Hello, and welcome to another new series on the blog! It isn’t necessarily the first recommendation post I’ve ever done, in fact I’ve done a Trilogies list before, but that was years ago, and with so many books read since then it was definitely worth revisiting. The only unfortunate thing is that there are a number of trilogies I’ve read and loved. To make this easier I’ll have my top five (the number I’ve set for these lists in the future), but I’ll have bonus series for certain genres, and even go into why some are on the list versus others. I’m also sticking to trilogies I’ve actually finished, so sorry to City of Brass and Cruel Prince trilogies which are really good, but not finished yet! Here we go!
5. A Discovery of Witches
- I just picked up this series this year upon hearing about the show, and while it starts a bit slow, the concept of time travel was too much to ignore. I inhaled this trilogy, grabbing the last two books when I finished the first, and going crazy as I finished each one. There are few things, especially concerning the male lead that had me hesitant at first, but it turns out to be a character flaw that becomes a point of character growth, so it all turned out better than I had anticipated. It’s definitely worth a read if you like Outlander with its going back in time, or an adult version of Ruby Red.
4. His Fair Assasins
- Another Trilogy I found this year, His Fair Assassins follows three women who have been trained to be Assassins, their tasks aimed at helping the current female sovereign of the medieval Burgundy as men all around her scheme to force her into marriage and control her power. The books focus on a different female protagonist, the first being my favorite, but LaFevers did a great job of bringing in historical fact, using medieval beliefs (both Christian and not), and weaving in her characters so that they fit and fought against the ideals of society. This was a fun Trilogy to read and another that I only had intended to read the first before realizing I couldn’t wait for the others.
3. A Court of Thorns and Roses
- One of my favorites from Sarah J Maas, this trilogy gave us one of my favorite couples, and had me on my toes at every turn. If you haven’t read it yet, and plan to , I’ll stick to just saying that the first book follows one goal Feyre has, and then the second is all about upturning everything as we realize how the events from Book 1 not only traumatize her but mould her into someone even stronger. That change is one of the main reasons this book is so high up on the trilogies list, it not only had me rooting for the main character, but truly trying to figure out the side characters, their flaws, motives, and whether some are truly to be blamed for things that happened. I love that there are still debates about some of theses characters even years after the events were written.
2. Lord of the Rings
- This one has moved down since the last time I put together this list, not because I love it less, but due to my obsession over the number one spot. Lord of the Rings is a sentimental read for me, not only because of the large fantasy world that Tolkien created, but also that my father was the one that recommended it to me. It wasn’t always one of my favorites, or one that I was really looking forward to reading until I had finally picked it up, and couldn’t put it down.
1. Infernal Devices
- For those that know me and my book obsessions I feel like this one is never a surprise. Beyond the fact that Will Herondale is my all time favorite character, Infernal Devices has long been my favorite Cassandra Clare series, ensuring that I can never stop buying her books (seriously!). I loved the Mortal Instruments, but Infernal Devices had two very important things; London and Will Herondale. Add in the fact that it’s Victorian London that has dark creatures crawling around and I was sold. If you’re looking for a great introduction into Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunter world, this is perhaps the best series to do it, not only because it’s the shortest, but that for one, it happens before any other characters (so no confusion!), and it hooks you from page one! And yes, I am trying to make this your favorite too!
Other Great Trilogies that Must be Mentioned!
- A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
- Edelstein Trilogy by Kerstin Gier (Ruby Red, Saphire Blue, Emerald Green)
- The Dark Artifices by Cassandra Clare
- The Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski
- A Modern Faerie Tale by Holly Black
- Shadow and Bone Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo
- Firebird Trilogy by Claudia Gray
- Remnant Chronicles by Mary E Pearson
- Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
- Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
- To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
What are some of your favorite trilogies? It’s hard to come up with a top 5, isn’t it? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!