Epic Reads: 4 Unstoppable SFF Series

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There’s a certain satisfaction in picking up book one of a series and knowing you'll be able to binge-read that series to its end.

But what is arguably better is knowing that a series you love hasn’t ended yet, and your opportunity to immerse yourself in it again is only a few months (or, cough cough, a few years) away.

Here are four science fiction or fantasy series with a generous history behind them…and a future in front of them as well.

(Note: With the exception of the Tad Williams series, the links beneath each image will take you to the series page, so you can peruse all the books at your leisure.)


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Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn by Tad Williams – Launching in 1988 with The Dragonbone Chair, this fantasy series took lovers of Williams’ Tailchaser’s Song and tossed them into an high fantasy realm in which a young man discovers that he’s not as inconsequential to the fate of his kingdom as he (and others) might have expected. This series spans three books, but Williams recently published a short novel, The Heart of What Was Lost, meant to bridge readers to a new trilogy set in the same world and hitting shelves on June 27, 2017, with The Witchwood Crown.  And if these are exactly the sort of fantasy novels you love, don’t miss David Eddings’ The Belgariad or Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time, from roughly the same era.

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October Daye by Seanan McGuire – This 10-book (and counting) series started in only 2009. More impressive is that McGuire doesn’t write just this series; she has a handful more in progress. But Rosemary and Rue is where you should start your Seanan McGuire obsession, as Toby Daye, half-fae and half-human, gets pulled back into the world of Faerie and its complex politics after having believed she might have finally escaped. As book 11, The Brightest Fell, releases in September 2017, it’s probably a good bet that Toby is still involved in the wild ways of the Faerie. An excellent series for those who enjoy Jim Butcher or Faith Hunter.

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Undying Mercenaries by B. V. Larson – Everyone fears death—except the human soldiers who fight for the Empire and can be revived after extinction in combat. James McGill, a lowly mercenary, fights (and dies) his way up through the ranks as he bounces from battle to battle. Full of action and dark humor, this seven-book series is still in process, with readers desperately awaiting book eight.

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Lightless Trilogy by C.A. Higgins – Book three of this trilogy releases at the end of May 2017, so this one could be considered a bit of a cheat…but I’m not going to let a technicality stand in my way. Book one, Lightless, intertwines a “research” spaceship’s AI with an act of piracy gone sideways in a story that twists and turns like The Talented Mr. Ripley in space. While the action of Lightless is mostly confined to the ship, book two’s horizon expands to the civil war tearing the solar system apart at the seams, and Higgins again throws curve ball after curve ball at the reader. More complex and cerebral than shoot-’em-up, these books remind me of James S. A. Corey’s Expanse series. I’m very much looking forward to the final novel in this trilogy.



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How could you forget the Grantville Alternative History series originated by Eric Flint, and continued by him and other authors. It is still going strong and adding titles every year, many of them fascinating takes on what could happen if an American town and it's inhabitants could be sent back to 17th Century Europe. I just wonder what the effects would be on 21st Century America as a result.

Posted by: Chuck Burton | Tuesday April 18, 2017 at 3:42 PM

And let's not forget David Drake's Lt. Leary Series!

David Weber's Honorverse also deserves a mention...

Posted by: Dale Smith | Friday April 21, 2017 at 2:17 PM

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