20 Of The Best Book Series Of All Time

The best book series have you reaching for the next one simply to see how the story goes.

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Some of the most epic conclusions have come after a delicious build-up from a few preceding novels. That could mean a trilogy of books or a series that has more than 25 in total.

The Best Book Series Of All Time

The greatest sagas demand an epic conclusion which can build and build and build.

That means following characters for years over the course of several novels and creating great depth of adventure with some added peril.

While the drama lies on the page and in your imagination, several of these series have been adapted for film and television as they seem impossible to resist.

In this guide, we will be looking at 20 of the best book series of all time. That includes some of the most best selling books of all time including some classic adventures and spell-binding fantasy.

From Harry Potter to Lord of the Rings, the Wheel of Time and The Little Women collection to name just a few.

Harry Potter By J.K Rowling

Harry Potter: The Complete Collection (1-7)

To call the Harry Potter series a phenomenal success fails to say enough about quite how far this set of books has gone. There are seven books in total yet the world of Hogwarts goes far beyond those pages.

The series was adapted into eight films by Warner Bros and back in 2016, the Harry Potter franchise was valued at a staggering $25bn.

That figure is likely to be even higher due to more films and theater productions coming into the frame.

All that came from the imagination of J.K. Rowling as she chronicled the lives of a trio of kids as they attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

There are plenty of themes explored in the quest of the titular hero as he comes into conflict with Lord Voldemort.

Several genres too from horror, adventure, romance, thriller, and mystery as the books have been enjoyed by generations and will likely continue to do so.

So far, the books have sold over 600 million copies worldwide, been made available in 85 languages, and have set the record for the best-selling book series of all time.

Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone

HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER'S STONE (BOOK 1)

Harry discovers that he’s a wizard and a startling adventure begins.

Pros

  • Very entertaining read.

Cons

  • Some of the plot points can be confusing, especially to a young readership.

Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, Book 2) (2)

Harry is told that disaster will strike should he return to Hogwarts, and it certainly does.

Pros

  • Great bedtime reading.

Cons

  • Could be considered too lightweight.

Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, Book 3) (3)

A prisoner has escaped and clues have been left to his next destination.

Pros

  • Hugely exciting.

Cons

  • A shorter book.

Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, Book 4)

Harry desires to attend the International Quidditch Cup, a competition that has not happened for a century.

Pros

  • Incredible detail.

Cons

  • Weak plot devices.

Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, Book 5) (5)

Harry keeps waking up, screaming, and he needs his loyal friends to help him.

Pros

  • Very absorbing.

Cons

  • Too many unnecessary details.

Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, Book 6) (6)

Life goes on during the war against Voldemort and classes are not as simple as they once were.

Pros

  • More emotional depth.

Cons

  • Less romance and frolicking.

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, Book 7) (7)

The conclusion to the series sees Harry face his greatest foe.

Pros

  • Character arcs are nicely tied together.

Cons

  • A dark ending.

Twilight By Stephenie Meyer

The Twilight Saga White Collection

Though Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson have become huge film stars in their own right, they have Stephanie Meyer to be thankful for a large part of that success.

The Twilight series encompasses four novels in the fantasy romance genre with two companion novels and a single novella (read here to find out the best order to read the Twilight series in).

With commercial success, the books have become hugely popular with young adults and amassed plenty of awards.

The story follows Bella Swan as she falls in love with a vampire, a complicated story that is worth diving into.

Twilight

Twilight (The Twilight Saga)

Isabella Swan’s move should seem boring yet her life takes a turn when she meets Edward Cullen.

Pros

  • Light romance.

Cons

  • Poor writing.

New Moon

New Moon (The Twilight Saga)

New threats come against Edward and Bella’s romance.

Pros

  • A mesmerizing tale of love.

Cons

  • The ending does make readers angry.

Eclipse

Eclipse (The Twilight Saga)

The love triangle is getting hotly contested and Bella must choose.

Pros

  • An improvement on the first two books.

Cons

  • Sloppy ending.

Breaking Dawn

Breaking Dawn (The Twilight Saga)

Bella just has one more decision to make, whether to stay mortal or not.

Pros

  • A unique story with a great conclusion.

Cons

  • Very long parts.

Midnight Sun

Midnight Sun (The Twilight Saga, 5)

Another way of telling the story, from the vampire’s perspective.

Pros

  • Offers another point of view.

Cons

  • Could have been shorter.

The Lord Of The Rings By J.R.R. Tolkien

The Lord Of The Rings

Few fantasy novels have been as influential and vivid as The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien.

There are deliciously detailed backstories and you may need to consult the map to get a sense of the character’s journey.

