Epic Fantasy Series

Epic Fantasy Series

The above linked article talks about fantasy series that are worth starting.  I have several of the books in many of these series.  Some are on my TBR list, some have been started.  One of these days I’ll get to them.

ACACIA BY DAVID ANTHONY DURHAM

Where to Start? Acacia: The War with the Mein

Finished? Yes

AEGIS OF THE GODS BY TERRY C. SIMPSON

Where to Start? Etchings of Power

Finished? Yes

ARTHURIAN SAGA BY MARY STEWART

Where to Start? The Crystal Cave

Finished? Yes

AVALON BY MARION ZIMMER BRADLEY

Where to Start? Mists of Avalon

Finished? Yes

THE BOOK OF THE NEW SUN BY GENE WOLFE

Where to Start? The Shadow of the Torturer

Finished? Yes

THE BROKEN EARTH TRILOGY BY N.K. JEMISIN

Where to Start? The Fifth Season

Finished? Yes

THE BROKEN EMPIRE BY MARK LAWRENCE

Where to Start? Prince of Thorns

Finished? Yes

THE CASTES AND THE OUTCASTES BY DAVIS ASHURA

Where to Start? A Warrior’s Path

Finished? Yes

CHRONICLES OF ELANTRA BY MICHELLE SAGARA

Where to Start? Cast in Shadow (there are several prequels, but this is book 1)

Finished? No, but 12 are published, so plenty to read!

CROWN OF STARS BY KATE ELLIOTT

Where to Start? King’s Dragon

Finished? Yes.

THE DANDELION DYNASTY BY KEN LIU

Where to Start? The Grace of Kings

Finished? No. First 2 published.

THE DARK TOWER BY STEPHEN KING

Where to Start? The Gunslinger

Finished? Yes

DEVERRY BY KATHARINE KERR

Where to Start? Daggerspell

Finished? Yes

DISCWORLD BY TERRY PRATCHETT

Where to Start? Chronological: The Color of Magic. My pick? Either Guards! Guards! or Equal Rites. But this series has so many starting points; you really can’t go wrong.

Finished? Yes

DRAGONLANCE BY MARGARET WEIS AND TRACY HICKMAN

Where to Start? Lots of places to begin. I started with Dragons of Autumn Twilight, which is also the first the pair wrote.

Finished? Yes and no. Weis and Hickman still publish books in this universe, but there are PLENTY of completed trilogies within the universe.

EARTHSEA CYCLE BY URSULA K. LE GUIN

Where to Start? A Wizard of Earthsea

Finished? Yes

EARTHSINGER CHRONICLES BY L. PENELOPE

Where to start? Song of Blood & Stone

Finished? No. First 2 complete.

ELRIC BY MICHAEL MOORCOCK

Where to Start? Elric of Melnibone

Finished? Yes

ETERNAL SKY BY ELIZABETH BEAR

Where to Start? Range of Ghosts

Finished? Yes

FARSEER TRILOGY BY ROBIN HOBB

Where to Start? Assassin’s Apprentice

Finished? Yes

THE FIRST LAW BY JOE ABERCROMBIE

Where to Start? The Blade Itself

Finished? Yes

GENTLEMAN BASTARDS BY SCOTT LYNCH

Where to Start? The Lies of Locke Lamora

Finished? No. First 3 published.

GORMENGHAST BY MERVYN PEAKE

Where to Start? Titus Groan, or The Gormenghast Novels, the complete trilogy

Finished? Yes

HERALDS OF VALDEMAR BY MERCEDES LACKEY

Where to Start? Lots of entry points. Chronological: Arrows of the Queen. My favorite trilogy in this universe begins with Magic’s Pawn. If you want a stand-alone in this series to see if you want to continue, read By the Sword.

Finished? Yes.

KINGDOMS OF THORN AND BONE BY GREG KEYES

Where to Start? The Briar King

Finished? Yes

THE KINGKILLER CHRONICLE BY PATRICK ROTHFUSS

Where to Start? The Name of the Wind

Finished? No. First 2 published.

KUSHIEL’S LEGACY BY JACQUELINE CAREY

Where to Start? Kushiel’s Dart

Finished? Yes

LONG PRICE QUARTET BY DANIEL ABRAHAM

Where to Start? A Shadow in Summer

Finished? Yes

THE LORD OF THE RINGS BY J.R.R. TOLKIEN

Where to Start? I say The Hobbit, but you can start with The Fellowship of the Ring.

