In the modern age of books, it’s becoming all too common to find long waits between book installments.
A great example of this is George R.R. Martin, who has kept fans waiting for over 10 years for the next series of his A Song Of Ice And Fire series.
If you’re a reader who doesn’t like to start a series without an ending, it can be tough to find complete series that will give you this satisfying ending.
Thankfully, the good news is that there are already so many completed series out there.
In the list below, I’ve decided to create a list that shows the best that modern bookstores have to offer you, including a wide range of different genres, and series ranging from duologies all the way up to massive multipart epics.
If you’re looking for a list of completed book series, check out my list of 44 great reads that will have you hooked including The Wheel Of Time, The Old Kingdom, The Broken Earth, Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, and many more.
The Realm Of The Elderlings By Robin Hobb
First off, I’ve included a massive epic fantasy series that will keep you engaged throughout its entire 15-book story.
Robin Hobb is an author who has dedicated much of her career to telling the story of the Elderlings, a once mighty civilization that fell to ruin, leaving a legacy behind for her characters to uncover.
The main bulk of the series follows the character of FitzChivalry Farseer, a bastard son of the crown prince who is trained to be an assassin.
This is a great choice if you’re looking for something with an epic scale and unforgettable characters!
- A huge, realistic fantasy world to explore.
- Captivating characters and high-stakes plots.
- It’s quite a bleak series at times, so be prepared for some heartbreak!
The Mistborn Trilogy By Brandon Sanderson
In the world of epic fantasy, there are few names as prolific as Brandon Sanderson.
Mistborn is his first breakout success and a brilliant starting point for the author. Although his main series,
The Stormlight Archive is still incomplete, you can get a finished story by starting with the novel The Final Empire.
The Mistborn trilogy tells the story of a world where the dark lord won, and who now rules the world with an iron fist.
When a gang of thieves decides to try and rob him, a thrilling confrontation between the deposed and noble society unfolds, bringing all kinds of new magic to the front line.
- Fantastic magic systems with rulesets.
- A huge cast of characters that stick with you.
- Some people dislike Sanderson’s simplistic prose style.
The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins
The Hunger Games Trilogy is a dystopian series that has hooked readers worldwide, written by Suzanne Collins.
The story takes place in Panem, a post-apocalyptic nation consisting of 12 districts, and the Capitol.
The Capitol is the ruling power, with the districts serving as resources for the wealthy citizens of the Capitol.
The story follows Katniss Everdeen, a young girl from District 12, who volunteers to take her younger sister’s place in the annual Hunger Games, a televised event where one boy and one girl from each district are forced to fight to the death until only one survivor remains.
The series explores themes of power, rebellion, and sacrifice as Katniss becomes a symbol of hope and a leader in the fight against the Capitol.
The Hunger Games Trilogy is a page-turner, with its intense action and emotional moments keeping readers hooked from start to finish.
Suzanne Collins’ writing is accessible and easy to read, making it a popular choice for readers of 12 and up.
The series has also been adapted into successful movies, further expanding its reach and fan base.
- A thrilling and thought-provoking story that explores themes of power and rebellion.
- Easy to read and accessible writing style that appeals to a wide range of readers.
- Some readers find the series to be too dark or violent for their taste.
The Millenium Series By Stieg Larsson
Moving on to a thriller classic, we have a series of novels steeped in mystery, intrigue, and fast-paced writing.
It begins with a trilogy of novels composed of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played With Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest.
The first entry is a dark novel that sees a financial reporter solving a crime involving the death of a wealthy businessman’s niece.
Soon, he uncovers a layered conspiracy, and teams up with the unusual character of Lisbeth Salander as they search for answers and justice.
This series is a prime example of cutting-edge thriller fiction and one that will have you guessing its many twists and dark criminal undertones.
- A thrilling series that deals with real-world issues and a dangerous conspiracy.
- Fast-paced writing that will have you turning pages fast.
- These novels feature some very dark themes, so they might not be suitable for sensitive readers.
The Expanse By James S.A. Corey
Genre: Science Fiction
For the first science fiction novel on my list, I’ve chosen The Expanse by James S.A. Corey.
This is a cutting-edge science fiction series that shows the very best of what modern iterations of the genre have to offer.
Set in a time when humanity has colonized the solar system and tensions between Earth, Mars, and the Belt are at an all-time high, the series follows a diverse cast of characters as they navigate the dangerous waters of interplanetary conflict.
James S.A. Corey’s prose style is fast-paced and action-packed, immersing the reader in a world filled with epic space battles, advanced technology, and complex political maneuvering.
