I eschew books with sequels these days – I’m all about the glory of the standalone novel. That said, sometimes you read a book and find out after the fact that it’s the first in a two- or several-part series, or that it has a companion novel. Most of these picks aren’t necessarily sequels, just the next book in a series or world that I’ve already visited once or twice (and liked, obvi). In a few cases cover art wasn't available, so you'll see the previous book's cover. I know, I know. I want to see beautiful new book covers too...
Top Ten Sequels I Can't Wait to Get My Hands On
1. Wayfarer by Lili St. Crow – I quite liked the slow build of menace in Nameless, the first in the Tales of Beauty and Madness series, and an inventive retelling of the Snow White fairy tale. Wayfarer is supposed to be based on Cinderella. Fab!
2. Ebon by Robin McKinley – Robin McKinley’s Pegasus was supposed to be the first of a two-part series, with book #2 published soon after the first came out in 2010. Well, it’s 2013 and we still don’t have a definite release date for the 2nd in a TRILOGY now, but I’m sure it’ll come… soon? It has to!
3. The Tropic of Serpents by Marie Brennan – One of my surprise favorites this past winter was the first in Marie Brennan's Memoirs of Lady Trent series, A Natural History of Dragons. The books are written as fictional memoirs of the magnificent Lady Trent, a famous dragon naturalist. The first installment was a delightful cross between Regency period social commentary and serious fantasy, and I'm sure the second will please as well.
4. Minion by John David Anderson – I loved Anderson's take on mixing middle school and the superhero lifestyle in Sidekicked. This companion novel looks at the opposite side of the coin, in a town full of villains just trying to make it. It's bound to be smart and action-filled middle grade fun.
5. The Strange Maid by Tessa Gratton – I ADORED the world-building in the first book of Gratton's United States of Asgard series, The Lost Sun. I mean, Norse gods in North America = recipe for success. Add in epic journey and possible impending apocalypse, and I am a goner. I'm signed up for book two, and I have been ever since I turned the final page of book one. CAN'T. WAIT.
6. Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop – What is there to say that I haven't already said about Written in Red?! I loved it to pieces, and I plan to devour Murder of Crows the day it comes out (I'll stay up all night to finish it, as needed...).
7. Royal Airs by Sharon Shinn – Sharon Shinn has a direct line to my heart. I often end up thinking about her books for days and weeks afterward, even if I don't end up particularly liking them. Troubled Waters was the first in a new fantasy series, and it was set in a very interesting world where the magic is in part fate-based. Needless to say, I'm looking forward to the next one.
8. Touch by Michelle Sagara – Michelle Sagara's young adult necromancer novel Silence reminded me that I love her writing and her fantasy worlds. It also set the stage for a bigger story and conflict in the next few books. Sequel Touch will arrive in 2014, and I'm going to be all about that.
9. Clariel by Garth Nix – A long time ago, Garth Nix's Abhorsen trilogy (which started with Sabriel) melted my face off with its awesome. Like, seriously. And now Nix has written a 4th book! To publish in September 2014! I CAN HARDLY CONTAIN MYSELF!!!
10. Shadowscale by Rachel Hartman – Hartman's debut novel Seraphina was a complex, thoughtful dragon book. I wasn't the only one who thought so, either - it won awards! I even plan to follow the series as it releases, despite a dreaded love triangle. That's how good it is. Bring on Shadowscale!
What sequels are you looking forward to?