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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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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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How to read Dune series by Frank Herbert

All who have read Dune will agree that the first volume is one of the best science fiction novels of all time. If you decided to start reading the Dune series I can only congratulate you. Because you will not regret. In this post, you will be able to check the proper reading order Frank Herbert’s appraised work.

For those wondering what Dune is, do not worry, help is on the way. My article “Introducing Dune series” will tell you everything you need to know before the upcoming movie gets released. What? You didn’t know Dune is having a movie adaptation? check this post then for more info!

What is the proper reading order for Dune?

As it happens with other long series, there is a bit of controversy regarding the proper order to read this series. Some say it is best to read them in chronological order, meanwhile others think it is better to read them in published order… if you ask me, in this case, I think you should start reading this saga by the one book that made Dune series to be known as one of the best science fiction novels ever, that is,  starting by the first book published: Dune.

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So, in my opinion, you should read first the original series. This is the story of Paul Atreides and the planet Arrakis, where the priceless spice named mélange, sometimes just called “the spice,” is grown. Even though it is usually said that Dune is a series of six novels, for me at least, it is more like a three-book original saga and a three-book sequel. I say this because centuries pass between the third book, Children of Dune, and the fourth, God Emperor of Dune, so I think think they should not be considered at the same level.

Here you have the Dune original saga books in order:

  • Dune. 412 pages.
  • Dune Messiah. 256 pages.
  • Children of Dune. 416 pages.

This would be like the basic pack, the must-read I would say. If you read these three books you will know how the story of Paul Atreides concludes. Of course, Dune keeps being alive after him.

The extended reading

If you are willing for more Dune, and trust me you will, you have way more to read. Following to Children of Dune you have what I call the three-book sequel.

  • God Emperor of Dune.
  • Heretics of Dune.
  • Chapterhouse: Dune.

Unfortunately, the latest book, Chapter House: Dune, ends with a cliffhanger and since the author died the next year after this book was published,1985, he left a lot of the plotlines unsettled.

However, this matter was somehow resolved by the two next novels written by Brian Herbert, Frank Herbert’s older son, and Kevin J. Anderson (spin-off novel writer for Star Wars or Starcraft among others and also known for his work The Saga of Seven Suns).  Please notice that, from now on, all the novels mentioned are not written by Frank Herbert but by his son and Kevin J. Anderson.

  • Hunters of Dune.
  • Sandworms of Dune.

Still want more? At this point, the reading order gets more and more complicated, two prequel series, and sequel of one of those prequels…none of these will be Frank Herbert’s work as previously explained,

First prequel

The first prequel is set just before the first published book, that is, before the Arrakis conflict. These books are narrated from the point of view of three noble houses, which give the name to each manuscript:

  • House Atreides.
  • House Harkonnen.
  • House Corrino.

Second prequel (Legends of Dune) and its sequel (Great Schools of Dune)

While the first prequel happens just before the first Dune novel, this prequel narrates a story occurring thousands of years before.

  • The Butlerian Jihad.
  • The Machine Crusade.
  • The Battle of Corrin.

This second prequel trilogy has a sequel trilogy also:

  • Sisterhood of Dune.
  • Mentats of Dune.
  • Navigators of Dune.

That would be all, there are also short stories but we will leave it there from now. If you are willing for more Dune just leave a comment and I will provide you more info about the short stories!

Dune reading order summary

So, here is a summary for my suggested Dune read order. First of all, I recommend you read the original work by Frank Herbert, at least the first three books. After you have finished with all his original work you can read the sequels and lately Legends of Dune and its sequel. As a result, If you read all of these books you will become a Dune god and people will kneel to your divine presence.

Dune reading order

Keyword Dune reading order

Instructions

  • Dune
  • Dune Messiah.
  • Children of Dune
  • God Emperor of Dune
  • Heretics of Dune
  • Chapterhouse: Dune
  • Hunters of Dune
  • Sandworms of Dune
  • House Atreides.a.
  • House Harkonnen
  • House Harkonnen
  • The Butlerian Jihad
  • The Machine Crusade
  • The Battle of Corrin
  • Sisterhood of Dune
  • Mentats of Dune
  • Navigators of Dune

Hope this article helped you!

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How to read Mortal Engines

Either if you are here because of the Mortal Engines movie adaptation or because of my book suggestions for kids, or maybe none of those, and it’s just because you wanted to know more about the Peter jackson new movie, as they call it. No matter why you want to read Philip Reeve books. If you want to know how to read Mortal Engines series, here you will find the answer.

This story is set in a post-apocalyptic universe and it’s part of the fantastic and adventure genre. This books audience was originally for young teenagers, even so you will enjoy this story no matter your age.

In what order should I read Mortal Engines?

In case you are considering the proper order for this series,  I recommend you reading them in published order. Mortal Engines consists of two sagas, the original series is a quartet while Fever Crumb is a trilogy. Fever Crumb is actually a prequel, but despite that, I advise you to read it after the original tetralogy since the prequel has a different tone.