The series is notable for its diverse characters and its exploration of themes such as power, colonialism, and the impact of technology on society.
- A thrilling and fast-paced story set in a complex future world.
- A diverse cast of characters and exploration of universal themes.
- Some readers may find the world-building to be overwhelming or the science behind the technology to be unrealistic.
Harry Potter By J.K. Rowling
Let’s face it—you’ve probably read Harry Potter. If you haven’t, then you’re in for a real treat!
The Harry Potter series is one of the most successful book series in the history of the written language and for a good reason, The story revolves around an 11-year-old orphan named Harry Potter who receives a letter from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, offering him the opportunity to become a wizard.
Over the next 7 books, we experience a story of incredible imagination and masterfully crafted characters.
This book series has wrapped readers up for generations now, and will likely continue to for quite some time.
- A huge, vivid story that spans 7 books.
- Some of the most intricate world-building of any series.
- The first few books are for a middle-grade readership
The Lord Of The Rings By J.R.R Tolkien
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Like the previous entry on my list, there’s a big chance you’ve already read this one, or at the very least seen the trilogy of movies.
The Lord of The Rings is the fantasy trilogy that kickstarted all of modern fantasy.
With this series, Tolkien not only created a mythology that rivals some of the most commonly told stories known to man, but he also set the stage for everything that would come later in the genre.
The story follows the life of Frodo Baggins, a hobbit from the peaceful shire, as he joins with a band of adventurers to destroy the One ring and save Middle Earth from the dark lord Sauron.
If you’re looking for something with some of the most iconic world-building of all time, then this is a classic that you must pick up and check out.
- Gorgeous, lyrical prose and a detailed world.
- Some of the most classic characters and plot lines known to fantasy fiction.
- Some people find the longer stretches of adventuring boring.
Ender’s Game Series By Orson Scott Card
Genre: Science Fiction
Next up I’ve made sure to include one of the most iconic science fiction series of all time.
Ender’s Game is a science fiction classic, written by Orson Scott Card, that explores the psychology of war and the limits of human empathy.
The story follows a young boy named Ender Wiggin, who is chosen by the military to attend Battle School, an elite training facility designed to produce the world’s greatest military strategists.
Ender quickly rises to the top of his class, but as he trains for a war against an alien race, he begins to question the morality of the military’s tactics.
Orson Scott Card creates a gripping narrative that keeps the reader on the edge of their seat.
Ender’s Game is a story of sacrifice and leadership, exploring the complexities of war and the difficult choices that leaders must make.
The novel has been praised for its realistic depiction of the psychology of war and its impact on young soldiers.
- A gripping narrative that explores the psychology of war and the limits of human empathy.
- A thought-provoking story that raises important questions about leadership and morality.
- Some readers may find the writing style to be simplistic or overly focused on action, while others may find the themes of the novel to be too dark or depressing.
The Dark Tower By Stephen King
Genre: Weird Fantasy
Ever wondered what would happen if one of the most iconic horror writers of all time tried his hand at weird fantasy/science fiction?
In the Dark Tower Series, Stephen King puts his imagination to the test, creating a series of tangent universes and a thrilling battle between good and evil.
This series sees the character of The Gunslinger taking on a quest during his never-ending battle with The Man In Black.
This is a series that is as weird as it is genius, blending together genres like epic fantasy, science fiction, and spaghetti westerns for something that is totally unique and an unforgettable experience.
Stephen King is a very accessible writer to get into, so don’t be afraid of the seven-book runtime.
- A unique take on a fantasy epic that blends different genres together.
- Lighting-fast writing that will keep you hooked.
- Some people say the series dips towards the end.
The Mortal Instruments By Cassandra Clare
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Cassandra Clare is somewhat of a YA phenomenon. With fans lining up to pick up a new entry any time she releases one, and a series that continues to sell throughout the years, you might be wondering what all the fuss is about.
The Mortal Instruments series introduces you to an urban-fantasy world where teenagers become Shadowhunters, magical warriors who battle against demons.
It follows the story of Clary Fray as she is allowed entry into this world and forced into a battle for survival.
If you want to check out some of the best YA fantasy has to offer, then you should check this one out right away.
- Classic YA troupes that will please fans of the genre.
- A fantastical world that creates a satisfying urban fantasy setting.
- Definitely aimed more at a YA crowd.
The Wheel of Time By Robert Jordan
Genre: Epic Fantasy
The Wheel of Time is a massive fantasy series that has captured the hearts of readers for over three decades.
