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  • Recommended by: slaneeshissexxy
  • Comments: She writes surprisingly detailed psychological insights into the characters. The stories about Stannis are very intriguing and poignant.
    • Seconded by Gentle Mart. In Good Company and The Distance are especially recommended if you want an ongoing canon divergence. Each of them is superbly well-written and emotionally gripping. If you prefer quick one-shots, then Unbroken is also very compelling.


  • Recommended by: Aiur
  • Comments: Dolorous Edditor has a knack for epic-length canon-divergent or alternate universe stories, mostly focusing on Jon Snow but frequently including a tremendously large cast of POV characters. Anyone enjoying novel-length stories in the ASOIAF universe should strongly consider reading any or all of his stories.
    • Tentatively seconded by Worffan101. DolorousEdditor writes very well stylistically, but their plotting is somewhat weak. They also tend to make Jon and the Starks behave in a dangerously stupid manner. However, the style of the writing is good and the stories are enjoyable reads for the most part.


  • Recommended by: allfictions
  • Comments: dwellingondreams is a prolific writer of ASOIAF fanfics whose works range from Gen Fic to massive AUs, but most tend to share the same thoroughline: a sharp focus on the female characters of the setting, major and minor, and how the misogynistic and patriarcal society of the Seven Kingdoms profoundly affect their lives. This makes for unique, character-driven stories in a fandom usually focused on other aspects, especially when the tendency for female character focused stories to be mostly about romance (there can be romance in her fics, but it usually isn't the main focus). Make no mistake, the subject matter doesn't necessarily mean misery-filled stories, but rather leaning more towards drama.


  • Recommended by: 12freddofrogs
  • Comments: This author mainly writes Theon/Robb, although she has a fair amount of Brienne/Jaime, and has proven herself to be very good at gen fics. Her AUs are fantastic, especially how she adjusts her characterization to reflect what they’ve gone through in other universes; a character as a high-school student acts differently to a character raised in a lab, and yet the author is able to keep them consistent enough to be recognizably the same. That said, her canon-verse characterization is absolutely spot on, especially for characters that change drastically throughout the plots, and is able to perfectly mimic their voices according to where they are in their timelines. Although her work is occasionally angst, she is stated to prefer happy endings wherever possible. This sometimes leads to wish fullfilment, but in a Tropes Are Tools sense – she deals with villains cathartically and gives long-suffering characters much needed breaks, but always in entirely logical ways that fit the plot without being Deus ex Machina. She seems to have the opinion that Theon Greyjoy needs a hug.

justadram, also on A03 and LJ

  • Recommended by Helly:
  • Comments: This author is a professor of Medieval History, and her stories are always incredibly detailed, obviously well done and all around lovely. Her longest fic to date (June 2013) is a 80k post-Dance epic, but there are many one-shots as well. She usually writes Dany/Jorah and some incredibly well-done Jon/Sansa (she's the main reason for the popularity of the J/S ship in ASOIAF fanfic), but also seems to have a soft spot for Jaime as well.


  • Recommended by: JediMasterDraco
  • Comments: A fairly prolific writer, with a number of great concepts and "What If"s behind his stories. The only major flaw from this troper's prospective is his consistent portrayal of R+L=J as a love story which goes against Lyanna's character from what we are told.

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  • Recommended by Naru Hina Fan , Eric W
  • Found in Archive of Our Own and FanFiction.Net
  • Comments: An excellent author his main pairing is Jon/Daenerys but he does develop other couples. He has the ability to make unlikeable people from canon and make them sympathetic (except for Robert Baratheon). I thoroughly recommend his works. He frequently mentions how much he dislikes Season 8 and the writers who wrote it.

    General Fics 
Stories focused on the family and the friendly relationships of the cast. Plot-focused stories or light day-in-the-life stories. Pretty much anything that isn't focused on romance.

A Canvas of Crowns by DarknessEnthroned

  • Recommended by JSRGN
  • Status: Dead (last updated July 2017)
  • Synopsis: Pull a thread and the tapestry unravels. A song of ice and fire from the very first note. All the difference a drunk, a dwarf and a dragonbone dagger might have made in the right order. An audacious attempt to weave something new from the same web GRRM has spun. Likely to be epic length, and to contain aspects of all genres.
  • Comments: Jon goes south instead of north, and becomes embroiled in the intrigues of King's Landing during the events of A Game of Thrones.

A Clash of Kings: Knees Falling by Perfidious Albion

  • Recommended by Fanfictionlurker 1
  • Status: Complete, Sequel dormant
  • Synopsis: Five kings stake their claims to power, but not only kings bleed in kings' wars. It is the men and women behind them, most of humbler blood, who will decide the course of fate. A seagull takes a different path after a day's hunting in the Narrow Sea, and so one dies who might have lived. From that seed Westeros changes beyond imagination. 'A Clash of Kings' as it could have been.
  • Comments: Melisandre dies at the start of A Clash of Kings, and this changes everything for every player in the game of thrones. Contrary to most fanfiction authors, this one doesn't play favorites, keeps the characters very much in character, doesn't use contrived coincidences to get the story where he wants it to go, and just lets the plot flow organically. Very Original Flavor and absolutely stunning!

A Wedding in Sunspear by Julia Martell

  • Recommended by: Vaith
  • Status: Dormant; last updated December 2019
  • Synopsis: The Seven Kingdoms have been at peace for ten years as the great and powerful gather in Sunspear for the marriage of Princess Loreza Nymeros Martell. But old tensions are just below the surface. Love and duty, hate and pride, anger and ambition. There’s nothing like a wedding to make emotions run high.
  • Comments: This fic is set fifty years before the main series, and dives into Dornish culture, brilliantly expanded upon by the author — in a wonderful piece that features a Culture Clash between the Dornish and the northerners every other chapter. The four Original Charcter POVs are wonderful, as are the canon characters — it's a real treat to be in the head of a young Olenna, just after her betrothal to Daeron Targaryen has fallen apart. If you like Austen-esque writing, worldbuilding of Dorne, and brilliant character/family dynamics, give this a go.

The Echo by sunneinesplendour

  • Recommended by ranichi17
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Background fic for Elia Martell. WARNING: ADWD spoilers right at the end. Actual and literal near-6000 word beast.

''Gaemon the Dragon-Steel's Guide to Not Dying Horribly' by Strangerorders

  • Recommended by: Enzonia 1, Arbitraryjustice.
  • Status: Deadnote 
  • Synopsis: A well written SI fic into the sorely under-utilized Dance of Dragons time. Gaemon is the non-canon twin brother of Aegon II, and at time of writing this, is around 7 years old. Utterly hilarious!
  • Now also on FFN and SB [1] and [2]
  • New re-write called Gaemon REDUX (ASOIAF SI)

The Golden King by Doragon

  • Recommended by: Strangerorders.
  • Status: Dormant since 2018.
  • Synopsis: An interesting Self-Insert take on Joffrey Baratheon starting from early infanthood. Fast update-pace and chunky chapter combined with a fun narrative style. Highly recommend it!

if you try to break me, you will bleed by Dialux

  • Recommended by: Dame-Amaryllis
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Sansa-centric Peggy Sue. It had been a slash across her chest from a White Walker’s sword that finally ended her life. Sansa’d landed in a puddle of her own blood, and she’d died quickly, quietly. And then she’d awoken with a gasp, trembling, in a bed that had burned under Theon’s betrayal.

Into the Wood by Walter Gilman

  • Recommended by Phoenixflame
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: A divergence after Blackwater. One of the best explorations of Sansa and Sandor's relationship. Not romance or fluff, but a gorgeous, searingly in-character look at what might happen had the Hound taken her from King's Landing.

The Old Witch of the North by DiscordantSymphony

  • Recommended by House Martell Fan
  • Status: Dormant; last updated May 2019
  • Synopsis: The higher Mysteries, that's what the maesters of Oldtown like to call it. They say that Magic is gone from the world, that it died with the dragons and the Children of the Forest and the giants. But the children live, the giants slumber and the Dragons will wake from stone. Magic lives on, and an old woman in the North knows the truth.
  • Comments: An interesting story with an interesting oc as the main thrust of it.

The Lion of the North by Atri (see here; the sequel is here)

  • Recommended by Electroninja
  • Status: Completed; sequel is also complete.
  • Synopsis: A young Jaime Lannister is horrified by the deliberate murder of the royal family by order of his own father. Determined to not follow the path set out before him by Tywin Lannister and find his own, he breaks with his family - and finds an unexpected ally in one Ned Stark.
  • Comments: originally composed for, Atri draws a brilliant story on how a young Jaime Lannister manages to strike out on his own after getting out of his father's shadow, using his knowledge of mining to become his own man. However, this rift, and Ned's with Robert, opens the door for Tywin to start influencing Robert and making him more pliant to his demands.

Neither Wolves Nor Dragons series by Cloudy. (Part one here.)

  • Recommended by Lucy X
  • Vanished from the internet. Please post a link if found.
  • Synopsis: "When the Lord of Winterfell dies childless, Rhaegar Targaryen decides to let the last surviving Starks return to Westeros, after thirteen years spent in exile following a failed rebellion. To Eddard Stark and his wife, it’s a decade-long dream come true; to their children, born and raised in the Free Cities, it’s a brave new world." An alternate universe in which Robert died at the trident, and what happened next. A Braavos-raised Robb finds five pups in the snow; Rhaegar is king in all but name, loved by the whole kingdom except for his second son; and a young Daenerys intrigued by Tyrion's tales of his voyage to Valyria, but even more so by Prince Aegon's idea of sailing for the East.
  • Comments: Composed by a completed 13k story and its ongoing sequel, this series is beautifully written, planned out to the last detail, and manages to convince the reader that *this* is exactly what would have happened, had things gone only slightly differently. The Stark kids are born and raised in the Free Cities, and it shows, especially in Robb and Sansa; Daenerys is a naive and confident dreamer; and Ned Stark, former rebel turned mercenary, is far from being the calm, powerful lord from canon. Also, Viserys is married to Cersei, and this alone is worth the read.

The North Remembers by SilverRavenStar

  • Recommended by Captain Canuck, JSRGN, Worffan101
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: In the ashes of war-torn Westeros, the fate of the remnants of House Stark - and that of their lovers, allies, friends, and foes - hangs in the balance. Has turned into my best attempt to complete the entire ASOIAF saga.
  • Comments: The best 'continuation story' in the fandom.

The Open Way by Obaron Sexton

  • Recommended by: Vampireandthen
  • Status: Dormant; last updated January 2020
  • Pairing(s): Rhaegar Targaryen/Elia Martell, Robb Stark/Asha Greyjoy
  • Synopsis: An AU where Rhaegar Targaryen won the Battle of the Trident . Not what you would expect at all, though.
  • Comments: This is probably the best ASOIAF fanfic I have ever read. It manages to be slightly darker than it's source material, if that is even possible. It shows how Rhaegar's obsession with the prophecy affects himself and his family, as well as the kingdom. I really don't want to say much, as I don't want to spoil anything, but it is still very gripping.

The Princess and the Septa by Julia Martell

  • Recommended by:'' qazwsx
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: Myrcella/Trystane, Oberyn/Ellaria
  • Synopsis: Septa Eglantine's duty was to accompany Myrcella to Dorne. Princess Arianne's duty was to graciously receive her. But neither woman was quite prepared for the other.
  • Comments: This fic explores what was going on in Sunspear from the time Myrcella arrived to just before Oberyn travelled to King's Landing for the royal wedding, and it does an amazing job fleshing out Dorne and the Dornish people, as well as highlighting the kingdom's difference from the rest of Westeros. Eglantine is very much a product of her environment, but such a deep and complex character that you can't help but empathize with her. Watching her develop a relationship with Arianne, who's as far from Eglantine's concept of a proper princess as possible, is such a delight.

Raiders of the Lost City by CaekDaemon

  • Recommended by allfictions
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: When rumors of a shipwreck which might be Gerion Lannister's reach Westeros, Lord Tywin Lannister sends his youngest son, the dwarf Tyrion Lannister, to the edges of the world to bring back Brightroar, their House's Ancestral Weapon, from the ruins of the Tenth Free City, Gogossos, a place of forgotten lore and forgotten sorceries...
  • Comments: This fanfic that is a breath of fresh air by virtue of having a unique premise rarely seen in the ASOIAF fandom, clearly taking inspiration from Indiana Jones and other similar Adventurer Archaeologist premises: it has the quest for a lost Ancient Artifact as a MacGuffin, a Ragtag Bunch of Misfits for a crew, an exotic location, spooky ruins, etc. It uses familiar characters of the series, but takes its plot far from Westeros and years before the War of Five Kings, avoiding any risks of rethreading The Stations of the Canon. In short, it is original enough to at least warrant a look.

Robb Returns by Cymraeg/The Dark Scribbler

  • Recommended by: euan112358
  • Status: In Progress
  • Synopsis: The Red Wedding has happened and the Old Gods are getting worried about what has happened. They have no choice. Robb must return.
  • Comments: This is the fic that showed this troper that ASOIAF doesn't have to be the grimdark mess that it is. While it's true that the story starts with a Peggy Sue of Robb Stark being sent back in time from the moment of his death, that proves to merely be the nail that changes the future of Westeros. From old secrets of the First Men being rediscovered, legends and legendary weapons being reawakened, Ned Stark sending out the Call that basically slaps the entire continent upside the head and directs them towards the real threat, and the Gods performing real miracles, the future looks bright, but only time will tell if it's bright enough to push back the darkness. It's an amazing look at how ASOIAF would look if it was Genre Shifted from Dark Fantasy to High Fantasy.
  • Can be found on Alternate History or

The Shadow of Your Heart by crossfirehurricane (Sequel - Some Things Never Sleep)

  • Recommended by: Apocrypha
  • Status: Complete; sequel is Dead (last updated October 2016)
  • Pairings: Rhaegar Targaryen/Lyanna Stark, Ned Stark/Catelyn Stark, various others
  • Synopsis: King Aerys Targaryen's extreme paranoia delays Rhaegar's betrothal to Elia Martell until he is twenty-two. But when the King suspects the Starks of plotting against him, he breaks the betrothal to promise his eldest son to the noble house's only daughter, Lyanna Stark. The arrangement does not sit well with either party. The fourteen year old Lyanna resists her cage and her new husband; the older Rhaegar finds himself discomforted by her immaturity and willful nature. The king's madness worsens, and intrigue further interrupts the already volatile atmosphere of King's Landing. In the North, Brandon's reckless behavior puts him, and Ned, in an uncomfortable situation, while thousands of miles south, the Martells stews over the insult paid to Elia. Somewhere in the middle, a storm lord still desires the girl he was meant to have while a lioness plots her way into power. Or: Lyanna marries Rhaegar and everything happens except love at first sight.
  • Comments: This fic is undoubtedly one of the best I've ever read. A lot of Rhaeger/Lyanna fics have their passionate affair be the center and ignore everything else. This one, however, focuses on how said marriage shuts down the Rebellion before it can begin, and how that affects the rest of the realm. Rhagaer and Lyanna's relationship does develop, but it's a very slow burn, as Lyanna holds no small amount of resentment over her Arranged Marriage, while Rhaeger himself is more interested in managing the affairs of the realm than his new wife. Some things change, some things don't, but it's a great read all the way, with little actual combat but lots of political tension, sub-plots, and character arcs. The fic has my favorite Rhaegar characterization by far and nails most other characters; my only qualm is that the author tends to switch between tenses, but after a few chapters I was so caught up I didn't even notice anymore.
  • Rating: Mature for some sex scenes and King Aerys being, well, himself

The Stag and the Dragon by Samyo

  • Recommended by Phoenixflame
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: King's Landing was allowed to fall—a well-orchestrated distraction. But even the best-laid plans are not without fault; King Stannis may have escaped, but his queen and heirs have become Daenerys' prisoners.