While the story may be well-known thanks to a range of Oscar-winning films, the books are beautifully layered as they depict Middle Earth in all its glory.

You can even read about all that came before it with the prequel, The Hobbit, and even further back in the TV series, The Rings of Power.

The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring

The Fellowship Of The Ring: Being the First Part of The Lord of the Rings

One ring is in huge demand, and a few companions from a sleepy village are entrusted to look after it.

Pros

  • Great storytelling.

Cons

  • Some parts ready like an epic poem.

The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers

The Two Towers: Being the Second Part of The Lord of the Rings

Frodo and his companions have lost allies in this continuation of a classic tale.

Pros

  • Carries on the tale well.

Cons

  • Tedious in parts.

The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King

The Return Of The King: Being the Third Part of the Lord of the Rings

The conclusion to an epic tale to prevent the Dark Lord from ruling.

Pros

  • An amazing ending to a wonderful series.

Cons

  • A very slow read.

The Chronicles Of Narnia By C.S. Lewis

Chronicles of Narnia Complete 7 Book box set

There are seven books in The Chronicles of Narnia and each one builds on what came before it. All through a portal in the back of a wardrobe where the story takes place in a fantastical world featuring talking animals.

The books began to be published in 1950 but continue to captivate readers to this day with several adaptations for new generations to enjoy.

The Magician’s Nephew

The Magician's Nephew: The Classic Fantasy Adventure Series (Official Edition) (Chronicles of Narnia Book 1)

Find out how a magical land is created in this standalone novel.

Pros

  • A quick, easy read.

Cons

  • Simplistic plotting.

The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: The Classic Fantasy Adventure Series (Official Edition) (Chronicles of Narnia Book 2)

When a group of friends step through a wardrobe, an adventure awaits.

Pros

  • Plenty of hidden messages.

Cons

  • Workmanlike prose.

The Horse And His Boy

The Horse and His Boy (Chronicles of Narnia Book 3)

Two runaways find themselves in the middle of a huge battle that will decide Narnia’s fate.

Pros

  • Swash-buckling adventure.

Cons

  • Can feel tedious.

Prince Caspian

Prince Caspian: The Classic Fantasy Adventure Series (Official Edition) (Chronicles of Narnia Book 4)

A prince is gathering an army to claim his land and rid it of a false king.

Pros

  • A timeless read with plenty of adventure.

Cons

  • Too long-winded.

The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Chronicles of Narnia Book 5)

A king is joined by some unexpected companions on an epic voyage.

Pros

  • Hugely imaginative.

Cons

  • A little slow in places.

The Silver Chair

The Silver Chair (Chronicles of Narnia Book 6)

A group of friends must rescue a prince who is held captive.

Pros

  • The story gets better and better as it goes on.

Cons

  • Constant bickering between characters.

The Last Battle

The Last Battle (Chronicles of Narnia Book 7)

Narnia faces a fierce challenge from an enemy, from within.

Pros

  • Provides closure to a great story.

Cons

  • Fails to be a favorite book in the series.

Jack Reacher By Lee Child

Lee Child Jack Reacher Series Complete Set (BOOKS 1-24)

To fully chronicle the adventures of Jack Reacher you need to read over 20 books and a collection of short stories.

Though some of the books have been adapted for film or TV, part of the joy in Child’s writing is the world that Reacher inhabits. Those odd jobs he takes on and the perils he finds himself in.

The books also take place in real locations, from rural England to New York City and plenty of destinations in between.

Killing Floor

Killing Floor (Jack Reacher)

Reacher decides to take a walk and becomes the only stranger in town.]

Die Trying

Die Trying (Jack Reacher)

Trying to help, Reacher has a handgun aimed at him.

Tripwire

Tripwire (Jack Reacher # 3)

Reacher does not want to be found yet a private detective is after him.

The Visitor

Visitor

Two former acquaintances of Reacher are dead and he might be the suspect.

Echo Burning

Echo Burning (Jack Reacher)

Reacher is adrift in Texas and looking for a lift.

Without Fail

Without Fail (Jack Reacher)

Without a job, I, or last-known address, Reacher walks alone.

Persuader

Persuader

When Reacher witnesses an attempted kidnapping, he feels the need to intervene.

The Enemy

The Enemy: (Jack Reacher 8)

Finding the body of a general’s wife, Reacher must look to his own past.

One Shot

One Shot

A gunman stands accused and is requesting Reacher by name.

The Hard Way

Hard Way

Nothing is ever simple for Reacher, even money being paid.

Bad Luck And Trouble

Bad Luck and Trouble: A Jack Reacher Novel

You don’t mess with Reacher, or the Special Investigators.

