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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…