Finished? Yes

LYONESSE BY JACK VANCE

Where to Start? Suldrun’s Garden

Finished? Yes

MILLENNIUM’S RULE BY TRUDI CANAVAN

Where to Start? Thief’s Magic

Finished? No. First 3 complete.

NEW CROBUZON BY CHINA MIÉVILLE

Where to Start? Perdido Street Station (though I actually read these completely out of order the first time and had no problem).

Finished? Yes

OBSIDIAN AND BLOOD BY ALIETTE DE BODARD

Where to start? Servant of the Underworld (there are several prequels, but this is book 1)

Finished? Yes

OLONDRIA BY SOFIA SAMATAR

Where to Start? A Stranger in Olondria

Finished? Probably (only 2 books in the series, and both are stand-alone)

PAKSENARRION BY ELIZABETH MOON

Where to Start? Sheepfarmer’s Daughter

Finished? Yes, though she continues to write in this world on a regular basis.

RETURN TO NEVÈRŸON BY SAMUEL R. DELANY

Where to Start? Tales of Nevèrÿon

Finished? Yes

RIDDLE-MASTER BY PATRICIA MCKILLIP

Where to Start? The Riddle-Master of Hed

Finished? Yes

SEVENWATERS BY JULIET MARILLIER

Where to Start? Daughter of the Forest

Finished? Yes

A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE BY GEORGE R.R. MARTIN

Where to Start? A Game of Thrones

Finished? Notoriously no, but the first 5 are completed.

THE SORCERER OF WILDEEPS BY KAI ASHANTE WILSON

Where to Start? The Sorcerer of Wildeeps 

Finished? Maybe. Two so far, both stand-alone novellas in the same universe. Will there be more? We can only hope.

THE STORMLIGHT ARCHIVE BY BRANDON SANDERSON

Where to Start? The Way of Kings

Finished? No. First 2 published, 3rd coming in November (it’s currently listed as a 10 book series on Goodreads).

THE SUNBOLT CHRONICLES BY INTISAR KHANANI

Where to Start? Sunbolt

Finished? No. 2 published so far.

SWORD OF TRUTH BY TERRY GOODKIND

Where to Start? Wizard’s First Rule

Finished? I think he plans to continuously add books to this series forever. For. Ever.

TAMÍR TRIAD BY LYNN FLEWELLING

Where to Start? The Bone Doll’s Twin

Finished? Yes

TENSORATE BY J.Y. YANG

Where to Start? With either The Black Tides of Heaven or The Red Threads of Fortune, though Tides is listed as Book 1.

Finished? No. First 2 novellas published.

TEMERAIRE BY NAOMI NOVIK

Where to Start? His Majesty’s Dragon

Finished? Yes

THE WHEEL OF TIME BY ROBERT JORDAN AND BRANDON SANDERSON

Where to Start? The Eye of the World

Finished? Yes. Finished posthumously by Brandon Sanderson

WORLDBREAKER SAGA BY KAMERON HURLEY

Where to Start? The Mirror Empire

Finished? No. Final book in the trilogy comes out next year.

THE WORLD OF RIVERSIDE/TREMONTAINE BY ELLEN KUSHNER AND MANY OTHER AUTHORS

Where to Start? Swordspoint or Tremontaine (Tremontaine is being co-written by multiple authors as a serial prequel. Can be read first, or you can start with Book 1, Swordspoint)

Finished? Kind of. The original The World of Riverside series is complete, but Tremontaine is still going!

WORLD OF THE FIVE GODS BY LOIS MCMASTER BUJOLD

Where to Start? The Curse of Chalion

Finished? Kind of. The first 3 can work together as a trilogy, and are completed. She’s been adding novellas to the series with Penric’s story.

 

Best Book Series for Adults

best book series for adults

The above linked article talks about series that are great for adults.  In different genres, too.  These are the series that are listed.

