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7 Epic Series to Read in 2018

1. Six of Crows Duology/The Grisha Trilogy

Casinos, pirates, magic, political intrigue and an impossible heist.  Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo had caught my eye and I couldn’t stop thinking about it.  After Thanksgiving I was wandering around Target and on a whim bought it even though I was in the middle of several other books.  I took a chance and fell in love.  It took half the book to get completely into the world and to become invested in the characters, but it was worth the wait.  Before I move onto the second book in the duology, Crooked Kingdom, I plan on reading the Grisha Trilogy to truly immerse myself in this world.  It’s suggested, though not mandatory, to read the trilogy first to really understand a lot of what is described in the beginning of Six of Crows.

2. Everything V.E./Victoria Schwab

A Darker Shade of Magic, is a book I cannot believe I waited so long to read.  Parallel universes, magic, and folklore.  Without a question this will be a series (trilogy) I complete this year.  Not only that, but I plan on reading ALL V.E. Schwab in 2018.  Once I went down the rabbit hole and started watching her interviews I knew I had found a new favorite author.  I even lucked out and found the first book in her Monsters of Verity duology on BookOutlet, her next series I plan on reading where your crimes turn into physical monsters.

3. The Magicians

The power of Netflix.  Last year The Magicians, a SyFy channel series, come up in my suggestions and I proceeded to binge the entire series and then watch it a second time with Pat.  We then enjoyed the second season as it aired and I moved right along to the book series upon which the show is based because I’m totally not obsessive over things.

I’ve only read the first book in the trilogy by Lev Grossman so far, but I can explain my feelings quite simply as a love/hate relationship.  I think anyone who has read these books will say the same.  You love that it takes place in our present day world, you love that it’s a school for magic in upstate New York, you’ll even love the intriguing story line.  However, you HATE the characters.  Don’t get me wrong, they are well developed and have incredible one-liners, but they are selfish, self-centered, and self destructive.  But guess what?  You love the explanation that those who are more emotionally volatile are the only ones who can access our world’s magic.

4. Three Dark Crown Duology

One a generation three princesses are born, each with their own magical power, but only one can be crowned Queen.  The sequels name? One Dark Throne.

I’m not sure how long this series will go on, but I know the description has me hooked and there are two books waiting for me to tear into.  Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake will not be a series I wait too long to get into this year.

5. An Ember in the Ashes

A civilization of scholars and philosophers conquered by a neighboring military empire and forced to be slaves in their own lands.  The resistance is waning, but two unlikely heroes meet and begin to alter the Empire’s fate.

Well over two years ago I stayed up late into the night reading An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir in one evening.  By the time the second book, A Torch Against the Night, was released I decided to completely fan girl and reread Ember so I could completely delve back into this world I had been so taken with the a year earlier.  The only problem was that I had lent it out to a former coworker.  All of those words you understand equal me never seeing this book again.  So, I’m biting the bullet an investing in another copy of Ember because Torch has

6. The Licanius Trilogy

God-like beings are overthrown in a rebellion and those with any magical abilities have to submit to strict laws or face being killed themselves.  Davian begins to discover his own powers right as an ancient enemy in the North awakens.  Only two days ago I while wandering the fantasy section of Barnes & Noble when The Shadow of What Was Lost by James Islington caught my eye.  I read the description and knew I couldn’t leave the store without this book.  I am literally itching to start this series.

7. The Wheel of Time Series

Five years ago I embarked on a journey reading The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan, the first book in his Wheel of Time series. I had read it during the beginning of a mildly turbulent time in my life and I swear losing myself in this book helped bring me out the other side still somewhat sane.  It’s hard to give a summary of this book because there is too much to explain and so much to love.  If you love high fantasy and adventure this modern classic is for you.  With 14 books in this series (all quite chunky) I’ve decided to make my goal one book per month. Technically I won’t be completing this in 2018, but I’m happy with my plan.

 

I am terrible at sticking to a TBR (to be read) list, but I’m certain all the series I’ve talked about here will be read in 2018. I’m also sure more series will find their way onto my shelves.  I’m mildly intimidated but excited to read Robbin Hobb and Brandon Sanderson, if you can suggest where to start with them, PLEASE fill me in!

 

What series do you love?  What’s series do you plan on reading/continuing this year?

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