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.

lords of the underworld reading order

Lords of the Underworld series in order

We hope you are ready for some paranormal steamy romance because we finally have the perfect reading order of the Lords of the Underworld series, a bestselling story by Gena Showalter that features former warriors of the Greek Gods that now are cursed by each keeping a demon inside them.

Once you start the Lords of the Underworld books you won’t be able to put them down, so get ready because we collected all the books and there are lots of them!

Reading order of the Lords of the Underworld series

There are many volumes in this series, aside from the original books there’s also the short stories that we recommend you read as well so we included them all on the following list. Here you have the Lords of the Underworld series in order, if you click on their covers you will be able to get the books:

Are you going to read these books on your Kindle? then check out the following sets, because each of them collects 5 volumes in the series. Sadly, there is no paperback version of this set, let’s hope they release one in the near future!

Don’t you find it satisfying when all the titles in a series have the same structure? In this case, in LOTU all the volumes have the word Darkest on them, for some of us, it’s kind of annoying when one of the titles in a series doesn’t comply with the established pattern, and it happens more often than you would think!

Now that we told you the reading order of the Lords of the Underworld series don’t miss these books

You are embarking on a long journey, The Lords of the Underworld series is composed of 20 volumes so you will have entertainment for quite a while. However, reading is addictive isn’t it, and there are not many things better than planning your next reads, let us help you with that, here you have 3 suggestions:

If you end up enjoying the Lords of the Underworld by Gena Showalter then our first recommendation definitely should be your next read, because it’s another series by the same author.

Some readers compare the Lords of the Underworld books to The Black Dagger Brotherhood series, so make sure to check it out as well. However, note that while in LOTU the main characters are warriors for the Greek Gods turned into keepers of demons  J.R. Ward’s work features vampires.

What is this story about?

The Lords of the Underworld series tells the story of former warriors or the Greek Gods who were in charge of protecting Pandora’s Box, inside of which there were several demons imprisoned. However, these warriors failed on their duty and, moved by arrogance, they decided to open the box.

Now, these warriors have turned into keepers, each of them keeping a demon inside of them, and suffering pain and torture as a punishment for their haughtiness.

Each of the books in The Lords of the Underworld series features a different keeper, in the first volume, we will meet Maddox, who suffers an extremely painful death every single day as a result of the demon living inside of him. His torture will become more bearable when he meets Ashlyn Darrow, a human who, metaphorically, has her own demons. 

You’ll find lots of romance in this series, but there’s also room for humor and some action too.

A List of the  Lords of the Underworld reading order

LOTU is composed of many volumes, so it may become quite hectic to know which should be your next read. Here’s a list of the Lords of the Underworld series in chronological order including the short stories so you can easily know what’s the next book you must read:

Lords of the Underworld reading order

Lords of the Underworld – Gena Showalter

Ingredients

  • Mills & Boon

Instructions

  • The Darkest Fire (ss)
  • The Darkest Night
  • The Darkest Kiss
  • The Darkest Pleasure
  • The Darkest Whisper
  • The Darkest Passion
  • The Darkest Lie
  • The Darkest Secret
  • The Darkest Surrender
  • The Darkest Seduction
  • The Darkest Craving
  • The Darkest Touch
  • The Darkest Torment
  • 13 The Darkest Promise
  • The Darkest Warrior
  • The Darkest King
  • The Darkest Destiny

These books are published by Mills & Boon, and they are available in Kindle, paperback, hardcover, and also audiobook format. 

Do you also enjoy faery stories? if that is the case then here’s this post with the Wicked Lovely series in order, you’ll be easily captivated by the plot and the amazing cast of characters!

We hope you find our list with the reading order of the  Lords of the Underworld series useful! Also, if you have started reading these books already, tell us who’s your favorite character!

glass and steele series in order

Glass and Steele series in order by C.J. Archer

Today we are talking about a USA Today bestselling series. We have a list with the Glass and Steele series in order, the popular story by C.J. Archer set in  Victorian England but with magic in it, what a great mixture don’t you think?

Be prepared for an intriguing plot combined with a great cast of characters, get ready to become part of the search for the maker of the special watch!

Glass and Steele series in order by C.J. Archer

This series is composed of 13 volumes and it’s finished, also, it may be worth mentioning that these books can’t be read as a standalone, instead you’ll have to read the subsequent books so to know how the plot gets resolved. You should read the Glass and Steele series in order of publication, here you have a quick handy list with all the books:

For those obsessed with spelling, no, it’s not Glass and Steel, because Steele happens to be the surname of the main character in the series, and her name is India. Author C.J. Archer playfully named these two main characters this way, will India be strong as this metal and Mathew as fragile and transparent as glass is? that is for you to discover by starting The Watchmaker’s Daughter, the first volume in the series.

