If you’ve not picked up a book this summer, what are you waiting for? There’s never been a better time to immerse yourself in a book series.
Lots of us will have heard of George R. R. Martin’s epic A Game of Thrones or Jeffrey Archer’s Clifton Chronicles – but we’ve enlisted your help to discover some hidden gems.
Along with our secret bookworm, you’ve been providing recommendations of your top picks, so settle back and find out which books your peers are suggesting you get your hands on.
The Wheel of Time (14-book series) by Robert Jordan
Review by Alan Lapsley
“Whether you’re new to fantasy novels or are just looking for that new fix now that the hugely popular Game of Thrones has ended, this could be just the thing for you. I won’t pretend that reading the full series is in any way easy. You’ll have to commit many, albeit enjoyable, hours wading through the fantasy world created by Robert Jordan and finished posthumously by Brandon Sanderson. The Wheel of Time is one of the greatest epics of fantasy.
“The story starts with a group of adolescents growing up in Two Rivers. One day a visit from Moraine, an Aes Sedai with the ability to channel energy, turns their world upside down. Moraine’s searching for the Dragon Reborn who is prophesised to save the world from the Dark One – or destroy it in the process. Rand, Nynaeve, Perrin, Mat and Egwene all embark on an epic journey with Moraine and her Warder guardian, Lan, heading for the relative safety of the Aes Sedai city of Tar Valon.
“Throughout the series, the main characters are often split from each other battling fearsome Trollocs, the minions of the Dark One, and the Forsaken, who are powerful evil channelers under the control of the Dark One searching to destroy the Dragon Reborn.
“The story spans a multitude of characters and nations all intertwined together in the fight against each other and the Dark One in a bid to defeating him at the last battle.
“The TV series has been commissioned through Amazon Prime and filming began in Autumn 2019 before shutting down due to the pandemic. However, this is tipped to be the next big fantasy series to rival the success of Game of Thrones, with the first series set to air in 2021 (hopefully!).”
Skulduggery Pleasant (13 books over two series) by Derek Landy
Review by Kaj Smith
“An amazing series full of wonder and excitement. It’s an interesting read that picks up the pace throughout its (current) 13 book run.
“Like Harry Potter, it’s a coming-of-age story that’s perfect to read with children as the characters of the story will age as they do.
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