The series was finished by Brandon Sanderson after author Robert Jordan sadly passed away, and spans 14 books and over 4 million words.
It is set in a richly imagined world where magic, politics, and prophecy collide in a battle for the fate of the world.
The story follows Rand al’Thor, a young man who discovers that he is the prophesied savior of the world.
As he embarks on a journey to save humanity from the dark lord, he is joined by a diverse cast of characters, each with their own unique motivations and abilities.
- A richly imagined world with intricate world-building and deep characterization.
- A story of epic proportions with action-packed battles and quiet moments of introspection.
- Some readers may find the series to be too long or overly complex, requiring a significant investment of time and attention across 14 books.
- It features some classic fantasy troupes that long-term readers might find cliché.
The Inheritance Cycle By Christopher Paolini
Genre: Epic Fantasy
The Inheritance Cycle is an epic fantasy series by Christopher Paolini. It’s set in a classic fantasy world of dragons, magic, and adventure.
The story kicks off following a farm boy named Eragon, who discovers a dragon egg in the forest.
What follows is an odyssey of a dragon rider, as Eragon is thrust into a dangerous mission to defeat the evil king, Galbatorix.
The Inheritance Cycle is a sweeping series with epic battles, magic systems, and a complex world.
You’re likely to find Paolini’s writing style as immersive as it is descriptive, and the pages will fly by as you learn more about the world of Alagaesia.
The series is a very classic hero’s journey, which may be appealing if you haven’t read this many times before.
- A classic hero’s journey with a richly imagined world and complex magic systems.
- This book includes epic battles and high stakes to keep the reader engaged throughout the series.
- Some readers may find the series to be derivative of other classic fantasy works, such as Lord of the Rings, and the writing style may be overly descriptive or slow-paced for some.
Malazan, Book Of The Fallen By Stephen Erikson
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Next up, I’ve included what might be the most epic of all the epic fantasy series on this list.
Malazan Book of the Fallen is a sprawling epic fantasy series written by Steven Erikson, set in a vast and complex world filled with magic, gods, and political intrigue.
The series follows a diverse cast of characters, including soldiers, mages, assassins, and gods, as they navigate one of the most turbulent times in world history.
Malazan reads in a very unique way, telling the story of an entire world, rather than just that of a cast of characters. Although many characters persist throughout the 10-book series, you will find that the POVs constantly jump.
Steven Erikson’s writing style is complex and challenging, immersing the reader in a world filled with intricate world-building and morally gray characters.
The series is known for its intricate plotlines, deep lore, and epic battle scenes, making it a must-read for any fantasy fan looking for a unique and challenging experience.
- An intricate and challenging epic fantasy series with an expansive cast of characters.
- Complex world-building and intricate plotlines that keep the reader engaged.
- This is one of the most challenging series to get into because of its unique use of POV. It’s generally considered to be a masterpiece, provided you can keep up with the constant shifts and dense lore.
The Spiderwick Chronicles By Holly Black And Tony DiTerlizzi
Genre: Middle-Grade Fantasy
The Spiderwick Chronicles is a beloved children’s fantasy series written by Holly Black, illustrated by Tony DiTerlizzi, and aimed at a middle-grade readership.
The series follows the Grace siblings as they discover a hidden world of faeries and creatures lurking just beneath the surface of their own world.
As they explore the world of the fae, they encounter a variety of magical creatures and must navigate the dangers of this hidden realm.
Holly Black’s writing style is whimsical and imaginative, creating a magical and enchanting world that captures the imaginations of younger readers.
The series is notable for its beautiful illustrations by Tony DiTerlizzi, which bring the magical world to life in vivid detail, as well as its unique blend of modern-day and classic European mythology.
- A whimsical and imaginative children’s fantasy series that captures the imagination of younger readers.
- Beautifully illustrated, bringing the magical world to life in vivid detail.
- Some older readers may find the series to be too simplistic, while others may find the fantasy elements to be too childish.
The Demonata Series By Darren Shan
Genre: YA Horror
The Demonata Series is a dark YA horror series written by Darren Shan.
The series follows the story of Grubbs Grady and his ancestors as they become caught up in a world of demons and other supernatural beings.
As Grubbs discovers the truth about his family’s connection to the demon world, he must face terrifying creatures and make difficult choices to save those he loves.
Darren Shan’s writing style is fast-paced and engaging, immersing the reader in a world filled with horror, gore, and suspense.
The series is notable for its dark themes, complex characters, and creative monsters that keep the reader engaged throughout.
- A thrilling and intense horror series that will keep readers on the edge of their seats.
