If you’re like me, you love losing yourself in the deep immersion only series can provide. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good standalone, but reading a series requires a level of devotion that leaves you even more invested in the world, plot, and characters. That’s why reading unfinished series is one of my biggest bookish pet peeves. When I jump into a series, I want to binge all of the books in sequence. Thus, when I read the first book in a series just to find out the sequel isn’t coming out for another year, there’s nothing more frustrating. That’s why we’re bringing you a list of six finished duologies and trilogies so that you can avoid the same devastation. Keep reading to discover your next favorite series!
The Blood Gift Duology by N. E. Davenport
The Blood Gift series is an action-packed duology that blends science fiction and fantasy. It tells the story of a young Black woman living in a racist, misogynistic society where she must survive a series of dangerous trials to become an elite warrior and seek revenge for the murder of her grandfather. The first book in the series, The Blood Trials, was published in April 2022, and the sequel, The Blood Gift, came out in April 2023.
The Ivory Key Duology by Akshaya Raman
The Ivory Key series is an Indian-inspired young adult fantasy duology about four estranged royal siblings who have to find a new magic source in order to save their dying country from being invaded and overtaken by enemy forces. The first book in the series, The Ivory Key, was published in January 2022, and the sequel, The Crimson Fortress, came out in November 2023.
The Foul Lady Fortune Duology by Chloe Gong
The Foul Lady Fortune series is a captivating historical fantasy duology set in 1930s Shanghai that tells the story of a pair of spies who are forced to pose as a married couple in order to get to the bottom of a series of brutal murders. The first book in the series, Foul Lady Fortune, was published in September 2022, and the sequel, Foul Heart Huntsman, came out in September 2023.
The Radiant Emperor Duology by Shelly Parker-Chan
The Radiant Emperor series is a dazzling historical fantasy duology that reimagines the first emperor of the Ming Dynasty’s ascension to power, examining themes of gender, fate, betrayal, love, and power. The first book in the series, She Who Became the Sun, was published in June 2022, and the sequel, He Who Drowned the World, came out in August 2023.
The Drowning Empire Trilogy by Andrea Stewart
The Drowning Empire series is an engrossing epic fantasy trilogy about a former heir to the emperor who must fight to claim her birthright and assume her rightful place on the throne when a revolution threatens to collapse her empire. The Bone Shard Daughter came out in March 2021, The Bone Shard Emperor was published in April 2022, and The Bone Shard War was released in April 2023.
The Last Binding Trilogy by Freya Marske
The Last Binding series is a stunning queer historical fantasy trilogy that centers on three different queer romances, all of which unfold as the characters race to solve a mystery in an alternate England where magic dwells. A Marvellous Light came out in November 2021, A Restless Truth was published in November 2022, and A Power Unbound was released in November 2023.
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