7. Andrzej Sapkowski
Did you enjoy The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt this past May? Well, what you might not have known is that the popular Witcher series of video games are actually a continuation of fantasy stories written by Andrzej Sapkowski. The books are just as exciting as the games, chronicling the feats and misadventures of the mutated, magic-using, dual-sword-wielding monster hunter, Geralt of Rivia. But like GRRM, Spakowski chooses to tell a grimmer, more human story. While Geralt hacks and slashes his way through a multitude of monsters, it’s his interactions with the people who put him on such journeys that really set the stories apart, often giving the message that people are really the most monstrous of all. For the longest time, these books were only in their native language of Polish, but with the international success of the games, English translations of almost the entire series (the last two are slated for 2016 and 2017 releases) are easy to find right on Amazon.