Category Archives: Look alikes

You loved a particular novel. You wished it didn’t come to an end. Maybe even you would like to erase your memory so you could read it again as if it was the first time. Look-alikes is what you are looking for, a category where I write about books that are similar in terms of plot or genre to those that you loved.

Searching for a book similar to the one you loved?

Just jump into look-alikes and you will discover amazing new stories. It’s time fo feel as you felt to those you loved but different enough to feel intrigued again.

You will get in love again, do not worry about that anymore.

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Skyrim: Similar books

Ey Wottareaders? you love Skyrim and you are looking for book suggestions? here you go Skyrim: Similar books

Books like Skyrim?

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is one of the most acclaimed videogames in the last decade. This action RPG developed by Bethesda was released in November 2011 for different platforms (Windows, Xbox 360 and Play Station 3) and subsequently, new versions were released for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation VR.

Skyrim was successful for so many things:  a RPG that was playable both in third and first-person perspective, an open world with enormous map that you could explore freely where so many quests were at your disposal, and of course the level of character personalization with so different races and builds to make your hero unique despite not having the character class system as the previous Elder Scrolls entries (as long as many other RPG videogames) have. NPCs and their storylines, the music and let’s not forget the memes, particularly the infamous  “I Took an Arrow in the Knee”.

These are just a few of the admirable qualities of this videogame, it was not only beautiful but also its story and lore were fascinating.  The game resolves around defeating a dragon, Alduin the World Eater, for which we will previously have to complete different quests and face all kind of monsters and challenges, therefore improving our skills.

A beautiful story that might have made you ask the following questions: are there books similar to Skyrim? That is, a grimdark story, a rich and deep world with magic, different races and of course: dragons!

The answer is yes, here goes a great list of books like Skyrim:

Malazan: Book of the Fallen  by Steve Erikson

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This series has been mentioned on Wottaread more than once, not only it’s one of the longest fantasy series ever but also we introduced it so you can start reading this series knowing the basics: Malazan’s guide.

Malazan is probably the most similar to Skyrim, however, it has a slightly darker tone and it doesn’t have a main character but the story is narrated by the perspective of a lot of different characters.

The Dark Elf series by R.A Salvatore

A story about a Dark elf, Drizzt Do U’rden, that decided to not become as evil as the rest of his race. Magic, races, conflict and, not that common, dragons. And here’s the reading order for Drizz’s adventures you need.

Dragonlance by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman

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A series inspired in Dungeons and Dragons, even so, you don’t need to play the board game or even know about the lore in order to enjoy this series. As it happens with Malazan, here you have a quick Dragonlance guide in order to start reading these amazing epic novels.

Guardians of the Flame by Joel Rosenberg

A group of students who play a role playing game and end up being transported to the world of the game. As you may have thought it is a similar premise to the Jumanji, of course, Guardians of the Flame has a darker tone, showing how these students struggle in order to survive in this fantasy world.

Broken Sword by Poul Anderson

If you are looking for a standalone fast-paced novel then Broken Sword is a great choice for you. It narrates the story of Skafloc, a kid raised by elves. This novel is heavily inspired in Norse mythology, as a result not only the story takes place during the Viking Ag but lots of elements of the Scandinavian folklore make their appearances such as demigods and faerie.

Elric of Melnibone by Michael Moorcock

Elric of Melnibone tell the story of the character with the same name and his sword Stormbringer, a weapon that confers him great power but as a counterpart, it must be fed by the souls of intelligent beings. The narrative takes place in an alternative Earth. This novel is heavily inspired by the previous recommendation, The Broken Sword.

Riyria Revelations by Michael J. Sullivan

This six novel series tells the story of Royce and Hadrian, together known as Riyria, who are approached by a mysterious man offering them gold for stealing a sword. While they are in the search they not only discover that the King is dead but they will be accused as the murderers.

Are there any Elder Scrolls books?

Yes, they are farm from being the best considered fantasy books though, they are short and they can be fun. If you want to give them a chance, here you have them:

-The Infernal City by Greg Keyes

-Lord of Souls by Greg Keyes

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What do I read after The Lord of the Rings? Check this!

 

Hello there. Lovers of reading are in luck, particularly those who love fantasy, medieval and fiction genres. These sagas have always been characterized by causing great admiration among the vast majority of readers, just as The Lord of the Rings by Tolkien caused in its time. If you just watched the movies, here are some reasons why you should read the books .

Today I wanted to take you back to a magical world, where spells are possible and heroic and warlike feats are the order of the day. So here we go:

A Song of ice and fire

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A series of heroic fantasy novels that have been awarded on multiple occasions. Written by George R.R. Martin. The first volume saw the light in 1996. Although at first it was thought that it was a trilogy, at present, there are five published volumes and it is foreseen that there are two more. You can also find prequel and short novels for specific characters. You also have Fire&Blood, the prequel of this series, learn more here.

Surely many people know the saga for the series “Game of Thrones”. It is situated in a medieval fictional world where different races exist, some more friendly than others. But also, I discovered a weird progression in George R.R Martin’s last published novels, This is why you shouldn’t read Game of Thrones….

Martin himself has cited Tolkien as one of his references on more than one occasion, so the similarities with The Lord of the Rings are served.

Dragonlance

Dragon lance

A set of epic novels, where there are several trilogies. It was created by Laura & Tracy Hickman and written almost entirely by Margaret Weis and Tracy herself.

