Series I Think I Want to Start

As I get deeper into the adult SFF community, I realize that I have not read so many of the very popular series and it always makes me frustrated that I can’t participate in all the discussions going around. So, I have been trying to come up with a realistic list of series that I would love to start which combine both popularity as well as my quest for diversity in storytelling and I think I’ve finally been able to nail it down. And I would love to talk about some of them with you all. I don’t know if or when I’ll even read any of these, but I guess it’s more like a guideline for me to delve deeper into the genre.

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Stormlight Archive is probably a given to be on any prominent modern fantasy list and I decided to go with this one despite never having actually finished any other Sanderson book because I’m not really interested in any other long popular series. I’ve even made plans to buddy read the first book next month, and here’s hoping that I will be able to manage this mammoth of a book.

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The Wounded Kingdom trilogy has been on my radar because it’s been recommended by a favorite booktuber and I’m always up for interesting assassin stories. I hope it lives up to all my expectations.

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I have been quite fascinated with the Licanius trilogy since the first time I saw the covers and even though I’ve read some polarizing reviews, I’m still very much interested in reading them and getting to know what I’ve heard is a weird magic system.

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I mostly want to read A Chorus of Dragons series because ofcourse dragons. This is another one which has a bit of mixed reviews but I wanna give it a try.

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The Tensorate series has been on my radar for a while and though I knew nothing about what a silk fantasy genre means, the first novella impressed me a lot and I can’t wait to continue with the rest of the series.

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I only discovered Ken Liu in the past few months through his short story collections and was completely blown away by his writing, so I can’t wait to discover more of it in his Dandelion dynasty fantasy saga.

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I’ve only recently started dipping my toes into the sci-fi genre, so I’ve mostly been reading novellas because I’m not sure if I can handle a hard core science fiction series yet. But my dear friend Dini is planning to start this series next month, and I’m hoping buddy reading it with her will help me understand all the sciency bits a little better.

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The Kingston Cycle series first came onto my radar when Witchmark won the World Fantasy award last year and now that it’s sequel is out too, I hope I’ll be able to pick up this series soon.

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The Greatcoats series is not something I particularly hear a lot talked about but somehow it’s remained on my mind since I first saw the blurb and I think it might be fun and my kind of fantasy. Hope I won’t be let down.

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The Song of Shattered Sands is one of the longest series on this list and I just feel very fascinated by its desert fantasy and strong female character vibes and it makes me wanna give it a try. Not many reviewers I trust have read it yet but maybe I should give it a chance and see how it pans out.

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What do you think of this list? Do you think this set of series is reasonable for a bit of a newbie adult SFF reader like me? Have you read any of these books and enjoyed them? Do feel free to share your thoughts and any other recommendations in the comments below…

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  1. I’ve got a bunch of these on my TBR list and I’ve been reading adult fantasy for years. I am gonna start R. J. Barker’s Wounded Kingdom books this month though, super excited for it 😀

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  2. The Machineries of Empire are a love it or hate it series. I personally love it, but it’s some intense scifi that isn’t well explained. You’re just kind of dumped into the thick of the universe and have to figure it out as you go along.

    If you’re new to scifi this might be a bit much. However, I recently read and reviewed a collection of short stories by the author, Hexarchate Stories, that really made me feel like I finally understood the setting and characters.

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    1. That’s definitely nice to know. I have a feeling it might be too much for me, but hopefully buddy reading it with a hardcore sci-fi reader will help me out a little.
      Thank you for letting me know 😊😊😊

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  3. Oh god, I didn’t know Ninefox Gambit was a series. I’m reading it next month! The Dandelion Dynasty is also on my list. I loved his Paper Menagerie and his translation of Liu Cixin’s Three Body Problem. I have high hopes that his talent translates to long form writing.

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    1. Ninefox gambit is a trilogy and also has short stories apparently. I really hope I love it..
      And I’ve also read only two of Ken Liu’s anthologies and loved them so much. So hoping his long form is great as well. And Three Body Problem is on my tbr next month, so am excited for that too 😊😊

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      1. Three Body Problem is…an acquired taste. There are massive portions of the novel (especially the second one) where it seems totally pointless. It’s an acquired taste, but if you like epic space opera, it’s really wonderfully inventive!

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        1. Wow.. I’ve actually never read an epic space opera before, so I can’t say if I like it 😂😂😂 TBP has been chosen by my book club though, so I have to atleast give it a try..

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          1. I know… it’s been a while.. I miss you too.. 😔😔 we all have time but we also are all in not great moods.. I guess that’s why we all have been quite silent and not chatting up much..

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    1. I totally understand. I’m only planning to start it next month because one of my friends is ready to buddy read but I’m still intimidated and I don’t know if I’ll actually be able to finish it.

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      1. I hope you’ll be able to finish it and have a blast reading it! I would like to start it maybe towards fall but will see…

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  4. I also have Age of Assassins on my list, need to start that at some point! As for Chorus of Dragons, I did have mixed feelings about Ruin of Kings (though I ultimately gave it 4/5), but I LOVED Name of All Things. No idea where I’m going to fall on the next one!

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  5. I’m also curious about The Ruin of Kings because dragons, but so far I’ve stayed away from it because I’ve seen a lot of mixed reviews.
    About Ninefox Gambit: I hope you like it! It’s a really weird one; I think it works better if one remembers that it’s a story with a math-based magic system, more than something with science one needs to understand (their science is so advanced that we can’t understand it, so it works if you look at it like magic even though it’s not considered magic inside the universe, if that makes sense).

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  6. I also really want to pick up The shadow of what was lost and the ruin of kings! I’ve hesrd so many amazing thiings about both!
    I hope you end up enjoying all these series!

    (www.evelynreads.com)

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