As a fantasy reader series are a given. While there are some fantasy standalones, the amount of series far out number them. I suppose this has a lot to do with the epicness of the plots and the world building. There is so much that needs to happen to make it a believable story that they need more than one book. Even when book is already more than 900 pages.
And then there are the REALLY long series. The series that aren’t a trilogy but go past the six, sometimes even ten or more novels to tell the story of their world.
I am always hesitant towards these kind of works because they are such a big commitment and who even knows if a series will keep up the same quality. And you never know. And let us not even talk about all those other things like matching editions and covers or the long wait between books that is downright torture with some long series.
But sometimes it does pay off to dive into these kind of series. Because when I sometimes complain about a lack of depth, that is certainly not what I miss in these kind of books. There is all the room to explore and that is what happens.
I know some of you are as hesitant or even more so to start the very long series. But below I am sharing with you some of the ones I am working on and that I feel are very worth the effort so far. I am taking my time with some of them because a few are quite huge and I do not expect to finish those within the next two years. I am also sharing a few longer series I have my eye on. Because that just seemed fitting.
Long Series I Am Committed To
Status: Ongoing / Published So Far: 3 / Predicted Length: 7 (without novella’s) / Read: 3
The first one on this list is one that I am up to date with. I was somewhat hesitant to start this series but I fell very hard in love with the characters, especially in the second book, Red Seas Under Red Skies. I am eagerly awaiting the fourth book but so far that has been pushed back a lot. I understand the author is having some mental healt related difficulties so I hope he is doing okay at the moment. ❤
Status: Ongoing / Published So Far: 5 / Predicted Length: 7 / Read: 5
Where I have understanding why the above series is taking long between books I do not have the same feelings towards this series. I am not as interested in the last two novels as I was when I had just finished the fifth one. And I don’t think I’ll pick the sixth one up right away when it releases. When it ever does. However there is still a lot of great detail and more interesting characters in these books than in the tv show I feel.
Status: Ongoing / Published So Far: 6 / Predicted Length: Unknown but 7th has been announced / Read: 6
I fell very hard in love with the characters, and especially the others, and this world around the second and third book. And while the first arc is done I am more than happy that Anne Bishop is going on in this world because we have so much more left to discover.
Status: Ongoing / Published so Far: 10 / Predicted Length: 11 (that is known) / Read: 6
Committed is a bit of a strong word for me towards this series. I’ve been somewhat dissapointed by it. However after having read 6 books I feel I am a bit too invested in some characters to not continue on with them at some point. Just not right away.
Status: Done (for now) / Published: 16 (without novella’s) / Read: 6
This long series consists of various of its own arcs like the Farseers trilogy and the Liveship Traders trilogy with a variety of different characters within the same world. Robin Hobb is an amazing writer though and I especially fell hard in love with Fitz and the Liveship Trader trilogy. I can’t wait to keep on going with these books.
Status: Ongoing / Published so Far: 17 / Predicted Length: Unkown / Read: 1
This has been recced a few times to me. But it seems to be a bit more romance heavy so in a way it is a bit out of my comfort zone. That has been putting me of for a while. Now that I have read the first one though I am quite excited to read on though.
Status: Done / Published: 41 (without novella’s and companion books) / Read: 13
I am sure it is no surprise to see this on here. You all know I have been slowly working myself through Discworld and hopefully all of Pratchett’s works. This is a long term reading project. I try and read a few each year. For some reason I can never manage one a month. I’d make more progress that way. But this series has a variety of places and character arcs to follow in its own fantasy world called Discworld. With a bit of satire there is so much there to love.
Status: Ongoing / Published So Far: 46 / Predicted Length: Unknown (47th coming out this September) / Read: 4
It is going to take me a lifetime to catch up to this series. She is releasing two books for this series this year alone! One that has already been released, the other one in September. I think it is amazing she still manages to find plots and things for Eve and Roark to deal with. I love the world that she created though. This future world with a twinge of sci-fi in the background.
Long Series I Want To Start
Status: Done / Published: 8
I think one of the later Dark Tower books was the first book by King I actually held in my hands. I didn’t get it but it sparked my interest in this series and in Stephen King. I obviously know who he was before that but never had any interest in his work before that. Years later I only have one dnf-ed King novel under my belt. I hope The Dark Tower will please me better.
Status: Done / Published: 9
I have had my eye on Temeraire for ages. Dragons of course. I own the first 5 in Dutch but am bummed out that they were not translated beyond that. I think that might keep me back from picking these up. Even so I have read a standalone by this author that she published nearing the end of this series so I know I like her writing.
Status: Ongoing / Published so Far: 3 / Predicted Length: 10
Oh Brandon Sanderson. Out of all his books The Way of Kings has always been the book that drew my attention the most. And yet I have not picked it up yet. I am just so intimidated by that book. But now that I own the second one and the novella as well I hope that this will be the year I will finally pick them up.
Status: Ongoing / Published so Far: 15 / Predicted Length: Unknown (16th and 17th were announced in 2015)
I have gone very back and forth on whether or not I want to read The Dresden Files. The length always put me of and while I’ve heard mostly good things there was a time where I wondered if these kind of supernatural-paranormal books were for me. Since then I have enjoyed a few and I ended up saving the second book from the unhaul pile earlier this year. I hope to pick up the first book from the library at some point this year.