Nothing To Lose

Nothing to Lose

Empty road awaits Reacher and the locals have secrets.

Gone Tomorrow

Gone Tomorrow: A Jack Reacher Novel

Suicide bombers should be easy to spot and Reacher is tested to intervene.

61 Hours

61 Hours: (Jack Reacher 14) [Paperback] [Jan 01, 2010] Child, Lee

The clock is ticking as Reacher finds himself in cold South Dakota.

Worth Dying For

Worth Dying For: A Jack Reacher Novel

Now in Nebraska, Reacher walks into trouble.

The Affair

The Affair: A Jack Reacher Novel

Reacher is sent undercover to investigate a murderer

A Wanted Man

Wanted Man

The cops are looking for some suspects, and Reacher looks to be in a car with them.

Never Go Back

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (Movie Tie-in Edition): A Novel

Reacher gets to Virginia and the new commanding officer has disappeared.

Personal

Personal: A Jack Reacher Novel

The army has tracked down Reacher and they need his help to find a shooter.

Make Me

Make Me (Jack Reacher)

Reacher has time to spend yet falls into a quest and a dark nightmare.

Night School

Night School: A Jack Reacher Novel

A new enemy emerges and they are planning something big.

The Midnight Line

The Midnight Line: A Jack Reacher Novel

Reacher needs to find a woman who has a class ring from West Point.

Past Tense

Past Tense: A Jack Reacher Novel

Delving into his past, Reacher wonders who has been lying to him.

Blue Moon

Blue Moon: A Jack Reacher Novel

Things are looking up for Reacher when he stops a mugger.

The Sentinel

The Sentinel: A Jack Reacher Novel

Reacher is hitching a ride yet a town has been shut down and it looks to be a cyberattack.

Better Off Dead

Better Off Dead: A Jack Reacher Novel

A problem has made itself known on a road in Arizona.

No Plan B

No Plan B: A Jack Reacher Novel

Reacher is following a killer yet there is something bigger unfolding.

The Secret

The Secret: A Jack Reacher Novel

The bodies are mounting and one gets some attention from the Secretary of Defense.

Pros

  • A gradual character development that is well worth keeping up with.

Cons

  • Too many inconsistencies.

His Dark Materials By Philip Pullman

His Dark Materials 3-Book Paperback Boxed Set: The Golden Compass; The Subtle Knife; The Amber Spyglass

If you adore historical fiction then delve into His Dark Materials where magic reigns supreme.

The bestselling series of books has been transformed into a spellbinding film franchise and TV series.

That may seem surprising when you consider that the young adult trilogy puts children front and center of the story yet adults are enamored with the story too that goes across multiverses.

The Golden Compass

His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass (Book 1)

One girl can make a huge difference, especially when she is a true champion.

Pros

  • Fun fantasy.

Cons

  • Slow-moving.

The Subtle Knife

His Dark Materials: The Subtle Knife (Book 2)

Lyra joins well on a treacherous journey as they find a deadly secret.

Pros

  • Ambitious and original.

Cons

  • Feels like a middle way book.

The Amber Spyglass

His Dark Materials: The Amber Spyglass (Book 3)

The conclusion and a great war ensues.

Pros

  • Meaningful subjects.

Cons

  • An unfocused finale.

The Crazy Rich Asians Trilogy By Kevin Kwan

The Crazy Rich Asians Trilogy Box Set

Rich people have problems too and The Crazy Rich Asians trilogy includes some fascinating characters.

Sure, if you have seen the film you will have been introduced to a variety of over-the-top antics yet that should be enough to draw you in.

Only the first book has been adapted for a film so there is plenty more to delve into in these hilarious books.

To complete the set, tack down China Rich Girlfriend and Rich People Problems.

Crazy Rich Asians

Crazy Rich Asians (Crazy Rich Asians Trilogy Book 1)

When Rachel Chu spends the summer with her boyfriend in Singapore, she thinks she’ll meet a humble, restrained family.

Pros

  • An entertaining summer read.

Cons

  • The writing can get tiresome.

China Rich Girlfriend

China Rich Girlfriend (Crazy Rich Asians Trilogy)

More social climbing, scandal, and outrage with billionaires.

Pros

  • Exciting writing.

Cons

  • Lacks a tangible plot.

Rich People Problems

Rich People Problems

A family is driven by wealth and an inheritance is at stake.

Pros

  • Beautiful locations.

Cons

  • Feels like the same formula is used.

The Millennium Trilogy By Stieg Larsson

Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy Deluxe Box Set: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, Plus On Stieg Larsson

Thankfully, Stieg Larsson completed The Millennium Trilogy before his tragic death in 2004.

