Today we’re welcoming debut author Nick Martell to Get Lit! His epic fantasy, The Kingdom of Liars, imagines an ingenious fantasy world where memory can be used to create magic. Branded a traitor and reduced to petty crime, Michael has secrets of his past that could lead him to greatness and restore his family’s name, and he’ll do whatever it takes to get it back. With its smart crime-drama plot and intriguing premise, this book is drawing comparison to some of our favorite shows and books, from The Wire to Mistborn. So, of course, we can’t wait to dive into his epic fantasy recommendations for fans of Brandon Sanderson. Thanks for joining us, Nick!
I was sixteen and alone in a foreign country when I first came across a Brandon Sanderson novel. I was in a random bookstore in the city of Cambridge, in England, browsing the fantasy section as I looked for something new to read after I had burned through all the novels that I had brought with me. I picked up The Way of Kings, drawn by its captivating cover of a knight holding an elongated sword, only to discover, once I finished reading it, that it was just the first half of the novel. I spent a month scouring every bookstore in Cambridge for the second half but was unsuccessful. Once I got back home, I bought The Way of Kings again and everything else Brandon had written at that point. I’ve been a big fan ever since.
If you—like me—have ever been adrift waiting for the next book in a favorite epic fantasy series—for me, it’s been the Stormlight Archive—here are seven other books that are just as amazing.