- Perfect for younger readers who want something a little darker than what is normally on offer.
- Some readers may find the horror and gore to be too intense, and some parents may find this content too adult for the targeted age group.
Death Note By Tsugumi Ohba And Takeshi Obata
I’ve included a few manga series in this list, as these offer a unique opportunity to enjoy completed stories featuring some gorgeous artwork and unique Japanese storylines.
One of the most iconic of these is Death Note.
The series follows the story of a high school student named Light Yagami, who discovers a supernatural notebook that allows him to kill anyone whose name he writes in it.
As Light begins to use the notebook to rid the world of criminals, he is caught in a deadly game of cat and mouse with a brilliant but strange detective known only as “L.”
Takeshi Obata’s illustrations bring the characters and the world of Death Note to life with a unique style that has inspired other manga illustrators ever since.
- A masterfully crafted manga series that explores complex themes and ideas.
- Well-developed characters and
- If you’re not used to manga, some of the plot lines may seem strange and inaccessible to you.
- Some people find the ending to be disappointing.
A Court Of Thorns And Roses By Sarah J. Maas
Genre: YA fantasy romance
Ever wondered what would happen if you mixed Beauty and the Beast with epic fantasy?
If this has ever crossed your mind, then you should check out this series by Sarah J. Maas.
There are few series of recent years that have reached the lofty heights of this set of novels, and with film adaptations on the way, you’ll want to get in early before it becomes the next worldwide sensation.
The series follows the story of Feyre, a human girl who finds herself entangled in the world of the faerie after killing one of their own.
As Feyre navigates the dangerous and complex politics of the faerie world, she also discovers new powers and alliances that could determine the fate of both her own world and the faerie world.
- An immersive young adult fantasy series that expands in scope once you get to the second novel.
- Explores deeper themes of love, sacrifice, and the lengths one will go to protect those they care about.
- Some readers may find the romance aspects of the series to be too prominent or may not enjoy the faerie elements of the story. Additionally, the series contains mature content that may not be suitable for younger readers.
The Earthsea Cycle By Ursula Le Guin
Genre: Epic Fantasy
The Earthsea Cycle is a classic series of high fantasy novels by Ursula Le Guin.
The series is set in the fictional world of Earthsea, a world of islands and oceans where magic and wizardry are a part of everyday life.
The story follows the life and adventures of Ged, a young wizard who rises to become one of the greatest wizards on Earthsea, and his struggles against dark forces and the responsibility of magic.
The prose style of this series is known for its lyrical and poetic nature, with vivid descriptions and well-crafted characters that draw the reader into the world of Earthsea.
The series explores deeper themes of power, identity, and the balance between light and dark, making it a timeless classic of the fantasy genre.
- A timeless classic of the high fantasy genre, with elegant writing and a unique world.
- Explores deeper themes of power, identity, and the balance between light and dark.
- Some readers may find the pacing of the series to be slow, as the books focus more on character and world development than action.
Naruto By Masashi Kishimoto
Naruto is a popular Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Masashi Kishimoto.
The series follows the story of Naruto Uzumaki, a young ninja who dreams of becoming the leader of his village and earning the respect of his peers.
As Naruto trains and develops his skills, he begins to learn that the ninja world is far more brutal and difficult than he ever could have imagined.
Masashi Kishimoto’s narrative is all about morally gray characters with extremely detailed backstories that will have you enthralled with each arc that comes your way.
The series also explores deeper themes of friendship, perseverance, and overcoming adversity, making it a beloved favorite for readers across the globe.
Like the Harry Potter series, you’ll find yourself growing with the characters as you make your way through this colossal story.
- An action-packed manga series with chapter-spanning battles and memorable characters.
- Explores deeper themes of friendship, perseverance, and overcoming adversity.
- Some readers may find the length of the series to be daunting, as it spans over 700 chapters.
The Remembrance Of Earth’s Past Trilogy By Cixin Liu
Genre: Science Fiction
Next up is another science fiction series that explores the relationship between humanity and the universe.
This series takes place in a world where first contact has been made with an alien civilization, leading to a crisis that threatens the survival of humanity.
As the characters grapple with the complexities of science, politics, and morality, they are forced to confront their own beliefs and values.
Liu Cixin’s writing style is complex and thought-provoking, with deep world-building and crafted characters that add to the overarching themes.
The series takes on complex concepts of science, philosophy, and humanity’s place in the universe, making it a modern antidote to some of the more fantastical science fiction novels out there.
- A thought-provoking science fiction series that questions humanity and our place in the universe.
