With the final season of Game of Thrones ending this year, most people are yearning for what the ending will hold, and who will be a survivor.
Some people, however, dislike the series for the negative aspects of a number of reasons: the swearing, the sexuality, the violence, etc.
So for those who want to see what the series has to offer, but don’t want the extremeness of the HBO series, here’s some options for a calmer version.
Looking for something that has kick-butt ladies on an interesting destiny?
The Young Elites by Marie Lu
Adelina is a survivor of The Blood Fever, as with a few young children, affected by the illness and altering their appearance with strange markings. Little did anyone know at the time that their changes allowed for new powers within them which gave them the name ‘The Young Elites’.
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
Everyone knows that every night Khalid, the Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride and then executes them at sunrise. However, when Shahrzad volunteers to marry the Caliph, her wedding night isn’t what she has in mind. Instead, she plans to seek revenge for the lost girls and stay alive past sunrise.
Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
Amani has had a hard life and wants out of town, doing all she can to leave. When she meets Jin at a shooting gallery, she knows that he may be her ticket out. Only after they’ve joined forces does she realize that escape isn’t the only thing he was offering.
The Glass Sentence by S.E. Grove
Sophia was passed off to her Uncle by her parents eight years ago, when they went off on a mission after The Great Disruption of 1799. However, when her uncle goes missing, Sophia knows she’s the only person who can save him in the complete unknown.
Soundless by Richelle Mead
Fei has always lived in her soundless home village, where there are frequent avalanches and rocky terrain which restrict the village from being able to plant food for themselves; instead a nearby kingdom sends them food through a zipline. But when the food baskets begin to get sparse, and she is woken from her sleep by a sound, she knows that she must do something to assist her home.
Zodiac by Romina Russell
Rhoma Grace has never been able to solve for ‘x’ as a student for House Cancer, but when an attack against Cancer’s moon upsets the ocean planet’s water, devastation looms and kills thousands of people, including the planet’s guardian. Now Rhoma is named the Guardian and she begins to see patterns in the stars that could help save not only House Cancer, but the twelve other Houses.
The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
Elisa has become a ‘Chosen One’, a great one who will do great things, but anyone who knows the youngest princess knows that Elisa is more of a failure than anything else. When she’s chosen to become the secret wife of a King who’s country needs a ‘Chosen One’ she worries if she’ll become the savior everyone assumes her to be.
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah Maas
When Feyre kills a wolf in a forest in an effort to feed her family, retribution is demanded for the kill. Taken into a world with Fae, she slowly learns about her new world, new captor, and new treacheries everything poses against her.
Looking for something with fierce battles and daring deeds?
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Laia is a commoner, while Elias is the finest soldier in the Empire’s greatest military academy, the same school Laia is being sent to after she agrees to become a spy for the rebels.
Falling Kingdom by Morgan Rhodes
Following four different characters: Princess Cleo is the next in line for the throne that she will need to fight for when she’s never seen violence before, Magnus the King of Limeros’ son needs to walk on lies and guile to try and earn his father’s trust, Lucia the sister of Magnus is sweetness embodied and is set to become the next powerful sorceress, and Jonas a rebel has become a leader of a tortured people’s revolution.
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Katsa lives in a world where select people are given a Grace, or a special skill, Katsa’s skill is killing. So being the King’s niece, she is given a job as his enforcer, until she meets Prince Po who introduces her to the secrets of her own Grace.
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
When Kaz Brekker is offered the heist of a lifetime, he knows he can’t do it alone. So instead, he gathers six outcasts to assist with the deadly heist that can make them all richer than wildest dreams.
The Hobbit; Or There and Back Again by J.R.R. Tolkein
Bilbo Baggins has never been one to want to venture past his pantry, but when Gandalf the Wizard shows up with a company of dwarves he gets shoved into a fantastical journey. Venturing to the Lonely Mountain, meeting Gollum, raiding the treasure of Smaug the Magnificent, and finding a magic ring.
And I Darken by Kiersten White
The princess Lada Dragwlya and her brother Radu have been torn from their homeland, and taken by the Ottoman courts; forsaken by their father. Both siblings are taken aback by the sultan’s son, Mehmed, and both reevaluate their feelings towards the Ottoman courts.
Looking for a touch of magic?
The Inventor’s Secret by Andrea Cremer
Charlotte and her fellow refugees live on their outskirts of Britain’s industrial empire, scraping by with sometimes enough food and trying to avoid the Imperial Labor Gatherers. However everything changes when they find a new refugee with no memory of his escape or his name.
The Book of Spirits and Thieves by Morgan Rhodes
Sisters Becca and Crystal help their mother at her old bookstore, the Speckled Muse. It’s a relatively uneventful job until a package is delivered, and Becca opens it and touches a book that releases a magical world and snatches Bec’s soul. Crystal must prepare herself for rescuing Becca from everything she didn’t understand.
Obsidian Mirror by Catherine Fisher
The Obsidian Mirror is a magical tool that can be used for devastation and destruction if it isn’t destroyed. Three people intend to find it and use it for their whims; one intends to destroy it and save everyone, another intends to use it and save it from being destroyed, and the last wants to use it to send themselves to the past to save the most important person to them.
Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
In a land where some receive a ‘witchery’, or ability to control, war is rumbling in the distance, soon to be coming closer. Safiya, a Truthwitch, and Iseult, a Threadwitch, merely want to live without being threatened by the nobility that rules them. But being a ‘Truthwitch’ is something everybody wants on their side, and everyone is willing to spill blood to possess her powers.
Looking for something with Dragons?
Frozen by Melissa de la Cruz
Natasha Kestral, a young blackjack dealer, is trying to get out of New Vegas, a city covered in ice. After hiding a secret for her whole life, she wants nothing more than to escape to ‘The Blue’, where the sun shines and the waters are turquoise. But the escape is treacherous, and she’s able to find someone to help her out, a runner named Ryan Wesson.
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
Seraphina is a gifted musician with a dark secret, who works in the Royal Court. But when a member of the royal family is found murdered, she feels a burning desire to help find the murderer; not to save the other family members, but if the detective finds out her secret she may turn into the top suspect.
Eragon by Christopher Paolini
Eragon is a young farm boy, who finds a rather odd-looking stone one day; little did he know the stone is actually a dragon egg named Saphira. Once Saphira has hatched, the evil King Galbatorix sets his minions to find them and capture them.