Now that we told you the order of the Glass and Steele series don’t miss these books

If you enjoy mystery mixed with history then we have some great book suggestions that you can read once you are finished reading The Glass and Steele series, here they go:

When mystery and detective stories are brought up, it is impossible not to mention Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, here you have a list of all the Sherlock Holmes books, in case you want to read about the most popular detective of all time. Or, if you’d rather want to read about her sister solving mysteries then there’s also the Enola Holmes books.

Do you also enjoy reading other book genres? if faery realms are your thing then you shouldn’t miss The Wicked Lovely series, which tells us about Aislinn, a girl that can see faeries…

What are these books about?

The Glass and Steele books tell the story of India and Matthew. After her father, a watchmaker, dies she finds herself unemployed and homeless, since no other watchmaker in London will want to hire her. 

But then she will meet an American man, Matt Glass, who will hire her for the most peculiar job: they must find a particular watchmaker. 

However, India will find out that Matt is not who he claims to be, but he is a fugitive instead. Should she report him to the authorities or should she keep her mouth shut so she can keep the job? 

The Glass and Steele book series is full of intrigue, mystery, romance, quirky characters, and magic.

A list with the Glass and Steele series in order

As said before, this story by C.J. Archer is concluded. The following list shows all the books in the Glass and Steele series in order of publication, which is how we recommend you read them. 

Glass and Steele series in order

Glass and Steele – C.J. Archer

Ingredients

  • Self published

Instructions

  • The Watchmaker’s Daughter (Glass and Steele book 1)
  • The Mapmaker’s Apprentice (Glass and Steele book 2)
  • The Apothecary’s Poison (Glass and Steele book 3)
  • The Magician’s Diary (Glass and Steele book 4)
  • The Convent’s Secret (Glass and Steele book 5)
  • The Ink Master’s Silence (Glass and Steele book 6)
  • The Cheater’s Game (Glass and Steele book 7)
  • The Prisoner’s Key (Glass and Steele book 8)
  • The Imposter’s Inheritance (Glass and Steele book 9)
  • The Kidnapper’s Accomplice (Glass and Steele book 10)
  • The Toymaker’s Curse (Glass and Steele book 11)
  • The Spy Master’s Scheme (Glass and Steele book 12)
  • The Goldsmith’s Conspiracy (Glass and Steele book 13)

Also, this series is self-published, but going indie doesn’t mean you can’t become a bestselling author, and C.J. Archer is great proof of that since she has sold more than 2 million books and her books hit the USA Today bestselling lists several times! A similar thing happened to the Riyria series by Michael J. Sullivanan, his work was originally self-published and now his books are one of the most popular in the fantasy genre.

Have you started reading the Glass and Steele series? then leave a comment telling us who’s your favorite character and what’s for you the most fascinating aspect of this story.

cirque du freak books in order

Cirque du Freak series in order

After so many lists about faery books, it’s time to change to vampires! we collected all the Cirque du Freak books in order, a bestselling series written by Irish author Darren Shan. This story is considered one of the best Best Vampire series for preteens by many readers, the slightly darker tone of this series has enthralled teenagers (and adults too) all around the world.

While this series is actually named The saga of Darren Shan, most people call it by the first volume in the series. In any case, we’ll tell you how many books are there in the Cirque du Freak series, and we also found a superb book set that collects all the volumes!

Cirque Du Freak books in order by Darren Shan

If you want to get the 12 volumes of the series then take a look at this Cirque du Freak book set, which is available in paperback and hardcover formats, it has more than one thousand reviews already, not an easy feat for sure:

On the other hand, if you want to get them individually then The saga of Darren Shan is divided into four trilogies. We recommend you read the Cirque du Freak book series in order of publication, therefore you should start with the Vampire Blood Trilogy. Here you have all the books in the series:

There are different covers for these books, however, we decided to show the one version that we find to be the most appealing.

Now that you found the order of the Cirque du Freak books don’t miss these series

The saga of Darren Shan is one of those series that make teenagers not so fond of reading not being able to keep turning pages. We love when youngsters discover that reading is a fascinating hobby, so here are some books that we believe will catch their attention as well:

Our first recommendation is another series written by author Darren Shan, each of the Demonata books tells the story of a teenager that discovers the existence of another dimension in which demons exist. There’s also Goosebumps by R.L. Stine, the popular series that had a tv series adaptation.

The work of author Joseph Delaney is also a great option for your next read once you have finished all the Cirque du Freak books. Here you will find a list with The Last Apprentice series in order.

What is the saga of Darren Shan about?

