Friday, March 8, 2019

Five Books Whose Sequels I Need IMMEDIATELY

You know the feeling. You finish an amazing, epic book. You're in love with the characters, the plot, the world, everything. You might even say you want to marry the book, if you're the sort of person who says that kind of thing. You dash to your computer, leave your Goodreads review, and then look for the sequel — only to discover that it isn't out yet. Or, worse still, there's no sequel planned.

It's a tragedy, it is. No two ways about it.

I, like most of you, have experienced that feeling many times. In fact, I'm experiencing it now as I write this blog post. And, obviously, the best way to deal with book-related frustration is to complain on the internet where other people can commisserate with you. So, here we go: five books whose sequels I'm desperate for — but have no chance of getting any time soon.

Books Whose Sequels I Need IMMEDIATELY

Five Books Whose Sequels I Need IMMEDIATELY

The Aeronaut's Windlass Cover
1. The Aeronaut's Windlass by Jim Butcher. This is the book that set off this post; I've been meaning to read it for absolute years, ever since Jenelle Schmidt recommended it to me. Honestly, I ought to have read it sooner — except then I would still be waiting for the sequel now. The ending practically promises more adventure, and there's no way the characters wouldn't have more even if the ending wrapped everything up with a neat bow and a perfectly satisfying conclusion, but the sequel doesn't even have a release date. This is absolutely unfair and should be remedied immediately. (And while we're at it, maybe a book or two about Captain Grimm before this story begins? Or a short story or two, at least? Captain Grimm is the best.)

Masque Cover 
2. Masque by W.R. Gingell. Yes, I'm still yelling about this one. In this case, Gingell did wrap just about everything up with a neat bow and a satisfying conclusion — but I want more. Specifically, I want an entire spinoff series about Isabella and Lord Pecus solving mysteries and being happily (if adventurously) married and working as a proper team instead of sneaking around each other — except, of course, when one of them decides that the situation is absolutely too dangerous for the other to be involved in, but the other knows better and shows up just in time, and then the first one admits that it was for the best and it's a good thing the other showed up. (I really like that trope, ok?) Anyway. That's all I want — well, that and more about Melchior and Annabel, and Poly and Luck, but that's not so much to ask, is it?

Illusionarium Cover 
3. Illusionarium by Heather Dixon Wallwork. I love Heather Dixon's writing, but she has a habit of writing a story and then not writing sequels to it, or even spinoffs, and so even though you're in love with the characters, the one book is all you get. And that's not so bad when the book is Entwined and it ends with everyone in their happily-ever-after (even though you're fairly certain they could manage a few more adventures), but when the book is Illusionarium and there's no chance whatsoever that the characters didn't find more adventure? Then it's immensely frustrating, especially since there's next to no chance that the author will ever do anything about it.

An Enchantment of Ravens cover 
4. An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson. How long has it been since I raved about this one? (A fair while, I think — which is somewhat surprising, given how amazing it is.) Anyway. Once again, there is no way whatsoever that Isobelle and Rook don't have further adventures after the story ends. No storming way. And while there are plenty of ways that a sequel could go wrong, I am confident that Rogerson could make it go extremely right. Also, I love this book and this world and these characters and I need more of it, please and thank you very much. I have heard rumors about a sequel . . . but now I can't find where I heard them, and so I might just have imagined them.

The Sky Riders Cover 
5. The Sky Riders by Christopher Hopper. What is it with steampunk novels that don't get sequels? I've been waiting for the second Sky Riders book since 2013 — and, I'll admit, I've pretty much given up hope for a sequel. Now that Hopper's finally writing again, he's working on a sci-fi book that . . . ok, it looks interesting, but it's not a Sky Riders sequel. But this was one of my first introductions to steampunk, and it used to be one of my favorite books, I'd love to see it get some resolution, especially since it ends on a cliffhanger.

What books do you need sequels for immediately (or at least in the very near future)? Please tell me in the comments! Also, have you read The Aeronaut's Windlass, and if so, who's your favorite character? Thoughts on the book in general?
Thanks for reading!
-Sarah (Leilani Sunblade)


  1. I agree, Illusionarium needs a sequel!

  2. Yes, sequels to Masque. I think they will come, but I wish they would come sooner.
    (I've yet to read Blackfoot and Crown & Staff)

    1. Oooh, shiny. (And you should read them soon! Blackfoot isn't my favorite, but Crown & Staff is fabulous.)
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. I am also waiting for the sequel to "Aeronaut's Windlass." My favorite character is either Rowl or his person, who carries other humans around like sacks of flour.
    In the "books we need a sequel for" category, I nominate... pretty much everything by Robin McKinley.
    Gonna go order several of the books on this list through ILL now. :)

    1. You're the second or third person who's told me that their favorite character is Rowl. And Bridget is pretty awesome too!
      I have read very few of McKinley's books, so I'll take your word for it.
      Good! I hope you enjoy them!

  5. We are so together on the need for more Rook and Isobel. 🙌🏻 Like c'mon this is a personal attack and crime that we only got oNE BOOK. It was ready for a series!! At least 3 maybe 8!! I am here for it all. 😂 Although honestly I complain that I want more sequels all the time but then I have a ton of sequels I've got now and still procrastinated reading. Organisation is hard hahaah sob.

    1. ABSOLUTELY. Honestly, just write all the books about them. As long as the author can keep coming up with plots, I'll keep reading. And yes, I sympathize. Sequels just have so much PRESSURE on them sometimes.


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