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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: 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 Not Bad 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.

    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: Dormant (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 Wedding In Sunspear by Julia Martell

  • Recommended by: Vaith
  • Status: Ongoing
  • 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 PO Vs 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.

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...
  • Has its own tropes page
  • 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.

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)
  • Has a tropes page.

The Golden King by Doragon

  • Recommended by: Strangerorders.
  • Status: In Progress
  • 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: Active
  • 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: Ongoing
  • 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.
  • Has a tropes page

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.

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.
  • Tropes page here.

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...

    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
  • Has a tvtropes page here

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" - Dormant
  • 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 effects 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: Ongoing
  • 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 a tvtropes page here

The Prince of Dorne by DiscordantSymphony

  • Recommended by House Martell Fan.
  • Status: Ongoing
  • 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.


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

The Bloods of Bolton by A.M. Brossart

  • Recommended by: madame_newbie
  • Status: In-progress
  • 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 is also has one of the most interesting timeline POD’s for which it diverges it, “What if Aegon the Conqueror went East instead of West?” A grand story on an epic scale, the story stars both Prince Jonarys Targaryean(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 Gardners’s and Durrandon’s are basically just the Tyrell’s and Baratheon’s 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: Ongoing
  • 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.
  • Has a trope page here.
  • 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: An odd combination of a High School A.U. and Period Fic, 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 Dragon Stone. Recommended if you like the Baratheons.

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.

The Lion Queen and The Prince of The Sun by DiscordantSymphony

  • Recommended by: House Martell Fan
  • Status: Ongoing
  • 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 Robb and him 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: In-progress
  • 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.
  • Has it's own trope page here.

Wounds by Strangebloke

  • Recommended by: Nicholas Igma
  • Status: Ongoing.
  • 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

    Crossover Fics 
Stories that combine elements of more than one established series.

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 Dragon of Harrenhal by CaekDaemon

  • Recommended by: gadeel
  • Status: Dormant (last updated November 2017)
  • 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...
  • With it's own page.

A Dragon of the North by Droman

  • Recommended by: Last Chronicler, tpyrene
  • Status: Ongoing
  • 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. With it's own page.

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

  • Recommended by Panzerkampf
  • Status: Ongoing
  • 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: Dormant (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.

Flashman And the Throne of Swords by Technomad

  • Recommended by Eoppen
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Crossover with: The Flashman Papers
  • 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.)

Fate/Long Night by der Reichtangle

  • Recommended by ultimomant
  • 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.
  • Status: Dormant

Fates of Ice and Fire by Dschehuti

  • Recommended by: ultimomant
  • Status: Dormant; last updated April 2018
  • 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: Dormant
  • 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: Dormant
  • 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: Dormant
  • 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
  • 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 Dunedain, 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 Kings 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: Dormant (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...

A Man of Iron by Mr Chaos

  • Recommended by Clato Lawa
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Crossover with: Iron Man
  • 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 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.
  • For those thinking this is merely 'Tony Stark in Westeros', the story has begun to show the ramifications of there being a Stark cousin, including Jon Snow being legitimized by Tony and becoming his heir, Sam becoming Tyrion's squire, Arya catching the eye of the Brotherhood of Mutants, and Ned Stark surviving while Sansa is the one to die in King's Landing. The author has promised that by the end of the first book the series will go off in a radical new direction.

The Prince Who Was Promised by cxjenious

  • Recommended by: ShotgunWilly, rhodes7, tpyrene
  • Status: Ongoing
  • 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: Dormant
  • 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.

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

  • Recommended by: Milarqui
  • Status: Ongoing
  • 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.
  • Now with a tropes page.

Steve Rogers Thaws Out In Westeros by Doragon(unfortunately, only for members) Renamed[3]

  • 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 Danjel Whittaker, Mei-may
  • Status: Complete
  • 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
  • Now with it's own page.

The White Wolf of Westeros by DrakeCross

  • Recommended By: Queszcarza_Algazy
  • 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!

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: Dormant; 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: Ongoing
  • 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.

     Other Fics 
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 - Book I: Autumn's Frontier by django

  • Event Horizon: Storm of Magic trope page.
  • 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 instalments will cross over more with '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 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

  • Sean Bean Saves Westeros trope page.
  • Recommended by Milarqui, Pyre Vulpimorph, tpyrene
  • Status: "Books 1 and 2" are complete, "Book 3" is ongoing
  • 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: Ongoing
  • 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.
  • Has a trope page.
  • 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 a 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...
  • Has a trope page.
  • Comments: Awesome story. Very well done, fun, and in spite of the introduction of modern industry and weaponry still distiles 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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