The saga of Darren Shan tells the story of a teen boy with the same name (and it’s also the name of its author) who decides to visit a freak show together with his friend Steve. In this show, the most peculiar creatures make their appearance, but one catches Darren’s eyes specially, a huge tarantula that happens to be owned by Mr. Crepsley and he is decided to steal it… however, things will go incredibly wrong, so badly that he will end up making a deal with a dark creature…

The movie adaptation of the first volume in the series didn’t perform well in theatres so no more books in the Cirque du Freak series were adapted. There are many fans that expect the saga of Darren Shan to have a more faithful adaptation to the book,s in fact, there’s this petition on Change Org asking Netflix to do so.

List with all the Cirque du Freak books in order

This series is concluded, so you can start reading these amazing books by Darren Shan. Here goes a list with the Cirque du Freak series in order:

Cirque du Freak books in order

The saga of Darren Shan

Ingredients

  • Harper Collins

Instructions

  • Cirque Du Freak  (Cirque du Freak book 1)
  • The Vampire’s Assistant  (Cirque du Freak book 2)
  • Tunnels of Blood  (Cirque du Freak book 3)
  • Vampire Mountain  (Cirque du Freak book 4)
  • Trials of Death  (Cirque du Freak book 5)
  • The Vampire Prince  (Cirque du Freak book 6)
  • Hunters of the Dusk  (Cirque du Freak book 7)
  • Allies of the Night  (Cirque du Freak book 8)
  • Killers of the Dawn  (Cirque du Freak book 9)
  • The Lake of Souls  (Cirque du Freak book 10)
  • Lord of the Shadows  (Cirque du Freak book 11)
  • Sons of Destiny  (Cirque du Freak book 12)

This series is addressed to teenagers from 10 to 13 years old, and it’s so captivating that might make teens who don’t enjoy reading discover the fun of it. While the story is not scary, it might be kind of frightening for kids of a lesser age.

Also, if you enjoy medieval fantasy stories then don’t miss the Gotrek and Felix series, which tells the story of a dwarf and a human who travel the lands of the Old World of Warhammer.

Have you started reading the Cirque du Freak book series? did you find it frightening? leave a comment telling us if you are enjoyint the saga of Darren Shan and if you have already watched its movie adaptation.

wicked lovely series order

The Wicked Lovely book series in order by Melissa Marr

There are never enough faery stories, so here’s another one, we have a list with the Wicked Lovely series in order, these books by Melissa Marr tell the story of Aislinn a girl who has the power to see the equally powerful and cruel creatures known as faeries. But seeing them was just a nuisance, until the Summer King decides that Aislinn is the queen he has been long seeking, and he will not accept a no for an answer…

Intriguing, don’t you think? we will of course tell you how many books are there in the Wicked Lovely series, and we’ll also recommend some similar series to you so you can get back to this dark realm as many times as you wish to.

The Wicked Lovely series in order by Melissa Marr

There is a total of five volumes in Aislinn’s story, and we recommend you read The Wicked Lovely series in order of publication, which go like this:

And, if you want to get all the books in the series then this amazing set collects the complete collection.

But we are not done, because the realm of faeries is about cunning and deceitful tricks, that’s why we haven’t mentioned yet the following: aside from the original series, there are some spinoff novels that take place in this world and follow events and characters of this tale, working as a kind of a sequel, and here you have them compilated:

It’s kinda shocking how all the books that are about faery creatures have such a similar cover, don’t you think? of course, this is an easy way for readers to discover at a first glance similar stories to the ones they enjoyed, but still, they are so alike!

Now that we told you the order for the Wicked Lovely series don’t miss these books

We’ve been talking about many book series involving faery creatures lately, so here are some great recommendations to read once you have finished the Wicked Lovely book series:

If what you enjoy about the faery realm is the worldbuilding and you are not necessarily into romance then MacKayla Lane’s story trying to find out who murdered her sister might have to be your next read, check out this post to find a list with Karen Moning’s Fever series in order, and welcome to the shadow realm.

On the other side, if romance is a must for you then The Iron Fey series might be a much more fitting option for you.

What are these books by Melissa Marr about?

The Wicked Lovely series centers on Aislinn a girl who has the ability to see the faeries, despicable beings who are invisible to the rest of the mortals. So far she has been able to pretend like she can’t see them, but now they talk to her, and that’s not all, because Keenan, the Summer King, has decided she must become the summer Queen.

While the original series is concluded there are lots of spinoff novels that tell us about secondary characters, Dark Sun was released in March 2022, and we believe that author Melisa Marr will release more novels taking place in this magical and yet dark world in a close future.

