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Drinkandknowthings Fri 22-Mar-19 14:19:12

So I got really into the Throne of Glass and Court of Thorn and Roses series by Sarah J Maas! I’ve 2 young DDs and my attention span is at an all time low.

Any other similar series?

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cdtaylornats Fri 22-Mar-19 16:41:27

Virals series by Kathy and Brendan Reichs
Daughter of Smoke & Bone series by Laini Taylor
Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Coifer
Bartimaeus series by Jonaton Stroud
Young Wizards series by Diane Duane

Nowisthemonthofmaying Fri 22-Mar-19 16:43:22

Any of Tamora Pierce's but particularly her 'Terrier' trilogy or Tricksters Choice

Children of Blood & Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

DancelikeEmmaGoldman Fri 22-Mar-19 17:29:15

I second Tamora Pierce - she’s excellent.

Garth Nix’s Old Kingdom series.
Maureen Johnson’s Shades of London.
Patricia Wrede’s Edge books and Carolyn Stevermer’s Sorcery and Cecelia books.
Maggie Stiefvater’s Raven Cycle
Steve Augarde’s The Various
Robin McKinley’s The Hero and The Crown and The Blue Sword (does 2 books make a series?).
Celine Kiernan’s The Moorhawke trilogy
Kristen Britain’s Greenrider series
Kristin Cashore’s Graceling series

Sadik Fri 22-Mar-19 17:53:39

I'd definitely second the Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater.

Not YA, but the Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger is perfect easy to read fantasy/steampunk and very funny too. There's also a YA series (I think Etiquette and Espionage is the first one) set in the same universe.

PomBearWithAnOFRS Sat 23-Mar-19 05:11:16

I preferred Garth Nix's "Keys to the Kingdom" series to the Lirael ones.
Susan Cooper is good - she wrote the "Dark is Rising" series (not at ALL like that shit abomination of a film they made, the books are fab!)
Skullduggery Pleasant maybe - they're amusing and a nice easy read YA series.
Or Holly Webb, or Holly Black - Ink Exchange series is good.

AwkwardSquad Sat 23-Mar-19 05:49:33

Trudy Canavan, the Magicians Guild trilogy.

mightymalties Mon 25-Mar-19 21:14:35

If you enjoy GoT, I'd strongly suggest reading Nevernight by Jay Kristoff, followed by Godsgrave. Darkdawn is due for release this September smile

It was originally marketed as YA, but IMO it's probably better for adults wink

DancelikeEmmaGoldman Thu 28-Mar-19 09:06:28

I’ve just thought of another series I really enjoy, only because I picked up a set today. Lloyd Alexander’s Prydain trilogy - the books are funny and sometimes dark and full of Irish myths.

They were out-of-print and my set is second-hand, but I think they have been or will be, back in print.

PomBearWithAnOFRS Sat 30-Mar-19 05:35:57

There are five Prydain books grin

kesstrel Tue 09-Apr-19 19:07:20

I love Holly Black. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is very, very good, standalone. Also her latest two are fantastic (The Cruel Prince series) but unfortunately the series isn't finished, so I am filled with frustration until the next one comes out.

m4rdybum Sun 05-May-19 13:34:55

Kelley Armstrong does a few YA series worth reading.

Her adult fictions is good too.

EllaSaturday Fri 07-Jun-19 14:17:45

Cassandra Clare has done a number of series around her 'Shadowhunters' world.
I liked V.E. Schwab's Darker shade of magic series.
Sarah Raasch' Snow like Ashes series is quite good as well.
And I liked Elizabeth May's Falconer series, set in Scotland with fae.
Oh and how can I forget Katherine Arden's Winternight trilogy! Loved the Russian fairytales she used.

SimplySteveRedux Fri 07-Jun-19 14:19:13

David Eddings - Belgariad then Mallorean series followed by Elenium and Tamuli series.

nickymanchester Fri 07-Jun-19 16:15:09

I really enjoyed The Empire trilogy by Janny Wurts and Raymond Feist, the three books are

Daughter of the Empire
Servant of the Empire
Mistress of the Empire

I think it's quite a clever, female-centred political drama set in a fantasy world. Although, unlike most fantasy, it's set in a vaguely Asian setting (if you saw Westworld on TV think of Shogun World) and the author drew on a lot of Korean influences.

The main protagonist is a young woman who loses almost everything and then builds it back up again. She is that strong female character you've always wished you'd find somewhere in fantasy. She's beautifully real and it's very easy to empathise with her.

A large part of this series is political intrigue and matters of honour. If that's your team, go for it. If the whole honour thing isn't for you, maybe not as much. But the political intrigue stuff is actually really excellently written.

ladybird69 Fri 28-Jun-19 01:01:28

I started a series of books that I thought were brilliant but I can’t remember who the author was. Main character was a young girl and she had to learn new skills. Think she had a brother called Leif and her family lived in the trees! Be grateful if anyone can help me remember them and recommend them to Op. also Skullduggery pleasant are great books.

perplexedagain Sun 30-Jun-19 17:13:33

Frances Hardinge is excellent -
i personally didn't like the Raven cycle nor darker shade of magic

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