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Oz Books in Order

The Oz Books in Order: How to read L. Frank Baum’s children series?

We’re not in Kansas anymore.

What is Oz about?

Created by author L. Frank Baum, Oz is a land consisting of four vast quadrants. Each province has its own ruler, but the realm itself has always been ruled by a single monarch. It’s a land with magic, witches, wizards, Munchkin and many more wonders.

Baum didn’t plan for multiple sequels to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, but the book’s success push him to wrote a sequel to address popular demand. In total, Baum wrote fourteen books in the Land of Oz, but the adventure didn’t stop there as, after his death, his publisher appointed other writers to continue the Oz series.

Den of Shadows Books in Order

Den of Shadows Books in Order: How to read Amelia Atwater-Rhodes’s fantasy series?

By the author of the Kiesha’ra series.

What is the Den of Shadows series about?

Den of Shadows is a fantasy series written by American author Amelia Atwater-Rhodes set in the word of the Kiesha’ra series (in fact, the series is taking place before the Kiesha’ra).

As the author described it, Den of Shadows is set in a world that is similar to ours, but rich with magic (for good or ill). Complex civilizations of vampires, shapeshifters and witches live alongside humans- sometimes hiding, sometimes peacefully intermingling, and occasionally striving to dominate all those they consider their prey.

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Kate Brannigan Books in Order

Kate Brannigan Books in Order: How to read Val McDermid’’s series?

By the author of the Tony Hill & Carol Jordan series.

Who is Kate Brannigan?

Written by Scottish crime writer Val McDermid, this thriller series is about private investigator Kate Brannigan in Manchester, England.

Kate Brannigan is a Thai boxing, rock-and-roll female private detective. She works as a junior partner in the private consulting firm named Mortensen & Brannigan. The firm deals with crimes related to security systems and computer frauds.

October "Toby" Daye Books in Order

October Daye Books in Order: How to read Seanan McGuire’s Series?

Stuck between two worlds…

Who is October Daye?

Written by American author Seanan McGuire, this October Daye series is an urban fantasy series in which the world of Faerie never disappeared, it continues to exist parallel to our own.

To survive, the faeries rely on secrecy, but no secret can be kept forever. When the Fae and mortal worlds collide, changelings are born. That’s how October “Toby” Daye, the daughter of Amandine of the Fae and a mortal man, was born, between two worlds. She hoped to leave the Fae world behind her, but things didn’t turn out like that. She has to work for her liege, Sylvester, the Duke of the Shadowed Hills, and prevents the worst that could happen to the Fae and the Mortal worlds.

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Saga of the Skolian Empire Books in Order

Saga of the Skolian Empire Books in Order: How to read Catherine Asaro’s sci-fi series?

The Final Frontier of an Empire.

What is the Saga of the Skolian Empire about?

From American science fiction and fantasy author Catherine Asaro, the Saga of the Skolian Empire is an epic space series mixing elements of romance with hard science fiction.

As the title suggests is, the Saga of the Skolian Empire is about characters from the interstellar Skolian Empire. They are caught in a multigenerational power struggle with the rival Eubian Concord. Political intrigues, science, romance, and military conflict are at the center of their world, affected by supraluminal space travel.

Riverworld Saga Books in Order

Riverworld Saga Books in Order: How to read Philip José Farmer’s series?

Everyone is alive.

What is Riverworld about?

Riverworld is a fictional planet and the setting for a series of science fiction books written by American author Philip José Farmer.

Thirty-five billion people from throughout Earth’s history were resurrected along the great and winding waterways of Riverworld. Most began life anew–accepting without question the sustenance provided by their mysterious benefactors. But a rebellious handful burned to confront the unseen masters who controlled their fate–and these few launched an invasion that would ultimately yield the mind-boggling truth.

The Queen's Thief Books in Order

The Queen’s Thief Books in Order: How to read Megan Whalen Turner’s series?

A little theft in a Fantasy World…

What is The Queen’s Thief about?

From American author Megan Whalen Turner, The Queen’s Thief is a fantasy series for young adults in six volumes.

Set in a world rich with political machinations and intrigue, battles, dangerous journeys, divine intervention, power, passion, revenge, and deception, The Queen’s Thief series resolves around the adventures of the incorrigible Eugenides, a thief. He says he can steal everything, and he will have to prove it if he wants to survive.

The Vorkosigan Saga Books in Order

The Vorkosigan Saga Books in Order: How to read Lois McMaster Bujold’s series?

30 years of Galactic Adventures.

What is Vorkosigan Saga about?

Also known as the Vorkosigan Books, the Vorkosiverse or the Miles books, The Vorkosigan Saga is a series of science fiction novels and novellas set in a common fictional universe by American author Lois McMaster Bujold.

Most stories concern Miles Naismith Vorkosigan, a physically disabled aristocrat from the planet Barrayar whose life (from before birth), military career, and post-military career is a challenge to his native planet’s prejudices against “mutants.”

Naomi Blake Books in Order

Naomi Blake Books in Order: How to read Jane A. Adams’s series?

Not the British sculptor, but the blind investigator.

Who is Naomi Blake?

The Noami Blake series is a mystery series from British psychological thrillers writer Jane Adams.

The story resolves around the investigations led by Noami Blake who was blinded in an accident and she now is a reluctant ex-policewoman. That doesn’t stop her from working cases with DI Alec Friedman.

Gourmet Detective Books in Order

Gourmet Detective Books in Order: How to read Peter King’s Series?

Diner with a side of murder.

What is the Gourmet Detective about?

Written by Peter King, the Gourmet Detective book series is also a Hallmark TV show about a Chef who’s also a detective.

As the official description tells it: They call him the gourmet detective; the only thing sharper than his mind is his palate. When chefs need a rare ingredient, an ancient wine, or simply a new idea to gain that extra Michelin-star boost, they come to the detective’s cozy London office and plead for his help. For top-notch cooking, he is always happy to lend his taste buds to the cause.

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