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5 book series fantasy novel fans should read

A good novel can transport you to another world and make you believe it’s real.  But a good series of novels makes you fall in love with the characters and feel what they feel, you journey with them through heartache and triumph, loss and joy.  And when that series is over, you sometimes feel like you’ve lost something very dear to you.  You wonder where to go next.  Can another book make you feel the same way?  Do you want to begin a new series only to go through the same upset at the end?

If you’re a true book lover you know the answer to both those questions is yes.  Of course you’re going to read another book, of course you’re going to devour another series.

But sometimes you stand between the library shelves just staring at all the books, overwhelmed by the vast array of options.  Where do you possibly begin?  I have a suggestion.  Well, I actually have five suggestions 😉

 

1. Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Graceling follows the story of Katsa, a woman Graced with the ability to kill anyone with her bare hands.  Because her Grace is valuable to the King, her uncle, she is forced to carry out his dirty work from a young age.  Then Katsa meets Po, a man Graced with combat skills, and everything changes.  Katsa and Po journey across the kingdoms to solve the mystery of his grandfather’s kidnapping.  Along the way Katsa learns the truth about her Grace and they uncover a terrible secret that will change the world as they know it.  Kristin has also written companion books to Graceling called Bitterblue and Fire.  Technically not a series, but the books are all based in the same world.

 

2. Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas

In a land where magic has long since disappeared, we meet Celaena Sardothien, an assassin with an unknown past.  She is taken to the King’s glass castle to win her freedom in a competition to become the King’s Champion.  If she can defeat all 23 of the challengers, keep her identity a secret, and avoid the evil lurking in the castle, Celaena just might make it out alive.

 

3. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

Clary Fray grows up in New York, completely unaware that there’s a secret world hidden just beyond her sight.  A world of faeries, warlocks, werewolves, vampires and the mysterious Shadowhunters who keep the demons at bay.  Her life is turned upside down when her mother goes missing and the only people who can help her are the Shadowhunters she only just discovered.  Clary soon realizes the world might not be as mundane as she believed and her mother may not be who she seems.

 

4. House of Night by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

**Disclaimer: This is a series about vampires, but before you cross this off the list as another Twilight series, read the first book.  These are well written, entertaining and contain non of the banal drama of the Twilight series.  You will like these better than Twilight, pinky promise.**

Zoey Redbird is your typical teenager, until she gets Marked by the local Vampire Tracker and leaves her high school life behind to train at the House of Night.  In the vampire world there are those gifted with special affinities for the elements; air, fire, water, earth, and spirit.  Zoey is gifted (or cursed, you decide) with all five affinities.  Zoey must use her goddess-given gifts to find herself and save the vampire world from a hidden danger.

 

5. The Young Elites by Marie Lu

Adelina’s nation was plagued by a blood fever that killed most of the infected.  Adelina survived, but she has been marked and given powers greater than any ever seen before.  She and those like her are hunted by the Inquisition Axis.  There is hope though, in the form of the Dagger Society if only they find her first.  Not everything is as it seems and Adelina is left wondering if all those in the Axis are really evil, and the Daggers are really her best chance for survival.

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