I love series. When I like characters and the worlds in which they live, I look forward to spending time with them again and again. I’ve started a lot of series, but these are the ones I’m looking forward to continuing.
I finished Bernard Cornwell’s latest book, The Pagan Lord, last week. I’ve read several of his series. This one, set during and just after the reign of Alfred the Great, is my favorite. Solid historical fiction with an unusually complex and appealing narrator.
The next two books are both set in Regency England, but the tone and style are quite different.
Mary Robinette Kowell writes stories with the flavor and elegance of a Jane Austen novel, provided that Jane Austen wrote the occasional novel that included a magical illusion known as “glamour,” as well as a bit more action and adventure than was her wont. Kowal’s fourth book in this series is Valour and Vanity, coming in June 2014.
Who Buries the Dead is the tenth novel in C.S. Harris’s Sebastian St. Cyr Regency mystery series. This is NOT Jane Austen’s genteel English countryside, but dangerous, intrigue-laden London in a time of war and social turmoil and uncertain political alliances and terrible poverty. The hero is a nobleman disillusioned by his war experiences and the gradually unfolding revelations about his family and his own identity. Harris has a PhD in history and specializes in the history of this era, and it’s a delight to read a historical novel that’s as solidly researched as it is well written. Alas, book ten won’t be out until early 2015. I read Why Kings Confess last month on the day of its release. I love these characters, particularly Lady Devlin, nee Hero Jarvis.
In the urban fantasy department, I’m following three series: Ilona Andrew’s Kate Daniels series, Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden series, and Richelle Mead’s Bloodline YA books. I’m also hoping Alex Bledsoe continues to write about the Tufa of Appalachian.
The next Kate book is Magic Breaks, and will be out in July. Really looking forward to that one. The over-arcing danger has been coming steadily closer, and I expect things to hit in the fan with the coming volume. The Harry Dresden books keep getting better, technically speaking, but they are starting to make me sad. (Poor Molly Carpenter just can’t seem to catch a break…) Still, it’s hard to quit when there’s a Fey War That Could Destroy Mankind looming on the three-books-from-now horizon. I read the Bloodline series as a gift to my adolescent self. I would have loved these books in my tween and teen years. The protagonist’s outstanding characteristic is intelligence. She’s logical, literal, and a little befuddled by things that come easily to her peers. Her character arc is wonderful–she’s facing her deepest fears and discovering emotional depths and remarkable courage. I’m looking forward to Silver Shadows in July.
What series do you follow, and are there any in particular you’d recommend?