Six for Sunday: Favourite series/ trilogies
This is a cruel prompt this week – only choose six series or trilogies that are favourites?! Six?! This is tough! Could you narrow down your favourites to just six?
I have gone for a few which are longstanding favourites, as well as several that you will have heard me shouting about on several occasions if you have visited my blog before or talked with me about books!
Reckless by Cornelia Funke
Currently, three of the planned five books have been published (with a novella set in the same world due out next month – The Glass of Lead and Gold ) and I adore this series. It draws on a wide range of folklore and fairytales, creating a compelling world in which nothing is quite as it seems and falling foul of someone or something can quite easily end in death. Jacob, the main character, is a treasure hunter who crossed into the Mirrorworld in search of his father. He is accompanied by Fox, a shapeshifter with her own complicated past. If you enjoy fantasy or are a fan of fairytales, superstitions and folktales, this series would be a hit for you too, I’m sure!
Like so often with our favourites, I love this series so much that I find it difficult to say more than – read it!
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
I am sure that this will appear on many people’s lists, not because it is perfect, but because of what it started and what it represents. J.K. Rowling successfully created a world with enough space for our own imaginations to find a home there, and people all over the world have been inspired to create their own stories in that world as a result.
I remember my mum handing me a copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, saying it had been recommended to her by another parent. The cover didn’t really look like my kind of thing, but the blurb on the back and the sprightly wizard with a brown goatee (early version of Dumbledore, later covers give him a white beard!) reminded me of Chrestomanci, a series that I loved. I read it, immediately turned it over and read it again. I recommended it to friends, but it didn’t seem like many people had heard of it until the second book came out and it began to take off in popularity. I am one of the generation who grew up alongside these books, impatiently awaiting each new adventure, and, as such and despite any flaws, they were a formative part of my development as a reader.
The Seven Sisters by Lucinda Riley
This series took me by surprise by how much I loved it. I initially picked up the first book in my local library out of curiosity at the name and cover – The Seven Sisters constellation has lots of stories and mythology attached to it and I was intrigued by the idea of this being the inspiration behind a real family with seven sisters.
The first book drew me in with the dual narrative taking place in multiple periods of history and countries around the world. Lucinda Riley has a real knack for characterization and drip-feeding historical facts without ever making it feel like info-dumping. After reading the first book, I was unsure whether or not I would continue with the series because, whilst I loved the eldest sister (around whom the first book is centred) I often find myself impatient with books that deal with the relatives or children of the original characters, so was worried that I would not enjoy the stories about the other sisters as much. Instead, not only have I loved the stories just as much, I have enjoyed seeing how each story interweaves with previous stories.
The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
This was another book that I picked up in the library and went on to read because a cyberpunk retelling of Cinderella sounded amazing! I really like this series a lot, especially with how it takes inspiration from fairytales but recasts them to make an entirely original story. All the characters are also great, but I have a special soft spot for those in the first book, Cinder and Kai!
The Dark Gifts Series by Vic James
If you have been around me or my blog for any time at all, you will have heard me fangirling about this series. This is a series which has the darkness I was craving by the end of the Harry Potter series and is all all too believable and chilling vision of what our society could look like if those with magic controlled the world and forced those without magic into slavery.
Read my review of the first book, Gilded Cage, and give this series a go!
Tales of the Otori series by Lian Hearn
This is a series that I don’t hear too many people talking about, yet I loved it and have heard nothing but good things about it from people to whom I have recommended it. It is loosely based on Japanese history during the feudal, warring states period and takes inspiration from various historical events, folktales and places, but it also includes magic powers and magical realism. It follows Takeo, a young boy with powers belonging to a hidden clan and his life after being adopted. This is another series which completely takes you away from the real world and wraps you up i the story and the characters.
What did you think of my choices?
Do you share them or would you name other series or trilogies as your favourites?
If you could recommend only one series to someone else to read, what would it be?
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