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In December, I like to take some time to look back over the year and spotlight some books that will make great presents. Or in this case, some completed series where you can hook someone in with the promise that yes, it is finished. Please, in general don’t wait to start reading until they’re finished because then they’ll never be finished, but… finishing a series is a major accomplishment to celebrate! For these, I will highlight the first book of the series and then list the others in the description.
Jade City by Fonda Lee
This is an epic trilogy that features lots of kung fu action scenes in a fantasy metropolis where rival clans battle it out. Green Bone warriors use jade to fuel their magic in adherence with ancient tradition, but times are changing–and foreigners would like to get their hands on that jade.
Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey
What is there to say? This is a nine-book space opera behemoth that takes humanity from squabbling in the Sol system to across the galaxy–and it’s the basis for one of the most beloved sci-fi series on TV today, which is also finishing up this year.
The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
An alternate history fantasy that starts out at the close of the nineteenth century, where a Parisian treasure hunter assembles a strange team to help him steal an ancient and powerful artifact so that he can earn his rightful inheritance.
The Snow Chanter by Linda Nagata
Disaster has forced humanity to make its home on a wild continent inhabited by cruel and hostile spirits of nature that want them all dead. To survive, humans need to seek new alliances–and new magic.
Too Like Lightning by Ada Palmer
Set about 430 years in the future, this series starts in a world where the nation state hasn’t existed for 300 years and humanity is made up of seven remaining “hives.” The four books follow the events that lead this strange Earth to war for the first time since the 22nd century.
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