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Strange bedfellows: Suzanne Collins, Kristin Cashore, and who?

Startlingly similar blurbs on the ARCs of these upcoming YA titles grabbed my attention.

on Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas (Bloomsbury, August 2012):
“perfect for fans of George R.R. Martin and Suzanne Collins”

on Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes (Penguin/Razorbill, December 2012):
“ideal for fans of George R.R. Martin and Kristin Cashore”

As a serious fantasy and sci-fi nerd, I can say that I’m a fan of George R.R. Martin, Suzanne Collins, and Kristin Cashore—but I have to wonder whether there’s much overlap in YA readership among the three. Martin’s epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire, featuring lots of gory battle scenes, incest, torture, and dark magic, is not for the faint of heart even among adult readers. The popular HBO show Game of Thrones based on the series—which wrapped up its second season last night—is, if anything, even more graphic. (Did you see Saturday Night Live‘s recent Game of Thrones behind-the-scenes skit?)

Are fans of Collins and Cashore really reading Martin, or is it the other way around?

Katie Bircher About Katie Bircher

Katie Bircher, associate editor at The Horn Book, Inc., is a former bookseller and holds an MA in children's literature from Simmons College. She served as chair of the 2018 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award committee. Follow Katie on Twitter @lyraelle.



  1. I started reading George R.R. Martin’s series in middle school – yes, the series is a gory, masochistic mess, but so is middle school. I read it right along with Tamora Pierce’s Lioness Rampant series to get my high fantasy fix. And as an adult nerd, Kristen Cashore, Suzanne Collins, and George R.R. Martin share the sci-fi/fantasy section of my bookshelf 🙂

  2. I was told that this is the “Game of Thrones” of YA fiction and it is VERY TRUE, at least in my opinion! I really enjoy Game of Thrones but the content sometimes is a bit overwhelming for me as a reader. This story is every bit the intrigue, adventure, deceptions, love, war, magic and angst that GoT is but not so graphicly descriptive. The story and characters are great. Also, instead of 7 kingdoms to keep up with there are only 3, so much easier to keep track of all. I am listening to the audio which is great! The voices and accents are done so well, you feel like you are there in the scene. I really hope that someone grabs this up for a TV series! It could be done on regular TV and not HBO because the content is cleaner. Don’t get me wrong though, the same scenes are there but the book just leaves more to the imagination instead of getting graphic. A MUST read series, don’t miss this one!

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