March is finally here, which means the Season 3 premiere of Game of Thrones is right around the corner — relatively, at least. Though HBO has been ratcheting up our excitement with new trailer after new trailer, we still have almost three whole weeks to wait until we can see our favorite characters resume their various bloody escapades. So what to do with the time? Well, we’re assuming you’ve already read George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series from front to back (or as close to a back as we’re got right now) — so why not expand in a literary direction? After all, in terms of hourly bank, fantasy book series last way longer than their TV counterparts, so we can guarantee many hours of entertainment. And Game of Thrones was a book first anyway, as we have frankly tired of explaining to people. After the jump, ten books that will both whet your appetite for and tide you over until the new season of Game of Thrones.
The Acacia Trilogy, David Anthony Durham
An acclaimed author of historical fiction, Durham slips into the epic fantasy realm with his Acacia trilogy — though his roots are showing, and so much to the better. The world Durham creates is, if possible, even more complex than Martin’s, his characters all equally morally gray, their destinies unclear. Even better, Durham masterfully plays with the conventional fantasy tropes we all know and love, both satisfying and lampshading them with a keen eye.