- A hard-science fiction universe grounded in real physics.
- Some readers may find the science-heavy content to be overwhelming, and the cultural references may not be familiar to all readers.
The Maze Runner By James Dashner
For the second YA dystopia on my list, I’ve included the incredibly popular “Maze Runner” series.
As you read along, you follow a group of teens who are trapped in a mysterious maze with no memory of their past lives.
As they navigate the maze and uncover the secrets of their captivity, they must also confront the harsh realities of their world and make difficult choices that could determine the fate of humanity.
James Dashner’s writing style is fast-paced and action-packed, with well-crafted characters and a thrilling plot that keeps the reader on the edge of their seat.
The series also explores deeper themes of identity, morality, and the nature of freedom, making it a standout in the young adult dystopian genre.
- A fast-paced and action-packed young adult series with well-crafted characters and a thrilling plot.
- Explores deeper themes of identity, morality, and the nature of freedom.
- Some readers find the plot convoluted at times.
Redwall By Brian Jacques
Genre: Children’s Fantasy
Redwall is a beloved fantasy series by Brian Jacques that takes place in the world of Mossflower, a world populated by anthropomorphic animals.
The series follows the adventures of the mice and other woodland creatures of Redwall Abbey, as they defend their home against evil forces and embark on quests to save their friends and family.
The world that Brian Jacques has created is both charming and alluring, with richly detailed world-building and endearing characters that appeal to readers of all ages.
The main themes of this series include loyalty, and the power of community, making it a classic in the fantasy genre.
- A charming fantasy series with richly detailed world-building and endearing characters.
- Suitable for all ages.
- Some readers may find the series to become repetitive or formulaic over time.
The Poppy War Trilogy” By R.F. Kuang
Genre: Epic Fantasy
R.F. Kuang’s breakout trilogy is a dark and powerful epic fantasy that explores the horrors of war, trauma, and power.
The series follows Rin, an orphaned war orphan who rises to become a powerful shaman and military strategist.
As Rin gains more power and faces the atrocities of war, she struggles to keep hold of her humanity and the consequences of her actions.
Expect a raw and unflinching narrative style and a richly detailed world that explores themes of politics, morality, and identity.
- Powerful and thought-provoking exploration of war and power.
- Complex characters and richly detailed world-building.
- Contains traumatic content that can be difficult to read if you’re looking for a more escapist fantasy journey.
The First Law By Joe Abercrombie
Genre: Grimdark Fantasy
Looking for something that’s even grittier than Game of Thrones? Joe Abercrombie is a gritty and dark fantasy series that subverts traditional fantasy tropes.
The series follows a cast of flawed and morally ambiguous characters, including a barbarian warrior, a disgraced knight, and a cunning thief, as they navigate a world of power struggles, war, and treachery.
- Gritty and realistic portrayal of a fantasy world.
- Some of the most realistic characters in fantasy.
- Contains graphic and violent content that may be difficult for some readers.
The Broken Empire By Mark Lawrence
Genre: Grimdark Fantasy
The Broken Empire Trilogy by Mark Lawrence is a dark fantasy epic that follows the story of Jorg Ancrath, a ruthless prince who seeks revenge on those who wronged him.
Jorg is a morally ambiguous character who will stop at nothing to achieve his goals, even if it means sacrificing his own humanity.
Left for dead in a thorn bush as a child, Jorg becomes hell-bent on revenge and obtaining power.
Lawrence’s writing is simplistic but evocative, with a focus on character development and a unique blend of fantasy and post-apocalyptic elements—which set it apart from other entries into the genre.
You can also read deeper into the world with later series that are connected, but not reliant on the Broken Empire to enjoy.
- The compelling and morally ambiguous main character.
- A unique blend of fantasy and post-apocalyptic elements.
- Some readers struggle with Jorg as a character, as he is not easy to like or root for.
His Dark Materials By Philip Pullman
His Dark Materials is a stunningly crafted fantasy trilogy by Philip Pullman that takes place across multiple parallel universes.
The series follows the journey of Lyra Belacqua, a young girl who discovers a world of secrets and mysteries, and her companion Will Parry, as they fight to uncover the truth about the nature of the universe and their place within it.
Philip Pullman has achieved a modern-day masterpiece, with vividly drawn characters and breathtaking world-building that transports readers into the heart of the story.
The series is also known for its exploration of complex themes, such as free will, religion, and the nature of consciousness, making it a powerful and thought-provoking piece of fantasy fiction.
- Masterful and immersive writing with breathtaking world-building and vividly drawn characters.
