The drama of loving series! There is the hesitation – even reluctance – to begin a new one, the joy of being midway through and knowing that there is more to come, the heartbreak of the ending. This month the Children’s Room is awash with series, in all phases of their life cycles, for older readers.
A brand new series, The Ascendance Trilogy, kicks off with The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen. Critics are raving that its “brisk pacing underscores the sure-fire mix of adventure, mystery, and suspense” (Horn Book). Featuring a stubborn orphan, royal intrigue, friendship and false identities, this looks like a great series. It made it to my to-read list because it’s set in medieval times (my favorite!).
Artemis Fowl, the young criminal mastermind, has dazzled J Fiction readers through 7 previous books – with The Last Guardian the series comes to end. With its trademark mix of fantasy and danger, fans won’t be disappointed–except by the fact that this is the last one.
The Melting Sea is part of the expanding and seemingly unending oeuvre of Erin Hunter, who also wrote the Warriors series. This book adds to the Seekers: Return to the Wild spin off – in it Toklo, Kallik, Lusa, and Yakone trek onward toward the Melting Sea, the site of Kallik’s traumatic cubhood. The book is certain to be popular with fans of the series.