The Squire of Dragonstone by EmynItilien

  • Stories:
  • Recommended By: Silver Wizard
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Instead of joining the Night's Watch, Jon travels south to squire for Stannis on Dragonstone. Roughly spanning the events of A Game of Thrones through A Storm of Swords, Stannis and Jon investigate the royal incest mess, fight battles in and out of the courtroom, attend a joyous wedding, and come to rely on each other more than they ever expected.

Thrown into the Frey by Samarkand

  • Recommended by Arbitrary Justice, Strangerorders
  • Status: Dormant (thread last updated December 2017)
  • Synopsis: A Self-Insert into Emmon Frey, watch as this bit-character stumbles through trying to save himself from the den of two-legged lions he is stuck in while engaging in a fascinating exploration of how power dynamics weigh on relationships, cannot recommend enough!

The True History of the Blackfyre Rebellion by Nina Friel

Wearing Robert's Crown by drakensis

  • Recommended by: Toshiaki
  • Status: Dormantnote 
  • Synopsis: An author Self-Insert to the body of Robert Baratheon during or not long before the Battle of The Trident. He would then proceed to push Westeros to shake off its Medieval Stasis, but not all will be well.

What the Storm Brings by silverandviolet

  • Recommended by: Brytte Myst
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: This is an alternate universe that explores what would have happened if Stannis Baratheon had raised Daenerys Targaryen from infancy. (Nothing is ever the same again). It sets up this AU world for the upcoming instalments.
  • Comments: The story starts almost right after Daenerys is born and Stannis goes to take Dragonstone for his brother. Personally, I thought the first chapter was beautiful. And even if we only have seven chapters for now, they're well worth the time! When Stannis goes to take Dragonstone, Rhaella, in her deathbed, makes him promise he will protect Daenerys, her daughter. She was also confusing him with Steffon, his father.
  • Pairing(s): It's mainly a Gen Fic now (keep in mind Daenerys and co are still very little), but there's the possibility of future ships, as it has been stated that Daenerys will be called Lady Dragonstone and might marry Robert's heir...
  • Tags: The fic's an alternate universe, as stated before, centered in the Drama and the Angst. Stannis marries Jonelle Cerwyn, Varys talks to the Martells about Aegon's apparent survival...

The Bastard of Highgarden by Dreyden90

  • Recommended by Toshiaki
  • Status: Dead (confirmed by author February 2020)
  • Synopsis: Life isn't easy for Lyonel, the titular character. A son gotten from the illicit union of Janna Tyrell and Stannis Baratheon, he lived a life above common folk but under knights and nobles. Armed with knowledge of things to come, he sought to make a difference. A Self-Insert Fic available on Alternatehistory and Spacebattles.

In Another Westeros by LyaStark

  • Recommended by:'' Lacey Crane
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Pairings: Arya Stark/Aegon VI Targaryen with other background pairings
  • Synopsis: In Another Westeros is a Series Fic depicting an Alternate Universe where Aerys and Rhaegar Targaryen die earlier, allowing Elia Martell and Rhaella Targaryen to take up leadership of the realm as regents for Aegon VI Targaryen and resolve the rebellion more amicably. The series continuity begins very general with Elia and Rhaella's The Rise of Widows and becomes more shippy with the following pieces that detail Arya and Aegon's relationship, but even those installments are primarily centered on a character study of Arya, unpacking how she would confront circumstances very different from those she encounters in the novel series.

The Dragon's Roar by Priestess of Groove''

  • Recommended by Eric W
  • Status: In Progress
  • Pairings: Jamie Lannister/Brienne of Tarth, Jon Snow/Daenarys Targaryn, Robb Stark/Margaery Tyrell.
  • Synopsis: Humanity failed to stop the Night King and his legion of undead. The displeased gods decide it should take a greater role in the fate of humanity. They send the Prince Who Was Promised and a Lannister back to before the war equipped with their memories. Even with the advantage of hindsight, things never go as planned.
  • Comments: Another fic part of the tradition of Peggy Sue Fic that the series has created. Here, only 2 people get sent back, but by their actions, they will ensure that Westeros is ready for the White Walkers this time. A bit slow at points, but right off the bat, it takes the story in an unexpected direction, and winning the crown is only the start of their work. Also, heavy Jamie/Brienne.
    • Do not recommend. I actually enjoyed the earlier chapters quite a lot. However, I dropped the fic when it promoted the idea of Robert's Rebellion being based on a lie. This forgets the rather important details of Aerys II executing Rickard and Brandon Stark in a parody of justice, then planning to do the same to Robert and Eddard. Jon usurping the throne from Robert was something I couldn't stomach. — azbyc15243

So Long as the Peace is Kept by corrielle

  • Recommended by Lady Erin NY
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Five years after Theon comes to Winterfell, Balon Greyjoy rises in rebellion once again. Ned Stark does what he must.
  • Comments: A truly poignant and heart-wrenching what if fic that captures Ned's conflict, Theon's apathetic resentment and Robb's loyalty beautifully.

The Prophet from Maine by JustHereForBookmarks

  • Recommended by: Toshiaki
  • Status: Ongoing.
  • Synopsis: A man from modern day America wakes up to find himself in Westeros, years before the show's start. As a fan (and to an extent, realist), how will he act according to the future he knows is coming?
  • Comments: A highly detailed fic with lots of explorations of future knowledge, how actions beget consequences, and how meta-knowledge is not always reliable. The update pattern of the fic is a bit peculiar: once the author hits a point in posting where they are close to catching up on written material, they would announce a hiatus until a certain number of cached words (Usually 100k) is achieved. This would result in stretches of weekly posting punctuated by absence of posts.

Canucks by GreaterGoodIreland

  • Recommended by: Kat 2 V
  • Status: Act 1 Completed, Ongoing
  • Synopsis: "What are you?" ~ "Canadians." ~ "What the bugger's a Canadian?"

A small group of Canadian soldiers are transported to Westeros beyond the Wall, without knowledge of the books/series.

  • Comments: A wonderful insert story that avoids the many perils of the genre; the soldiers who arrive have no knowledge of the universe they're now trapped in, and rather than immediately making allies among the nobility are instead trapped in the far north with the Free Folk. Hunted by the Others, they compromise where they can, and fight where they can't in the name of reaching safety in the south... where they find precious little as the War of the Five Kings has broken out.

Well written, reasonably paced, interesting characters, and a good interpreation of what modern people would think of Westeros combien to create an excellent story.

The Weirwood Queen by RedWolf

  • Recommended by Nao Soul
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: "I didn't even get to say goodbye," Sansa sniffled into his tunic.

"I was going to send her bones to Winterfell," Ned said slowly. "But the men found a weirwood tree near the road, about an hour north of here. They will bury her beneath it, and the old gods will watch over her."

Lady is buried beneath a weirwood tree, and Sansa prays to the old gods for Lady to stay with her. Her prayer is answered, in a manner of speaking. Everything changes.

  • Comments: An empowering story surrounding Sansa, as she comes to terms with her new abilities while at the same navigating the many plots around her and coming to terms with everything that she has gone through.
It presents Westeros in a detailed realism and has many callbacks to European history that can be found in the footnotes. It presents both nobility and "smallfolk" in a humane way rather than just pieces to be moved around the protagonists.It gives regions, particularly The North, a culture beyond the simplistic ellaboration of the canon work. I would consider it a tasteful expansion upon canon.

    Shipping Fics 
Stories focused on the romantic relationships between the characters.

Acts of Treason by SecondStarOnTheLeft

  • Recommended by Lacey, ShotgunWilly
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: Lots. The fic is mostly about Myrcella Baratheon/Robb Stark with many a Beta Couple, including: Edric Dayne/Arya Stark, Sansa Stark/Willas Tyrell, Renly Baratheon/Loras Tyrell, and Daenerys Targaryen/Aegon VI Targaryen.
  • Synopsis: An Alternate Universe Fic where Robb and and older Myrcella are betrothed to each other instead of Sansa and Joffrey which sets off a change of events that alter course of the novels.
  • Has since been deleted; the author is currently working on a rewrite.

Frozen Fire by rainonmonday

  • Recommended by: Zenoseiya
  • Status: Dormant (last updated November 2017)
  • Synopsis: After Drogo's death, honorable Ned Stark offers Daenerys and her dragons asylum in secret rather than kill her as Robert wanted, on the condition that she be wed to his son Robb. Daenerys agrees only because she sees it as a opportunity to turn her new husband into her pawn. Unfortunately, Robb doesn't turn out to be the man she expected.
  • Pairing(s): Robb Stark/Daenerys Targaryen

the ghosts won't matter cause we'll hide in sin by soapboxblues

  • Recommended by: Tsubasafan
  • Status: Complete; Part of a series.
  • Pairings: Lyanna Stark/Jaime Lannister. Others.
  • Synopsis: Wherein Rhaegar wins the war, and Jaime manages to keep his head by taking a Stark for a wife; or five times Jaime Lannister braved his marriage and the one time he was brave for its sake.

Hell is Empty by ashotofjac.

  • Recommended by Nerdman 3000
  • Status: Complete. The sequel, The Devils are Here, has been dormant since 2016.
  • Synopsis: Still unmarried and unbetrothed, Prince Rhaegar Targaryen is urged to find a bride at the tourney at Harrenhal. With King Aerys growing more unhinged as each day passes, the Dragon Prince must secure his line in order to overthrow the Mad King. Lyanna Stark is chosen to wed the prince, much to her displeasure, and must leave the North to play princess with the dragons. But she quickly learns that the fire burns deadly in the royal family, and winter has no place in King's Landing. Hell, she finds, is empty and all the devils are at Court.
  • Comments: This fic has some similarities to the previously recommended The Shadow of Your Heart by crossfirehurricane in that a Rhaegar who never married Elia goes on to marry Lyanna. The difference here is the time frame and the way the characters are portrayed. Rhaegar is shown slightly closer to how the books describe him to be, as is Lyanna. Rhaegar’s obsession with the Prince Who Was Promised Prophecy is shown here quite well, and the romance between him and Lyanna is slow to build, but also feels natural as well. A well worth read.

I Fear No Fate (For You Are My Fate, My Sweet) by lit_chick08

  • Recommended by: Philosophers_Stoner, Red-Dead-Redeemer
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: Robb Stark/Myrcella Baratheon
  • Synopsis: Myrcella is betrothed to Robb when Robert Baratheon comes to Winterfell. This fic explores the consequences of this match and how it affects the fates of the other characters in the series.

It's only castles burning by Vaznetti

  • Recommended by: quicksilver
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: Daenerys Targaryen/Jon Snow
  • Synopsis: "What do you know about home anyway?" Set post-series, Dany and Jon fly home to Winterfell.

The Joinery by arbitrarily

  • Recommended by: Lacey
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: Ned Stark and Cersei Lannister
  • Synopsis: In this alternate universe story, Ned takes the throne instead of Robert and marries Cersei.

No Featherbed For Me by lit_chick08

  • Recommended by Lacey, Moko-tan
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: Arya Stark/Gendry Baratheon, Arya Stark/Aegon Targaryen VI
  • Synopsis: Set during an alternate universe where Gendry is the legitimate son of King Robert Baratheon and Queen Cersei Lannister, Arya Stark wanted to be a knight; she wanted to find glory and adventure with Needle in her hand. But that is not an appropriate life for a highborn lady, and that was all Arya of House Stark was allowed to be.

Of White Trees and Blue Roses by angel-eyes1-uk

  • Recommended by: YZQ
  • Status: Dead
  • Pairings: Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark
  • Synopsis: Though the pairing is Rhaegar/Lyanna, the fic recounts many events (canonical or otherwise) leading up to Robert's Rebellion.

Our Blades Are Sharp by spectre4hire

  • Recommended by K410ren, Red-Dead-Redeemer
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: Domeric Bolton/Sansa Stark, Robb Stark/Myrcella Baratheon
  • Synopsis: Starts about two years before A Game of Thrones, when Domeric Bolton is sent by his father to Winterfell to finish his fostering. While there, he forms a friendship—which becomes much more— with Sansa Stark.
  • Has an ongoing sequel — The Red Reign

The Prince of Dorne by DiscordantSymphony

  • Recommended by House Martell Fan.
  • Status: Dormant; last updated June 2020
  • Pairings: Leweyn Martell/Sansa Stark
  • Synosis: His father's mind, his grandmother's ambition, his great-uncle and namesake's honour, his uncle's skill at arms and his aunt's compassion. He will use all the weapons he has been given and earned to bring justice to those who has wronged his house. Unbowed. Unbent. Unbroken. This is the story of Lewyn Martell.

Vows by Ghost Relic (old title), deleted and then reposted as Pride and Pack by All The Dances

  • Recommended by: Phoenix Flame
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: Sansa Stark/Tywin Lannister
  • Synopsis: In an alternate universe, Sansa marries Tywin instead of Tyrion. Both enter with expectations of cold duty; neither anticipate their effect on the other. Though that's not to say their relationship is easy.