- Explores complex themes such as free will, religion, and the nature of consciousness.
- Some readers may find the story to be too dense or slow-paced when compared to contemporary fantasy.
Hyperion Cantos By Dan Simmons
Genre: Science Fiction
Hyperion Cantos is a now classic space opera series by Dan Simmons that spans across 4 books.
The series follows the journey of a group of pilgrims as they travel to the planet of Hyperion, where they hope to meet the enigmatic creature known as the Shrike, which holds the key to their salvation.
Taking inspiration from Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, Dan Simmons’ writing style is epic and sweeping, with intricate world-building and complex characters that drive the story forward.
The series is also known for its blend of science fiction and mythology, as well as its exploration of themes such as the nature of humanity, time, and memory.
- Epic and sweeping writing with complex world-building and memorable characters.
- This series features a mixture of science fiction and mythology, with an exploration of complex themes.
- Features an older writing style that may be difficult for some to grasp.
The Broken Earth Series By N.K. Jemisin
Genre: Fantasy/Science Fiction
The Broken Earth Series is a Hugo Award-winning fantasy trilogy by N.K. Jemisin that takes place in a world plagued by environmental disasters and controlled by a ruthless empire.
The series follows the journey of Essun, a woman with the power to control the earth, as she seeks revenge against the empire and uncovers the secrets of her past.
N.K. Jemisin’s writing style is poetic and powerful, with a deep understanding of the human condition and the complexities of society.
The series is also known for its exploration of themes such as systemic oppression, environmentalism, and the nature of power.
- Poetic and powerful writing with a deep understanding of the human condition and societal complexities.
- Exploration of themes such as systemic oppression, environmentalism, and the nature of power.
- Some readers find the highly fantastical setting difficult to enjoy.
The Green Bone Saga By Fonda Lee
Next up, we have the Green Bone Saga, which is the most popular series written by rising author Fonda Lee.
It is set in a unique, Asian-inspired fantasy world and follows the wealthy Kaul family, who control the jade that powers the magic in their society.
The series then develops into a story that explores the importance of family, as well as important, modern social issues such as classism and oppression.
It’s the newest in a tradition of fantasy novels that act as allegories for our modern world.
- An engaging fantasy series with a unique world.
- Acts as an allegory for modern society.
- Takes place in a high-fantasy setting that may put off a reader who enjoys more classic, medieval fantasy stories.
The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Genre: Detective Fiction/Mystery
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is a classic collection of short stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, featuring the iconic detective Sherlock Holmes and his loyal companion Dr. John Watson.
The stories are known for their intricate plotting, clever deductions, and engaging characters, making them a beloved classic in the mystery genre.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is a masterful author, with a keen eye for detail and a talent for creating suspenseful situations.
The series also delves into deeper themes of justice and morality, making it a thought-provoking read.
- A classic collection of short stories featuring the iconic detective Sherlock Holmes.
- Intricate plotting, clever deductions, and engaging characters.
- The older writing style can feel dated or difficult to follow.
- There is little character development as the stories follow an episodic style.
The Cherub Series By Robert Muchamore
Genre: YA Spy-Thriller
The Cherub Series is an exciting young adult spy thriller series by Robert Muchamore, following the adventures of teenage spies in training.
The series follows the life of James Adams as he is brought into a spy organization called Cherub, which uses child spies as a way to bring criminals to justice.
What follows is a story that explores themes of loyalty, bravery, and friendship, with fast-paced action and engaging characters that appeal to readers of all ages.
Robert Muchamore has written a series with relatable characters and believable scenarios.
The series also touches on important social issues and shows crime from the perspective of criminals, making it a thought-provoking read.
Cherub is recommended for children from the ages of 12 and up, though it does have some graphic content which means you might want to check it out before passing it over if you are a parent or guardian.
- An exciting young adult spy thriller series with characters that develop through the series.
- Fast-paced action and exploration of themes of loyalty, bravery, and friendship.
- Features some heavy content which makes it unsuitable for younger readers.
Fullmetal Alchemist By Hiromu Arakawa
Another of the most popular manga series in the world. Written by Hiromu Arakawa, this epic follows the adventures of two brothers who use alchemy to search for the Philosopher’s Stone and restore their bodies.
The series explores themes of family, sacrifice, and the consequences of power, with intricate world-building and complex characters that keep readers engaged.
Hiromu Arakawa’s writing style is both humorous and emotionally resonant, with striking visuals and well-crafted dialogue.
The series also touches on important social issues, such as war and political corruption, making it a thought-provoking read.
