To Be Continued! Series with Sequels in 2013.

Series. Love them or hate them, they’re a huge part of the reading world and publishing business.  While the purist in may prefer the  solitary beauty in a story fully wrapped up in a single volume, the fangirl in me is delighted by the chance to revisit some of my favorite worlds and characters time and time again.

A number of books introduced last year that have sequels out in 2013.  These are a few to keep an eye out for!

The Hero’s Guide to Storming the Castle by Christopher Healy

Did you read The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom ? Don’t miss the next installment in the adventures The League of Princes!While I wouldn’t recommend picking this up if you haven’t read the first book yet,  it’s a great read full of mayhem, magic and humor.  It’s a big cast of characters to keep track of and at times it would be helpful to have it charted out as to who is where at a given time. (Hmm . . . ebook potential in a map?) Fans will likely enjoy the ride–and look forward to the next book to come.  I continue to enjoy the cover art.  In my personal opinion it captures the tone of the books spot on, so that while you can’t ever judge a book by it’s cover this one will at least give you some good hints.  Expected publication in April 2013 by Walden Pond Press.

The Runaway King by Jennifer A. Nielsen 

I imagine a lot of fans will be  looking for this second book in The Ascendance Trilogy.  Again, I certainly recommend reading The False Prince prior to this one.  Especially since you’d spoil several key plot twists!  This second book in what is going to be a trilogy is a decent middle book, but it didn’t quite have the punch of the first.  Still, pirates and thieves and plenty of plot twists and turns that you won’t be expecting!  Expected publication is  March 2013 by Scholastic Press.

The Watcher in the Shadows by Chris Moriarty

The first book took us into an alternate history NYC, where  magic is real and a common part of  life in the early 1900s.   Sacha Kessler became The Inquisitor’s Apprentice and was pulled into a world of dangerous criminals, dark magic and wild inventions.  This stunning bit of world building continues this year with more of Sacha’s adventures.  The first few chapters are a bit slow going, especially with so many characters introduced, but once the story hits its stride, it’s a great read.  Those who live in New York City may find themselves investigating how much of the story is based in real places that can be found on the Lower East Side.  Expected publication is May 2013 from Harcourt Children’s Books

Here’s two more I haven’t read yet, but look forward to seeing:

Darkbeast Rebellion by Morgan Keyes 

The second installment in this series (and I’m annoyed because I didn’t discover the first book until January).  I devoured the original Darkbeast when it finally landed in my lap and couldn’t believe I’d missed it.   I’m eager to see what happens to Keara and her darkbeast in this second story.  Must admit, the covers are gorgeous! Expected publication September 2013 by Margaret K. McElderry Books.

Ghoulish Song by William Alexander

Okay, so I admit after reading the plot synopsis for this, it may not be a true series read.  But it’s set in the same city of Zombay where  Goblin Secrets takes place.  Having enjoyed the masterful worldbuilding and enchanting storytelling from the first book, the opportunity to revisit such a vividly imagined city is enough for me to add it here.  Expected publication in March 2013 by Margaret K. McElderry Books.

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About Stephanie Whelan

I'm a children's librarian with a life-long love of all things science fiction and fantasy.

Posted on February 28, 2013, in General Posts and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Looks Good! It makes me want to read these, and you know I’m not science fiction person.

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