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There are a TON of amazing series out there. Some of them are just starting. Some of them have been completed. Other, like some of the ones I’ve listed here, are taking years to slowly come out of hiding into our grabby little hands. These are some of my favourite series as of late, and ones that I am EAGERLY waiting for more of.
The Gentleman Bastard Sequence by Scott Lynch
Audacious criminals full of tricks and wit. Street rats trained to become these master criminals. Cons and humour and revenge. Locke Lamora is the title character of book number one, The Lies of Locke Lamora, and is hilarious and talented and a little bit of a jerk. He’s part of a strange family called The Gentleman Bastards, a group of orphans trained to perpetuate cons on the rich, and not so gentle, elite of their city. But sometimes things don’t work out the way you want, especially when a new crime lord takes control of the entire underworld of your city and demands you pay his fee–with your life.
My husband loves these books and got me to read the first one. As soon as I finished it, I picked up number two, Red Seas Under Red Skies: The Gentleman Bastard Sequence, Book Two, and then number three, The Republic of Thieves. Book four, The Thorn of Emberlain, is set to release July 26, 2016, with three more books to follow! The first book came out in 2006, that’s 10 years ago, and Lynch is still going with these awesome characters, their incredibly strong friendship bond, and their awesome confidence games. These are thieves you can’t help but root for, and I’ll definitely be not so patiently waiting for all of the coming books.
A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas
This story is about a girl who gets entangled in the world of the Fae. I’ve been developing an interest in faeries this and am very excited to read S.J.Maas’ interpretation of the faerie world. And, even better, this book is said to be a bit of a Beauty and the Beast retelling. Can you get any better than that? Beauty and the Beast and faeries?!
I’ve been told A Court of Thorns and Roses is amazing and there is so much hype for the next book, A Court of Mist and Fury, which comes out on May 3, and a third book next year. It’s on my TBR! I swear! I have a lovely hardcover of ACOTAR sitting on my shelf and another edition on my ereader.
Libby Lomax series by Lucy Holliday
I picked the first of these books up on a total whim and–boy-oh-boy–it was a fun read. This series is totally different from anything else on this list. It’s silly, and girly, and just plain fun. Freaking hilarious; I mean it.
Libby Lomax is a struggling actress who loves old Hollywood. After a horrendous day, guess who shows up on her couch to offer some advice? Audrey Hepburn! So goes book one in this series, A Night In With Audrey Hepburn. In the second book, A Night In With Marilyn Monroe, Libby gets a visit from Marilyn Monroe, in all her naked glory.
There are so many giggles to be had reading these books. Libby’s career, her family life, her love life! I can’t wait for the third book, A Night In With Grace Kelly to come out later this year so I can figure out if Libby’s love life sorts itself out! Will she be able to win him???
Laura Elliston series by Melissa Lenhardt
Female doctor. Accused of Murder. Gold rush. Wagon trains. Ambushes. Battles. False identities. Kidnapping. Bounty hunters. Sawbones has so much action. And a bit of romance too, which I always like.
I got the first one from Netgalley and really enjoyed it but now I have to wait until August 16 to read the next book, Blood Oath (isn’t that a great title?). Will they get away or will bounty hunters keep following? Will people see past her fake name? Will she be able to be a respected doctor or will the men keep thinking that the surgery is no place for a woman?
The Gold Seer Trilogy by Rae Carson
This series starts with Walk on Earth a Stranger, another book I randomly picked up in the bookstore because of its pretty cover. The story is another gold rush one and focuses on a girl named Lee who can sense gold. That’s right, a little bit of magic in a historical setting. Awesome, I know. It also includes murder, hidden identities, wagon trains and greedy relatives. The cast of characters is a neat group of people.
Lee is super smart. I quite like her character. She is smart and strong but is also a teenage girl with some huge problems to solve and a massive emotional weight to drag with her.
I did not mean to get sucked into another trilogy, but, dang!, I want to know what happens next so badly. Lee has made it through one sketchy situation and is a new one. What will she do? Who will help her? Will she be able to support herself? Will she be able to keep her skill a secret? Ugh! The next book, Like a River Glorious, doesn’t come out until September 27, 2016.
Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas
Ach! I’m slowly reading through these right now. I got the first book and the novella collection over Christmas and since then have been waiting for the next books to become available at my library (I’m trying to be fiscally responsible…). I’m only a few pages into the second book, Crown of Midnight, and I keep getting sucked into the story.
Celaena is an interesting and kick-ass character. She’s fun to read about. She’s a trained assassin, has a snarky tongue, and hates the king, and yet she’s his Champion and trying to win her freedom by doing his bidding and killing for him. I’m enjoying trying to figure out what she’s really thinking and what’s happening behind the scenes in their world. These books are full of intrigue and action, and just a little romance.
The series has four novels and a collection of novellas available now, with number five, Empire of Storms, set to release on September 6, 2016 and number six, the as yet untitled finale, set to release sometime in 2017.
The Kingkiller Chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss
This is probably one of the most brutal waits I’ve experienced. Book one, The Name of the Wind: The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day One, was released in 2007. Book two, The Wise Man’s Fear: The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day Two, was published in 2011. Book three does not have a publish date. Pat teased us with a little more of the world when he published the intriguing novella, The Slow Regard of Silent Things, in 2015.
These are incredible thomes creating an amazing magical world, system of magic, culture, and history. The novels are written using the device of Kvothe, a famous warrior in hiding, telling his story in his own words to the Chronicler. As a reader, you get to follow along and jump between present day where Kvothe is in hiding and something deep and dark is looming, and Kvothe as a super intelligent boy who doesn’t always make the best choices.
Beautifully written, filled with intricate details and gorgeous turns of phrase, these books are seriously amazing. If you like fantasy, you’ll probably like these books. But know you’ll be waiting a really long time. Rothfuss is a perfectionist and will not put a book to print until he is certain it is as good as it can be.