Shortly after his death, The Girl In The Dragon Tattoo was published posthumously the following year and became a hit across the globe as it became one of the bestselling books of the decade.

The next two books did not disappoint as readers were quick to find out how the duo of Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist would prevail.

The tales do go even further as the series was continued by David Lagercrantz.

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Series)

The introduction to a fantastic, complex character with a history.

Pros

  • An unforgettable female character breaks the mold.

Cons

  • Almost like a political statement.

The Girl Who Played With Fire

The Girl Who Played with Fire: A Lisbeth Salander Novel (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Series)

Lisbeth has gone missing and Blomkvist is out to defend her.

Pros

  • Impossible to put down.

Cons

  • The cliffhanger can be frustrating.

The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets’ Nest

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Series)

Lisbeth is after revenge in a satisfying conclusion to a brilliant trilogy.

Pros

  • Stunning ending.

Cons

  • Lots of other characters means less focus on Lisbeth.

Heartstopper By Alice Oseman

Heartstopper Series Volume 1-4 Books Set By Alice Oseman

Some of the best LGBTQ+ plus writing is contained in the four volumes of the Heartstopper series.

Alice Oseman has a charm that has bewitched teens and adults alike in her stories of romance and humor.

A Netflix adaptation has introduced the series to a new audience and it is well worth seeing how the rest of the series goes.

That’s a total of four volumes, each one containing some exquisite artistry too.

Volume One

Heartstopper #1: A Graphic Novel (1)

The story begins with two boys that fall in love in a gorgeous coming-of-age story.

Pros

  • Excellent representation.

Cons

  • Fails to measure up to the Netflix adaptation.

Volume Two

Heartstopper #2: A Graphic Novel (2)

A single kiss changes things and ruins friendships.

Pros

  • Diverse characters.

Cons

  • Over-focus on kissing.

Volume Three

Heartstopper #3: A Graphic Novel (3)

Nick has come out to his mom but must consider coming out to his classmates too.

Pros

  • Positive vibes.

Cons

  • Much bigger and a longer read than the other books.

Volume Four

Heartstopper #4: A Graphic Novel (4)

Charlie and Nick begin to learn what love truly means.

Pros

Cons

  • Sad in parts.

The Hunger Games Trilogy By Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games Trilogy: The Hunger Games / Catching Fire / Mockingjay

The Hunger Games trilogy is not just a series of books but pretty much a cultural phenomenon.

While it is hoped that the future does not turn out as bleak, the young adult series proved addictive reading.

The books have some well-defined pacing and some terrific world-building as they follow Katniss in the games themselves.

The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games (Book 1)

The annual televised event known as ‘The Hunger Games’ is regarded as a death sentence, kill or be killed.

Pros

  • Great descriptive writing.

Cons

  • Lacks substance.

Catching Fire

Catching Fire |Hunger Games| (The Hunger Games)

There are rumors of rebellion and The Capitol is angry.

Pros

  • Very entertaining.

Cons

  • A fill-in book to the series that can be quite slow.

Mockingjay

Mockingjay (The Hunger Games)

The revolution is unfolding and depends on Katniss.

Pros

  • Very powerful at times.

Cons

  • A poor ending.

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before By Jenny Han

The To All the Boys I've Loved Before Paperback Collection (Boxed Set): To All the Boys I've Loved Before; P.S. I Still Love You; Always and Forever, Lara Jean

Another series to be adapted by Netflix is To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before which will remain a set of delightful teen romances.

They can now be counted as binge-able, cringey rom-coms as the story follows Lara Jean after her sister has delivered letters to each of her crushes. There are quite a few, hence three books.

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

To All the Boys I've Loved Before (1)

Lara Jean has a complicated love life, now her crushes know her real thoughts.

Pros

  • Very relatable.

Cons

  • Hard to root for the main characters.

To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You

P.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I've Loved Before Book 2)

Lara Jean is confused whether she and Peter were pretending to be in love or if they actually are.

Pros

  • Full of heartfelt twists.

Cons

  • May not be suitable for young adults.

To All The Boys: Always And Forever

Always and Forever, Lara Jean (3) (To All the Boys I've Loved Before)

Change is coming for Lara Jean and she can’t ignore some big decisions.

Pros

  • An engaging end to the series.

Cons

  • Lacks creativity.

The Dark Tower Saga By Stephen King

The Dark Tower 8-Book Boxed Set

With such a vast library of work to his name, The Dark Tower Saga contains some of Stephen King’s best work.

This is the story of The Last Gunslinger who goes by the name of Roland of Gilead. He comes from the Wild West but is a legend who is well worth following in this epic of adventure horror.

