Category Archives: Reading order

Some book seriess are really long and it gets difficult to know which is the proper order to read them. Sometimes there are prequels, other times the publishing dates makes are not in chronological order…  all this makes us confused, wondering what is the best order to read certain saga. As a result, we may even give up trying to start reading new series. It’s time to stop that, if you want to know the proper reading order just check here!

This category is pretty simple and straight forward.  If you want to know the best order to read a certain saga just stay tuned.

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Keeper of the Lost Cities: how to read and what to know

Hello there Wottareaders! Have you heard about Keeper of The Lost Cities? now that book 8 is coming out soon, it is the perfect time to start reading this YA series.

What is Keeper of the Lost Cities about?

Keeper of The Lost Cities is a Young Adult fantasy series written by Shannon Messenger. This saga is a New York Times bestseller.

The books tell the story of Sophie Foster, a twelve-year-old girl who is a telepath being able to read minds. Her world changes when she meets Fitz, a boy also with telepath abilities who will introduce her a brand new world where she won’t put the lives of her family in danger. This series takes place in the Lost Cities.

How popular is this saga?

This fantasy series is pretty popular among teenagers, even though some say it is geared more towards a girls audience truth is everyone can enjoy this captivating story.

What grade level is this series? 

Keeper of the Lost Cities is a Young adult fiction (YA) series. Therefore, this series is written for readers from 12 to 18 years of age. This fantasy series shows a lot of traits of this genre like friendship, first loves, and identity.

How many Keeper of the Lost Cities books will there be?

Right now Keeper of the Lost Cities is composed of seven books, the last one being Flashback which was published on November 6, 2018. The next book in the series, Legacy, will be released in November 2019.

There is still the last book to be announced, which is expected to be released in 2020. As a result, there will be nine books of Keeper of the Lost Cities.

When does book 8 come out?

The eighth book of this series, Legacy, will be released on November 5, 2019. Shannon Messenger revealed on her site the book cover of her next book, in which we can see Sophie, Keefe, and Fitz:

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Keepers of the City: Legacy book cover

 

She also gave her opinion about Legacy’s book cover:

“AHHHHHHHH I LOVE IT SO MUCH! The outfits! The facial expressions! The handholding! How powerful my little girl is—and how ridiculously handsome my boys look!”

Also, she announced that the first edition of Legacy would have some very special extra bonus content.

What order should I read Keeper of the Lost Cities series?

If you are wondering how to read Keeper of the Lost Cities the best approach is following the publishing order:

What is the best order to read the Keeper of the Lost Cities series of novels ...

Instructions

  • Keeper of the Lost Cities 
  • Exile
  • Everblaze
  • Neverseen
  • Lodestar
  • Nightfall 
  • Flashback
  • Legacy  (release date: November 5, 2019)
  • Book 9 (release date Fall 2020)

The release dates were announced by the author, Shannon Messenger, on her official website.

Will Keeper of the Lost Cities be a movie?

In 2017, Shannon Messenger was asked about this on Goodreads. This was her answer:

Sadly, that’s up to Hollywood, and all I can say is, “Hopefully–and hopefully if it happens they’ll do a good job with it” See source.

Two years later things haven’t changed, there have not been any updates regarding a movie adaptation for this series. Even so, the author seems willing to have an adaptation of her story, since she provides her agent’s email in order for producers to inquire about film/television options.

Maybe now that Disney Plus is coming they might have a chance? as it may happen with Percy Jackson’s adaptation?

Seems like the movies will have to wait, maybe when the saga is finished?  meanwhile, there are some fan-made trailers. Here is an example of a fan made trailer, cool isn’t it?

 

Would you like Keeper of the Lost Cities to be on movie theatres? or maybe a tv series better? tell us!

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The Prince of Nothing series

Hello Wottareaders, have you heard of The Prince of Nothing series? let’s know more about this fantasy story:

What should I know about this saga?

The Prince of Nothing is a fantasy series written by R. Scott Baker. The narrative is set in the fictional continent of Eärwa, and the story is told from the point of view of several characters as are Drusas Achamian, Esmenet or Cnaiür urs Skiötha.

This series tells the story of the Holy War, being told by the different perspective of characters from the Inrithi kingdoms. In The Prince of Nothing, philosophy is quite a relevant aspect that will be noticeable in both the characters and the plot.

The original series has a sequel, The Aspect-Emperor, together they are known as The Second Apocalypse series.

Is Prince of nothing worth reading?