- A popular manga series exploring themes of family, sacrifice, and the consequences of power.
- Two main characters that you will really root for as the series goes on.
- While not the longest series, there’s quite a lot to get through which could put some readers off.
The Sandman By Neil Gaiman
Genre: Fantasy Graphic Novel
The Sandman is a landmark comic book series written by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by various artists, and published by DC Comics.
It follows the story of Morpheus, the lord of dreams, as he navigates the world of humans and the fantastical realm of dreams.
The series is known for its intricate and layered storytelling, compelling characters, and breathtaking artwork.
Check this one out if you’re looking for a masterclass of multi-discipline storytelling, one that blends together mythology, literature, and modern culture to create a rich and complex world that has long wrapped readers up in a spell.
The artwork is equally impressive, with each artist bringing their own unique style to the different story arcs throughout the series.
- An iconic and critically acclaimed comic book series with intricate storytelling and stunning artwork.
- Explores complex themes such as the nature of reality, life, death, and dreams.
- Some readers may find the artwork to be inconsistent due to the use of different artists throughout the series.
Wolf Hall Trilogy By Hilary Mantel
Genre: Historical Fiction
If you’re looking for a historical fiction series that is both epic in its scope and intimately focused on the day-to-day lives of its characters, you should check out the Wolf Hall Trilogy.
This one is set in Tudor England, following the life of Thomas Cromwell, a commoner who rises to become the advisor of King Henry VIII.
Hilary Mantel is a great writer, binding together political and personal drama to create a realistic portrayal of the period.
If you are interested in Tudor England, this is going to be an amazing choice for you.
- A masterful work of historical fiction, richly textured and vividly detailed.
- Offers an intimate look at the lives of its characters, even as it explores epic themes of power and politics.
- Some readers may find the level of historical detail overwhelming.
The Chronicles Of Narnia By C.S. Lewis
Genre: Middle-Grade Fantasy
If you want another classic fantasy world to step into, then you should definitely check out the Chronicles of Narnia. C.S. Lewis takes readers into the magical world of Narnia, a world created from Christian mythology in the wake of the two world wars.
The series follows the adventures of a group of children as they navigate this new and chimerical world.
C.S. Lewis’ writing style is enchanting, with rich descriptions and themes that appeal to readers of all ages. Expect themes of morality and redemption, and a timeless classic in the fantasy genre.
- A classic and enchanting fantasy series with rich descriptions and themes that appeal to readers of all ages.
- Explores deeper themes of faith, morality, and redemption.
- Many people struggle with the obvious religious themes of the series.
Binti Trilogy By Nnedi Okorafor
Genre: Science Fiction
The Binti Trilogy is a science fiction series by Nnedi Okorafor that follows the journey of a young girl named Binti from the desert planet of Himba to the prestigious Oomza University, where she hopes to study mathematics.
Along the way, Binti encounters strange new technologies and cultures, and must navigate the conflicts and prejudices that arise as a result.
Nnedi Okorafor has an immersive writing style that mixes complex characters with a unique setting of African culture and science fiction.
The series also explores deeper themes of identity, cultural conflict, and the power of knowledge, making it a standout in the science fiction genre.
- A unique and thought-provoking science fiction series with richly developed characters and a blend of African culture and sci-fi.
- Explores deeper themes of identity, cultural conflict, and the power of knowledge.
- Some readers may find the series to be too slow-paced or may not enjoy the heavy emphasis on cultural conflict.
A Series Of Unfortunate Events By Lemony Snicket
Genre: Absurdist Fiction
Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events is a beloved children’s book series that follows the adventures of the Baudelaire children as they navigate a world filled with misfortune and villainy.
Despite the series’ grim subject matter, Snicket’s writing is playful and witty, with clever wordplay and literary references that will appeal to readers of all ages.
The series also tackles deeper themes of loss, resilience, and the importance of family and friendship.
- A playful and whimsical children’s series that tackles deeper themes of loss and resilience.
- Features clever wordplay and literary references that will appeal to readers of all ages.
- The series’ grim subject matter could be too dark for children.
Outlander By Diana Gabaldon
Genre: Historical Fiction
Outlander is a historical fiction series by Diana Gabaldon that follows the journey of Claire Randall, a British nurse from 1945 who is transported back in time to 18th-century Scotland.
There, she must navigate the dangers and intrigues of the Scottish highlands, and becomes entangled in a passionate romance with the dashing Highland warrior, Jamie Fraser.
This story combines historical accuracy with fantasy elements that will transport readers to another time and place.
Some of the key themes include loss and the power of personal agency, making it a standout in the historical fiction genre.