The Gunslinger

The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger (Dark Tower, The)

Roland pursues the Man in Black and encounters an alluring woman along the way.

Pros

  • Highly compelling.

Cons

  • The start of the series seems a little slow.

The Drawing Of The Three

The Dark Tower II: The Drawing of the Three (2)

Three mysterious doors all open, but only for Roland.

Pros

  • An improvement on the first novel,

Cons

  • Many readers fail to care for the characters.

The Waste Lands

The Dark Tower III: The Waste Lands (3)

Roland is getting closer to the Dark Tower having saved Jake Chambers’ life.

Pros

  • The great storyline.

Cons

  • A lot of the book is a drawn-out riddle.

Wizard And Glass

The Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass (4)

The Dark Tower is beckoning but there’s a scary journey afoot.

Pros

  • Very tragic but eloquent with it.

Cons

  • Some plot points are far too unrealistic.

Wolves Of The Calla

The Dark Tower V: Wolves of the Calla (5) (Packaging may vary)

On the journey, Roland needs to get through the Mid-World’s forests with his ka-tet.

Pros

  • Lifts the series up from some disappointment.

Cons

  • Pales in comparison to the preceding books.

Song Of Susannah

The Dark Tower VI: Song of Susannah (6)

A rose must be saved, if Roland’s nemesis is to be stopped.

Pros

  • A thought-provoking read.

Cons

  • May be the weakest book in the series.

The Dark Tower

The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower (7)

Roland finally gets to the Dark Tower though he’s being followed.

Pros

Cons

  • An uneven finish which provides a disappointing end.

Bridgertons By Julia Quinn

Julia Quinn Bridgerton Family Series 1- 9 Books Collection Set (The Duke And I, The Viscount Who Loved Me, An Offer From A Gentleman, Romancing Mr Bridgerton, To Sir Phillip, With Love) on NETFLIX

Netflix has plenty of great book series as TV adaptations and Bridgerton has set pulses racing.

Those that have read the books know many of the spoilers in these fanciful romances with more of a hint of Jane Austin shenanigans. The books are as easy to binge as the TV show too.

The Duke And I

Bridgerton: The Duke and I (Bridgertons Book 1)

An unmarried duke is involved in a ruse yet love finds a way.

Pros

  • Readers of the book can see the characters brought to life on Netflix.

Cons

  • Fails to portray love and focuses on lust.

The Viscount Who Loved Me

The Viscount Who Loved Me: Bridgerton (Bridgertons Book 2)

Anthony’s story where he’s chosen a wife yet may decide on her sister.

Pros

  • A fun, enjoyable read.

Cons

  • The plot seems to end too soon.

An Offer From A Gentleman

An Offer From a Gentleman: Bridgerton (Bridgertons Book 3)

Benedict Bridgerton wants to attend the masquerade ball yet has to leave before midnight.

Pros

  • A slow, burn romance.

Cons

  • Benedict is not the most likable character.

Romancing Mister Bridgerton

Romancing Mister Bridgerton: Penelope & Colin's Story, The Inspiration for Bridgerton Season Three (Bridgertons, 4)

Colin Bridgerton is in demand and a secret threatens to shatter his reputation.

Pros

  • A lack of chemistry between characters.

Cons

  • The book seems a little rushed.

To Sir Phillip, With Love

To Sir Phillip, With Love: Bridgerton (Bridgertons, 5)

Eloise Bridgerton needs to find love and she may have met her ideal match.

Pros

  • Great for a summer read.

Cons

  • Features an irredeemable hero.

When He Was Wicked

When He Was Wicked: Bridgerton (Bridgertons Book 6)

Michael Stirling is done chasing women and one look at Francesca Bridgerton may change everything.

Pros

  • A lot of intimate moments with lots of chemistry between the characters.

Cons

  • The last few chapters prove to be disappointing.

It’s In His Kiss

It's In His Kiss: Bridgerton (Bridgertons Book 7)

Gareth St. Clair needs to have his old family diary translated or risks losing his inheritance.

Pros

  • Lots of suspense and romance.

Cons

  • Many readers fail to become attached with Hyacinth.

On The Way To The Wedding

On the Way to the Wedding: Bridgerton (Bridgertons Book 8)

Gregory Bridgerton thinks he has found his true love, but drama ensues.

Pros

  • A spell-binding finale.

Cons

  • Unbelievable character arcs.

The Mortal Instruments By Cassandra Clare

The Mortal Instruments, the Complete Collection(City of Bones/ City of Ashes/ City of Glass/ City of Fallen Angels/ City of Lost Souls/ City of Heavenly Fire)

Another page-turning young adult series follows a set of demon hunters known as the Shadowhunters.

