTAR perfectly.
Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.
Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes
For QUEEN OF HEARTS, we paid a little more attention to the thorn than the rose. The members of House Tyrell weren’t afraid to do whatever they had to in order to survive and get ahead, and we think that they’d welcome queen-to-be Dinah into their pack.
Dinah is the princess who will one day reign over Wonderland. She has not yet seen the dark depths of her kingdom; she longs only for her father’s approval and a future with the boy she loves. But when a betrayal breaks her heart and threatens her throne, she is launched into Wonderland’s dangerous political game. Dinah must stay one step ahead of her cunning enemies or she’ll lose not just the crown but her head.
The Diabolic by SJ Kincaid
We saw time and time again that Olenna Tyrell, the fiercest matriarch in the Seven Kingdoms, would do whatever it took to protect her grandchildren. Of course, we couldn’t help but think of THE DIABOLIC, and the dedication that Nemesis had toward protecting her charge. Can you imagine if Olenna had been able to get Margaery and Loras their own Diabolic? Man, would things have been different…
Nemesis is a Diabolic. Created to protect a galactic Senator’s daughter, Sidonia. There’s no one Nemesis wouldn’t kill to keep her safe. But when the power-mad Emperor summons Sidonia to the galactic court as a hostage, there is only one way for Nemesis to protect Sidonia. She must become her.
The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
Yara (or Asha for all you book readers) is basically, unofficially, our underrated queen of the seas. She’s also our fav Greyjoy, obviously. And, so, to do her justice, we’ve matched her with THE GIRL FROM EVERYWHERE, because we think she would be an amazing addition to Nix’s crew. We’d like to see Euron try to chase her through time.
As the daughter of a time traveler, Nix has spent sixteen years sweeping across the globe and through the centuries aboard her father’s ship. Modern-day New York City, nineteenth-century Hawaii, other lands seen only in myth and legend—Nix has been to them all. But when her father gambles with her very existence, it all may be about to end.
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
The setting of THE SCORPIO RACES made it an immediate standout for the family that rules over the Iron Islands. This seaside story is intense, with both amazing characters and unique mythology that will stick with you. If Theon and Yara had time to get into sports, we think they’d be pretty big fans of the Scorpio Races.
It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die. At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn’t given her much of a chance.
Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
Okay, so maybe we’re being a little aspirational with this one and wishing that Theon and Yara would get their own magical pirate spinoff, but still. DAUGHTER OF THE PIRATE KING is epically nautical, and any Greyjoy would love Alosa’s story.
Sent on a mission to retrieve an ancient map—the key to a legendary treasure trove—seventeen-year-old pirate captain Alosa allows herself to be captured by her enemies, giving her the perfect opportunity to search their ship. More than a match for the ruthless pirate crew, Alosa has only one thing standing between her and the map: her captor.
Dividing Eden by Joelle Charbonneau
Oh House Baratheon… how the mighty fall. Their claim to the throne came undone after Robert, and watching Renly and Stannis turn against each other was brutal—especially how it ended for both. The sibling rivalry in DIVIDING EDEN is perfect for the Baratheon, and the monsters beyond the kingdom’s walls are a nice touch for any Game of Thrones fan.
As sister and brother, Carys and Andreus have always kept each other safe—from their secrets, from the court, and from the monsters lurking in the mountains. But the Trial of Succession will test the bonds of trust and family. How long before suspicion takes hold and the thirst for power leads to betrayal? With their country and their hearts divided, Carys and Andreus will discover exactly what each will do to win the crown.
Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas
There are a few reasons why we chose LONG MAY SHE REIGN for the Baratheons. In honor of Robert, who never stood a chance against his wife’s hidden evil genius. For his brothers who fought, and the children who inherited the throne after him. And, you know what, maybe a little for Gendry too, who could only get the crown at this rate the same way Freya does. Hopefully she can hold on a little better than any of our stag kings.
Freya was never meant to be queen. Twenty-third in line to the throne, she never dreamed of a life in the palace, and would much rather research in her laboratory than participate in the intrigues of the court. However, when an extravagant banquet turns deadly and the king and those closest to him are poisoned, Freya suddenly finds herself on the throne. And she may have escaped the massacre, but she is far from safe.
The Novice by Taran Matharu
Beyond Robert and Stannis and Renly, the Baratheon house is supposed to stand for strength and stability, albeit with a bit of a temper. So, for any Baratheon who maybe doesn’t identify with their king (or kings), we have THE NOVICE, a book that will fill all your old school, magical fantasy needs.
