Rebel of the Sands (Hamilton)

Next up: “Rebel of the Sands” by Alwyn Hamilton

The first book in a series (trilogy?).

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Tortall Universe (Pierce)

Next up: The Tortall series by Tamora Pierce

Not quite a continuous series but a collection of shorter series all set in the same world.  There are a decent number of books, but I do think it is ‘required’ to read all of them, if you want to fully enjoy the universe as a whole.  A lot of the books build off of each other, and there are some generational things that go on between series.  I have a guide to the universe on my ‘recommendations’ page.

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So You Want to Read the Tortall Series…

Tortall is the name of the collection of YA book series by Tamora Pierce, set in the kingdom of Tortall and surrounding nations.  The books are largely sword-and-sorcery adventure novels and feature well-written strong female leads.  Pierce’s growth as an author can be seen if one reads through all the series in chronological order; later books are discernibly stronger than earlier books.  However, since each series builds directly on the one before, the most enjoyment comes from reading all of the Tortall books.  Skipping any might lead to incomplete understanding of the dynamics in further books, and makes the little cameos and such not as meaningful.  I’ll go through each, however, in the order in which they were published (which is the order they should be read).  I have a series review, as well, under my ‘YA reviews’ page. Continue reading “So You Want to Read the Tortall Series…”

The Old Kingdom series (Nix)

Next up: “Sabriel”, “Lirael”, “Abhorsen”, “The Creature in the Case”, “Clariel”, “To Hold the Bridge”, and “Goldenhand” by Garth Nix.

“The Creature in the Case” and “To Hold the Bridge” are novellas in two anthologies.  “Clariel” is a prequel, and the other books are the core series.  They all should be read in order of publication (how I’ve listed them).

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