Summer of Series

Now that it’s the summer, and I’m on break from grad school, I thought now would be the perfect time to catch up on all the series I’ve been wanting to read, but didn’t have the time to start.

Behold the Summer of Series! From June until August, I’m going to read as many books in a series as I possibly can before school starts. I already have four lined up and ready to go, but I’d love to hear recommendations for other series you think I should look into.

As always, I’ll give each book the “five chapter chance” to see if they’re worth pursuing further (if you’d like more info on that go here), and I can’t wait to get started!

Here are the four series I’ve chosen:

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The Shadow and Bone Trilogy/Six of Crows Duology by Leigh Bardugo

Genre: YA Fantasy

Summary: Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

The Shadow and Bone trilogy was first published in 2012 and is the only series out of the four that I’ve actually read. I read the Shadow and Bone trilogy back in 2015, and I remember liking it at the time. It made me think of a medieval Russian X-Men, which I am all for.

Then, the Six of Crows duology came out. I had no idea this was set in the same world as Shadow and Bone, so I never thought to pick it up. Since then, I’ve heard nothing but praise for this duology, and now that the entire series is being turned into a Netflix show, I figured now was the perfect time to reread the trilogy and finally start the duology.

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A Darker Shade of Magic series by V.E. Schwab

Genre: Adult Fantasy

Summary: Kell is one of the last Antari—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black.

I’ve never read any of V.E. Schwab’s work before. I’ve heard a lot of great things about her work, and the other series she’s written, so I’m excited to dive into this one.

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Mistborn Series by Brandon Sanderson

Genre: Adult Fantasy

Summary: In a world where ash falls from the sky, and mist dominates the night, an evil cloaks the land and stifles all life. The future of the empire rests on the shoulders of a troublemaker and his young apprentice. Together, can they fill the world with color once more?

Brandon Sanderson is another author I’ve heard of but have never read any of his works.

The Seven Realms Series by Cinda Williams Chima

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Genre: YA Fantasy

Summary: The Seven Realms tremble when the lives of Hans and Raisa collide, fanning the flames of the smoldering war between clans and wizards.

This series is a bit of an odd one for me. I honestly don’t know anything about it other than this series comes before the Shattered Realm series, which I always see at the library. It’ll be interesting to see how this one goes.

Summer of Series

There you have it, folks! The four series I’m going to read this summer.

Are there any other series you’d recommend? Let me know in the comments!

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