When blacksmith apprentice Fletcher discovers that he has the ability to summon demons from another world, he travels to Adept Military Academy. There the gifted are trained in the art of summoning. Fletcher is put through grueling training as a battlemage to fight in the Hominum Empire’s war against orcs. He must tread carefully while training alongside children of powerful nobles. The power hungry, those seeking alliances, and the fear of betrayal surround him. Fletcher finds himself caught in the middle of powerful forces, with only his demon for help.
This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
Okay, no offense, but House Bolton is TWISTED. Naturally, we have chosen THIS SAVAGE SONG as our first choice for anyone who sees themselves alongside Ramsay. Kate and August strive for better than any Bolton delivers, but we could so see this house excelling in the shadows of Verity. Roose Bolton would totally ally with Sloan. Gross.
Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a strain of music.
Royal Bastards by Andrew Shvarts
Oh Ramsay, you wanted your father’s name, but Jon Snow is three times the man you are. And he proved it in the Battle of the Bastards. Remember that? We do. But just because you identify with House Bolton doesn’t mean you’re a bad guy, and ROYAL BASTARDS is the perfect pick-me-up for anyone of questionable lineage after a long day of mental warfare.
At sixteen, Tilla spends her days exploring long-forgotten tunnels beneath the castle with her stablehand half brother, Jax, and her nights drinking with the servants, passing out on Jax’s floor while her castle bedroom collects dust. She sits with the other bastards, like Miles of House Hampstedt, an awkward scholar who’s been in love with Tilla since they were children. Then, at a feast honoring the visiting princess Lyriana, the royal shocks everyone by choosing to sit at the Bastards’ Table. Along with Jax, Miles, and fellow bastard Zell, a Zitochi warrior from the north, they stumble upon a crime they were never meant to witness.
This Darkness Mine by Mindy McGinnis
Probably the only YA book on the planet that is as twisted as Ramsay’s mind. THIS DARKNESS MINE isn’t out yet, but you should mark your calendars for October 10th now. The next book from Mindy McGinnis, author of THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES, will have you on the edge of your seats. Like, Reek who? This book will shock you more than anything Ramsay did to Theon, and it’s a must-read for anyone under this flag.
Sasha Stone knows her place—first-chair clarinet, top of her class, and at the side of her Oxford-wearing boyfriend. She’s worked her entire life to ensure her path to Oberlin Conservatory as a star musician is perfectly paved. But suddenly there’s a fork in the road, and she finds out that her by-the-book life began by ending the chapter of another. Armed with the knowledge that her heart might not be hers alone, Sasha must decide what she’s willing to do—and who she’s willing to hurt—to take it back.
Ruined by Amy Tintera
Like our dragon queen Dany, RUINED‘s Princess Em is trying to recover from having her entire family decimated. And all because one of her relatives took their power a little too far. Now, Em is out for revenge, working her way into powerful places and doing what she has to if it means reclaiming her peoples’ name. But she’s not all brute force, because Em realizes along the way that she might actually make a good queen…
Emelina Flores has nothing. Her home in Ruina has been ravaged by war; her parents were killed and her sister was kidnapped. Even though Em is only a useless Ruined—completely lacking any magic—she is determined to get revenge. Her plan is simple: She will infiltrate the enemy’s kingdom, posing as the crown prince’s betrothed. The closer Em gets to him, though, the more she questions her mission. But with her life—and her family—on the line, love could be Em’s deadliest mistake.
Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst
Daenerys might not have actual fire powers, but she and Denna from OF FIRE AND STARS are a match made in flames. Both girls are more powerful than their kingdoms give them credit for (remember how much Viserys underestimated his sister?), carry the weight of the world on their shoulders, and can’t help but get a little starry-eyed when it comes to romance. And riding a dragon isn’t too different from riding a horse, right?
Betrothed since childhood to the prince of Mynaria, Princess Dennaleia has always known what her future holds. Her marriage will seal the alliance between Mynaria and her homeland, protecting her people from other kingdoms. But Denna has a secret. She possesses an Affinity for fire—a dangerous gift for the queen of a land where magic is forbidden. Now Denna has to learn the ways of her new kingdom while trying to hide her growing magic.When a shocking assassination leaves them all reeling, Mare and Denna, the unconventional sister of her betrothed, reluctantly join forces to search for the culprit.