The Promised by Laine

  • Recommended by: quicksilver
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: Daenerys Targaryen/Jon Snow
  • Synopsis: "Do you believe in prophesies, Daenerys Stormborn?" Jon and Daenerys go to war. A history in six parts.

A Time For Wolves by Samwell Stark

  • Recommended By: Silver Wizard
  • Pairings: Robb Stark/Margaery Tyrell, also Jon Stark/Arianne Martell, Sansa Stark/Willas Tyrell, Arya Stark/Gendry Baratheon
  • Status: Part 1 complete, Part 2 dormant (last updated December 2017)
  • Synopsis: In a world where Robb Stark parleyed with Renly Baratheon instead of his mother. He meets a beautiful flower of Highgarden and is met with a series of events that drastically changes his destiny from what it was meant to be. Robb Stark is a more avid player of the Game of Thrones, thanks in a large part to Margaery Tyrell's influence.

Wherever Whores Go by LitlBird

The Many Faced God Must Have His Due

  • Recommended by: Picard 578
  • Status: In Progress
  • Pairings: Arya Stark/Aegon VI Targaryen
  • Synopsis: Arya Stark abandons the Faceless Men, returning to Westeros after refusing to kill Aegon Targaryen.

To Play it With You by EmynIthilien

  • Recommended By: Silver Wizard
  • Pairings: Jon Snow/Shireen Baratheon
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Princess Shireen Baratheon vows to do what her father failed to do: Get Jon Snow away from the Wall.

Somewhere Beyond The Bitter End by vixleonard and honey_wheeler

  • Recommended by: Finn Solomon
  • Pairings: Dacey Mormont/Robb Stark, Robb Stark/Roslin Frey, Dacey Mormont/Jon Snow
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: I'm not a big fanfic reader, but I will probably never forget this beautiful, bittersweet story. Set in a universe where Robb Stark survives and has won his war for independence, he finds himself torn between the fierce love he feels for Dacey Mormont, heir to Bear Island, and his oath to marry Roslin Frey of the Twins. The creators of this story manage to bring Dacey to life, a character I feel was tragically underused in the actual books, and give her strength and pride. The descriptions are wonderful, Bear Island feels like a real place, even though we don't visit it in the book. Things don't magically work out well for the couple, and there are realistic consequences to their actions. There is also a lot of hot and heavy action, but the emotions between Dacey, Robb, and the people around them is gripping. I can't recommend this fic enough.

Would That You Were Mine by DKNC

  • Stories:
  • Recommended by: Shockeye 7665
  • Status: Dead (since April 2016)
  • Pairings: Ned/Cat, Brandon/Cat
  • Synopsis: What if Ned Stark had been present with Brandon Stark on his ride to King's Landing, leading to Brandon's survival that eventually leads to Brandon marrying Catelyn Stark? Years on, Catelyn and Ned contend with strong feelings that they have towards each other.
  • Comments: Ultimately a Ned/Cat fic, this is a very well written what if. Not only is the angst between the two well portrayed, but Brandon Stark, whom we only hear from second-hand accounts in the books, is expanded upon, from the very few things known about him and developed into a believable and sympathetic person with flaws.

when i am buried, at least i was married by willowoftheriver

  • Recommended by: Theriocephalus
  • Pairings: fem!Jon Snow/Daenerys Targaryen
  • Status: One-shot; one sequel, also a one-shot.
  • Synopsis: Joanna's identity is discovered early, triggering a profoundly unfortunate marriage to Viserys. While that goes as miserably as can be expected, it does at least come with a very good sister-in-law.
  • Warnings: Marital abuse, mentions of rape.

Competition, by astolat

  • Recommended by: Theriocephalus
  • Pairings: Jaime Lannister/Brienne Tarth
  • Status: One-shot
  • Synopsis: Admitting that he likes Brienne would make the lives of everyone involved immeasurably easier, but let it not be said that Lannisters ever bore a talent for emotional straightforwardness.

    Alternate Universe Fics 
Stories where one fundamental aspect of the series is completely overhauled from its point of origin.

As the name implies, for fanfics that diverges from canon, are in an alternate universe, or stories that are set in the modern-day, or anything in-between. For Modern fics, Please put R+L =/= J if Jon is not a Targaryen, and R+L = J if he is. For non-Modern fics, and non-Canon Divergence Alternate Universe but really Alternate Universe (I don't know the trope for that), put R+L =/= J if Jon is not a Targaryen, and leave it alone if he is. Because honestly, there will be no end of that tag.

Dragons Of Ice And Fire by Serpentguy

  • Recommended by JSRGN, achrmy
  • Status: Complete, Part 2 on hiatus
  • Synopsis: There are things hidden in the far north, secrets buried under ice. Jon Snow faces the white walkers early, and stumbles upon a power that could change the world. It forges a new path for him and everyone around him - and a new journey south, a journey as a dragon. The world begins to change — with steel and snow, fire and blood...
  • Comments: Diverges just before the Night's Watch was set to attack Mance's wildling army from the Fist of the First Men. Jon is forced to flee north and there learns of the true threat, up close and personally. In a moment of desperation he awakens the Westerosi equivalent of a nuclear weapon. Everything changes.
    • Secondary comment: This story undoubtedly has the best exploration of ASoIaF worldbuilding in the fandom.
    • The story and characters are great in so many ways. I've been shocked, scared, tearful, awed, all the emotions in between, but never disappointed.

Winter Came (with Fire and Blood) by frombluetored

  • Recommended by Asphaleios-III
  • Status: Complete
  • Rating: M (for graphic description of violence, and hints of sex)
  • Pairings: Jon Snow/Daenerys Targaryen
  • Synopsis: "I couldn’t love him back. Not the way he wanted. Not the way I love you."

    Her heart is as powerful and frantic as Drogon's wings when he takes flight. She thinks the fear might consume her whole.

    "Is that all right?" she asks softly. She nearly trembles.

    And for a moment, the world is warm, small, safe. Jon has her in his arms, his body pouring into hers, his lips on her lips, his love a vast fire — and Dany, the Unburnt. She lets him burn her alive, delighting in the heat of his palms, the burn of his beard against her skin.

    When it stops — when he pulls back — it's sharper than ice.
  • Comments: This fic is canon up to S08E5, in which BoatBaby is a thing, and Daenerys and Jon stay true to their characters. In fact, this is where most characters stay true to their personalities instead of devolving into some caricature of themselves for the sake of drama in S8, and gives them an excellent reason for why things devolved as it is. This author knows the characters very well, and wrote them in a way that is so true to what the shows (before S8) presented them as, that it makes me feel like this is a better ending for the season.

How We Heal by justwanderingneverlost

  • Recommended by Asphaleios-III
  • Status: Complete
  • Rating: M
  • Pairings: Jon Snow/Daenerys Targaryen, Arya Stark/Gendry Waters, Grey Worm/Missandei, Gilly (A So Ia F)/Samwell Tarly
  • Synopsis: What was intended to be some love-filled Jonerys drabbles, but has turned into a full-blown S8 canon adventure complete with romance, dragons, drama, angst, politics, prophecies, and the Battle for the Dawn. Fluff, smut, and all the feels still included.
  • Comments: Canon up to S7 final episode, this story deconstructs the characters, and make them stay true to the character development they had throughout the last seven seasons.

A Storm in the North by Loeka

  • Recommended by Asphaleios-III
  • Status: Dead; last updated July 2019
  • Rating: M (for mentions of rape and past abuse, violence, the usual)
  • Pairings: Jon Snow/Daenerys Targaryen
  • Synopsis: Jon wonders how Sansa will react when he tells her he saw the Pirate Queen and her Dragons.
  • Or, what if Daenerys wasn't interested in the Iron Throne?
  • Comments: In which canon will be ignored with extreme prejudice (as quoted from the author), where dragons have personalities of their own, as Viserion, Rhaegal and Drogon and not Drogon and his merry brothers, Unburnt Dany with the ability to never get cold, the dragons likes to compete via aerial spars and as circus performers and are sore losers and ungraceful winners. Highly recommended, note that Chapter 33 is highly controversial, but is later explained, very reasonably in the next.

Dragons in Winter by RhiaWriter

  • Recommended by Asphaleios-III
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Rating: M
  • Pairings: Jon Snow/Daenerys Targaryen
  • Synopsis: Desperate for more knowledge about her dragons, Daenerys Targaryen flies to the Wall to meet the one man who may have answers. There she meets Jon Snow, the 998th Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch. Surrounded by enemies, Lord Commander Snow struggles to defend the Wall and save the Night’s Watch from itself. Will the Lord Commander and the Dragon Queen be able to set aside family history and work together to unite Westeros against the ultimate enemy?
  • Comments: In which Drogon, instead of dropping Daenerys off in the Great Grass Sea, chose to take a trip to the Wall - and canon is dashed kingdom to come.

The House with the Red Door by LenoreFrost

  • Recommended by Asphaleios-III
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Rating: M (mentions of child abuse, domestic abuse, violence, rape and incest, fluff and smut)
  • Pairings: Jon Snow/Daenerys Targaryen, Gilly (A So Ia F)/Samwell Tarly, Robb Stark/Margaery Tyrell
  • Synopsis: Daenerys Targaryen came home to Winterfell to start over again after her husband's sudden death. She has three loving, but rambunctious pitbulls and she runs The House with the Red Door, a shelter for abused women, and she tells herself that that's enough, that it has to be enough. But when she runs into Jon Snow, who has also come home after several years in the military for a job on Winterfell's police squad with his K-9 Ghost, she starts to want more from life again.
  • Comments: Modern setting, where Viserys is still a douche, Daenerys runs a shelter, Jon is a cop, and their backgrounds are still tragic. Jon is a foster kid, and Catelyn Stark is a Good Mother to him. R + L =/= J

Ozymandian by Frostbite Panda

  • Recommended by Asphaleios-III
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Rating: M (for incest, past mentions of the main characters lives)
  • Pairings: Jon Snow/Daenerys Targaryen
  • Synopsis: She should have been more prudent, instead of falling into him like a spell. She should have handled this thing like the fatal tangle of thorns it was, instead of drinking the air from his lungs like the sweetest Arbor gold. She should have picked it up about the edges, holding it at arm’s length until she could find a safe enough place to rest it upon the earth and walk away forever.
  • Comments: Quote from the Author: (Chapters 1-5 are a collection of Missing Scenes from Season 7. Chapter 6 is when we begin our own journey into possibilities for Season 8). Angst. A hell lot of angst. But also fluff. Lots of dialogue. And Feelings. Do not read if you are emotionally constipated and is happy being so. Because. Feelings. With a Capital Letter F.

Thumbprint Scarby Frostbite Panda

  • Recommended by Asphaleios-III
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Rating: M
  • Pairings: Jon Snow/Daenerys Targaryen, Robb Stark/Margaery Tyrell, Arya Stark/Gendry Waters
  • Synopsis: For so long, she had only dreamed about getting away, never of what that place might be. It wasn't until it had started to become a reality, to solidify under her hands, that she started to paint details into the visions of her sanctuary in earnest.
  • Comments: Quote from the Author: Modern AU. Dany finds some semblance of a home in the tiny town of Winterfell, Montana. Slow (Medium) Burn. Ranches. Horses. Broken People finding each other. Healing.

Tourniquet by justwanderingneverlost

  • Recommended by Asphaleios-III
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Rating: T (so far), possibly will hit M in the future
  • Pairings: Jon Snow/Daenerys Targaryen
  • Synopsis: Daenerys Targaryen is a lost soul, her life filled with unimaginable loss and she's tired of fighting. Hanging at the end of her rope when bullets start flying, will she choose death, or the hope she sees in a stranger's eyes? Jon Snow didn't know grabbing a coffee would turn his life upside down. He didn't plan on making any life altering decisions when he walked through the doors either. But that's exactly what he has to do. When death is staring you down from the barrel of a gun, do you save yourself, or a woman you just met? Their paths now stitched together by one traumatic night, Jon and Dany must pick up the broken pieces. Can they do it together, or will Dany's demons be too much for them both?
  • Comments: Modern setting, with ample drama, talks of PTSD, Survivor's Guilt and personal demons, two broken beans in the form of Jon and Daenerys, and a possible ship in Robb Stark/Margaery Tyrell and Arya Stark/Gendry Waters. R+L =/= J

where the wild things are by elizaham8957

  • Recommended by Asphaleios-III
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Rating: T (so far)
  • Pairings: Jon Snow/Daenerys Targaryen
  • Synopsis: Daenerys Targaryen has fought tooth and nail to get to the high-ranking position she has at Tyrell Outdoor Recreational Equipment, Inc, doing everything within her power to help the planet along the way.

Jon has a dog with over two million instagram followers, despite the fact that he can't figure out how to work the app to save his life.

When sales drop enough to threaten Tyrell's environment-saving programs, Daenerys is determined to find influencers that can turn the tides for her company.

And she has her eye on Jon. Or, well— technically, Ghost.

  • Comments: Modern Setting. Emotional Baggage for Jon. And Workaholic Tendencies for Daenerys (as tagged by the author). R+L =/= J

The Dragons Deep and Dark by justwanderingneverlost and ashleyfanfic

  • Recommended by Asphaleios-III
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Rating: M
  • Pairings: Jon Snow/Daenerys Targaryen
  • Synopsis: Jon is stuck dealing with the aftermath of an unforeseen ally coming to aid them at the Battle of the Bastards. Politics and suspicion cloud the North, but that won't keep the Dragon Queen or The White Wolf from what they want.
  • Comments: Canon Divergence, in which Daenerys was one of the allies assisting Jon in the Battle of the Bastards, arriving in Westeros as an ally and not a conqueror. Well, she's still a conqueror, but at the same time, also an ally.

I Am a Man on Fire, You a Violent Desire by ashleyfanfic

  • Recommended by Asphaleios-III
  • Status: Dormant; last updated May 2020
  • Rating: M
  • Pairings: Jon Snow/Daenerys Targaryen, Talisa Maegyr/Robb Stark, Grey Worm/Missandei, Daenerys Targaryen/Daario Naharis (past)
  • Synopsis: “I am not a foreign whore out to rule the men of this world with my beauty,” she snapped at her Hand, turning to look at him, and tilted her head. “I want them to respect me because I am what’s best for the people. That is not a difficult concept to grasp.” She took a deep and calming breath, mulling over what Tyrion had said. “But...what you’re saying does have some merit. If I could convince him that I’m a good queen, a good ruler who cares for my people, without him being distracted by my beauty, then that could only help to sway his brother, right?”
  • Comments: Canon Divergence, where Robb Stark is still King in the North, and Jon Snow became a hostage-slash-King Consort of the Dragon Queen, oh, and there's still the impending Long Night to look forward to.