The setting is a city, one which contains several fantastic creations from fairies to vampires. These page-turning books have become a TV series that is well worth diving into.

City Of Bones

City of Bones (1) (The Mortal Instruments)

Clary faces the danger of forbidden love and New York City.

Pros

  • A captivating read.

Cons

  • Lots of foreshadowing.

City Of Ashes

City of Ashes (2) (The Mortal Instruments)

The Shadowhunters must combat the demons and keep the world safe.

Pros

  • An exciting sequel.

Cons

  • Seems a little predictable.

City Of Glass

The Mortal Instruments 3. City Of Glass

The Shadowhunters must decide whether to fight against the werewolves, vampires and various other Downworlders, or fight with them.

Pros

  • Plenty of danger and romance.

Cons

  • One-dimensional characters.

City Of Fallen Angels

City of Fallen Angels (4) (The Mortal Instruments)

The Mortal War may have finished but Clary’s happiness comes at a price.

Pros

  • Edge-of-the-seat reading.

Cons

  • The storyline tends to drag.

City Of Lost Souls

City of Lost Souls (5) (The Mortal Instruments)

Clary must make sure that she can trust Jace but how far can she go?

Pros

  • Lots of world travel.

Cons

  • Might be too much of a long read.

City Of Heavenly Fire

City of Heavenly Fire (6) (The Mortal Instruments)

The final fight of the series sees the friends go against a great foe.

Pros

  • Suspenseful writing.

Cons

  • A lot of readers did not like the ending.

The Outlander Series By Diana Gabaldon

Diana Gabaldon Outlander Series 8 Book Set (1- 8)

Historical fiction was barely a genre before The Outlander Series arrived. That proves how influential the book series was as hundreds of authors have stepped in and created fascinating, realistic worlds from the past.

Gabaldon began her series at the climax of World War II as a nurse, Claire Randall, travels back to Scotland with her husband.

Time travel occurs and soon enough Randall must try to work out how to get back to her own timeline, though fate intervenes.

Outlander

Outlander

Claire Randall finds herself back in time and torn between two men.

Pros

  • Gloriously romantic.

Cons

  • Claire and Jamie’s relationship seems to be far-fetched.

Dragonfly In Amber

Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander, Book 2)

Claire wants to reveal her truth amidst blood and desire.

Pros

  • Excellent descriptive passages.

Cons

  • Too long with little going on.

Voyager

Voyager: A Novel (Outlander) (Mass Market Paperback)

Jamie Fraser is wounded and will either be imprisoned or executed.

Pros

  • Jamie’s excellent character progression.

Cons

  • Too many coincidences.

Drums Of Autumn

Drums of Autumn (Outlander)

Claire returns to reunite with Jamie, in frontier America.

Pros

  • Lots of pivotal moments.

Cons

  • The editing and narration fails to do the series justice.

The Fiery Cross

The Fiery Cross (Outlander)

A colony is unbalanced and Jamie must sort it out.

Pros

  • Some great plots.

Cons

  • Feels like a bridging book.

A Breath Of Snow And Ashes

A Breath of Snow and Ashes (Outlander)

Rebellion is in the air and Fraser is trusted to preserve the colony.

Pros

  • Fills in some of the lasting gaps.

Cons

  • Some readers have called the book tedious.

An Echo In The Bone

An Echo in the Bone: A Novel (Outlander)

Claire and Jamie have to choose which side the family is on.

Pros

  • Plenty of cliffhangers.

Cons

  • A frustrating conclusion.

Written In My Own Heart’s Blood

Written in My Own Heart's Blood: A Novel (Outlander)

The rebels sense victory and there are further revolutions that need to be looked after.

Pros

  • The story is carried on with great care.

Cons

  • Strange pacing.

Go Tell The Bees That I Am Gone

Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone: A Novel (Outlander)

The American Revolution is threatening peace and the family must stay together.

Pros

  • Great storytelling and memorable characters.

Cons

  • Bland writing.

The Wolf Hall Trilogy By Hilary Mantel

Wolf Hall Trilogy 3 Books Collection Set By Hilary Mantel (The Mirror and the Light [Hardcover], Wolf Hall, Bring Up the Bodies)

Another historical fiction series to change how the genre was appreciated, The Wolf Hall trilogy can be counted as literary art.

Each one has received fantastic reviews, from literary critics no less, and the first two books were awarded the Booker Prize.

Follow the story of Thomas Cromwell yourself as he helps establish the Church of England by making sure that Henry VIII gets his divorce.

Wolf Hall

Wolf Hall (Wolf Hall Trilogy, 1)

Mantel manages to fill in the blanks of the history of Thomas Cromwell.

