A good fantasy series keeps you hanging, waiting for more, and counting the days until the next book. Sometimes, books are released in a timely fashion, like a TV series, where you can count on your next fix every week. Other book series give you gaps so long between releases, you’re forced to re-read the entire series to refresh your memory. In any case, these are the best currently ongoing fantasy series:
The Broken Earth
N. K. Jemisin
2 out of 3 published
N. K. Jemisin’s The Broken Earth trilogy starts off with a bang in The Fifth Season, introducing us to an Earth cursed with seismic instability held in check by special people called the orogenes, who — despite (or because of) their necessity — are largely ostracized by their communities. The series creates a fascinating world with horrific dystopian traits, populated with believable characters and events that unfold mysteries in a truly exciting way. The third and final book in the trilogy is rumored to be released in 2017.
A Song of Ice and Fire
George R. R. Martin
5 out of 7 published
Nothing much needs to be said about George R. R. Martin’s epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire, except that if you’ve somehow missed the hype and haven’t seen the TV show or read any of the books, you’re in for a treat. Prepare yourself for a huge cast of characters with epic, sweeping storylines that make their ways across oceans and continents — sadly, also prepare yourself for a lot of waiting. Longtime fans of the book series have had to wait years between book releases, and the wait for the sixth book, The Winds of Winter, is slated for release sometime in 2050.
The Stormlight Archive
2 out of 10 published
Brandon Sanderson is the fantasy hero that we all needed but not the one we deserve, finishing the Wheel of Time series after author Robert Jordan’s demise. The worst thing about The Stormlight Archive is that it will take up too much of his time for him to be able to finish A Song of Ice and Fire, but that’s fine, because The Stormlight Archive is a fantastic series to fill the void. It is planned to be a mammoth 10-book series, and if the first two books are any indication, each forthcoming volume will be giant tomes of fantasy goodness. The Stormlight Archive showcases Sanderson’s immense talent for worldbuilding, with a wholly unique magic system and a brilliantly sculpted landscape full of dark chasms and fell dangers. The third book in the series should be out sometime in 2017; progress on all of Sanderson’s numerous ongoing projects can be tracked on his website.
The Kingkiller Chronicle
2 out of 3 published
So far, the writing in The Kingkiller Chronicle has exuded confidence: poetic and musical dialogue and exposition set against a fantastically crafted world, following the story of young Kvothe and his adventures in love and education. The backdrop of much of the story so far is The University, where, among other fields, alchemy and cause-and-effect magic called sympathy are studied. Author Patrick Rothfuss is hard at work on the third book in the series, titled The Doors of Stone — it is tentatively slated for release in 2017.
The Demon Cycle
Peter V. Brett
4 out of 5 published
The Demon Cycle starts off in the thick of horror, with humans perpetually terrorized by demons, cowering in the relative safety of the magical wards nearby. The first book starts with a trio of characters embarking on a quest to reclaim the land from evil, and as the series goes on, the narrative jumps between different people, which might put off some readers who invest heavily in characters; however, the different points of view fleshes out a fascinating world full of lore. The fifth and final entry in the series, titled The Core, is due for release sometime in 2017.
The Gentlemen Bastards by Scott Lynch
The Draconis Memoria by Anthony Ryan
The Shadow Campaigns by Django Wexler