Dangerous Womanby ashleyfanfic

  • Recommended by Asphaleios-III
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Rating: M (so much)
  • Pairings: Jon Snow/Daenerys Targaryen, Arya Stark/Gendry Waters, Robb Stark/Margaery Tyrell, Podrick Payne/Sansa Stark, Tormund Giantsbane/Brienne of Tarth, Catelyn Stark/Ned Stark
  • Synopsis: Jon Snow is an indie guitarist of the band "The Night's Watch". Daenerys Targaryen is THE Pop Princess. Meeting at a music festival leads to new avenues.
  • Comments: Modern setting, with a lot less doom and terror, more fluff (and smut for the more mature audience). R+L =/= J

Legends of Winter's Peak by justwanderingneverlost and ashleyfanfic

  • Recommended by Asphaleios-III
  • Status: Hiatus
  • Rating: M (for violence, mentions of abuse, death, violence, and violence, and lots of smut)
  • Pairings: Jon Snow/Daenerys Targaryen, Arya Stark/Gendry Waters, Robb Stark/Margaery Tyrell
  • Synopsis: Down on their luck, the Starks of Winter's Peak run a bootlegging business in the Appalachian mountains to keep their family afloat. Complications soon arise from unexpected visitors as old and new loves come into their lives and the town of Winterfell is forever changed as legends are born.
  • Comments: Modern setting. Ranchers and farmers, mafias (though they don't appear that quickly), Dany Storm, the new 'marm' of the schoolhouse, Jon Snow, bootlegger and war hero, Margaery Tyrell,whose marital status is a spoiler, Robb Stark, fellow bootlegger and war hero, so on and so forth. Note that its after a war (which war remains a spoiler), so there will be certain time-period perspectives of lives and the roles of men and women in said particular period. R+L =/= J

An Empire of Ice and Fire by Longclaw_1_6

  • Recommended by Asphaleios-III, Eric W
  • Status: Complete
  • Rating: M (for violence, mentions of abuse, death, violence, and violence, and lots of smut)
  • Pairings: Jon Snow/Daenerys Targaryen, Arya Stark/Gendry Waters, Robb Stark/Margaery Tyrell, Podrick Payne/Sansa Stark, Grey Worm/Missandei, Bronn/Tyene Sand
  • Synopsis: A simple twist of fate. When impending famine threatens one of the northern houses, Ned Stark's honor and duty compels him to wade right in the middle of it. Taking Jon with him, the two journey to Pentos, where their paths cross with a young Daenerys Targaryen. Sparks fly and destiny is fulfilled, an entire story of Ice and Fire rewritten. Jon x Dany starting in Season 1.
  • Comments: Love the war chapters, the fighting and battles are drawn-out (description and chapter-wise) and highly detailed, the personalities are well-done, and though there are times where it might turn out to be somewhat self-indulgent, it's still a good story and I would recommend it for readers who adores such fics.

Love Again by wolfmaid

  • Recommended by Asphaleios-III
  • Status: Complete
  • Rating: M
  • Pairings: Jon Snow/Daenerys Targaryen, Robb Stark/Margaery Tyrell, Grey Worm/Missandei
  • Synopsis: After a devastating accident, Jon and Daenerys must pick up the pieces of their lives and learn to love again.
  • Comments: Modern setting, amnesiac Daenerys and her broody but handsome fiancee, a child social worker, Jon Snow. R+L =/= J

I Hear the Bells [ringing joyless and triumphant] by SarahRoseSerena

  • Recommended by Asphaleios-III
  • Status: Dormant; last updated December 2019
  • Rating: M
  • Pairings: Jon Snow/Daenerys Targaryen (eventually), Grey Worm/Missandei, Oberyn Martell/Ellaria Sand
  • Synopsis: What if you could do it all again? Pass through the looking glass darkly, all your gravest sins unraveling, and learn to light the darkness in your soul. What if the Mother of Dragons could learn to resist the siren song of fire and blood? What if she could find balance between the dragon and the woman? And what of the pack? Is there no middle ground to be met from a dragon among wolves, but the right path to be forged of a lone wolf finding home with dragons?

Everyone dies. And then they live again. Yet can the bells ever be unrung?

After the hell they all found themselves in, Dany returns to the crux of her crossroads and makes a different decision. Back to Essos, back to liberation, back to the ones who truly loved her. She learns to plant trees. She learns to build families and trust friends. She learns to love, widely, freely, safely. She heals. She hopes. And she continues the fight against all those that seek to conquer her and her coveted children.

Eventually, she even finds a new path forward with her soulmate, raising a stronger foundation out of the ashes of their ruined love.

  • Comments: Time-Travel, where Dany never set foot in Westeros, remembers everything about her past-life, where Drogon set the entire world on fire after Dany's death and Bran redid the timestream - and oops Dany remembered more than she should. Lots of Angst, lots and lots of angst, but more of Dany believing in herself and becoming the Empress of Essos and better known as the Kingmaker to the Westerosi (a lie, since she make more Queens than Kings).

House Proud by laiqualaurelote

  • Recommended by Asphaleios-III
  • Status: Complete
  • Rating: T — so far
  • Pairings: Jon Snow/Daenerys Targaryen
  • Synopsis: "Winter is coming," said Jon Snow. "We need to think about fixing the heating. Oh, and the bill for the Internet's here. It's your turn, I got last month's."

    "Christ, you don't have to go on," said Tyrion. "A Lannister always pays his debts."
  • Comments: Modern setting in university/college. Two words. Comedy Gold. In which the author makes the characters repeat their House words in the most mundane way possible, makes a story out of it, and came across comedy gold. This reader could not stop laughing. R+L =/= J

Shadows by KiyaSama

  • Recommended by Asphaleios-III
  • Status: Complete
  • Rating: M (for mentions of past rape and incest, angst and smut)
  • Pairings: Jon Snow/Daenerys Targaryen, Jon Snow/Others, Gendry/Arya - Relationship
  • Synopsis: Under Cersei Lannister’s wings, Jon Snow has become one of the highest paid male escorts in The Night’s Watch; rival only to her brother, Jaime Lannister. Now able to provide a stable life for himself and his sister, Arya, Jon has the world at his fingertips. However, the tables are turned when he is given a client who refuses to speak or be seen. Who is she? And how is he to break down the walls to fulfill her desires without losing himself?
  • Comments: Modern setting based in Westeros, honestly the synopsis explains everything. R+L =/= J

Eye of the Stormby KiyaSama

  • Recommended by Asphaleios-III
  • Status: Complete
  • Rating: M (for mentions of past rape and incest, angst and smut)
  • Pairings: Jon Snow/Daenerys Targaryen, Missandei/Daenerys Targaryen (non-romantic, and before Jon makes an appearance), Grey Worm/Missandei, Sam/Gilly — Relationship, Jon/Ros, Cersei Lannister/Jaime Lannister, Oberyn Martell/Ellaria Sand
  • Synopsis: Her silence is unnerving, yet Jon Snow realizes the mysterious tenant in Apt 1803, just might be his ticket to getting out of the cesspool that is King's Landing....
    ...if she doesn't kill him first.

    However, to help her gain control of the Seven Kingdoms, he finds himself drawn into a world of sin, decadence, and inevitable danger where falling in love is never an option and all is never as it seems.
  • Comments: Modern Westeros, where Daenerys is still seeking to regain the Seven Kingdoms. R+L = J

The Bloods of Bolton by A.M. Brossart

  • Recommended by: madame_newbie
  • Status: Dormant; last updated June 2019
  • Synopsis: A three-part fic focusing on the infamous House Bolton: Set before the start of the series, this story follows Domeric, Drucilla, and the bastard Ramsay Snow as they struggle to survive, seek revenge, and unlock the terrifying secrets of their ancient house. Unbeknownst to them all, each of them is playing their role in their father's game of conquest.
  • Comments: Brossart is a master on writing creepy characters and doesn't shy away from the fact that Roose, Ramsay and Drucilla are from the Bolton bloodlines. There is no leather-pansting of Ramsay or Roose and Drucilla's character as Roose's daughter fits perfectly into the ASOIAF universe. A must read for those who is a fan of House Bolton, flaying and all.

A City of Fortune and Failure by justadram

  • Recommended by: Helly
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: Amidst maneuvers and intrigue, heartbreak and betrayal, bankruptcy and political scandal, the players jockey for power, money, and prestige in a game of business, politics, and love in New York City. Modern AU. Multi-ship. Central ships: Ned/Cat, Cersei/Jaime, Dany/Jorah, Jon/Sansa.
  • Comments: To put it quite simply, not only the best modern AU this troper has ever read, but probably the best fic as well. The writing is as masterful as ever, and every little thing from canon is reflected into the modern world, all the pieces fitting so perfectly and nicely that make the story a pleasure to read. There are no words to explain how beautiful it is. Go read it, now.

The Conquest by DolorousEdditor

  • Recommended by: Nerdman 3000
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: Three hundred years after Aegon the Conqueror and his sisters traveled east to Essos and built a new empire on the ashes of the Valyrian Freehold. Now the known world is a place of war. The Targaryen Empire is pressed by enemies, the Seven Kingdoms, never united, war amongst themselves and forces contrive to pull them all apart. Amidst all this are a prince and princess who fear themselves ruined by the horrors they've endured. Together they might be the hope their people are looking for. More importantly, they might be the dream both abandoned long ago.
  • Comments: A huge fanfic which also has one of the most interesting timeline PO Ds for which it diverges, "What if Aegon the Conqueror went East instead of West?" A grand story on an epic scale, the story stars both Prince Jonarys Targaryen (this AU's version of Jon Snow) and Princess Sansa Stark as well as a whole cast of characters who live within this world. Honestly, if I had any one complaint, it’s that some of the canon extinct houses like the Gardeners and Durrandons are basically just the Tyrells and Baratheons with their last names renamed. Still it's a great fic and I highly recommend it.

Disengagement by turtle_paced

  • Recommended by: throwaawy, madame_newbie
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: The killing of Mad King Aerys Targaryen by person or persons unknown worked out well for virtually everyone, including Jaime Lannister. Disgraced for failing his king (if only they knew) and tasked with protecting no-longer-a-Princess Rhaenys Targaryen until she can be wed to Robert’s eldest legitimate son (whenever Robert gets around to producing one), Jaime must go north with the Starks (a prickly, judgmental lot) to look after her. Cold, bored, and guarding a five-year-old, Jaime might yet learn to be a truly honourable knight – but even far from King's Landing and Cersei, his dangerous secrets might catch up with him. Worse, his aren't the only dangerous secrets in the North...
  • Comments: An AU divergence where Jaime never took credit for killing the Mad King and ended up saving Princess Rhaenys. As "reward" for saving the last Targaryen, King Robert ships him off to Winterfell with their new ward. The long separation between himself and Cersei and his prolonged proximity to the Starks... slowly changes him in a believable manner. The addition of Rhaenys into the mix also brings a new change in the dynamic, especially for Jon and the rest of the Stark children, with its own set of consequences in that subplot. All in all, this is a fic that attempts to humanise Jaime Lannister and I think it does a fairly good job. That isn't to say he won't jump Cersei's bones every chance he gets, however.
    • Extremely good AU. It also doesn't shy away from making characters doing unlikeable things. For instance many fics seem to make Catelyn suddenly fine with Jon being the son of Rhaegar and Lyanna. Here, she's more realistically horrified and demanded Ned to send him away, because Jon's heritage can get her entire family executed. The author also nailed down Cersei, brushing just enough on her paranoia and ambitions without turning her into a caricature.

A Dragon's Roar by spectre4hire

  • Recommended by: House Martell Fan
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: As a second born son, Prince Daeron Targaryen thought he understood his role, but with his father spiraling into madness and his brother chasing prophecies, Daeron realized the future of his family depended on him, forging a path to the title 'Daeron the Defiant.' It won't be Robert's Rebellion, but a second Dance of Dragons.
  • Comments: I'm not normally a fan of Targaryen OC fics but this might be one of the rare exceptions, Daeron is well characterized without verging on being overpowered or too perfect and his dynamic with his brother, his mother and with Cersei are a joy to read.

Far away by CloudyDream

  • Recommended by: Helly
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: Jon goes the opposite way, to the Narrow Sea instead of the Wall. Based on the prompt: "For a whole year he'd been dreaming of going to the East and join the Golden Company, with the Blackfyres and the men of the Free Cities. A place where no one would have cared what his name meant, where most people would've said, Snow? We don't get it here, and laughed it all away."
  • Comments: More of a for want of a nail kind of fic than a full-fledged AU, the idea alone is worth the read. The story itself is quite well done - the author takes our relative lack of information about the Free Cities and runs with it, filling in the blanks with interesting customs and awesome characters. It also follows the original canon and timeline quite closely, and the characterization is really good.

Fool's Gold by labyrinths

  • Recommended by: Zenoseiya
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Key events during Robert's Rebellion turn out different. Catelyn Tully is married to Robert and Jaime is killed by the Mad King. Ned asks a drunk Robert for Cersei's hand and gets it. As a result, Cersei becomes the Lady of Winterfell and undergoes character development, changing from an impetuous girl to the shrewd, cunning matriarch of the Starks. While the War of the Five Kings never happens, a different but no less terrible conflict takes it place.
  • Pairing(s): Eddard Stark/Cersei Lannister

Game of Stacks by Comma Splice

  • Recommended by: Electroninja
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Dr. Ned Stark, Professor of History at Crownlands University is asked by his old friend, College President Robert Baratheon, to become the new director of the school library. His new job causes dramatic changes to his family's life. Meanwhile, Tywin Lannister, CEO of Casterly Rock Enterprises deals with his disappointing children and finds a potential apprentice in his new intern, Arya Stark.
  • Comments: A High School AU, Game of Stacks is both Game of Thrones in a modern world educational system as well as the implied future of Westeros. The characterization is spot on, with wonderful little changes thrown in to each character to modernize them to the setting.
    • Seconded. This fic is beautiful, funny, and made me less scared of going to the library. It even manages to make Cersei Lannister a sympathetic character! My only complaint is that the ending feels rushed, but that doesn't hinder my enjoyment of the other 90%.