Pros

  • Rewarding historical fiction.

Cons

  • Can be confusing in how immense it is.

Bring Up The Bodies

Bring Up the Bodies (Wolf Hall Trilogy, 2)

The next in the series, the king’s wife needs to be killed.

Pros

  • An intriguing read.

Cons

  • Contrived dialog.

The Mirror & The Light

The Mirror & the Light: A Novel (Wolf Hall Trilogy, 3)

Anne Boleyn has been decapitated and the final years of Thomas Cromwell are traced.

Pros

  • Brilliant and brutal.

Cons

  • Far too descriptive.

The Montague Siblings By Mackenzi Lee

Montague Siblings

The premise of a bisexual 17th-century lord who is gunning for fun, romance, and adventure may seem out there and The Montague Siblings is quite the tale.

If you enjoyed the Heartstopper series then you may enjoy reading LGBTQ+ stories with an element of historical fiction.

Each book follows a specific sibling with plenty of drama and wit thrown in.

The Gentleman’s Guide To Vice And Virtue

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue (Montague Siblings, 1)

Henry Montague is off on a Grand Tour of Europe and he has a crush on his companion.

Pros

  • A great romp.

Cons

  • The story becomes predictable.

The Lady’s Guide To Petticoats And Piracy

The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy (Montague Siblings, 2)

Henry’s sister returns to England to enroll in medical school, and avoid a marriage proposal.

Pros

  • A great read for female empowerment.

Cons

  • Can be seen as mundane.

The Nobleman’s Guide To Scandal And Shipwrecks

The Nobleman's Guide to Scandal and Shipwrecks (Montague Siblings, 3)

Adrian Montague is the sole heir battling with anxiety.

Pros

An enjoyable conclusion to the series.

Cons

The weakest story in the series.

Wheel Of Time By Robert Jordan

Wheel of Time Paperback Boxed Set I: The Eye of the World, The Great Hunt, The Dragon Reborn

With eleven books, you will be investing in quite the story when you embark on the Wheel of Time.

This is an iconic series of fantasy books that made their mark all the way back in 1990. Throughout the books, you get a sense of phenomenal world-building and gargantuan plotting.

That’s some feat, especially after you realize that Brandon Sanderson took over the series based on notes and details left by the deceased Robert Jordan.

The Eye Of The World

By Robert Jordan - The Eye of the World: Book One of 'The Wheel of Time' (1st Edition) (10/16/90)

The first book in the series is an introduction into a world full of danger.

Pros

  • It may be a slow read but it is worth it.

Cons

  • The first book seems a little too long.

The Great Hunt

The Great Hunt (The Wheel of Time, Book 2) (Wheel of Time, 2)

The Horn must be found yet it looks to be stolen.

Pros

  • A fantastic ending.

Cons

  • The writing fails to treat women very well.

The Dragon Reborn

Dragon Reborn (The Wheel of Time, Book 3)

The dragon must make itself known as winter has ended the war.

Pros

  • Easier to focus on the story rather than the lore and locations.

Cons

  • The prose can be repetitive and dull.

The Shadow Rising

The Shadow Rising (The Wheel of Time, Book 4) (Wheel of Time, 4)

The seemingly invulnerable fortress has fallen and the Children of the Dragon must act.

Pros

  • A great, entertaining, and absorbing read.

Cons

  • Poor storytelling.

The Fires Of Heaven

The Fires of Heaven (The Wheel of Time, Book 5) (Wheel of Time, 5)

Rand al’Thor is upsetting the balance of power and must combat Shaido Aiel.

Pros

  • The story becomes more ambitious and interesting.

Cons

  • The plot looks to tie up too many loose ends.

Lord Of Chaos

Lord of Chaos (The Wheel of Time, Book 6) (Wheel of Time, 6)

The Dragon Reborn is building an army of Light.

Pros

  • A long, dense, absorbing read.

Cons

  • The Wheel looks to be turning exceptionally slow.

A Crown Of Swords

A Crown of Swords (The Wheel of Time, Book 7) (Wheel of Time, 7)

Rand faces the Forsaken Sammael where Mashadar is waiting.

Pros

  • More than quick-paced than the other books in the series.

Cons

  • Largely filler with too many points of view.

The Path Of Daggers

The Path of Daggers (The Wheel of Time, Book 8) (Wheel of Time, 8)

Legend turns to myth in the Third Age in a story that twists and turns

Pros

  • Incredible detail

Cons

  • The story feels like it is plodding towards a conclusion.

Winter’s Heart

Winter's Heart (The Wheel of Time, Book 9) (Wheel of Time, 9)

The leader of the Black Tower turns out to be a liar, what is he planning?

