Seven Fantasy Series I Can’t Bring Myself to Finish

With the big finale of a certain TV show a couple of weeks ago I’ve been thinking a lot about endings and how much I both love and hate them. I can’t wait to find out how things finish but either don’t want it to be over or fear that it won’t live up to expectations.

I think this may be why I’ve developed this bad habit of not finishing series’ of books. I will faithfully read every book released, will add the final book to my most anticipated books list, will even pre-order it and count down the days to publication but once I have that shiny new copy in my hands I just can’t bring myself to read it. This seems to be particularly true of fantasy series for some reason and the more excited I am about it the less likely I am to read it any time soon.

There are a lot more than the seven listed below but these are the most recent cases where I’ve read every book in the series but the last one. I also have a bad habit of reading the first book in a series and going no further, but that would be a MUCH longer list.


Book of the Ancestor by Mark Lawrence

Holy Sister (Book of the Ancestor, #3)

So I absolutely adored the first two books in this series and have been going on and on about how much I can’t wait to read this ever since I finished Grey Sister. There has been so much foreshadowing of what’s to come I need to know how it ends but this is one of those cases where I don’t want it to be over. I have no doubt that the ending will be phenomenal but I have a bad feeling some of my fave characters won’t make it and I’m not sure I can take that.


Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Finale (Caraval, #3)

This series has been a little up and down for me, I was a bit meh about Caraval but I absolutely loved Legendary (Tella made a much better MC for me). I’ve therefore been a bit wary about the third and final book. It could be brilliant or it could be meh… and the reviews I’ve spied so far haven’t exactly been glowing :/


Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

Hero at the Fall (Rebel of the Sands, #3)

Similar to Caraval, it’s the reviews that have been putting me off reading the final book in this trilogy. I’ve very much enjoyed the first two but despite owning book three since it was released over a year ago I’ve not quite managed to read it yet.


The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3)

Umm… unpopular opinion time but I’ve just never really gotten into this series. I loved The Mortal Instruments (well most of it – let’s not talk about a couple of incidents) but the first couple of books in this trilogy kind of bored me. Not sure if it’s because it’s steampunk (I rarely get on well with steampunk) or if the whole love triangle thing is getting dull (just pick someone Tessa) but other than a few moments the first two books were a hard slog. I do think though that as I have slogged my way through most of the trilogy I should just finish the bloomin thing. Plus it seems that The Dark Artifices is full of spoilers for this and the Mortal Instruments.


Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

War Storm (Red Queen, #4)

For some reason a lot of people seems to hate on this series but I’ve enjoyed pretty much every book. OK yeah there’s been some stuff I haven’t been so keen on but I do want to know what happens to Mare (stupid name) and the others. In this case it’s the fact that it’s a big giant hardback that’s stopped me from reading so far. It’s too heavy to carry about… and ok that’s a rubbish excuse and if I really was desperate to read it I would have read it by now but umm I still haven’t read it.


Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Muse of Nightmares (Strange the Dreamer, #2)

I loved Strange the Dreamer but given how heavy it is on description I didn’t find it the easiest read. That style of writing and me just don’t mesh well, I need to be in the right kind of mood and have enough time (and peace and quiet) to give it my full attention. Needless to say that hasn’t happened as yet so Muse of Nightmares is still sitting patiently on my bookshelf. I will get to it, just not sure when…


Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

Kingdom of Ash (Throne of Glass, #7)

This is probably another unpopular opinion but for me this series peaked at book two and it’s been downhill ever since. It feels to me like Maas is trying to make them too big and putting in all this unnecessary stuff (and characters). I’ve technically not finished Tower of Dawn, for some reason I gave up ten pages from the end, but I do think I’ve made it this far so should just bloomin read it. If only it wasn’t sooo big.


I actually made a bookish resolution that this year I would finally finish off some of these series but so far I’ve failed miserably. Maybe this post will  encourage me to just do it… although it seems unlikely.

Have you finished any of these? Should I just read them? Do you ever put off finishing a series?

Happy reading

Ax

12 thoughts on “Seven Fantasy Series I Can’t Bring Myself to Finish

  1. I might agree with you regarding Throne of Glass … I just finished book 2 and am starting on book 3 … and am absolutely lost with all the extra characters. (Solution: Skipping chapters.)

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  2. I read the first Throne of Glass book and that will do for me. Other series I have put by the wayside are the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series by Laini Taylor and the Red Rising series by Pierce Brown. I read the first two books of both and I just don’t care… So you’re not the only one with ‘unpopular opinions’ 😉

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    • I loved the second Throne of Glass book but part of me kind of wishes I’d called it a day after it. I have the whole Daughter of Smoke and Bone series but have been putting off starting it as I suspect it won’t be for me. I can definitely understand the Red Rising thing too. I struggled with the first book and was ready to throw in the towel but then I saw Brown at a book signing and he was just so passionate about his books he kind of sold me on them and I finished the trilogy in pretty much one go. The second book was the strongest in my opinion though so if you didn’t get on with it I wouldn’t bother with book three.

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  3. I couldn’t bring myself to read past book 2 of Red Queen. I think it’s okay that you haven’t pucked up War Storm yet. As for Finale, I’ll listen to it. It’s the only way I’ve been able to read those books. The writing kind of annoys me.

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    • Red Queen does seem to be a love or hate thing. I do think it’s another series where the books get progressively worse but I still want to finish it.

      I really loved Legendary for some reason so have been quite excited about Finale. I just have a horrible feeling it won’t live up to expectations.

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      • I loved the first book, but Glass Sword ruined things for me. I will have to just read your reviews for that last book and how it ends up, so spoil it for us. 😉

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  4. Honestly not sure if I can finish War Storm either, I adore the series as a whole but the mindset Mare has at the end of King’s Cage just annoyed me. I really want to finish the book but I am scared that certain things just won’t play out the way I want and it’ll taint a series I do love…. ahhhh the decisions

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  5. Oh I hear you about Holy Sister- I didn’t want that one to end either (but if it helps I loved the ending). And that’s fair about Muse of nightmares- I needed to be in the right mood for that as well. I do get what you mean about TOG- that series peaked a long while ago. I finished the series but I wasn’t blown away :/ (plus it’s really long!!) Great post to do!

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