As a general rule, if I’ve enjoyed the first book in a series, I’ll be all over the second book almost as soon as I’ve finished the first. For example, the A Song of Ice and Fire books (the ones released so far, anyway!) were all devoured within a few weeks, one after the other, and I made short work of Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurt’s Empire Trilogy and Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn trilogy.
However, I’ve also realised that I tend to start a lot of series and then never finish them, and often it isn’t a case of me not enjoying them, but simply that I’ve forgotten about them. Perhaps that’s why I try and read series one after the other – by the time I’ve read a few more books, my enthusiasm for the series may have dampened once I’ve read something else I really like.
So here a few of my forgotten series! Are there any you recommend I carry on with soon?
- The Kingkiller Chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss
A while I ago I read and loved Patrick Rothfuss’ The Name of the Wind, the first in his series ‘The Kingkiller Chronicle’. However, I still haven’t got round to reading the second book in the series, The Wise Man’s Fear, although I kind of feel like that’s to avoid being in the same position with this series as I’m in with the A Song of Ice and Fire and Stormlight Archive series, where I’m anxiously waiting for the next book to come out. As long as The Wise Man’s Fear is out there and unread, I don’t have to be on the edge of my seat waiting for the long awaited third book to come out, as I know so many other fans of ‘The Kingkiller Chronicles’ are!
- The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb
Well over a year ago, I read Assassin’s Apprentice, and whilst at times it was a little slow going, I really enjoyed it. So why on earth haven’t I got round to reading Royal Assassin yet? Not to mention the fact that Robin Hobb has written plenty of other series that I’m hoping to read as well!
- The Shattered Sea Trilogy by Joe Abercrombie
I really enjoyed Half A King and Half The World by Joe Abercrombie, and have even had a copy of Half A War for months, but for some reason haven’t got round to it yet. I’ve even started Joe Abercrombie’s First Law trilogy since, when in hindsight I probably should have finished this series first.
- The Mortal Instrument series by Cassandra Clare
I enjoyed City of Bones, but didn’t really love it, so I have never really felt massively motivated to read the rest of the series, especially as it runs for a further five books. However, I know loads of people love Cassandra Clare’s books, and I’ve often found with series that they tend to improve as they go along, so maybe I should carry on with this one?
- Wool trilogy by Hugh Howey
To be honest, this is one series on the list that I don’t really have any intentions of continuing. If you have read my review of Wool, you’ll know that whilst the premise and characters had promise, I felt that ultimately the plot was too messy, and the book was a little long-winded and boring. I think this is one of the only truly negative reviews I’ve ever written (aside from the one for If I Stay), so I can safely say I won’t be reading the rest of this series.
So have you read any of these series? Which do you think I should carry on with first? Are there any series you’ve stalled on?