The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli
In the world of THE LAST NAMSARA, stories have a dangerous power to poison the teller and summon dragons, the most feared and powerful creatures in the land. Asha, secretly, tells them for this very reason. It hits shelves on October 3rd, but you need it on your radar ASAP. There are so many twists, and such complex, spellbinding mythology, we’re not so sure that Asha isn’t secretly a Targaryen.
In the beginning, there was the Namsara: the child of sky and spirit, who carried love and laughter wherever he went. But where there is light, there must be darkness—and so there was also the Iskari. The child of blood and moonlight. The destroyer. The death-bringer. These are the legends that Asha, daughter of the king of Firgaard, has grown up learning in hushed whispers. When she’s offered the chance to gain her freedom in exchange for the life of the most powerful dragon in Firgaard, she takes it—but soon finds that there may be more truth to the ancient stories than she ever could have expected.
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Laia is independent and fierce and Elias is determined and tragic and we love them both so they are living happily in Dorne. AN EMBER IN THE ASHES is gorgeous and brilliant, but they are at much too much risk right now. And one of our fav things about Dorne is its policy when it comes to gender—men are not superior to women, and we are ready to see Laia excel with her soldier beside her. Heck, even Helene might like it here.
Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free. Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear. And when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh
Dorne might not have gotten much attention in the Game of Thrones adaptation, but in the books, it’s just as much a place of intrigue, strategy, and scheming as it is a lush action spot. Shahrzad from THE WRATH AND THE DAWN is a perfect fit for any fan of the Martells, because she’s one of the most clever and creative protagonists we know. She wins her battles with creativity and by thinking outside the box, and it helps her realize that the brooding, murderous, boy-king Khalid is also much more than meets the eye.
In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad’s dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph’s reign of terror once and for all.
And I Darken by Kiersten White
Lada Dracul is here to fight your men and steal your throne. The Lannisters wouldn’t stand a chance if she were the one coming for them, and we could only wish that she’d been around to give Elaria some tips. Although… maybe that would mean that Radu would have suffered the same fate as Oberyn… and that is NOT something we’re okay with. Fans of Game of Thrones will love the sweeping historical world of AND I DARKEN, although we’re not sure Westeros is any match for Wallachia.
No one expects a princess to be brutal. And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets.
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
If you hear sniffling, that’s just us crying about found families. Like the SIX OF CROWS gang, the Night’s Watch gang (especially the recruits who joined with Jon Snow) had their issues, sure, but always had each other’s backs. So whether you’re at the Wall, or a member of the Dregs, or just crossing paths with Kaz (yikes good luck), you know there’s power in friendship and teamwork.
Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker has been offered wealth beyond his wildest dreams. But to claim it, he’ll have to pull off a seemingly impossible heist. Kaz needs a crew desperate enough to take on this suicide mission and dangerous enough to get the job done – and he knows exactly who: six of the deadliest outcasts the city has to offer. Together, they just might be unstoppable – if they don’t kill each other first.
House of Furies by Madeleine Roux
The night is dark and full of a LOT OF TERRORS. So HOUSE OF FURIES is perfect for anyone who identifies with the noble soldiers at the Wall. If you can fight an undead army of ice zombies, you can survive a night at the house where people come to die. Probably…
After escaping a harsh school where punishment was the lesson of the day, seventeen-year-old Louisa Ditton is thrilled to find employment as a maid at a boarding house. But soon after her arrival at Coldthistle House, Louisa begins to realize that the house’s mysterious owner, Mr. Morningside, is providing much more than lodging for his guests. Far from a place of rest, the house is a place of judgment, and Mr. Morningside and his unusual staff are meant to execute their own justice on those who are past being saved.
Monster by Michael Grant
Good and evil twist and fight in this epic continuation of the Gone series. Anyone who thinks they’d join the Night’s Watch would be a noble fighter in MONSTER, and in this world we don’t doubt that the Night King would be the baddest villain of them all. There are things beyond the Wall that can’t be totally explained, and this supernatural tinge lends itself perfectly to the warped world that Michael Grant has made. This one’s hitting shelves October 17, and you know it’d find its way into one of Sam’s libraries.
It’s been four years since a meteor hit Perdido Beach and everyone disappeared. Now the dome is gone and meteors are hitting earth with an even deadlier virus. Humans will mutate into monsters and the whole world will be exposed. As some teens begin to morph into heroes, they will find that others have become dangerously out of control…and that the world is on the brink of a monstrous battle between good and evil.
What books would you recommend for your favorite Game of Thrones house? Do you have an immediate to-read right after the show? Let us know in the comments!