Malazan – 17 novels and counting
Valdemar – 34 novels
The Riftwar Cycle – 30 novels
The Wheel of Time – 15 novels
Shannara – 29 novels with more to come
The Legend of Drizzt – 27 novels and more coming
Dragonriders of Pern – 26 novels
The Dresden Files – 15 books and more coming
I could keep going. These are all long novel series, mostly fantasy. What is it about series that keep us coming back for more? Are they worth reading all the way through?
In my opinion, absolutely yes. I’m currently only on the third book of The Wheel of Time, and I’m actually reading it fairly quickly. I’ve read most of Shannara that’s been written, other than the eight or nine most recently written ones. I have to catch up! I’ve read only four Drizzt novels and only the first two Malazan novels. Damn, I really need to catch up.
I love reading series. I love getting back into the worlds and meeting my old travel companions, or seeing new and familiar places. They feel like home.
Of course, there are some drawbacks. They take time, they may drop in quality, they may lose direction. The Wheel of Time becomes a bit of a drag in the middle of the series, I’ve heard, but the ending is supposed to be incredible. I look forward to reading all the way through.
I’m a bit of a completist (if that’s a word). I want to finish the series I’ve started. I’ve never actually finished a long series, but I have finished trilogies and other short series. I’m curious to see where they lead, and I can’t wait to dive into the next book of the series.
How do you feel about novel series? Let me know in the comments.