Make Sure to Read These Books Before Their Sequels Come Out!

Don’t worry, with these five books you won’t have to wait long after reading for the adventure to continue. Go check them out!

Fantasy Recommendations

There’s nothing worse than finishing an intense book and learning that you have a long wait before you can jump back into the story and read about these characters and their lives again. That’s not to mention books that end with cliffhangers. But don’t worry, with these five books you won’t have to wait long after reading for the adventure to continue. Go check them out!

1. There Will Come a Darkness by Katy Rose Pool


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This epic fantasy novel follows the story of five unlikely companions; an exiled prince, a ruthless killer, a once-faithful leader torn between duty and heart, a reckless gambler, and a dying girl on the verge of giving up. After the Seven Prophets disappeared, they left behind one final, secret prophecy about the Age of Darkness and a new prophet who will either save or destroy the world. And these five protagonists have to grapple with this prophecy and their own destinies.



This thrilling and intricate book will give you compelling characters, an unforgettable plot, and an immersive world to lose yourself in. And when you finish There Will Come a Darkness, you won’t have to wait long for more—the sequel As the Shadow Rises comes out in September 2020. The adventure will continue in this exciting new story, as the heroes face new obstacles…like the end of the world. Go check out There Will Come a Darkness, and then As the Shadow Rises when it comes out!


2. Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin


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In a world of magic, witches, and covens, this fantasy book will keep you on the edge of your seat as you wait for more. This story’s protagonist, Louise le Blanc, had to flee her coven and forsake all magic. Because in this world, witches are hunted and feared and burned. And one of those witch huntsmen? Reid Diggory. When the two are forced together in an impossible situation, they have to make difficult choices and grow.

On September 1, 2020, the sequel to Serpent & Dove will be released. In Blood & Honey, “the stakes are higher. The witches are deadlier. And the romance is red-hot.” With our leads in a new and dangerous situation, they have to resort to magic which may come at a cost they’re not willing to pay. For a thrilling adventure, go read Serpent & Dove quickly, and then watch as the story continues in Blood & Honey!


3. The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang


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This epic historical military fantasy follows the story of Rin, a war orphan from Rooster province who shocks the whole Empire when she aces the Keju, a test that finds the most talented youth to learn at the Academies. In an amazing feat of world-building, Kuang sends readers on a nail-biting adventure as Rin discovers her powers, faces gods, and works to save her people.



Book 2 of the trilogy, The Dragon Republic, definitely doesn’t fall victim to middle book syndrome, as this story is just as thrilling, exciting, and heart-wrenching as The Poppy War. Rin grapples with many seemingly insurmountable problems, both external and internal, and she deals with the consequences from her actions in the first novel.

After you’ve read the first two epic books in this series, you won’t have to wait much longer for the third and final installment. The Burning God will capture your attention and imagination just as fully as the first two books, and it’s definitely worth checking out. Make sure to read The Poppy War and The Dragon Republicbefore November 17, when Rin’s final adventure will end with a bang in The Burning God.


4. The Bone Ships by RJ Barker


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The Bone Ships is the first of the Tide Child Trilogy, and it’s the start of an epic adventure. This story is full of glory, honor, and warfare, all wrapped up in an exhilarating world of fantasy. The Hundred Isles used to use the bones of dragons to build their ships in their endless war, but even when the dragons disappeared, the constant wars continued. And when the first dragon in centuries is found, both sides fight to catch it and use it to turn the tide in the war.

In the sequel, Call of the Bone Ships, the dragons have returned, but at a cost. This fascinating story will deal with complex issues and compelling characters, so go check out The Bone Ships and its sequel Call of the Bone Ships! It will be out on November 24, 2020.


5. Bloodleaf by Crystal Smith


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Bloodleaf is the story of Aurelia, a witch with forbidden magic on the run from the witch-hunting Tribunal and their bloodthirsty mobs. After an assassination attempt reveals her powers, she’s forced to flee her country. As she struggles to survive, she plans her revenge on the Tribunal and gets swept up into a deadly mystery. This intense book will capture your imagination and your heart as you connect with the characters and the story.

And on September 1, the adventure continues with Greythorne, the second book in the trilogy. Aurelia’s new troubles and obstacles will keep your heart in your throat, as everything she thought she had secured and won during Bloodleaf is overturned and taken away. If you’re looking for a thrilling epic fantasy novel, then Bloodleaf and Greythorne are for you!



There’s nothing better than finishing an immensely satisfying, well-written, and fascinating story and then finding out that there’s more material, another book, and that you get to enjoy another adventure with your favorite characters. This list of books will give you that experience of knowing that there’s more after the end. Go check out these books with upcoming sequels!

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