Sequels can be tricky, especially when the first book is met with enthusiastic praise and high anticipation for the follow-up. Stephanie Garber's debut novel, Caraval, was one of our favorite young adult books of 2017, and when it was published glowing reviews from media and readers poured in. Garber did a fantastic job with the ending of Caraval: she leaves readers with a satisfying twist, while also dropping a pin for the sequel, Legendary.
Legendary is as magical and spellbinding as Caraval--maybe even more so, because we already know the characters and what they've been through. Garber once again builds a world that is wildly imaginative, romantic, and, of course, dangerous. This time Donatella is the principal, and the plot is built around the disappearance of the Dragna sisters' mother, seven years before they entered the game of Caraval. A dark tarot deck--the Deck of Destiny--holds one future, but like the maiden in Rumpelstiltskin, if Tella can learn Legend's real name, she may be able to change destiny... So. Good.
With Caravel's follow-up releasing next week, Stephanie Garber gives Amazon Book Review readers her take on a handful of her favorite sequels.
Five Of My Favorite Sequels
by Stephanie Garber
Legendary, the sequel for Caraval is almost out in the world. So when Amazon asked me if I’d like to write a blog post I thought it would be fun to talk about some of my favorite sequels.
I love sequels. I believe a sequel is capable of creating a special breed of magic. I love how sequels return me to my favorite worlds, I love how they deepen and develop characters, I love how they expand universes, and subvert expectations that have been set up in previous novels. I love reading a sequel thinking I know what I’m getting into only to find out the rules have changed, the characters have changed and nothing that I expected is going to happen. Some of my favorite books are sequels and I’m extremely excited to share them with you today.
1. The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson. This is the second book in The Remnant Chronicles. The first book in this series, Kiss of Deception, was perfection. Kiss of Deception was mysterious, original, romantic, and The Heart of Betrayal adds to all of this by introducing a new, scheming, vicious, and seductive villain, who you will love to hate.
2. Dark Triumph by Robin LeFevers. This is the second book in the His Fair Assassin Series, which is about assassin nuns. I feel as if I shouldn’t have to say anything other than that—who doesn’t want to read about assassin nuns? But just in case that didn’t hook you here’s a little more. Each book in this series follows a difference main character. Dark Triumph could be describe as a reverse beauty and the beast, where the beastly looking character is the one with the beautiful heart and the beauty is more jaded. This book is dark and romantic and violent—because as I said before it’s about assassin nuns.
3. Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. This is the second book in the Illuminae Files. If you like science fiction and you haven’t read this series go buy these books right now. Seriously. I thought the first book in this series, Illuminae, had a high body count, but Amie and Jay killed off even more characters in Gemina. No one is safe in these books, and I love it. I’m pretty sure this book made me cry, but it also made me laugh out loud. Amy and Jay have a gift for humor. Gemina was a bloody, hilarious, and unpredictable ride.
4. A Poison Dark and Drowning by Jessica Cluess. This is the second book in the Kingdom on Fire series and it was spectacular. I really enjoyed the first book, A Shadow Bright and Burning but I loved A Poison Dark and Drowning even more. This was one of those stories that I went into with expectations on y to find them all subverted in the best possible ways. If you like monsters, magic, and alternate versions of Victorian England, you will also love this book.
5. Froi of the Exiles by Melina Marchetta. This is the second book in the Lumatere Chronicles, which is my favorite fantasy series of all time. Melina Marchetta excels at writing severely flawed characters who live in broken worlds. This book shattered my heart and filled me with hope. It’s heavy and deals with some very dark subjects, but it’s also one of the most moving fantasies that I’ve ever read. If you love stories that challenge you, surprise you, and leave you thinking about them long after you finish you will devour Froi of the Exiles.
Those are a just a few of my favorite sequels, I hope all of you enjoy them. And I hope you all enjoy reading Legendary as well!
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