The Guns of Dragonstone by Death's Little Helper

  • Recommended by: Quarrelsome Vituline
  • Status: In-progress
  • Synopsis: The War of Five Kings changes irrevocably when a new weapon is introduced to Westeros from across the seas. A weapon that will change the rules of warfare forever. Gunpowder.
  • Comments: Also available on Archive of our Own and FanFiction.

Hair the Colour of Espresso by SecondStarOnTheLeft

  • Recommended by: Namacub 95
  • Status: Complete
  • 'Synopsis: (Modern AU with Sansa/Willas) When Sansa’s father is murdered, she is forced into hiding in the care of an old friend of her mother’s. She doesn’t trust Petyr though, doesn’t trust the way he looks at her, and when a job at a coffee shop around the corner offers a refuge, she grabs the opportunity with both hands.
    • Seconded by Sharysa. In addition to the devastation that the fic puts Sansa through, the reincarnation subplot is refreshingly realistic about reincarnation. It focuses on life patterns, innate recognition (or the need to avoid getting recognized), trying to juggle past-life memories with current ones, and the haphazard attempts of various people to learn from their past-life mistakes, as opposed to "OMG TRUE LOVE."

I'll Do It For You by wickedg

  • Recommended by: qazwsx, Red-Dead-Redeemer
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: AU - R+L=J Eddara Stark, raised in the shadow of her younger, more beautiful sister, and older, charismatic brother, was sent off to the Vale to be fostered alongside Robert Baratheon. Now, with the war over and her younger brother, the last male heir to Winterfell, off at the Wall, Eddara (please, call me Ned) assumes responsibilities as the Lady of Winterfell, Warden of the North, and the false mother to the bastard babe Jon Snow.
  • Comments: This fic Gender Flips Ned Stark and Catelyn Tully (now called Keith or Kit) and it all changes from there. Eddara retains all her male counterpart's titles and authorities but with entirely different consequences; the contrast is an effective study of gender roles in Westeros without being Anvilicious. And Ned and Kit's growing relationship is simply adorable.

In Good Company by ariel2me

  • Recommended by: Grahav
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: A Stannis-centered fic. It is a story of what would have happened if he had decided to stay in King's Landing instead of going to Dragonstone. Recommended if you like the Baratheons.

The Kings Who Cared by Some Random Weird Guy

  • Recommended by allfictions
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: A chance meeting in Braavos leads to Young Griff, or rather Aegon VI Targaryen, setting his sights on the opposite end of the Seven Kingdoms, the Wall and the threat of the Others.
  • Comments: If you read ADWD and found yourself enjoying Young Griff and his helpful crew of RPG party members, enjoy the mystery of his identity, and also are a huge Stannis fan, then this story will be for you. Unlike most ASOIAF fanfics tending to demonize Team Aegon, here they are front and center and protrayed sympathetically.

The Last Valyrians by Jackoblades47

  • Recommended by: Nerdman 3000
  • Status: Dormant (last updated March 2017)
  • Synopsis: Alternate Universe in which Aegon Targaryen VI was not ferried away across the Narrow Sea but was raised secretly in Westeros, being prepared and guided for a future in which songs and laughter cease and die unless he can stop it. Where Jon Snow received word of "Arya's" Marriage and suffering at the hands of Ramsay Bolton and accepted King Stannis' proposal to be legitimized and marry the wildling princess Val. As what is your honor and duty worth at the stake of a sister or brother. And of Daenerys Targaryen, the Mother of Dragons, Breaker of Chains, and Queen of Freedom Bay when finally, within grasp of her greatest desire, finds that Westeros has no desire to be liberated. Is it better to forsake vengeance and what one knows is justice for the prospect of a future out of your hands or to gamble with the lives of thousands to save millions?
  • Comments: This fic focuses on an alternate version of the last two books, A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons that details an Aegon Targaryen VI that grew up differently and his invasion of Westeros, plus explores the scenario is which Jon Snow actually did join Stannis. Aegon is a lot more interesting in this story and part of me wishes the book Aegon/Griff was a bit more like this Aegon. The story is ulimately a lot of fun to read and is easily among my favorite ASOIAF fanfics.

Life and Honor by NoOne0_o

  • Recommended by allfictions
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: At the end of Robert's Rebellion, Jaime Lannister accepts to take the black and goes join the Night's Watch in penance for having killed Mad King Aerys.
  • Comments: With a seemingly rather simple premise, this story still manages to rise to be one of the best in the fandom. Having exchanged his white cloak for a black one, Jaime finds himself at the Wall, which slowly changes from his prison to a new home where he blossoms to his full potential. We witness Jaime, not quite the cynical man he would be by the start of A Game of Thrones, grapples with the question of honor and what it might means to him, the man considered the most dishonorable in Westeros, now part of an organization full of dishonorable men. We see him making friends and forming bonds, especially with Mance Rayder, now a wilding Night's Watch man, and not yet the wildlings' King-Beyond-the-Wall. And we see how the world and the people around him change based on his single decision. The main strength of this fic is its characterization, with portrayals faithful to the books, while showing how everyone, not just Jaime, grow and evolve as the story progresses.

The Lion Queen and the Prince of the Sun by DiscordantSymphony

  • Recommended by: House Martell Fan
  • Status: Dormant; last updated June 2020
  • Synopsis: Joffery and Tommen Baratheon are dead, tragically slain at the older brother's wedding. There is only one Baratheon child left, Myrcella of the House Baratheon, Queen of the Andals, the Rhoynar and the first men. Lady of the Seven Kingdoms and protector of the realm. Long May she reign.
  • Comments: Another great story from the author with a really intriguing premise, Myrcella is a really well written character throughout it. The only possible complaint to have at the moment is that it hasn't been updated in a year but there has been no mention if it has been abandoned or not, I really hope it hasn't as it is a good start to a story.

A Lion's Duty by Sereven

  • Recommended by: qazwsx
  • Status: On Hiatus
  • Synopsis: As a young boy he had always wished to be a knight, to be as famous and noble as the heroes of his stories. But his life as a knight was neither heroic, nor honorable. But in the moment of his greatest sin, when he broke his oath for the sake of others, Jaime Lannister changed his fate and that of one young girl. But how will the world handle the survival of Rhaegar's daughter?
  • Pairings: Jaime Lannister/Allyria Dayne, Rhaenys Targaryen/Willas Tyrell

Love and Honor by DKNC

  • Recommended by Electroninja
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: What if Ned wasn't beheaded in King's Landing and Catelyn didn't die at the Red Wedding?
  • Comments: While it's summary sounds very similar to the above-mentioned Ned Stark Lives, this one is very different in that most of the events of the books stay the same for a while since Ned is still thought dead by the rest of Westeros, so people act largely as they do in canon. Once Ned makes his return, things focus almost solely on Ned and Catelyn's relationship and their quest to reunite their children, making for a very emotional ride.
    • Don't recommend it. Overall, not a bad fic but DKNC is a very heavy Ned/Cat shipper and this troper felt like too much airtime was given to Ned/Cat relationship rather than trying to write an ASOIAF story. Things felt a bit off, likely because of the heavy shipping and the poor pacing. It picked up once the Others invaded the North, but the Others began crossing into the North in Chapter 45, attacked Winterfell in Chapter 61, driven away in Chapter 65 and there was still another 19 chapters to go in the story, where nothing important happened. Game of Thrones was 300k words; DKNC tripled that with fluff and padding.
    • Seconded. DKNC is a good writer, but the fluff and romance overload here is absurd. That said, if you ship Ned and Cat, this is the fic for you.

The Many Sons of Winter by CaekDaemon

  • Recommended by: Milarqui
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: Some time after Aegon's Conquest, Torrhen Stark found a type of cattle that fitted very well in the harsh winters of the North, so he started to promote its breeding and ranching. Three hundred years later, the North is well populated and incredibly rich, the Old Gods are widely worshipped, greenseers and skinchangers are a normal sight in every city and town, a canal connects the Narrow Sea and the Sunset Sea through the Neck, Winterfell is one of the greatest cities in Westeros and Eddard Stark is well-beloved by the North. But when Jon Arryn dies, Robert Baratheon comes north, and things begin to move...
  • Comments: A very interesting, extremely well-written story, where such a simple thing as a cow leads to a more powerful, better developed North and to create a society that is alien yet so familiar to those that have read the books. For example, even though Winterfell is incredibly huge, it still has the feeling of home for the Stark characters, and the Starks have a large number of cadet branches (even the Greystarks, who in canon were wiped out to a man) that provide a lot to the new society, including a large court of Northern ladies around Sansa. Of course, the changes are not all for good: the canal leads to Dorne hating the North - since the former do not have as many ships appearing in their ports - while Theon is worse adjusted to a very different Winterfell since he and Robb are not friends. Very highly recommended if you like the Starks.
  • Pairings: Eddard Stark/Catelyn Tully, Domeric Bolton/Sansa Stark

Ned Stark Lives by cbstevp

  • Status: Complete. Part 2 completed, Part 3 completed.
  • Synopsis: What would have happened in Westeros if Ned Stark had lived? An alternate version of George R.R. Martin's Game of Thrones series of books.
  • Recommended by: Captain Canuck
  • Seconded by Sharysa. It avoids Everybody Lives with quite a few heartbreaking deaths, and keeps both the characters and setting intact.
  • I wouldn't know. This troper has found the story a little forced. No Everybody Lives, is true, but an exceedingly high number of characters do, and everything seems to work out ridiculously easily most of the time, losing the realism that makes ASOIAF so heartrendingly beautiful. Same goes for characters interaction, everyone gets along too well, with no accounting for the complexity of the different personalities that makes Martin's characters POV such a great writing choice. All in all, good but overrated, it feels like a lost opportunity.

Our Choices Seal Our Fate by DolorousEdditor

  • Recommended by: Nerdman 3000
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: The Battle of the Trident never came and Rhaegar becomes king. Things aren’t all well and good in the realm and the king’s second son, Prince Jon, is sent to ward with his dead mother’s family at Winterfell. A whole new world with different roles for familiar characters, strange alliances and loves that never had a chance to blossom. A realm that will be torn apart by war, ambition, and treachery. With fire and blood while winter is coming.
  • Comments: Another amazing fic by DolorousEdditor, Our Choices Seal Our Fate is probably my all-time favorite ASOIAF fanfic. Over half a million words long, the writing style is very similar to that of GRRM’s books, and is very clearly modeled after the way he wrote them. Like GRRM he isn’t afraid of killing off characters either, in fact he is currently tied with GRRM in his kill count. I would highly suggest giving this a read. It’s quite worth it.
    • Decent writing, but Jon is a real idiot in this one. The author's weak plotting skills are starting to really show in more recent chapters, which is a shame because they've got the style down pat. — Worffan101

A Second Chance by makenalei

  • Recommended by: cywscross
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Part 1 of series. Winter had fallen. The dragons were all dead. The lions were fading and the roses were wilting. War still ravaged the south, famine and poverty covered the Riverlands, and White Walkers descended on the north. The entire realm was about to fall into the darkness. But she could save them. She could chose to rewrite it all, to use magic to make the world right again. Melisandre warned her that it came with a price, all magic did. But she had nothing left to lose in this realm. Everyone she had ever loved was dead. Whatever price the new world came at, she would pay it. Even if meant her existence was erased, saving those that she loved was worth it.
  • Pairings: Jon Snow/Sansa Stark
  • Tags: Memory Alteration, Alternate Universe Fic, Time Travel

A Song for Dragons by Doublehex

  • Recommended by: gadeel
  • Status: Dormant; last updated March 2020
  • Synopsis: The Lord of Winterfell wants a better life for his bastard - a better life than even what his son would want. So Jon Snow travels across the Narrow Sea, where tales of an empire of horselords await him. A thousand roads he could travel, but he finds himself walking only the one, the one that brings him in conflict with a vicious dragon prince who will sell his sister for the Iron Throne.
  • Comments: This is perhaps the best story I've seen where Jon goes to Essos instead of the wall and gets entangled with the Targaryens and Khal Drogo.

A Time for Dragons by DolorousEdditor.

  • Recommended by: Nerdman 3000
  • Status: Dormant (last updated October 2017)
  • Synopsis: Rhaegar, Viserys, and Daenerys are the children of Aerys and Rhaella we all know, their other siblings dying in childbirth or the cradle. But what if they had lived? This story is an AU where four more of the Mad King’s children grew to adulthood. A world where Daenerys had six older siblings instead of two. King Rhaegar rules over the Seven Kingdoms, a land divided in its loyalties while old wounds still linger after Rhaegar's Rebellion against the Mad King. Princess Daenerys, youngest of the king’s siblings, has grown up at a court full of dragons and powerful families, most vying for greater power. While some dream of a resurgent Targaryen dynasty, others foster their own ambitions toward the Iron Throne.
  • Comments: In a case of three out of three, the newest fic by DolorousEdditor, A Time for Dragons is the story where all of Rhaegar, Viserys and Daenerys's other siblings who died before reaching adulthood were able to live. While still relatively new, it’s already great and considering the author, this fic rightly deserves this recommendation.

To Go Forward by To Go

  • Recommended by: madame_newbie
  • Status: In-progress
  • Synopsis: Jon Snow wakes up in Winterfell, two years in the past. He struggles with his knowledge of the upcoming wars, the mystery of his mother's forgotten letters, and the prophecy of the Prince That Was Promised. How much time does he have until the Others invade Westeros?
  • Comments: One of the best travel-back-in-time-into-younger-self fanfiction. Togo writes Jon Snow's POV very well.

Wife of the Wolf, Husband of the Sun by DiscordantSymphony

  • Recommended by: House Martell Fan
  • Status: Ongoing.
  • Synopsis: Alternate Universe fic in which Elia Martell and Rhaegar Targaryen's betrothal is called off by the Mad King, Rhaegar is instead betrothed to Cersei Lannister and Elia Martell is sent off to the North in order to be wed to Ned Stark, in the background the starts of both Robert's Rebellion as well as Prince Rhaegar moving against his Father. Primary ship is Eddard Stark/Elia Martell.
  • Comments: I fell in love with this fic the first time I read it, the relationship between Elia and Ned is the strongest part of it but as the story goes on, no longer does it just focus on them it begins to spread out and involves many other characters all of them who are written well. The most interesting thing however, is that you can see a real imporvement in the author's writing as the fic goes on.
    • While it is a great story, it is very slow paced with the author choosing to focus a lot on building the world and setting up the character relationships, very much so in the early chapters. It's well written but can be very slow at times.