 

SCIENCE FICTION

THE BROKEN EARTH SERIES BY N.K. JEMISIN

AREA X BY JEFF VANDERMEER

THE MADDADDAM TRILOGY BY MARGARET ATWOOD

THE MARS TRILOGY BY KIM STANLEY ROBINSON

THE LADY ASTRONAUT SERIES BY MARY ROBINETTE KOWAL

FANTASY

THE KINGKILLER CHRONICLE BY PATRICK ROTHFUSS

THE POPPY WAR BY R.F. KUANG

THE MALAZAN BOOK OF THE FALLEN SERIES BY STEVEN ERIKSON

WHO FEARS DEATH BY NNEDI OKORAFOR

MYSTERY

THE LADY SHERLOCK SERIES BY SHERRY THOMAS

DUBLIN MURDER SQUAD BY TANA FRENCH

THE EASY RAWLINS SERIES BY WALTER MOSLEY

THE PERVEEN MISTRY SERIES BY SUJATA MASSEY

ROMANCE

THE LOYAL LEAGUE SERIES BY ALYSSA COLE

THE BEAUTIFUL SERIES BY CHRISTINA LAUREN

BOLLYWOOD BY SONALI DEV

THE CROSSFIRE SERIES BY SYLVIA DAY

HORROR

THE NEWSFLESH SERIES BY MIRA GRANT

THE VAMPIRE CHRONICLES BY ANNE RICE

HISTORICAL FICTION

THE WAR OF THE ROSES SERIES BY CONN IGGULDEN

THE WOLF HALL SERIES BY HILARY MANTEL

 

Big Brother

The 21st season of Big Brother started this week. I missed the first day, though. I couldn’t be bothered to look it up on demand. I am sure I can catch up quickly.

I don’t really watch reality shows, but I’ve watched this one since my oldest child was only a few months old.

There are already different games this season. I haven’t heard any new rules, but I’m sure there will be some. I’m sure there will be several twists and surprises this season. I look forward to them.

I am excited for a new season, even though it takes up several hours a week. I can read during commercials.

Reading an Author All the Way Through

There are various authors whose work I have loved!  I am trying to read my way through each of the authors’ bodies of work.  I am excited when I see a book that the author has written that I haven’t read yet.

I was very excited to see that Meg Cabot has new books published, and books that will be published soon. I love that she has various series, and they are mostly different genres. I’ve finished the Princess Diaries series, other than three of the mini stories

Shanna Swendson has a lot of series, also. I have finished the Enchanted, Inc series, and I LOVED them. I am about to start the Fairy Tales series and the Rebel Mechanics series. I hope they are as good.  I am currently reading Twice Upon a Christmas, even though it’s June.

I so far have loved each of Jodi Taylor’s books.  I bought them all at once for my Kindle.  I am working on them slowly, since other books need attention, too.

I am sure I will add other authors to this list, but these are three of my favorites, so far.  Working my way through books I am just loving is a decadent way to pass time.

Princess on the Brink, by Meg Cabot

Princess on the BrinkPrincess on the Brink by Meg Cabot
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I have loved the Princess Diaries series. This one, though, was more of a bridge to the next book than a story on its own. Mia was whiny and needy in this book, more than usual. If I had not been reading the series out of order, I probably would have given up on it when I got to this one. The book after this one went back to being a good one, though.

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Princess Mia, by Meg Cabot

Princess MiaPrincess Mia by Meg Cabot
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I picked this up to continue reading the series. I didn’t realize that I hadn’t read the book before it, though. I was still able to follow along because I had read so many in the series, and the spin off series that picks up after this original one. I enjoyed the book and the characters stayed true to their personalities. I have truly enjoyed this series, and hope to finish it up soon.

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Where do you get your books?

I get my books from a variety of sources.  Because the majority of my books are on Kindle, and from bookbub or fussy librarian (freebies and cheap), the majority of my books come from Amazon.  When a book comes up for bookclub, I look at the library first.  If it’s going to be a long wait, I will look on Amazon next.   Usually, I can wait for the library hold, though.

I look at the library book sales for series pieces that I need to finish.  I have several series where I have books 1 & 3, and I keep looking for 2.  I am patient, unless I am mid series.  Most of these books are $1 each, so it’s worth the effort.

I can’t wander past a bookstore without going in.  I tend to purchase at least one book whenever I go in, and it’s usually something I’ve been contemplating for a while.

Finally, I have a book of the month subscription, where I get the new releases.

I use a variety of sources to fulfill my need for books.  My book addiction.