Take note that this is not a The Prince of Nothing review, even so: you should give Prince of Nothing a try if you like consistent worldbuilding, layered characters, and a tight plot. The author mentioned Tolkien and Frank Herbert as his main influences. You might not be surprised that this fantasy author was influenced by Tolkien since J.R.R Tolkien is a reference for all modern authors.

However, as it happens to other series like Malazan Book of the Fallen, a lot of characters are introduced so it can be a bit difficult to handle for the less experienced fantasy readers.  This series contains sexual violence also if you are sensitive with such topic this series might not be for you.

Do I need to read The Prince of Nothing  before

What order should I read The Prince of Nothing series?

The best order to read The Prince of Nothing series of novels is the published order. This is a relatively short series compared to the longest fantasy series ever written.

Here you have How to read The Prince of Nothing series:

How to read The Prince of Nothing

Instructions

  • The Darkness That Comes Before 
  • The Warrior Prophet 
  • The Thousandfold Thought 

If you liked this series, you can read it’s sequel afterward, The Aspect-Emperor, a tetralogy that takes place twenty years after the events of R. Scott Bakker’s debut trilogy:

How to read The Aspect-Emperor

Instructions

  • The Judging Eye 
  • The White-Luck Warrior 
  • The Great Ordeal 
  • The Unholy Consult 

Do I need to read The Prince of Nothing before reading The Aspect Emperor?

Given that The Aspect Emperor is the sequel of the original source, it might not be the best idea to read the sequel first since you might not know about of the events that took place 20 years before. Or even worse, the sequel might spoil you the evens occurring in The Prince of Nothing.

Hope you give this series a chance.

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How to read A Song of Ice and Fire

Now that Game of Thrones tv series has ended you might want to start reading A Song of Ice and Fire, the original epic fantasy series that inspired the drama television series Game of Thrones. You might not be happy about how season 8 ended, so why not revisit the Seven Kingdoms through the books? If you want to know how to read A Song of Ice and fire, here you will find the answer.

I don’t think A Song of Ice and Fire needs to be introduced, even so here’s a small summary: ASOIAF is an epic fantasy series written by the American author George R.R Martin. This saga shows a grim and dark world, the main action taking place in the Continent of Westeros and Essos, in an interwoven story told from the point of view of different characters. A Song of Ice covers revenge, drama, fantastical creatures including dragons, medieval noble houses, war, politics and so much more.

In what order should I read A Song of Ice and Fire?

In case you are considering the proper order for this series,  I recommend you reading them in published order. A Song of Ice and Fire consists of seven books. Unfortunately, two of them have not been published yet (and don’t have a publishing date either).

Here you go, this is the best order to read A Song of Ice and Fire:

How to read A song of Ice and Fire

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Instructions

  • A Game of Thrones.
  • A Clash of Kings.
  • A Storm of Swords. 
  • A Feast for Crows.
  • A Dance with Dragons.
  • The Winds of Winter (unpublished)
  • A Dream of Spring (unpublished)

Here you go. ASOIAF is a really entertaining saga. For those who watched the tv series and haven’t read the books, you will be surprised to know that some of the characters that get killed in the tv adaptation are still alive in the books and according to George R.R Martin not all of them will die as it happens in the adaptation. Who knows? maybe even the ending will be different?

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How to read Lightbringer series

You heard of the amazing Lightbringer series and you want to start reading them? search no more, here you have How to read Lightbringer series.

Lightbringer narrates the story of ‘Prism’ Gavin Guile, the most powerful person in the world, as he fights against an uprising by a self-proclaimed king. In this series, the magic system is called Chromaturgy, this type of magic is used by the so-called drafters, they being able to convert the colors of light into a substance called Luxin.

If you want to know how to read Lightbringer, here you will find the answer. This fantasy will be concluded in a few months, since the last book, The Burning white, will be released in August 2019. The author, Brent Weeks, posted on Twitter some info about the upcoming title, 1,420 manuscript pages are coming!

In what order should I read Lightbringer books?

In case you want to know the proper reading order for this series, I recommend you reading them in published order. Lightbringer is composed of five novels, the last one, The Burning White, will be published on October 22, 2019. That means you still got time to catch up and read the last book of the series as soon as it gets published!

This is the best order to read this saga by the American author Brent Weeks.

 

In what order should I read Lightbringer Series

Keyword How to read Lightbringer, Reading order Lightbringer

Instructions

  • The Black Prism
  • The Blinding Knife 
  • The Broken Eye
  • The Blood Mirror
  • The Burning White (Release date: October 22, 2019)

 

Hope you enjoy reading this series.