Wounds by Strangebloke

  • Recommended by: Nicholas Igma
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: When Robert died on the Trident, no one knew what to expect from his younger brother. This story focuses on Westeros as ruled by a young Stannis. Davos and Lyanna Stark are the primary perspective characters.
  • Comments: Also available on Spacebattles and AltHistory

The Mountain's Range by BronzeStar

  • Recommended by: Kinkajou
  • Status: Complete.
  • Synopsis: A CIA agent is killed in the line of duty... and is reborn in Westeros as Gregor Clegane, the Mountain that Rides. With the might and martial prowess of Westeros' strongest man being turned to more honorable means, the fate of the Seven Kingdoms is now forever changed.
  • Comments: What seems to be a rather common fanfic plot for ASOIAF (person from Earth inserted into Planetos) is well-executed, with ramifications from the first major diversions to history onwards. Has quite a few plot twists, especially towards the latter half of the story, that ensure this tale does not turn into a boring curb-stomp. Moreover, a lot of emphasis is placed on familial and marriage bonds, and so this fic has a lot of ships (both among familiar and unfamiliar pairings.

A Farmer's Tale by alltheuntold[3]

  • Recommended by: masterchiefruler12
  • Status: Dormant; last updated December 2020
  • Synopsis: A 30-year-old American farmer is sent to the world of ASOIAF. Follow as he tries to create a life for himself. Slow development & pacing. Slice-of-Life style story.
  • Well-written story and an SI OC that is not reborn as some noble but is instead reborn as a member of the smallfolk and through hard work manages to get elevated to being part of the minor nobility.

Ghosts and Dreams by Miss Sketchi

  • Recommended by: Picard578
  • Status: Dormant; last updated November 2020
  • Synopsis: The Ghosts of Winterfell have woken to help the living fight against the Army of the Dead and magic has begun to shift the tides of the coming Winter.
  • Comments: An excellent Jon Snow and Aegon Targaryen (Young Griff) fanfic. Young Griff actually is Aegon Targaryen, Elia's son, and he and his half-brother Jon Snow are able to see ghosts and communicate telepathically by the power of Old Gods. As a result, both - and especially Aegon - are much better adjusted than in canon, with Aegon showing none of his canon counterpart's brattiness and entitlement, as well as being aware of the realities of the Game of Thrones.

Reign of the Dragon Queen by The History Queen

  • Recommended by: Shockeye 7665
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: An alternate history fic about Rhaenyra Targaryen ascending to the Iron Throne as Queen Rhaenyra I Targaryen after a conspiracy brought her to the throne in accordance with her father's wishes, thus averting the canon start of The Dance of Dragons.
  • Comments: A really well written insight on how Rhaenyra's reign as Westeros' first reigning queen might have gone down. Even though there are hints that the Dance of Dragons has not been halted, but merely delayed, it is such a joy to see both sides living out their lives in peace (or as close to peace as Westeros will have). It had undergone rewriting, due to the release of Fire & Blood revealing several new facts as well as contradicted some facts previously written by the author in the fic, and thus, the rewrites have actually improved the story quite a bit.

From the Ashes Begin Anew by bykim0120

  • Recommended by: Shockeye 7665
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: Jaenyx Belaerys is the last of House Belaerys. With the survival of his people and that of Valyria at risk, he journeys to Dragonstone, where he meets the Targaryens. There, he will find friendship, love, and the will to begin anew. Set a decade before Aegon's Conquest.
  • Comments: An alternate history fic that depicts Lord Jaenyx Belaerys, a dragonlord who leads a colony of Valyrians in the Basilisk Isles, on a path to Dragonstone in the hope of finding any sign of the blood of Aenar Targaryen. From then on, it's a really well written story on how the dragons could conquer Westeros, with many instances in which the author takes his inspiration from history to shape his story.

Red Robb and the Burning of the Riverlands by The Oddfather

  • Recommended by Full-Paragon
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Rating: T for battle and death.
  • Pairings: None yet.
  • Synopsis: The Red Wedding goes very differently, but Robb still perishes. In his dying act, he sends his followers to find his brother, Jon Snow, and have him carry on his legacy. However, the Brotherhood Without Banners finds a corpse in the river, and soon, a Red King Rides.
  • Comments: A really excellent AU that takes the premise of "what if Robb lived on" and runs with it, with consequences ranging from a very different outcome for Jon, as well as en entirely different Riverlands campaign. Excellent, and worth reading.

All In The Same Boat by YourLocalElephant

  • Recommended by backup987
  • Status: Complete
  • Rating: M for Graphic depections of violence and major character death
  • Pairings: Arya Stark/Gendry, Hot Pie/Willow Heddle, Lommy Greenhands/Jeyne Heddle
  • Synopsis: When the apocalypse hits, Arya Stark takes part in a years-long road trip with Gendry, Hot Pie, and Lommy, all of them trying to live through said apocalypse and not get killed in the undead wasteland by either the dead or hostile groups. Modern/Zombie Apocalypse AU.
  • Comments: Really interesting story that shows Arya and friends as they struggle to live through a zombie apocalypse in a modern version of Westeros.

Dragonshield by Longlclaw_1_6

  • Recommended by Eric W
  • Status: In Progress
  • Rating: M for Sex, violence and Murder/Intrigue
  • Pairings: Aegon/Visenya/Rhaenys, Maegor/Rhaena
  • Synopsis: Aegon and Visenya brought fire and blood to Westeros, but afterward gave them peace, prosperity, and justice in spite of losing their sister and love. But they are mortals and not destined to live forever. Soon it would be up to their children and grandchildren to take up the mantle of the three-headed dragon - namely their son Maegor and granddaughter Rhaena, seen by many as the heirs to their greatness by both those that support them and those that would oppose them. But with said enemies abounding... the great kingdom that the Conquerors forged could quickly collapse. Can Maegor and Rhaena save their House from annihilation, or will the forces of the Faith and their other foes succeed in finishing what the Doom began? Alt-Maegor the Cruel AU
  • Comments: Takes a more generous approach to the conquerors and their immediate successors. It gives Aegon and Visenya's relationship more dimension, and some MAJOR character development for the little explored Aenys and Maegor. Also, there's a new reality with The North being more than a token loyalty, a 3rd child, new dynamics to the children, and a litany of challenges both internal and external for the house of dragon to establish their dynasty in.

Dragons of a Different Type by hydra1234

  • Recommended by: Shockeye 7665
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: An alternate history fic about what if the Valyrians did not tame dragons, but had their hands on gunpowder, and instead of the Targaryens riding dragons they had conquered Westeros with gunpowder weaponry.
  • Comments: Written as if it were like a Maester's account, similar to The World of Ice & Fire and Fire & Blood, this fic is stated by the author to be setting up to a Napoleonic Era level of technology and society by the time of the canon books. There are very good descriptions of how Westeros and Essos have changed with the advent of gunpowder, in more ways than just warfare.

The Empire of the Black Dragons by TheShadowKnows

  • Recommended by: House Of The Watcher
  • Status: Complete. It has a preqel starring Dunk and Egg now and a sequel titled "The Years of Blood"
  • Synopsis: After the Second Dance of the Dragons, otherwise known as the Blackfyre rebellion, an alliance of Houses struggles to keep the peace in a changing world, where old hatred breaks to new mutiny, dark powers play a game of their own, and dragons roam the realm.
  • Comments: A very complex, well-written story. When Daemon Blackfyre refuses to betray King Daeron, the two usher in a second Targaryen golden age that comes crashing down a century later when Aerys II, known to history as Aerys the Mad and Aerys Kinslayer, feeds his nephew to his dragon. A very different world, where magic is more commonplace and the nobles play the Game harder than ever. Features all the canon characters and some of the best written OCs I've ever seen. Stunning world-building, very consistent, well researched. A unique spin on dragons and one of the creepiest depictions of the Others I've seen.

The Years of Blood by TheShadowKnows the_ham_that_was_promised and Admiral Breetai

  • Recommended by: House Of The Watcher
  • Status: Ongoing.
  • Synopsis: After the events depicted in Empire, the King is dead, his heir is lost at sea and the Seven Kingdoms are about to go to war with each other. Meanwhile, Dany, Jon, Elbert Arryn, Trystane Martell and Robert Baratheon try and keep the Dothraki from conquering all of Essos and destroying the overseas domains of the Seven Kingdoms.
  • Comments: Four chapters in, so too early to say if it's as good as Empire is. But where Empire spent its first half setting up the board, Years of Blood starts off in full swing. Lots of action, character work the authors are great at, and solid prose. It seems like everyone's favorite characters are facing a world war and the looming War for the Dawn. Features one of the more interesting depictions of Yi Ti I've read, and it looks like it'll feature Sothoryos to a degree as well.

     Crossover Fics 
Coldhands by Acharion
  • Recommended by: Silver Wizard
  • Status: Complete
  • Crossover with: The Silmarillion
  • Synopsis: Wherein we learn the identity of Coldhands (and he's not Benjen Stark). One-shot.

The Dark Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by serpentguy

  • Recommended by allfictions
  • Status: Dead (last updated July 2018)
  • Crossover with: Batman
  • Synopsis: In 274 AC, after a tourney in Harrenhal, Lord Thomas and Lady Martha of House Wayne are ambushed by a highwayman, murdered by the infamous Smiling Knight. The only survivor, and the last progeny of his house, is eight-year-old Bruce Wayne, a child left orphaned by the brutal crime. And so an old story repeats itself in Westeros...
  • Comments: A re-imagining of the Batman mythos in ASOIAF, but doesn't copy paste 1:1 to make the crossover happen: Bruce Wayne, his allies, and even some of his enemies are seamlessly and organically integrated in the world of ice and fire, and do not stick out like sore thumbs.

The Dragon of Harrenhal by CaekDaemon

  • Recommended by: gadeel
  • Status: Dead (last updated November 2017)
  • Crossover with: Divinity: Dragon Commander
  • Summary: Carik is the perfect prince and bastard son of the Emperor of Rivellon, groomed for the role of inheriting the planet spanning realm by his father's greatest friend and most trusted ally, Maxos, the greatest wizard to have ever lived. He is sixteen years old, and his mentor believes he is almost ready for the day he will inherit his father's realm. He has been schooled on law, governance, the sciences both magical and physical and how to lead an industrialized army to victory. He's also half-dragon... and sixteen years old, with all the problems that entails. Not long after finding out about his parentage, magical shenanigans result in him being sent to Westeros, just before the tourney of Harrenhal...

A Dragon of the North by Droman

  • Recommended by: Last Chronicler, tpyrene
  • Status: Dead (No further update since 2016)
  • Crossover with: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  • Synopsis: The Player Character of The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim is reincarnated as Jon Snow of Winterfell, who grows up dreaming of his previous life and discovers in his childhood that he possesses the power of the Thu'um. The story follows his exploits as he makes a name for himself amongst the nobility of Westeros.

The End of Times by Antony 444 (unfortunately, only for members)

  • Recommended by Panzerkampf
  • Status: Ongoing on, Alternatehistory thread deleted
  • Crossover with: Warhammer
  • Synopsis: A fusion of the Warhammer and ASOIAF settings, with the North corrupted by Chaos, the South as the Empire, cults, the Starks using magic, and Catelyn as a vampire. Pure, unmitigated awesome.

Episode V: Winter Strikes Back by AsbestosMouth

  • Recommended by: myrese
  • Status: Dead (last updated March 2017)
  • Crossover with: Star Wars
  • Synopsis: Dominated by the rule of the Queen of Thorns, the galaxy is at peace. However, as every sensible Sith will tell you, peace is always a lie. Stannis Baratheon threatens another Jedi rebellion, because he is that sort of man. Jaime Lannister is AWOL, much to the disapproval of Darth Castamere. Dorne refuses to be conquered, and Oberyn Martell keeps seducing Varys's numerous spies because, frankly, he enjoys the challenge. The Brotherhood of Hutt and the Dreadfort vie for who has the best crime syndicate, mostly with strongly worded notes and random piracy. A Go T/Star Wars comedy-ish crossover. Because smooshing two massive franchises into one fic is always a fun thing to spend a Thursday on. I'd have called this Game of Clones, but there are no clones to be had within, and would breach Trade Descriptions Acts everywhere.
  • Comments: Frankly hilarious. This author has a penchant for taking unlikely crossovers and doing them well. After reading this, you'll wonder why you never before thought of Olenna Tyrell as a Sith Lord, or Sansa Stark as a perfect stand-in for Princess Leia.

Fate/Long Night by der Reichtangle

  • Recommended by ultimomant
  • Status: Dead (last updated October 2016)
  • Crossover with Fate/stay night
  • Synopsis: After Saber destroyed the Holy Grail in the 4th war, a dark and icy being kills Angra Mainyu and hijacks the ritual. In the 5th War, it is no longer a war for the Grail, but a Trial of Seven. Seven Servants are summoned who superficially resemble the classic Servant Classes, but in reality, they are champions of the seven gods who make up the Faith of the Seven: The Father, The Mother, The Maiden, The Smith, The Warrior, The Crone, and The Stranger. Shirou still summons Saber, and now, they must cope with seven totally different Servants than Saber is used to and a war with different stakes.

Fates of Ice and Fire by Dschehuti

  • Recommended by: ultimomant
  • Status: Complete
  • Crossover with: Fate/Zero
  • Synopsis: During the Fourth Holy Grail War, seven characters from A Song of Ice and Fire are summoned as Servants.

Harry Stark of the Red Winter by oso1991

  • Recommended by: ShotgunWilly
  • Status: Dead (last updated April 2013)
  • Crossover with Harry Potter
  • Synopsis: Harry fell through the veil due to a battle in the Ministry many years after the fall of Voldemort. Sent through time and space, he fell in the lands of Westeros as a young child. Raised under the protection of Lord Stark, how will Harry change the game?
  • Comments: Much like the synopsis says, Harry fell through the veil and landed in Westeros as a child and through a series of events, he fell under the protection of Ned Stark after saving his life during an ambush in Robert's Rebellion. The story actually starts with the events of Game of Thrones and any details of his life in Westeros before then is discussed through dialogue with the other characters. Fair warning that Harry might come across as too powerful to some people, however he is hardly omnipotent as demonstrated by his inability to prevent Ned Stark's beheading nor does he always make the best decisions. This story is quite well-written, though the author doesn't seem to update very regularly, with his last update having been in April. It also seems to be following the original plot laid out by GRRM so far, albeit with some deviations especially in Chapter 6.
    • This troper isn't sure about this fic. Harry is overpowered, Ned's execution, the author admitted, was kept for plot reasons. Sansa's situation also seems to be for the same reason. The author also has trouble keeping Harry's back story straight and has him making plans that characters think are amazing but are really full of holes. Add some spelling errors, the worst being Robert Lannister, and unrealistic interactions between characters. It could be a good fic but the author needs a beta, to fully plan out Harry's back story and rebuild this story from the ground up.

