Top 10: Series I want to read

I spent the last few months of 2021 catching up on reading commitments and finally managed to in December. This year, I’m looking forward to mood-reading my way through my to-be-read list, as well as discovering new titles. Mood reading has already taken me to some strange and exciting worlds, with the brutal but magical The Rain Heron by Robbie Arnott and the heartfelt oddball Light From Uncommon Stars by Ryka Aoki.

Since I’m almost as passionate about book collecting as I am about reading, my own bookshelves are the obvious starting place. So, I thought I’d share the top 10 series that I own (or fully intend to) that I’m most looking forward to reading. 

Instead of typing out why I want to read each series (for the third time, thanks to WordPress), I’ll include the plot summary for the first book in the series, and indicate whether it has caught my interest because of the plotcover or because it’s been highly recommended. Enjoy! 

#10

The Daevabad Trilogy by S. A. Chakraborty

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Publisher: HarperVoyager

Publication Date: 14 November 2017

Page Count: 545 pages

Nahri has never believed in magic. Certainly, she has power; on the streets of 18th century Cairo, she’s a con woman of unsurpassed talent. But she knows better than anyone that the trade she uses to get by—palm readings, zars, healings—are all tricks, sleights of hand, learned skills; a means to the delightful end of swindling Ottoman nobles.

But when Nahri accidentally summons an equally sly, darkly mysterious djinn warrior to her side during one of her cons, she’s forced to accept that the magical world she thought only existed in childhood stories is real. For the warrior tells her a new tale: across hot, windswept sands teeming with creatures of fire, and rivers where the mythical marid sleep; past ruins of once-magnificent human metropolises, and mountains where the circling hawks are not what they seem, lies Daevabad, the legendary city of brass, a city to which Nahri is irrevocably bound.

In that city, behind gilded brass walls laced with enchantments, behind the six gates of the six djinn tribes, old resentments are simmering. And when Nahri decides to enter this world, she learns that true power is fierce and brutal. That magic cannot shield her from the dangerous web of court politics. That even the cleverest of schemes can have deadly consequences.

After all, there is a reason they say be careful what you wish for…

Why I’m excited: Cover, plot, highly recommended


#9

The Green Bone Saga by Fonda Lee

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Publisher: Orbit Books

Publication Date: 28 June 2018

Page Count: 544 pages

The Kaul family is one of two crime syndicates that control the island of Kekon. It’s the only place in the world that produces rare magical jade, which grants those with the right training and heritage superhuman abilities.

The Green Bone clans of honourable jade-wearing warriors once protected the island from foreign invasion–but nowadays, in a bustling post-war metropolis full of fast cars and foreign money, Green Bone families like the Kauls are primarily involved in commerce, construction, and the everyday upkeep of the districts under their protection.

When the simmering tension between the Kauls and their greatest rivals erupts into open violence in the streets, the outcome of this clan war will determine the fate of all Green Bones and the future of Kekon itself.

Why I’m excited: Plot, highly recommended


#8

The Aurora Cycle by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

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Publisher: Rock the Boat

Publication Date: 02 April 2020

Page Count: 496 pages

The year is 2380, and the graduating cadets of Aurora Academy are being assigned their first missions. Star pupil Tyler Jones is ready to recruit the squad of his dreams, but his own boneheaded heroism sees him stuck with the dregs nobody else in the Academy would touch…

A cocky diplomat with a black belt in sarcasm
A sociopath scientist with a fondness for shooting her bunkmates
A smart-ass techwiz with the galaxy’s biggest chip on his shoulder
An alien warrior with anger management issues
A tomboy pilot who’s totally not into him, in case you were wondering

And Ty’s squad isn’t even his biggest problem—that’d be Aurora Jie-Lin O’Malley, the girl he’s just rescued from interdimensional space. Trapped in cryo-sleep for two centuries, Auri is a girl out of time and out of her depth. But she could be the catalyst that starts a war millions of years in the making, and Tyler’s squad of losers, discipline-cases and misfits might just be the last hope for the entire galaxy.

They’re not the heroes we deserve. They’re just the ones we could find. Nobody panic.

Why I’m excited: Cover, highly recommended


#7

The Black Iron Legacy by Gareth Hanrahan

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Publisher: Orbit Books

Publication Date: 17 January 2019

Page Count: 544 pages

The city of Guerdon stands eternal. A refuge from the war that rages beyond its borders. But in the ancient tunnels deep beneath its streets, a malevolent power has begun to stir.

The fate of the city rests in the hands of three thieves. They alone stand against the coming darkness. As conspiracies unfold and secrets are revealed, their friendship will be tested to the limit. If they fail, all will be lost and the streets of Guerdon will run with blood.

Why I’m excited: Cover, plot, highly recommended


#6

Sun Eater by Christopher Ruocchio

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Publisher: Gollancz

Publication Date: 21 March 2019

Page Count: 624 pages

It was not his war.

On the wrong planet, at the right time, for the best reasons, Hadrian Marlowe started down a path that could only end in fire. The galaxy remembers him as a hero: the man who burned every last alien Cielcin from the sky. They remember him as a monster: the devil who destroyed a sun, casually annihilating four billion human lives–even the Emperor himself–against Imperial orders.

But Hadrian was not a hero. He was not a monster. He was not even a soldier.