- A blend of historically accurate writing and fantasy.
- Discusses themes of love, loss, and the power of personal agency.
- This series has been criticized for its slow pace at times.
Discworld By Terry Pratchett
Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series is a sprawling and hilarious work of fantasy, set in a world that is literally a disc carried on the backs of 4 elephants, which are standing on the back of a giant turtle.
The series is made up of over 40 books, each of which can be read as a standalone story, but which also contributes to an overarching narrative.
Pratchett’s writing is sharp and satirical, poking fun at everything from politics to religion to pop culture.
The series also features a vast cast of memorable characters, including witches, wizards, and other supernatural beings.
- A hilarious and satirical work of fantasy, featuring a vast cast of memorable characters.
- Offers both standalone stories and an overarching narrative.
- Not the book for you if you don’t want fantasy with a focus on parody and humor.
The Dune Series By Frank Herbert
Genre: Science Fiction
Frank Herbert’s Dune series is a classic work of science fiction, set in a far-off future where noble houses and powerful factions fight for control of a desert planet called Arrakis, which is the only known source of the spice melange, a substance that grants extended life and heightened awareness.
The series is characterized by its intricate world-building, political intrigue, and exploration of themes such as ecology, religion, and human potential.
Herbert’s writing style is poetic and philosophical, with a focus on the inner thoughts and motivations of his characters.
- A classic work of science fiction, with intricate world-building and exploration of complex themes.
- Features memorable characters and a dark, richly detailed universe.
- Some readers may find the series to be slow-paced or may struggle with Herbert’s writing style.
The Vampire Chronicles By Anne Rice
Genre: Gothic Fiction
Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles is a popular series of gothic horror novels, featuring the immortal (and now iconic) vampire Lestat de Lioncourt and a host of other supernatural beings.
The series explores themes such as immortality, and the human condition, with a focus on character development and atmospheric world-building.
Expect a unique writing style with lush descriptions and a focus on sensory detail and emotion.
- A classic series of gothic horror, with spooky world-building and memorable characters.
- Explores complex themes with emotional depth.
- Rice’s style can feel melodramatic at times.
Bill Hodges Trilogy By Stephen King
Stephen King does it all! If you want to see how he handles the crime genre, check out this story that follows retired detective Bill Hodges as he investigates a series of gruesome crimes.
The series features King’s trademark blend of suspense, horror, and character-driven storytelling, with a focus on the psychological motivations of both the protagonists and antagonists.
King’s writing style is engrossing and realistic, with a talent for building tension and suspense.
- A gripping crime series with a focus on character development and psychological tension.
- Features King’s trademark blend of suspense and dark themes.
- Some readers may find the series to be too dark or may not enjoy King’s writing style.
The Horus Heresy By Various Authors
Genre: Science Fiction
This is a long series set in the universe of Games Workshop’s Warhammer 40,000 tabletop game.
The series explores the events leading up to a galaxy-wide civil war, as the Emperor of Mankind’s loyal Space Marines battle against their traitorous brethren.
The series is characterized by its epic scope, intricate world-building, and exploration of themes such as loyalty, honor, and the nature of power.
The series features a rotating cast of authors, each bringing their own unique style and perspective to the series.
- A sprawling science fiction epic with a unique, dark sci-fi setting.
- The Abnett novels feature realistic military scenarios.
- Some might struggle with the complex lore of the Warhammer 40,000 universe.
The Robert Langdon Series By Dan Brown
Dan Brown is a renowned author who has paved the way for the cutting-edge of historical mystery thrillers.
His novels are set in the modern day, but feature historical conspiracies and mysteries for the main character—Robert Langdon—to solve.
The novels revolve around his adventures as he investigates secret societies and cracks historical codes. One of the most iconic entries in this series is The Da Vinci Code.
- Thrilling historical mysteries in each book.
- Suspenseful writing that keeps you turning pages.
- Some people dislike Brown’s writing style.
So that was my list of the 44 best completed series for you to check out today.
Each of them is a great choice depending on the genre you like to read in, but many of them blend genres to create totally original works of fiction.
I hope that this article has helped you to work out the best novels for you, and that you now have some new ideas for a series that will keep you hooked all the way to completion.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why Do Some Authors Take So Long To Finish Book Series?
This can be for many reasons, but it can be down to writer’s block, their writing process, or publishing problems.
Are Completed Book Series More Likely To Win Awards Or Critical Acclaim?
Both completed and non-completed series can win awards. Books are most commonly judged by a single entry, rather than as an entire series.
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