For role lovers, like the mythical game “Dungeons & Dragon”, this saga is just mandatory, since these novels are full of references to this game.

The world of Krynn is divided into several continents, one of the most important is Ansalon. The main story is based on a group of friends and their search for any clue that allows them to prove the existence of the gods that disappeared after the Cataclysm.

A series that are not yet finished and in which you will find different similarities to the Lord of the Rings, as the journeys of its protagonists and the dangers that lurk around every corner. In case you are interested in this series, here you have the Introducing Dragonlance article for further info.

Also, these series have a 3D animated movie and 3D based on the first story in the series, dubbing includes such relevant voice actors as Kiefer Sutherland, Lucy Lawless or Phil LaMarr.

 

Kingkiller Chronicles

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Although it is a trilogy, the same author (Patrick Rothfuss) has commented that he does not exclude the idea of extending this wonderful saga. The third and last (for now at least) book still has no publishing date.

Join the story of Kvothe, a famous and adventurous prodigy in practically everything who disappears from public life and is found in a remote village, where a character known as Chronicler persuades him to tell him the story of his life, a story of how he became a legend. Read in more detail here.

 

The Pendragon Cycle

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Stephen R. Lawhead was commissioned to make a fantastic novel, which is based on Welsh and Atlantean mythology. The story takes place in Britain when the Western Roman Empire is coming to an end.

The last of the five books came to light in 1997, formed by the trilogy and two prequels thanks to the great success of his novels.

As in The Lord of the Rings, you will have magic, cruel battles and an adventure that deserves to be read.

 

Forgotten Realms

 

A fictional universe that is also based on the role play “Dungeons & Dragons”. Ed Greenwood was in charge of giving life to this story.

Faerûn is the continent chosen for the most famous characters, with hundreds of places, organizations, plots, and nods to different video games, such as Baldur’s Gate.

You will be able to find a great number of Races like: Humans, Elves, Dwarfs, Gnomes, Orcs, Dragons, Centaurs, Satyrs, Goblins, Lycanthropes, Trolls, Demons, Wyverns, and a long etcetera.

Currently, there are more than 30 books that count thousands of adventures that you can not miss.

 

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⚡What’s next to Harry Potter Books? Suggestions here!

Hello there, I just wanted to start with this wonderful saga, maybe because I’m rereading these books as they are amazing. I don’t think this saga needs an introduction? Harry Potter, the boy who defeated You-Know-Who being only a baby and his adventures in Hogwarts of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

I assume we are all here because of the same, we grew reading these books while we loved the world J.K Rowling created.  But how are we to blame? They had something special, and I’m not talking about magic only, where the author made a great job being so convincing and fascinating we all wanted to have our own wand. Also, the characters, being so particular and unique; the plot, gradually getting more mature and adult book after book; and let’s not forget the way non-magic and magic world coexist, leading to such fun and amazing gags.

So, we want more magic and a plot which is fascinating intriguing.  I have some book suggestions for you, none of them is Harry Potter of course (as none expects to be) but they have they own charm, and that’s the thing isn’t it? Since I don’t want to spoil you the books, allow my descriptions to be a bit vaguer than they usually would.

With no further ado, let’s do this:

-The Magicians by Lev Grossman

This is a three-book saga (being The magicians the first book title) telling the story of Quentin, a high school student who discovers he is a magician and attends a college of magic in the city of New York. It is a way more adult approach to magic, being much more explicit all along the plot. Nonetheless, unlike the Harry Potter series, this story is not that much held in the college of magic but also in the magic world of Fillory.

Honestly, I couldn’t describe these books better than George R.R Martin did:

The Magicians is to Harry Potter as a shot of Irish whiskey is to a glass of weak tea.” We’ll take the hard stuff.” Exactly this.

 

-The Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud

These series also consist of a trilogy (and also a prequel).  While The Magicians is more focused toward adults, this one is more for teenagers. These novels,  not only have a consistent magic system but they also have an interesting approach.  This story mixes actual history relevant events, such as the Roman empire or the American revolution, with magic;  the events of history being really affected by this one (just imagine the possibilities)

 

The novel tells the story of Nathaniel, an eleven-year-old boy apprentice of magic. He will learn how to summon Bartimaeus, a djinn (or genie), to help him during his dangerous journey.  This amazing story is set in an alternative history, where London city begins its domination of the world thanks to magic.

 

-His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman

Another trilogy, these fantasy novels are set in a fantasy world or, better said, in multiple worlds.  Despite the fact of being a fantastic story, the author makes it somehow sound really realistic. A bit more mature than Harry Potter, due to the relevance of concepts such as physics, philosophy or theology in the plot. Even so, the story is not as complex to remain accessible.

This story features the journey of Lyra Belaqua to different worlds (including ours). His dark materials don’t have only magic, but also has a religious and philosophical undertone. And if this was not enough, there are also polar bears with armor (cool uh?)

 

-Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

These are non-finished series (having already 7 books and the next one planned to be published in 2009).  This saga is the most different from the Harry Potter series, but it deserved to be in the list. And here is why,  these series are very much plot driven with a magic system based on disciplines.  The way the magic system works is what makes it both complex and fascinating.

The story is set is the magic world of Scadrial . Vin, a mistborn, is the main protagonist in the series. She will use her magic power (alomancy) to defeat the Lord Ruler. If you are curious about this series, you can learn more about the Mistborn trilogy here.

 

Hope you will enjoy these books, I´m certain you will! I’m afraid there’s only a proper way to end this: Finite Scripturam!

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