Hear Me Roar: The Lannisters in the War of the Ring by willywalkerstrikesagain

  • Recommended By: Silver Wizard, Read-Dead-Redeemer
  • Status: Dead (last updated September 2016)
  • Crossover with: The Lord of the Rings
  • Pairings: Cerenna Lannister/Éomer, maybe Cersei/Faramir and possibly Jaime/Éowyn
  • Synopsis: A magical event brings the Westerlands and its rulers House Lannister to Middle-earth just before the War of the Ring. Will the Lannisters find what little good is in their hearts or will they be corrupted into darkness and doom the world of men?
  • Comments: Possibly the best ASOIAF/LOTR crossover story I've ever read. A must read for any fan of both franchises. Has its own trope page here.

Homelands by the bird of the chapel (ao3 link)

  • Recommended by: fsdfsdfsd
  • Status: Dead (last updated November 2015)
  • Crossover with: Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V
  • Synopsis: Reiji has no choice but to play the game of thrones after he's mistaken for a Targaryen.
  • Warnings: None relevant yet, but the author has said that any warnings one would give for reading ASOIAF may eventually apply here.

The House of Elendil by EricD

  • Recommended by: Gaius Marius, Red-Dead-Redeemer
  • Status: Dead (last updated October 2016)
  • Crossover with: The Lord of the Rings
  • Synopsis: Shortly after Aegon I conquered Westeros, a fleet of white ships appeared on the Western coast. These bore the remnants of the Dúnedain, led by their King Elendil. Grudgingly, Elendil swore loyalty to Aegon and his heirs, Elendil and his people became the eighth Great House. Centuries later, Elendil still rules when King Robert Baratheon comes to offer his son Isildur the position of King's Hand. Dark plots are afoot across the world and Elendil dreams of a great eye...

The Last Lion of House Reyne by joen1801

  • Recommended by: Milarqui
  • Status: Dead (last updated May 2017)
  • Crossover with: Harry Potter
  • Synopsis: When Tywin Lannister crushed the Reyne-Tarbeck Rebellion, everyone believed he had ended two noble lines. He did not: Reynard Reyne, his wife Lily and their son Harrion mysteriously managed to escape certain death and left for safer places, trying to avoid being found and giving their son the best life they can. However, there is more to young Harrion than can be seen, such as his ability to do what can be called magic...

The Prince Who Was Promised by cxjenious

  • Recommended by: ShotgunWilly, rhodes7, tpyrene
  • Status: Deleted from
  • Crossover with: Harry Potter
  • Synopsis: He remembered being Harry Potter. Dreamed of it. He dreams of the Great Other too, a creature of ice and death, with eyes red as blood and an army of cold, dead things. He is only the 2nd son of the King, a 'spare', but that changes when things rather left in the dark come to light, and Westeros is torn asunder by treachery and ambition. Winter is coming... but magic is might.
  • Comments: This fic begins years before the events of Game of Thrones. Harry is the second son of Robert Baratheon and Cersei Lannister behind Joffrey or so King Robert thinks. He also just so happens to have retained some memories and abilities from his past life where he was a wizard who went to Hogwarts, though he lacks a wand to actually perform magic with. It is well-written and actually seems to be fairly regularly updated.

The River is everywhere. by SecondStarOnTheLeft

  • Recommended by: aoifemoran
  • Status: Dead (last updated January 2014)
  • Crossover with: Garth Nix's Old Kingdom trilogy.
  • Pairings: Catelyn Stark/Ned Stark, Lyanna Stark/Rhaegar Targaryen, Elia Martell/Rhaegar Targaryen
  • Synopsis: An Old Kingdom AU that follows Sansa as she tries to figure out her place in the world of Wallmakers, Abhorsens and Free Magic.
  • Comments: For those unfamiliar with the Old Kingdom setting of the story, the author provides a guide, so no former knowledge is necessary. For those who have read Nix's series, the fic stems logically from Nix's canon, with mentions of his original characters. It is well-written, though not regularly updated - the last wait was a few months long, but worth it.

Saerang by Azrubêl

  • Recommended by allfictions
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Crossover with: The Silmarillion
  • Synopsis: By means unknown, would be king Aegon VI Targaryen and the entirety of the Golden Company are transported to First Age Beleriand.
  • Comments: An intriguing premise, using a time and place of the Middle-earth seldom used in fanfiction, and focusing on the Golden Company and Team Aegon, a faction which tends to be ignored or demonized by the ASOIAF fandom in favor of more popular characters. Just being this different makes it worth checking out.

A Song of Metal and Marvels by Mr Chaos

  • Book One: A Man of Iron. Book Two: A Crack of Thunder. Book Three: A Shield of Man.
  • Recommended by Clato Lawa
  • Status: A Man of Iron: Complete. A Crack of Thunder: Complete. A Shield of Man: Ongoing.
  • Crossover with: Iron Man for book one. Marvel Universe for all other books.
  • Synopsis: Antony 'Tony' Stark is the arrogant cousin of Ned Stark whose made his fortune crafting fine weapons for the lords of Westeros. Tony leads a joyful life, doing what he pleases and leaving the politics of the realm to others. But when a violent attack nearly ends his life, Tony decides to take action and creates a hero for the people to rally around... a knight known as Iron Man.
  • Note: Other Marvel characters appear in later chapters, starting with Wolverine as a Dothraki bodyguard.
  • Comment: Less crossover and more Fusion Fic, the story imagines a world where A Song of Ice and Fire and Game of Thrones are filled with familiar Marvel characters and how this would alter the story. Those thinking it will simply be a retelling of Game of Thrones are in for a surprise when events begin to quickly diverge, including Tony legitimizing Jon Snow and making him his heir while Tyrion takes Sam as his squire, thus eliminating the Wall plot for much of the first book, Arya apparently being scouted by the Brotherhood of Mutants, and the Mountain suffering two defeats at Iron Man's hand. The author has promised that by Book 2, entitled A Crack of Thunder that events will be radically different with a much altered War of the Five Kings. Now that it has been completed, the series is in its third installment which is even more different from the established ASOIAF/GOT canon.

''A Spark of Ice and Fire' by Samarkand (unfortunately, only for members)

  • Recommended by: Milarqui
  • Status: Dead (last updated 2015)
  • Crossover with: Girl Genius
  • Synopsis: when Jaime planned to find his young brother Tyrion a girl to lose his virginity to, he never imagined that it would lead to meeting with a strange, Lannister-like girl that comes from some place called Beetleburg and a penchant for making things that should be impossible, yet actually exist.
  • Summary: a lab accident transports thirteen-year-old Agatha Heterodyne from Beetleburg to the forests outside Casterly Rock, right at the time when Jaime and Tyrion found Tysha. Tyrion becomes enamored with Agatha, who soon starts to show her Spark and demonstrate, little by little, all the inventions that are common in Europa, but that have never been seen in Westeros. Soon, she becomes another piece in the game of thrones for Tywin, but it is entirely possible that, in the future, Agatha might actually become a player...
  • Among other magnificent moments, Agatha takes revenge for Gregor Clegane's rape of Tysha (who has become her minion) by turning Clegane's armor into a clank that utterly smashes the Mountain.

Steve Rogers Thaws Out In Westeros by Doragon(unfortunately, only for members) Renamed[4]

  • Recommended by: Kalaong, tpyrene
  • Status: Complete
  • Crossover with Captain America: The First Avenger
  • Synopsis: The War of Five Kings gets kind of lopsided when everyone's favorite Super-Soldier punches his way out of an iceberg in the Land of Always Winter.
  • Summary: A Fix Fic if there ever was one, but Doragon slides right into Roger's headspace and sets up shop. Indexing is kind of bad, however; the first set is here, the second here, and there's a dozen or so pages left to skim for the completion. A good way to spend an afternoon if nothing less. Third, fourth, Final Chapter and Epilogue.

The Thu'um of the Seven Kingdoms by Brian Boru

  • Recommended by Psyckosama
  • Status: Dead
  • Crossover with: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  • Synopsis: In this Crossover SI a normal person is given the powers of the Dovahkiin and unceremoniously dumped into Westeros and informed by the power that send him there that he needs to conquer the Seven Kingdoms lest some unforeseen horror befall the lands.
  • Comments: The SI arrives literally on the eve of Aegon's conquest, in the general area that would become Kings Landing. Of course, to keep things more interesting and same being also causes a storm to wreck the Aegon's fleet meaning the SI can't pull a soft conquest or let the Tangarians to the heavy lifting.

The Westerosi by Mal3

  • Recommended by DanjelWhittaker, Mei-may
  • Status: Book 1 Complete, Book 2 Ongoing
  • Synopsis: Being an account of the Green Witch, the Fallen Star, known also as Captain Jade Hasegawa, Federal Worlds Starfleet Ranger, who crash-landed in the North of Westeros in the year 298 AC and what she did there afterwards. Feudal lords, ancient aliens, terrible threats and snarky heroics: all in a day's work for the Starfleet Rangers.
  • Comments: Take liberal helpings of Stark Trek, infuse with the pastiche of The Martian, throw that all into a blender along with dozens of other references and well-done original worldbuilding, and add an excellent and incredibly likable OC for taste. This story doesn't seem like it should work at all, but it really does.
  • There's also a sequel. The Westerosi II: Subprime Directives

The White Wolf of Westeros by DrakeCross

  • Recommended By: Queszcarza_Algazy, Eric W
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Crossover with: The Witcher
  • Synopsis: The Wild Hunt is defeated and Ciri steps beyond to face the source of the White Frost. However something goes wrong and Geralt risks himself as he follows her, ending up in the land of Westeros. Dealing with new intrigue and politics, he will have to decide who he can trust while trying to save his adopted daughter...along with the lives of both worlds!
  • Comments: Some more purist fans of The Witcher might raise a few eyebrows at Geralt's characterization. But if you can get over that initial sticking point, the fic is more than a simple "Witcher in Westeros" story. There's secret histories being unearthed in the course of the story. A more bold stance on the advancement of magic and technology in the course of the wars. And into the middle of this world, there comes 2 heroes who have but one objective: Keep everyone alive until they can reunite and defeat The White Frost. While chapter pace has slowed, it's still a great read.

A Sword Without A Hilt by DragonParadox

  • Recommended By: Duesal Bladesinger
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Crossover with: D&D 3.5
  • Synopsis: In a world where magic has all but guttered to ashes, becoming the fare of charlatans, petty conjurers, and ragged illusionists, a mighty change is stirring. From small and fragile sparks a great blaze will be reborn and men will again look in wonder awe and terror at those who would dare to call on secret powers. Heroes and fiends, champions and monsters, soon all will walk under the light of common day once more.

The Dragon Has Three Heads by Lunasmeow

  • Recommended By: Duesal Bladesinger
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Crossover with: Lovecraft
  • Synopsis: The Dragon Has Three Heads is a roleplaying quest where the players play as House Targaryen in an age of awakening magic. In a changing world, the goal is to claim dominion and push back the darkness of the encroaching horrors. All legends are real, and that's not a good thing.
    • The quest is hard but fair. Stupidity is punished ruthlessly, but quick thinking can lead to great rewards.

The Twelve Kingdoms by KingAlanI

  • Status: Dead; last updated March 2018
  • Crossover with The Hunger Games
  • Pairings: Katniss/Peeta, Cato/Glimmer
  • Synopsis: 24 Westeros and Essos youth switch places with the 24 tributes to the 74th Hunger Games.
  • Comments: A rather short (so far) but interesting piece on how the tributes from the Hunger Games would interact with another world where honor is held in high regard, and where they are safe from being forced to kill each other, while the twenty-four teenagers that replace them (Robb Stark, Jon Snow, Sam Tarly, Daenerys Targaryen and Joffrey Baratheon among others) deal with the cultural shock of the very much different world they live now in.
  • Recommended by Milarqui.

Game of Fate by Vengeful Soldier

  • Recommended by ultimomant
  • Crossover with: Fate/Prototype
  • Status: Dead; last updated April 2019
  • Synopsis: When a village is attacked by raiders, a Septa named Madeline prays for help, and is answered when she unwittingly summons Arthur Pendragon as her Servant.
  • Comments: Starts around the same time as A Game of Thrones, as Arthur and Madeline meet Ned Stark, Jaime Lannister, and others during the King's Tourney. Of course, Arthur's presence changes the outcomes of canon events. Then more people start summoning Servants.

Flashman and the Throne of Swords by Technomad

  • Recommended by eoppen
  • Crossover with: The Flashman Papers
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: When it becomes possible to travel between nineteenth-century Earth and Westeros, Britain needs its finest to represent it at King Robert's court. Who better to call than Sir Harry Flashman? (Actually, almost anybody else would do, but he's burdened with his reputation.)
  • Comments: Basically Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Flashman is asked to be one of Queen Victoria's emissaries to King Robert's court. Starts right after Flashman on the March and just before the start of A Game of Thrones.

Zero Requiem by Halt.CPM

  • Recommended by gadeel
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Crossover with: Code Geass
  • Synopsis: Lelouch dreamed about the past glories of his Valyrian family, when they'd held great keeps and their fleets ruled the Narrow Sea. But some nights, he dreamed of a life that wasn't his. He dreamed of an empire, war, and tyranny. Most of all, Lelouch Velaryon dreamed of revolution. (Lelouch from Code Geass inserted into ASOIAF, set in the War of the Ninepenny Kings era).
  • Alternate link here.

A song of Rings, Tears, and Wrath by Lorithomar

  • Recommended by: ArchmarschalVonLowen
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Crossover with: The Silmarillion
  • Synopsis: When Fëanor and his followers sailed out of Valinor in the pursuit of Morgoth, and Fingolfin and his people crossed the Helcaraxë, both parties emerged onto a much different continent, far to the East, a continent of men, where the heirs of Finwë could forge a new nation. But within this continent, a strange melody, a song, is playing, both of, and not of, Eru's harmony...