Pros

  • Very well-described characters.

Cons

  • The start of the book has a prologue that can be considered too verbose.

Crossroads Of Twilight

Crossroads of Twilight (The Wheel of Time, Book 10) (Wheel of Time, 10)

Trials by fire feature amongst treachery and sacrifices.

Pros

  • Slower but more intricate storytelling.

Cons

  • A stagnating plot.

Knife Of Dreams

Knife of Dreams (The Wheel of Time, Book 11) (Wheel of Time, 11)

The dead look to be walking and reality seems unstable.

Pros

  • Tries to turn the series around from a set of disappointing books.

Cons

  • Poorly written and comes without a climax.

The Gathering Storm

The Gathering Storm: Book Twelve of the Wheel of Time (Wheel of Time, 12)

A fractured series of alliances and kingdoms must get prepared.

Pros

  • A conclusion that gathers pace.

Cons

  • The conclusion fails to make up for a disappointing start to the book.

Towers Of Midnight

Towers of Midnight (Wheel of Time, Book Thirteen)

The Last Battle is underway and the Pattern is unveiling.

Pros

  • An exhilarating read.

Cons

  • Little character advancement.

A Memory Of Light

A Memory of Light (Wheel of Time, Book 14) (Wheel of Time, 14)

At the end of this epic series, the armies of Light have gathered to fight.

Pros

  • Great high fantasy finds an epic conclusion.

Cons

  • Plodding writing like several of the books in the series.

The Binti Trilogy By Nnedi Okorafor

Binti: The Complete Trilogy

After Binti won both the Nebula and Hugo awards for best novella, Okorafor created a trilogy for the Himba girl who is accepted to attend an intergalactic school.

The novella has been expanded to a trilogy with a short story that you can read in one go as an omnibus edition.

Binti

Binti

Should Binti survive the war, she should make it to university but this is a perilous journey.

Pros

  • Different backgrounds are featured.

Cons

  • Unconvincing characters.

Binti: Home

Binti: Home

A year has passed since Binti enrolled at university and now she must face her family and her elders.

Pros

  • A powerful story.

Cons

  • Plenty of inconsistencies.

Binti: The Night Masquerade

Binti: The Night Masquerade

The concluding part finds Binti returning home.

Pros

  • Great sense of African Futurism.

Cons

  • Lack of any real true emotion.

The Little Women Collection By Louisa May Alcott

The Little Women Collection (Boxed Set): Little Women; Good Wives; Little Men; Jo's Boys

Though Little Women may be the standout novel, there is plenty more to enjoy in the tales of the March sisters.

Film adaptations have come and gone yet the stories of familial bonds and enduring tensions continue to appeal to readers.

There is also an autobiographical angle as the threads of Jo’s life can be mirrored in Alcott’s own real story.

Little Women

Little Women: The Original 1868 Edition with 200 Illustrations (A Classic Novel Of Louisa May Alcott)

The collection begins with the four sisters united by their love for one another.

Pros

  • A beautiful book.

Cons

  • Various film adaptations, some of them good, some of them not so good.

Little Men

Little Men: (Illustrated by Reginald Birch)

The story continues with Plumfield, the rural boarding school run by Jo and Mr Bhaer.

Pros

  • A fabulous sequel.

Cons

  • Some strange pronouns used.

Jo’s Boys

Best of Alcott: Jo's Boys (Illustrated)

Back in Plumfield, a bittersweet story ensues.

Pros

  • Appeals to modern-day children.

Cons

  • Some direct experiences from the author are used which can be distracting.

Good Wives

Good Wives: A Story for Girls, Being a Sequel for Little Women

A coming-of-age story and a vivid depiction of the time in the 19th century.

Pros

  • A dated storyline.

Cons

  • Barely counts as a sequel.

Final Thoughts

The best book series take you on a journey that can last years and take the reader to some extraordinary places.

Stories can include rich stories that have been developed over several books where climaxes are made that have been building up over hundreds of pages.

The series of books may even cross various genres all in the same series, from drama to romance to crime and fantasy.

There can be tribulations along the way with some unexpected twists thrown in yet the stories are ultimately rewarding.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which Book Series Can Be Said To Have The Largest Fan Base?

As the highest-selling book series of all-time with several films and sold out theater shows, Harry Potter should be able to command the largest fan base.

Even if you have failed to read a single book, watch one film, or headed to a show, you have likely heard of the series of books by J.K. Rowling.

What Is A Book Series Comprised Of Six Books Known As?

There is a distinct term for a certain number of books as a series. A compound set of narrative or literary works of six pieces is known as a hexalogy.

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