15 First in a series you don't want to miss

29.06.2022
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If you're a binge-reader like me and standalones are not enough, this post is for you!

Have you ever started a hyped-up series and wondered what the fuss was all about? I feel that the first book drags, especially in high fantasy, where there’s a lot of world-building and such. There’s a lot to take in, and it takes a long time, sometimes more than half of the first book, until the plot makes sense. But then it’s all fast-paced and hard to put down. Now, if you’re a patient reader, you will savor every page. But if you’re like me, you’ll huff and puff and ask yourself if you should throw the book into the DNF pile or bear with it hoping it will make sense soon. There’s also the option to skim until you get to the good part. Yes, I’m guilty of skimming through lengthy descriptions of beautiful world-building and characters’ inner monologues.

On occasion, after reading other people’s reviews that promised the story gets better, I would pick up a book I had given up on. For instance, the first book in the From Blood and ash series has a slow start, but I kept reading, and the action started. I couldn’t put it down, and I’m glad I didn’t because this series became one of my favorite. Other books, like The Lies of Locke Lamora, remained in my DNF pile. I tried reading it three times before I gave up on it. Seriously, I tried so hard to like it. I have a beautiful edition that I received as a gift, but the story is not my cup of tea.

So, if you’re looking to start a new series, I compiled a list of first books in a series that don’t beat about the bush and throw you right into the middle of the action. A few of them are well-known, popular books, but most of them, I hope, are books you haven't discovered yet.

 

Book Cover Shadow City
Title: Shadow City
Author: Anna Mocikat
Released: 24.04.2021
Reviews:
Amazon:
4.20 (buy)
GoodReads:
4.04 (read)
Our review: No review yet

Book Cover Dead Until Dark
Title: Dead Until Dark
Author: Charlaine Harris
Released: 01.05.2001
Reviews:
Amazon:
4.60 (buy)
GoodReads:
3.96 (read)
Our review: No review yet

Book Cover Angelfall
Title: Angelfall
Author: Susan Ee
Released: 28.08.2012
Reviews:
Amazon:
4.50 (buy)
GoodReads:
4.11 (read)
Our review: No review yet

Book Cover Glimmer of the Other
Title: Glimmer of the Other
Author: Heather G. Harris
Released: 01.09.2021
Reviews:
Amazon:
4.50 (buy)
GoodReads:
4.28 (read)
Our review: No review yet

Book Cover Blood Price
Title: Blood Price
Author: Tanya Huff
Released: 01.10.2004
Reviews:
Amazon:
4.40 (buy)
GoodReads:
3.75 (read)
Our review: No review yet

Book Cover Magic Unleashed
Title: Magic Unleashed
Author: Devri Walls
Released: 10.04.2018
Reviews:
Amazon:
4.30 (buy)
GoodReads:
4.11 (read)
Our review: No review yet

Book Cover Knightmare Arcanist
Title: Knightmare Arcanist
Author: Shami Stovall
Released: 18.06.2019
Reviews:
Amazon:
4.40 (buy)
GoodReads:
4.01 (read)
Our review: No review yet

Book Cover Shadow-Stained
Title: Shadow-Stained
Author: Rachel Hobbs
Released: 14.04.2020
Reviews:
Amazon:
4.70 (buy)
GoodReads:
4.23 (read)
Our review: No review yet

Book Cover Midlife Bounty Hunter
Title: Midlife Bounty Hunter
Author: Shannon Mayer
Released: 16.02.2020
Reviews:
Amazon:
4.60 (buy)
GoodReads:
4.24 (read)
Our review: No review yet

Book Cover Soul of the Crow
Title: Soul of the Crow
Author: Jessaca Willis
Released: 26.08.2020
Reviews:
Amazon:
4.30 (buy)
GoodReads:
3.81 (read)
Our review: No review yet

Book Cover Cursed in Love
Title: Cursed in Love
Author: Zoe Ashwood
Released: 23.06.2021
Reviews:
Amazon:
4.40 (buy)
GoodReads:
4.41 (read)
Our review: No review yet

Book Cover Gargoyle Huntress
Title: Gargoyle Huntress
Author: Jen Pretty
Released: 01.04.2019
Reviews:
Amazon:
4.60 (buy)
GoodReads:
4.10 (read)
Our review: No review yet

Book Cover Storm and Fury
Title: Storm and Fury
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Released: 11.06.2019
Reviews:
Amazon:
4.50 (buy)
GoodReads:
4.11 (read)
Our review: No review yet

Book Cover Tempted
Title: Tempted
Author: Zoe Ashwood
Released: 19.08.2020
Reviews:
Amazon:
4.30 (buy)
GoodReads:
4.05 (read)
Our review: No review yet

Book Cover Behind Blue Eyes
Title: Behind Blue Eyes
Author: Anna Mocikat
Released: 20.05.2020
Reviews:
Amazon:
4.40 (buy)
GoodReads:
4.34 (read)
Our review: No review yet

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