Of Steel and Chakra by Ian Hycrest

  • Recommended by: Toshiaki, Zaiaku 666
  • Status: Dormant (last update March 2021)
  • Crossover with: Naruto
  • Synopsis: After an unexpected attack during a routine mission, Tenten finds herself stranded in a frozen wasteland. Determined to find her way home, she travels south, finding refuge with the Starks of Winterfell. She decides to stay and await rescue there, but when her new friends are threatened by the political scheming of the South, Tenten's not just going to stand idly by...

Between Walls of Ice and Ships of Steel by WriterNightpen

  • Recommended by ultimomant
  • Crossover with: Arpeggio of Blue Steel and Black★Rock Shooter
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: A series of stories where the Fleet of Fog suddenly finds itself in Westeros. After rescuing Gerion Lannister from the Smoking Sea, they pass themselves off as members of House Kirino and quickly become allies of House Lannister, playing the Game of Thrones with the help of their advanced technology and powers. Meanwhile, the Others attempt to summon beings from other worlds to assist them, but they get beings like Dead Master, Black Gold Saw, and Chariot, who start subjugating them.
  • Comments: There are several OC members of the Fleet of Fog.

Playing With Dolls by Xavier Rall

  • Recommended by ultimomant
  • Crossover with: Black★Rock Shooter
  • Status: Canceled, author offered to let others continue it
  • Synopsis: Thousands of Otherselves appear in Westeros. Called Dolls because of their otherworldly beauty, agelessness, and the fact that they remain inert until someone bonds with them, they change up the Game of Thrones. For example, Black Rock Shooter bonds with Ned Stark and Black Gold Saw bonds with Tywin Lannister.
  • Comments: Since there are thousands of them, many of the Otherselves are OCs. The author admits that he doesn't really know much about either franchise, so he'll make it his own story.

A Soldier Adrift by WiseTomato

  • Recommended by Toshiaki
  • Crossover with: The MCU
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: After the final battle with Thanos, Steve found himself adrift in Westeros. He does what he did best: being an honorable soldier. Naturally, being an honorable man in Westeros is harder than it seemed.
  • Comments: Steve's core party is composed entirely of OCs.

The Demon of the Trident; a tale of King the Mighty by TheShadowKnows

  • Recommended by House Of The Watcher
  • Crossover with: Yu Yu Hakusho
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: Toguro was content to walk into Limbo with a smile on his face and endure torture and oblivion. But Koenma has other plans.
  • Comments: Very interesting story, Toguro is transported into the body of Robert Baratheon right before the battle of the trident. Much of the drama and conflict stems from how the world of Ice and Fire and the powers within it respond to the sudden emergency of a warrior King straight out of the tales. And how Toguro's complex honor code guides him in such a tumultuous world. And how the various powers of the world respond to such a being.

Thy Good Neighbor by blahhh!

  • Recommended by Toshiaki
  • Crossover with: Bloodborne
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: One winter day, Rickard Stark received reports about a tall lady distributing alms to smallfolks at Wintertown. Then others reported of a grand mansion in the Wolfswood, seemingly erected overnight. He goes to investigate, and comes to contact with a neighborly good hunter.
  • Comments: Plays a little loose with the Bloodborne canon.

The Train That Was Promised by Argeus The Paladin

  • Recommended by Toshiaki
  • Crossover with: Honkai: Star Rail
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: The old king is dead, long live the king. The kingdom held their breath, waiting for the tension Blacks and Greens to boil over into open conflict. Meanwhile, a train from the stars blundered to a lone star, and its denizens investigate a possible presence of a Stellaron predating the archives...
  • Comments: Later canon may invalidate the HSR elements used in this fic.

Nihilus Filius Et Sacerdos by DarkscytheDrake

  • Recommended by ultimomant
  • Crossover with: Yu-Gi-Oh!
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: Albaz, Ecclesia, Mercourier, and a few of their Springan allies fall into the The Hole and arrive in Westeros. Corlys Velaryon and his wife Rhaenys find and take them in, intrigued by their physical abilities and Albaz's power to turn into a dragon. These kids start attracting attention as they will soon get caught up in the Dance of the Dragons.

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A Connecticut Yankee in King Robert's Court by AJNolte
  • Recommended by Milarqui, tpyrene
  • Status: Cancelled. Being rebooted by 0100010 here.
  • Pairings: Mike!Edmure Tully/Carolyn!Myranda Royce, Ned/Catelyn, Brynden Tully/Roslyn Frey, Jon Snow/Mya Stone, Arya/Gendry?, Bran/Myrcella
  • Synopsis: an American engineer called Michael Killian awakes after a night drinking binge in the body (and mind) of Edmure Tully, heir to Riverrun. Using his extensive engineering (and scientific) knowledge, Mike begins to work in making life for the people of Westeros easier, by bringing new innovations like better agricultural equipment or the printing press. He soon discovers the existence of a second American, Carolyn Johnson, a nurse who has become Myranda Royce and has started to build up her own trade ventures and her modern medicine knowledge to become one of the most important women in the Seven Kingdoms. Between the two of them, they begin to work on helping the Seven Kingdoms modernize for whatever may happen in the future, but they do not know that the future may happen much sooner than they expected...
    • While there are parts of the premise that are somewhat tough to believe - how fast Mike introduces firearms to his army, for example - it is quite the interesting work. If anything, the worst thing that this can be accused of is that updates were not chronologically organized, and Retcons were applied to fit readers' suggestions or other ideas. Still, it is well worth the time to read.

Event Horizon: Storm of Magic by django

  • Recommended by: mangamanic, Mei-may.
  • Status: Complete. Edited versions are posted on and AO3 by the author.
    • Prologue can be found here
  • 2154: A mega-corporation makes the discovery of the ages when they find three perfectly habitable planets in the Epsilon Eridani System. As it turns out, all three are already inhabited... and by humans no less! Book 1 follows the adventures of the Company on just one of these three worlds — a world of swords and sorcery, of thrills and chills, of Ice and Fire...
  • Comments: The first part of what will "at least" be a trilogy, Django has said future installments will cross over more with The Lord of the Rings and Warhammer Fantasy.
    • Word of God says it is based on a mix of both the book and the show universes, along with a few other changes for the sake of the story
    • A very interesting story with a good plot and several important themes. In particular, it explores the morality of the actions of every faction (particularly those of the Earth humans towards the Westerosi, whom they regard as primitive and who are consequently treated and regarded like colonial subjects). It also explores the many, many instances of Values Dissonance between a medieval society and a 22nd century spacefaring modern society, as well the sharp divide among the Westerosi caused by the arrival of a more advanced civilization between those who wish to modernize and those who wish to remain as they are, with compelling arguments on both sides. Overall, very well written and thought provoking.
    • Generally funny and interesting, but the Westerosi characters can feel a little flat at times. Especially when the author has the Lannisters use Nazi salutes and Nazi-inspired salutations. Recommended for a good laugh, don't take it too seriously.

Sean Bean Saves Westeros by High Plains Drifter

  • Recommended by Milarqui, Pyre Vulpimorph, tpyrene
  • Status: "Books 1 and 2" are complete, "Book 3" is dead (last updated August 2019)
  • Pairings: Sean/Catelyn, Robb/Roslyn Frey, possibly Arya/Olyvar Frey.
  • Synopsis: after the last day of filming Ned Stark's scenes for Game of Thrones, Sean Bean receives a present: an armor to "protect" him in his next job. He goes to sleep, and when he wakes up the next day, he does so in White Harbor the day after Ned Stark is killed. Sean Bean must then act in the role of his life as the real Ned Stark, not only to bring Ned Stark's family back together, but also to bring peace to Westeros before the Others appear and the Long Winter begins.
    • It is probably one of the most interesting ideas to ever be written in the field of A Song of Ice and Fire's ISOTs. The fact that Sean must use his wits, what he has learned in a lifetime of acting and every bit of knowledge he remembers from the books (passing it off as things the Old Gods have told him) only adds to the awesomeness of the story. His actions also change many things, preventing problems that happened in the books and TV series from ever taking place — such as marrying Robb as soon as possible. His inner monologues about how different things are to when he did them in the series are also quite hilarious, such as when he mentally compares every person in Westeros to their actor or actress equivalents (not to mention how wild Catelyn becomes in bed).
    • Also contains one of the most morbidly hilarious deaths Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish could ever suffer: stabbed by Sandor Clegane, who pisses into his mouth as he dies, just before he can escape King's Landing with Sansa.
    • Now with a second book, complete with a truly epic battle sequence and a fantastic duel between Grey Wind and Loras Tyrell as a finale.
  • From the same author there's also Charles Dance Saves Westeros, a similar yet slightly darker take of the concept featuring Charles Dance's mind inserted into Tywin Lannister.

ASOIAF: A different weasel makes a difference by antoine''

  • Recommended by: AlchemcialAssassin
  • Status: Complete. Also posted on on by the author.
  • Synopsis: Lord Walder Frey dies bedding his eighth wife just after his wedding. A death that just changes everything for Westeros ...
  • Comments: Whilst The death of Walder Frey doesn't seem like it would be such a big divergence, this little event leads to (Among other things), Kings Landing burning down due to Aerys' hidden caches of Wildfyre, A Civil War in the Vale, Euron's invasion of the Reach being much, MUCH worse, Stannis having greater success in his campaign, leading to the earlier deaths of some notable characters and Braavos invading and puppeting Dragonstone and the Crownlands; all in all, A different weasel makes a difference gives The North Remembers a run for its money in the From Bad to Worse department.

Purple Days by baurus

  • Recommended by rhodes7, Mei-may, tpyrene, Strangerorders, thebadplace
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Joffrey Baratheon is run through a "Groundhog Day" Loop, where every time he dies he goes back to the beginning of A Game of Thrones, eventually, he becomes a decent human being, a competent fighter, a scholar and who knows? Perhaps one day a worthy king.
  • Comments: Absolutely phenomenal story. It first makes you laugh and cheer for Joffrey's repeating deaths, then makes you pity him and finally, makes you root for him and want to see him succeed in his quests. The characterizations and character development are detailed and interesting, even for the OCs. The world building is also another strong point of the story. Warning though, some chapters are really, really long.
  • Comments: This is delightful. It takes literally centuries, but eventually the despicable and despised Joffrey is transformed from a worm into a great leader and an actually good person.

Greyjoy Alla Breve by Andrew J. Talon

  • Recommended by Milarqui.
  • Status: Complete (with a promised sequel)
  • Synopsis: Theon Greyjoy was barely eight when his father's rebellion was crushed, and he was sent to ward with the Starks. When he arrived, though, his mind became filled with the memories of an Andrew J. Talon, along with a lot of information about engineering, metallurgy, sciences... and this leads to a heavily modernized and industrialized North that, when the War of the Five Kings comes, is much better prepared to fight. However, the threat of the Others is coming, and Theon must help his brother-in-all-but-name win this war fast so the North can deal with the true enemy that comes from Beyond the Wall...
  • Comments: Awesome story. Very well done, fun, and in spite of the introduction of modern industry and weaponry still distills the A Song of Ice and Fire essence.

    Crack Fics 
Satire stories parodying or making fun of the original.

Hear Me Hodor by Cheese Time

  • Recommended by Dishonest Gentleman.
  • Status: Dormant
  • Pairings: Hodor/Jaime Lannister
  • Synopsis: Not for the light hearted who take their ASOIAF seriously. Hear Me Hodor is a hilarious Crack Fic which has the Lannisters discovering that their long lost mother Joanna is actually still alive, and is the mother of the dumb, mute stablehand Hodor, who is their brother. Now, we all know how much that the Lannisters love incest, so undoubtedly, trouble isn't far away.
  • Comments: There are some hysterically funny scenes in this one, ranging from Hodor forcing Jaime to dance with him at a feast, to Littlefinger selling Jaime as a whore for only a few silvers, to a sex scene told from Hodor's point of view. You have been warned - there is a lot of foul language.

    Game Mod Fics 

Fics inspired by the Game of Thrones mod for Crusader Kings II

And Now My Watch is Ended by Victor 227

  • Recommended by: YZQ, Red-Dead-Redeemer
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Jon Snow takes up Stannis Baratheon's offer to claim Winterfell for him, in exchange for the North's help for Stannis's claim on the Iron Throne.
  • Comments: Excellent writing all around. Victor chronicles his gameplay of leading Jon Snow and his descendants as they play the game of thrones as Lords Paramount of the North, and Lords of Winterfell, and eventually, Kings of the North.

The Dragons That Rebuilt Harrenhal by Jaegerline

  • Recommended by Sweenette
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: After Robert's Rebellion, Viserys Targaryen is granted his life and the cursed seat of Harrenhal. These are the accounts of his survival and the legacy of his line, written as a historical analysis of their deeds and the songs, tales and other legends that have been influenced by them.

The Little Cub by Aidun

  • Recommended by: Specialist290, Red-Dead-Redeemer
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Tommen Baratheon struggles to become a good king, despite his mother's best efforts. But a change in his guardianship leads to him finally starting down the path to manhood to become one of the best king's in Westeros history.
  • Comments: Excellent writing all around, especially considering the author isn't a native English speaker. Aidun chronicles his gameplay as Tomen grows throughout his regency to become a good king and brave warrior, before switching to his son after Tommen dies killing Drogon, the black dragon.

Seven Kingdoms - A Game of Thrones MultiplayAAR by various authors

  • Recommended by: Specialist290, Red-Dead-Redeemer
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: A chronicle of a series of multiplayer sessions starting from shortly after Aegon's Conquest, with each player taking up House Targaryen and the various Lords Paramount of the Iron Throne.
  • Comments: As every player has already had at least one AAR of their own previously (including the aforementioned Aidun), the writing quality is generally excellent from all sides, and the multiple viewpoints and adherence to canon details (though not necessarily events) gives it a strong dose of Original Flavor.

Blood & Fire - A Game of Thrones MultiplayAAR by various authors

  • Recommended by: Red-Dead-Redeemer
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: Set during the onset of the reign of King Daeron I Targaryen, the Young Dragon and his Conquest of Dorne, this is the the Sequel/Spiritual Successor to the above Seven Kingdoms MultiplayAAR.

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Alternative Title(s): Crusader Kings II Game Of Thrones Mod