As many people watched the final season of Game of Thrones unfold, they sat at the edge of their seats wondering who would end up on the Iron Throne. From the much-anticipated battle against the Night King and his army, to an unexpected turn during the invasion of King’s Landing, Season 8 of Game of Thrones surprised everyone—and left many upset. Whether you were able to guess the ending or not, we’ve made a list of books to read based on who you were rooting for throughout the final season.
*Major Spoilers Ahead*
If you wanted Jon Snow on the Iron Throne, read Echoes of War by Cheryl Campbell
After the shocking revelation in Season 7’s finale that Jon Snow was actually the son of Lyanna Stark and Rheagar Targaryen, many saw this as a sign he would rule in the end. As Jon learns that he is the true heir to the Iron Throne, he must accept this shocking revelation while continuing to be a leader in the Great War. Similarly, Dani in Echoes of War lives in the midst of a deadly war against aliens and humans. After she discovers her alien roots, Dani’s life completely changes as she is no longer certain of what to believe. Both characters discover their true nature is not what they grew up believing it to be, and they must now live with the truth, no matter how dangerous it is.
If you wanted Daenerys Targaryen on the Iron Throne, read The Blue Witch by Alane Adams
From the first episode, characters have talked about the Targaryens who sat on the Iron Throne for generations before they were betrayed. Forced to flee Westeros at a young age, Daenerys’s only goal was to return to the Seven Kingdoms with a grand army in order to reclaim the Iron Throne, which she believed was her birth right. In the shadow of her father’s legacy, one so evil it earned him the title “Mad King,” Daenerys dreams of ruling Westeros despite the fear her family name carries with it. Similarly, Abigail Taranka dreams of becoming the greatest witch of all time, despite an evil ancestor and constant obstacles that come her way. The Blue Witch is a prequel to the Legends of Orkney series that focuses on how Abigail became a great witch later in life. From trying to not to fail her Spectacular Spells class to being snatched up by a dragon-like creature, Abigail stays true to herself and never loses sight of her goal. Both characters strive to be better than family before them and use their unique talents to succeed in reaching their goals.
If you wanted Cersei Lannister on the Iron Throne, read The Thorn Queen by Elise Holland
A powerful force throughout the series, Cersei Lannister has always been able to maintain control over whoever is on the Throne. While she does not normally make grand power-plays, Cersei’s influence is felt across the Seven Kingdoms long before she officially rules. Throughout the final season, Cersei remains in the background, but her grip and control over Westeros doesn’t loosen until her dying breath. In The Thorn Queen, Meylyne cannot seem to escape the reach of the mysterious Thorn Queen as she sets about her mission to save the prince. Much like Cersei, this queen rules with an iron fist and has her hand in everything that happens within her kingdom.
If you wanted Arya Stark on the Iron Throne, read Dangerous Woman from Nowhere by Kris Radish
While not an obvious choice going into the final season, Arya gained a significant fan-following after she killed the Night King during the Battle of Winterfell. This, accompanied by a prophecy and her skills as an assassin, led many to believe that Arya would fight her way to the Iron Throne. Despite watching her father get beheaded at a very young age, Arya has been a fighter throughout the show. Constantly looking for ways to reunite with her family and get revenge, Arya found herself making unexpected allies along the way and eventually training with the Faceless Men of Braavos. Similarly, A Dangerous Woman from Nowhere tells the story of Briar Logan who comes from a painful childhood and must now sacrifice even more to try and find her husband who was kidnapped. As both Arya and Briar stop at nothing to reconnect with their loved ones, they face unexpected challenges that cause them to grow and change in unexpected ways.
If you wanted Bran Stark on the Iron Throne, read The Rubicus Prophecy by Alane Adams
Congratulations, you’re one of the select few that guessed it right! In true Game of Thrones fashion, the writers surprised fans and picked a seemingly unexpected character to rise up and rule Westeros in the end. Some people predicted Bran would find himself on the Iron Throne after he became the Three Eyed Raven and gained the all-knowing power to see into the past, present, and future. This, plus Bran’s telepathic connection with the Night King and his army of the undead, have turned Bran from a young, wheelchair-bound boy into a powerful and just ruler of Westeros. Like Bran, Endera finds herself connected to a malevolent spell book in ways she never expected or wanted. With its evil temptations whispering in her ears, she must try to continue her study of witchcraft in The Rubicus Prophecy. When a prophecy arises that claims a chosen witch is among them, Endera and her friends go to investigate and find the truth behind this bold prophecy. In the midst of draugar (living dead), ghosts, and magical spells, Endera and her friends uncover a truth that, much like Bran’s ascension to the throne, no one saw coming.