I love the momentum of getting immersed in a fictional world and story, and seeing characters grow and change right before my eyes. It is a very different experience for me than reading a series with year-long breaks in the middle. I'm always afraid that I'll not be able to recapture the magic of the world I've entered if I wait too long between books. Though I have found that if the series and characters are good enough, this does not happen.
The downside to reading a series all at once is that it's hard for me to separate out and reflect on the novels individually. However, it does give me a grander sense of the cumulative story, and works extremely well in series with books that build on each other.
ENTER the series I read this week:
The Queen's Thief by Megan Whalen Turner.
I have a stack of books that I should be reading, but this week I decided to pick up a book from my SERIES I MUST READ list. I only put series on this list that are complete or already several books deep, and after many trusted people have raved about them. Megan Whalen Turner's The Queen's Thief series is definitely at the top of that list.
I started over the weekend with The Thief, read right through The Queen of Attolia and just finished book 3 The King of Attolia. Guys, these books keep getting better and better. Once I began reading, I couldn't stop.
I plan on writing reviews of this series, but I just wanted to take a short break from my reading to tell you how much I love them. On a basic level, the Queen's Thief is a historical fantasy* series about a thief named Eugenides (yoo-JEN-ə-deez), though really that explanation doesn't do these books justice at all. The landscape and culture of the world in which Eugenides lives has Greek influences, but the author has taken time to develop the society, mythology and politics uniquely and thoroughly. As you read further into the series, the books get more complex and there is a huge amount of strategy involved in the development of the plot.
I'm serious when I say these books get BETTER as they progress. I thought the first one started slowly, but someone encouraged me to KEEP READING, and I'm very glad that I did. Book three is the best yet. Each book is a completed story, but they also build on each other and incorporate characters spread between several nations. Even minor details can be important later on in the series. I love when that happens.
The Queen's Thief is one of those series that is classified as Young Adult but isn't really. Eugenides starts of young in the first book, but he grows up as the series progresses and faces issues and problems that are very complex and relatable to all ages. That isn't to say that young adults won't enjoy the books, but it is a plea not to overlook them if you aren't one anymore! Any lover of fantasy, adventure, intrigue or a good story will love this series.
Even though there are already four books published, more are coming! Waiting for the latter books doesn't worry me about this series, and I'm sure I'll be picking each up as soon as it releases. Do yourself a favor and pick up The Thief if you haven't already - and start reading NOW.
Have you read The Queen's Thief series?
Do you prefer to read series books all together or break them up?
What books are on your SERIES I MUST READ list?