Here you go, this is the best order to read this series:

Mortal Engines read order

Instructions

  • Mortal Engines (Mortal Engines quartet)
  • Predator's Gold (Mortal Engines quartet)
  • Infernal Devices (Mortal Engines quartet)
  • A Darkling Plain (Mortal Engines quartet)
  • Fever Crumb (Fever Crumb trilogy)
  • A Web of Air (Fever Crumb trilogy)
  • A Web of Air and Scrivener’s Moon (Fever Crumb trilogy)

If you were wondering what is the best order here you have the answer. Keep reading!

 

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How to read The First Law series

You probably heard of The First Law, superb books. Amazing catchphrases, really action thriving, and a great story. If you want to know how to read The First Law series just keep reading.

The First Law is a medieval fantasy series written by   Joe Abercrombie. At first, this series consisted only of a trilogy and therefore it was pretty easy to know the proper reading order but the British author wrote also three stand-alone novels set in the same world. If that was not enough, there is an upcoming trilogy whose first book, A Little Hatred, will be published in September 2019.

In what order should I read The First Law?

If you are wondering the proper order for this series, in this case, I recommend you reading them in published order since it is at the same time the chronological order.

Quick note: there are also short stories which I didn’t include in this reading order. In case you want to read them, I suggest you do it after reading Red Country. Considering the short stories, that is the best way to read The First Law books in order.

Here you go, this is the best order to read this series:

The First Law reading order

Instructions

  • The Blade Itself (The First Law trilogy)
  • Before They Are Hanged (The First Law trilogy)
  • Last Argument of Kings (The First Law trilogy)
  • Best Served Cold (stand alone novel)
  • The Heroes (stand alone novel)
  • Red Country  (stand alone novel)
  • A Little Hatred (Upcoming trilogy) 2019
  • The Trouble With Peace (Upcoming trilogy) 2020
  • The Beautiful Machine (Upcoming trilogy) 2021

The first novel of his new saga,  A Little Hatred, will be published soon, check all the news related to this upcoming novel here: A Little Hatred the new novel by Joe Abercrombie.

If you were wondering what is the best order here you have the answer. Keep reading!

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How to read The Legend of Drizzt

You want to read The Legend of Drizzt and you don’t know what is the best order? do not despair. Here is your How to read The Legend of Drizzt to solve your problems.

The Legend of Drizzt is a fantastic series by the American author R.A Salvatore. This series tells the story of  Drizzt Do’Urden, a drow (or dark elf) who decides not to follow the evil way of his people and leaving the Underdark (the place below the surface were drows and other dark creatures dwell). Drizzt books are based in the Forgotten Realms setting in the dimension of Abeir-Toril,

If you like adventure, friendship, and courage you will love these books!

In what order should I read The Legend of Drizzt?

The best order to read them is, in my opinion, in chronological order. Some might prefer to do it in publishing date order, in that case just read The Icewind Dale Trilogy before the Dark Elf Trilogy.

For those who want to read The Legend of Drizzt, you must know that these are incredibly long series (33 books!). Here you have Drizzt books in order:

The legend of Drizzt reading order

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Instructions

  • Homeland (The Dark Elf Trilogy)
  • Exile (The Dark Elf Trilogy)
  • Sojourn (The Dark Elf Trilogy)
  • TheCrystal Shard (The Icewind Dale Trilogy)
  • Streams of Silver (The Icewind Dale Trilogy)
  • The Halfling's Gem (The Icewind Dale Trilogy)
  • The Legacy (The Legacy of the Drow Tetralogy)
  • Starless Night (The Legacy of the Drow Tetralogy)
  • Siege of Darkness  (The Legacy of the Drow Tetralogy)
  •  Passage to Dawn (The Legacy of the Drow Tetralogy)
  • The Silent Blade (The Paths of Darkness Tetralogy)
  • The Spine of the World (The Paths of Darkness Tetralogy)
  • Servant of the Shard (The Paths of Darkness Tetralogy)
  • Sea of Swords (The Paths of Darkness Tetralogy)
  • The Thousand Orcs (The Hunter's Blade trilogy)
  • The Lone Drow (The Hunter's Blade trilogy)
  • The Two Swords (The Hunter's Blade trilogy)
  • The Orc King (The Transitions trilogy)
  • The Pirate King (The Transitions trilogy)
  • The Ghost King (The Transitions trilogy)
  • Gauntlgrym (The Neverwinter tetralogy)
  • Neverwinter (The Neverwinter tetralogy)
  • Charon's Claw (The Neverwinter tetralogy)
  • The Last Threshold (The Neverwinter tetralogy)
  • The Companions The Sundering)
  • Book 1 (The Sundering)
  • Night of the Hunter (The Companions Codex trilogy)
  • Rise of the King (The Companions Codex trilogy)
  • Vengeance of the Iron Dwarf (The Companions Codex trilogy)
  • Archmage (Homecoming)
  • Maestro (Homecoming)
  • Hero (Homecoming)
  • Timeless

Pretty long uh? this is the best order to read this series. Hope you enjoy them!

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