You're fully immersed in the world. Utterly invested in the characters. Completely absorbed by the writing. Why must it end?! We take a look at the epic fantasy and science fiction series that left us bereft when they finished.
Starting with The Atlas Six and ending with the much-anticipated The Atlas Complex, Olivie Blake's dark academia trilogy pits six magicians against each other as they compete for a place in the Alexandrian Society and a lifetime of power and prestige. Expect manipulation, alliances and unwise hook-ups.
A dark and dangerous piece of West African-inspired fantasy YA. Forced to hide her powers under the tyrannical rule of a ruthless king, Zélie finds herself with a chance to bring magic back to her people and take down the oppressive monarchy. She must learn to harness her powers and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good. But danger lurks around every corner, vengeful spirits wait in the waters and Zélie herself is struggling to come to terms with the strength of her magic.
The Radiant Emperor Duology by Shelley Parker-Chan
Set in fourteenth-century China, this duology we wish was a trilogy is a queer reimagining of Zhu Yuanzhang's rise to power.
A rollicking series of adventures taking in parallel worlds, magical creatures and trans-dimensional librarian spies. Get ready to follow Irene, who works for the mysterious Library, an organisation set up to to harvest works of fiction from different realities.
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky
Adrian Tchaikovsky is the king of epic science fiction and fantasy and we could have chosen any of his four series for this list. We've gone, though, for the Arthur C. Clarke winning Children of Time trilogy, the story of humanity's battle for survival on a terraformed planet which is already occupied. In this battle between civilizations, who will be the final heirs of the new Earth?
Kushiel's Legacy: the Phèdre Trilogy by Jacqueline Carey
'Rich, intricate worldbuilding meets swoonworthy romance' says Olivie Blake of this romantasy trilogy. Jacqueline Carey's series follows Phèdre nó Delaunay, a servant turned courtesan and spy, and one touched by the god Kushiel’s dart, chosen to forever experience pain and pleasure as one.