Fleeing his father and a future as a torturer, Hadrian finds himself stranded on a strange, backwater world. Forced to fight as a gladiator and navigate the intrigues of a foreign planetary court, he will find himself fighting a war he did not start, for an Empire he does not love, against an enemy he will never understand.

Why I’m excited: Cover, plot, highly recommended (the first book is divisive, but apparently the series is really rewarding if you stick with it)


#5

The Paternus Trilogy by Dyrk Ashton

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Publisher: Self-published

Publication Date: 24 March 2016

Page Count: 502 pages

Even myths have legends. And not all legends are myth.

When a local hospital is attacked by strange and frightening men, Fiona Patterson and Zeke Prisco save a catatonic old man named Peter—and find themselves running for their lives with creatures beyond imagination hounding their every step.

With nowhere else to turn, they seek out Fi’s enigmatic Uncle Edgar. But the more their questions are answered, the more they discover that nothing is what it seems—not Peter, not Edgar, perhaps not even themselves.

The gods and monsters, heroes and villains of lore—they’re real. And now they’ve come out of hiding to hunt their own. In order to survive, Fi and Zeke must join up with powerful allies against an ancient evil that’s been known by many names and feared by all. The final battle of the world’s oldest war has begun.

Why I’m excited: Cover, plot, highly recommended


#4

The Poppy War Series by R. F. Kuang

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Publisher: HarperVoyager

Publication Date: 03 May 2018

Page Count: 545 pages

When Rin aced the Keju – the test to find the most talented students in the Empire – it was a shock to everyone: to the test officials, who couldn’t believe a war orphan from Rooster Province could pass without cheating; to Rin’s guardians, who had hoped to get rich by marrying her off; and to Rin herself, who realized she was finally free from a life of servitude. That she got into Sinegard – the most elite military school in Nikan – was even more surprising.

But surprises aren’t always good.

Because being a dark-skinned peasant girl from the south is not an easy thing at Sinegard. Fighting the prejudice of rival classmates, Rin discovers that she possesses a lethal, unearthly power – an aptitude for the nearly-mythical art of shamanism. Exploring the depths of her gift with the help of psychoactive substances and a seemingly insane teacher, Rin learns that gods long thought dead are very much alive – and that mastering these powers could mean more than just surviving school.

For while the Nikara Empire is at peace, the Federation of Mugen still lurks across a narrow sea. The Federation occupied Nikan for decades after the First Poppy War, and only barely lost the continent in the Second. And while most people calmly go about their lives, a few are aware that a Third Poppy War is just a spark away…

Why I’m excited: Cover, plot, highly recommended


#3

The Wormwood Trilogy by Tade Thompson

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Publisher: Orbit

Publication Date: 20 September 2018

Page Count: 416 pages

Rosewater is a town on the edge. A community formed around the edges of a mysterious alien biodome, its residents comprise the hopeful, the hungry and the helpless – people eager for a glimpse inside the dome or a taste of its rumoured healing powers.

Kaaro is a government agent with a criminal past. He has seen inside the biodome, and doesn’t care to again – but when something begins killing off others like himself, Kaaro must defy his masters to search for an answer, facing his dark history and coming to a realisation about a horrifying future.

Why I’m excited: Cover, highly recommended


#2

The Quantum Evolution by Derek Künsken

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Publisher: Rebellion

Publication Date: 04 October 2018

Page Count: 480 pages

Belisarius is a Homo quantus, engineered with impossible insight. But his gift is also a curse an uncontrollable, even suicidal drive to know, to understand. Genetically flawed, he leaves his people to find a different life and ends up becoming the galaxy’s greatest con man and thief. 

But the jobs are getting too easy and his extraordinary brain is chafing at the neglect. When a client offers him untold wealth to move a squadron of secret warships across an enemy wormhole, Belisarius jumps at it. Now he must embrace his true nature to pull off the job, alongside a crew of extraordinary men and women.

If he succeeds, he could trigger an interstellar war… or the next step in human evolution.

Why I’m excited: Plot, cover, highly recommended.


#1

Red Rising Saga by Pierce Brown

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Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

Publication Date: 28 January 2014

Page Count: 401 pages

Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the colour-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations.

Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children.

But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity already reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet. Darrow—and Reds like him—are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class.

Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow sacrifices everything to infiltrate the legendary Institute, a proving ground for the dominant Gold caste, where the next generation of humanity’s overlords struggle for power. He will be forced to compete for his life and the very future of civilization against the best and most brutal of Society’s ruling class. There, he will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies… even if it means he has to become one of them to do so.

Why I’m excited: highly recommended

And that’s my top 10! As promised, here are a few more books I’m looking forward to:


Terra Ignota by Ada Palmer
The Farian War by K. B. WaGERS
The Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe
The Tide Child by R. J. Barker
Earthsea Cycle by Ursula K. Le Guin

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7 thoughts on “Top 10: Series I want to read

  1. I’m terrible at finishing series unless I’m passionate about them. I’ve started a lot of these, though! I own all three books in Dyrk Ashton’s series and would love to get to them😁

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  2. Ooh good to hear! I loved House of Styx by Derek Künsken so I’m particularly looking forward to those.

    I’m a bit nervous to read Poppy War after all the things I’ve heard about it on Twitter 😅 glad you’re enjoying it!

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  3. I know what you mean! I used to binge every series, but now that I read more I often only read the first book.
    Paternus sounds amazing! I’m waiting on book three from the kickstarter to complete my set 🤩

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