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Malazan Book of the Fallen all you need to know guide

Hello Wottareaders! in this article I’m introducing Steven Erikson’s famous high fantasy book series Malazan Book of the Fallen.

If you are looking for a complex and wide number of characters set in an immense world while all of this wrapped in a dark tone then welcome to the Malazan Empire. This series is thought to be a bit difficult to read because of the vast number of characters and personalities (mages, immortals, soldiers…). But such difficulty shouldn’t let you down: Malazan Book of The Fallen is worth reading.

What is Malazan Book of the Fallen about

Malazan book of the Fallen tells the story of the Malazan armies, an expansionist nation set in the world of Wu (actually The Malazan world has no official name, but the author called it this way once and fans use it to refer to this world).  Wu will be displayed through the eyes of a lot of characters through the series, showing the point of view of different races (including nonhumans) and diverse locations. The world is in a state of a great disturbance where rebellion and military conflicts appear to be the order of the day.

Malazan is a ten-volume story, but unlike most of the novels in the fantasy genre, each of the volumes consists of a different series of events instead of being a single long story. That being said, each of these volumes can’t be considered stand-alone novels since some of the characters and subplots will make their appearance in more than one volume.

Each of the novels has a subplot, showing a different aspect of the Malazan universe. In the first novel, Gardens of the Moon, the main characters are introduced. Along the subsequent novels, the action will take place in diverse locations such as the Seven Cities,  Genabackis or Kolanse. The plot usually revolves around stories of rebellion and the armies of Wu.

Favorite Malazan quotes

Malazan dialogues are exceptional. Here are some quotes of Malazan Book of the Fallen, these are a nice summary of the dark fantasy tone of this series and proof of how good Malazan Book of the Fallen is:

 “Children are dying.”

Lull nodded. “That’s a succinct summary of humankind, I’d say. Who needs tomes and volumes of history? Children are dying. The injustices of the world hide in those three words.”
Quote from Deadhouse Gates

“Every decision you make can change the world. The best life is the one the gods don’t notice. You want to live free, boy, live quietly.”
“I want to be a soldier. A hero.”
“You’ll grow out of it.”

Quote from Gardens of the Moon

If you want to read more Malazan Book quotes just check this link on Goodreads.

Malazan Book of the Fallen reading order

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While Malazan Book of the Fallen is the name of the original series, this saga also has a prequel named The Kharkanas Trilogy and an upcoming sequel namedThe Witness Trilogy. What is the proper reading order of this saga?

According to the author, Steven Erikson, the recommended reading order would be the publication order. This recommendation was posted on Reddit, see here.

How to read  Malazan Book of the Fallen

Therefore, here is the proper reading order of Steven Erikson books:

  1. Original series: Malazan Book of the Fallen
  2. Prequel: The Kharkanas Trilogy.
  3. Sequel: The Witness Trilogy

Malazan Book of the Fallen movie/ Malazan Book of the Fallen tv series

No announcements are made regarding any agreement about producing a Malazan Book of the Fallen movie or a tv series. Having said that, and seeing how much fantasy series are increasing these days, there is no doubt that sooner or later Hollywood will produce a movie/tv series adaptation of this series. Game of Thrones is getting to its end, and fans are looking for its successor after all.  Probably, the outcome of other upcoming adaptations such as The Witcher Netflix or The Witcher Netflix will serve as a great introduction for other fantasy stories to be adapted. And of course, let’s not forget about the billionaire adaptation of Amazon’s Lord of the Rings.

How difficult is Malazan Book of the Fallen?

Malazan’s structure is pretty complex, there is its massive worldbuilding showing diverse cultures through the point of view of different characters. Also, as mentioned earlier, this is a ten volume story where each novel has a main subplot, set in a different location and introducing new elements and characters that make this book so rich. There is much to know about the Malazan Empire and the world of Wu.

Why read Malazan Book of the Fallen?

Putting this all together makes this series certainly difficult to follow if you are not an experienced fantasy reader, but don’t get this wrong, you definitely should give this series a try since it has a superb prose and such well-crafted dialogues and characters, but know that this series is not as linear and easy to follow as other fantasy books.  The worldbuilding is also worth mentioning since you will able to discover different places of the universe through the eyes of so different characters.

Which Malazan book is the best?

There is actually no agreement at all about which Malazan book is the best, but the general opinion is that these books don’t go downhill. Hope that is enough for you to prove that this series is worth reading.

 

Hope this introduction for this Fallen Book series was useful to you. Will you dare reading the Book of the Fallen?

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