SF and fantasy series-starters in Kindle Unlimited

Adrian Liang on October 28, 2019
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Kindle Unlimited offers its members unlimited access to more than a million titles—including a glorious selection of science fiction and fantasy.

We’ve pulled together a handful of science fiction and fantasy series-starters (or whole series in themselves) now available in Kindle Unlimited that could be the entry point to your next favorite series—or at least the way to spend many enjoyable weekends immersed in glorious new worlds.

If none of these sing to your soul, try these modern classics available in Kindle Unlimited (with the exception of Eon, which has since exited the Kindle Unlimited lineup).

Winter World by A.G. Riddle

Those who enjoyed the problem-solving-under-pressure aspects of The Martian and Apollo 13 will find much to enjoy in Riddle’s newest series. Earth is suffering record cold temperatures, and glaciers creep across the northern hemisphere, driving populations south. But why? A probe relays information to the International Space Station that there’s something out there in space, and then the probe is destroyed. The ISS comes under attack moments later. Engineers and rebels against the system are the heroes in Riddle’s latest. Those who prefer to read a series only when it’s complete (I know you’re out there!) will find solace on November 12, when the trilogy finale, The Lost Colony, is delivered into readers’ hands.

The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg

This charming fantasy novel about a young woman who learns paper magic is a good match for readers who enjoy fantastical tales with a young adult bent. Ceony Twill wants to be a metal magician, but she’s assigned to be an apprentice to a paper magician. Her mentor, Emery Thane, has much to teach her—at least until he’s kidnapped by evil forces, and Ceony has to go rescue him despite her (realistic) worries that she’s not up to the task. A quick and light read that launches a four-book series.

Wool by Hugh Howey

Hugh Howey’s Wool set a pretty high bar for not only postapocalyptic fiction but for surprising readers—in a good way. The world outside no longer supports life, so humanity lives in a large, deep silo plunged into the ground. A series of strange crimes and the secrets behind them threaten to throw the whole silo into chaos, while there are those who will do anything to keep the truth repressed. Howey moves between multiple viewpoints as Wool progresses, offering readers not only new puzzle pieces in the mystery but new ways of understanding the complex system of the silo. The other two novels in the Wool trilogy, Shift and Dust, are also available in Kindle Unlimited.

The Lord of the Rings: 50th Anniversary, One Volume Edition by J.R.R. Tolkien

So, in case you’ve never heard of it, there’s this series called the Lord of the Rings that kicked off the extremely popular epic fantasy genre. It’s about a Ring of power that is actually not a good Ring, a few Hobbits who are good Hobbits, a wizard named Gandalf who changes colors partway through, and lots of orcs. Epic. Seriously, though, if you’ve ever thought to yourself, I really should read the Lord of the Rings books, or I really want to read them again, now is the perfect time while it’s still available in Kindle Unlimited.

An Easy Death (Gunnie Rose) by Charlaine Harris

Update: An Easy Death is no longer in the Kindle Unlimted program. But still an excellent book! The author of the Sookie Stackhouse books—known to HBO watchers as True Blood—launched a new series last year with An Easy Death. A master at crafting tough-as-nails-because-they-have-to-be heroes, Harris plunges readers into an alternate-history Western with Russian wizards and gunfighters. Sounds weird? It is, at first, but Harris makes it feel dusty and real and deadly soon enough. Sit back and trust in Harris to deliver a strong-voiced novel that confidently straddles the glorious region between fantasy, mystery, and historical fiction. Book two, A Longer Fall, arrives in January 2020.


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