Top Ten Tuesday

Best Sequels Ever

It’s time for a new meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. I love reading long book series or just plain old trilogies, so I shouldn’t have much trouble coming up with a list of 10 best sequels, right? Wrong. It is hard to find books that make justice their prequels or even surpass them. I’m especially wary of the ‘middle books’ in trilogies. Perhaps that is the reason why so many sequels wait for me to be read. No fear though – I’ve scraped together a list, divided into two categories.

Trilogies

All these fit into the fantasy genre in some way or the other. I’d like to point out two books in particular: Bobri, a Slovenian historical novel taking place in the prehistoric time, and Grass for His Pillow, a novel set in a fantasy feudal Japan. I hunted down both books once I read their prequels.

  1. The Subtle Knife (Philip Pullman)
  2. Sepulchre (Kate Mosse)
  3. Grass for His Pillow (Lian Hearn)
  4. The Two Towers (J. R. R. Tolkien)
  5. Bobri 2 – Rod (Janez Jalen)

Longer series

There are two books from the same author and from closely related series. They are really fantastic and deserve being placed here. Others are the books I enjoyed as well. All these are from a fantasy genre as well.

  1. Fair Game (Patricia Briggs)
  2. Iron Kissed (Patricia Briggs)
  3. The Mark of Athena (Rick Riordan)
  4. The Prisoner of Azkaban (J.K. Rowling)
  5. Lover Awakened (J. R. Ward)
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