A List with all the books in the Wicked Lovely series

Here you have all the Wicked Lovely books in publication order. Therefore, you should start with the original series, once you are finished you can delve into the faery world a bit more by reading all the spinoff novels:

Wicked Lovely series in order

Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr

Ingredients

  • HarperCollins

Instructions

  • Wicked Lovely (Wicked Lovely book 1)
  • In Exchange (Wicked Lovely book 2)
  • Fragile Eternity (Wicked Lovely book 3)
  • Radiant Shadows (Wicked Lovely book 4)
  • Darkest Mercy (Wicked Lovely book 5)
  • Desert Tales
  • Dark Court Faery Tales
  • Love Hurts
  • Cold Iron Heart
  • Summer Bound
  • Winter Dreams
  • Dark Sun

This series, published by Harper Collins, by the way, is addressed to children between 13 &17 years old.

Do you like YA with teens with superpowers? if so, then don’t miss this post that collects all the books in The Michael Vey series, the story of a high schooler who has electric powers.

How did you discover the Wicked Lovely series? tell us how you happened to know about these books by Melissa Marr and if you’d love it to have a movie adaptation someday.

the iron fey series in order

Julie Kagawa’s The Iron Fey series in order

Let’s Delve into a world of faes! We have a list with The Iron Fey series in order, a story about Megan Chase whose Little brother has been kidnapped and taken into the faery realm, and she will not hesitate a second in order to go after him and get him back home. This YA fantasy story, written by author Julie Kagawa was a Goodreads Choice Award Nominee by the way!

Also, some people know this story as the Iron King series, because that’s the title of the first volume. In any case, let’s see how many books are there in this romance dark fantasy tale.

 The Iron Fey series in order by Julie Kagawa

This series is composed of 7 books, and you should read the Iron Fey books in order of publication. Here you have the 7 volumes:

Oh, we’ve got a great surprise here. Because there’s more, after the original series there are two novellas, which are the prelude to a sequel, Iron Fey Evenfall:

Aside from the one shown above, which happens to be the special edition, These books can be bought with two alternative covers, so take a look at the 3 of them before deciding which one you want to get. One of them has an anime-manga style and it’s actually a graphic novel version, while the special edition has a sort of resemblance to the ones of the Folk of the Air book series.

Now that we told you the order for the Iron King series don’t miss these books

Once you start reading The Iron King books you won’t be able to stop, you’ll be captivated by its romance and enchantment, and there’s no way back from there, only to look forward. And this is why we have selected 3 series that we are confident you will enjoy as well, here they go:

We mentioned the Folk of the Air before, and not only their covers are similar but their setting is too, because this series also takes place in a faery world. This means that it could be a great series to start with once you are finished with The Iron Fey book series.

As an alternative, you should take a look at this series by Karen Moning, it tells the story of a girl whose sister has been murdered, after conducting her own research she will find out what leads her to the shadow realm, the place where the fae live… if this excerpt sounds thrilling to you then take a look at this post in which you’ll find The Fever series in order.

What are these books about?

 This is the story of Megan a 16-year-old girl whose little was pretty much the same as any other girl. But everything will change when her brother Ethan gets kidnapped and the most unreal thing is that the kidnappers have to be the fey (a faery race) and they have taken her brother to their realm.

Megan will venture into this magical place known as the Nevernever in order to save her brother. And then she will find out that this is just the beginning of discovering her true self, literally, because she will be revealed that she is half faery, and to save her brother she will have to ally with a dark prince, known as Ash…

A list with Julie Kagawa’s Iron Fey series in order

We are finishing this list with all the Iron Fery books in order of publication, this series by Julie Kagawa is concluded so you can read Megan’s story to its fullest. As said before you can also read the graphic novel version, in case you enjoy mangas more than traditional books.

The Iron Fey series in order

The Iron Fey – Julie Kagawa

Ingredients

  • Inkyard Press

Instructions

  • The Iron King (The Iron Fey book 1)
  • The Iron Daughter (The Iron Fey book 2)
  • The Iron Queen (The Iron Fey book 3)
  • The Iron Knight (The Iron Fey book 4)
  • The Iron Prince (The Iron Fey book 5)
  • The Iron Traitor (The Iron Fey book 6)
  • The Iron Warrior (The Iron Fey book 7)
  • The Iron’s Prophecy (The Iron Fey Novella 8)
  • Shadow’s Legacy (The Iron Fey Prelude 9)
  • The Iron Raven  (The Iron Fey Evenfall book 1)
  • The Iron Sword (The Iron Fey Evenfall book 2)

This is teen fiction, more specifically, this series is addressed to teenagers between X and X years old. However, it can be enjoyed by a more mature audience as well. Also, it may be worth mentioning that this series is narrated in the first person since we are aware some readers don’t enjoy this perspective.

Have you started reading the Iron Fey series? then tell us if you are enjoying this story and leave a comment with your opinion of these books with no spoilers.