With Bated Breath: Series Finales


March 16, 2013 by Heidi

“The feeling is less like an ending than just another starting point.”

Chuck Palahniuk, Choke

My readers probably realize by now that I much prefer to leave a series till it has finished publication for me to begin.  I love to devour a series in large gulps over a short period of time–waiting years to reach the end often results in me losing interest and abandoning the series altogether.  2013 marks the ending of several series I’ve been dying to pick up.  Hoping they’ll be worth the wait!

Rick Yancey’s The Monstumologist Series
Final Decent — September 10th, 2013 by Simon and Schuster BFYR

The Monstrumologist by Rick YanceyThe Curse of the Wendigo by Rick YanceyThe Isle of Blood by Rick YanceyFinal Descent by Rick Yancey

There was a time not so long ago in the history of The Monstrumologist where readers were holding their breath to see if it would get the (much deserved, so I have heard) opportunity to finish publication.  I am oh-so-excited that the time has arrived, because I have been waiting to dig into this creepy Printz winning series for years now.

Kate Elliott’s Spiritwalker Series
Cold Steel — June 25th, 2013 by Orbit

Cold Magic by Kate ElliottCold Fire by Kate ElliottCold Steel by Kate Elliott
Clearly a fantasy series I need in my life, I’m pretty sad to admit I haven’t read any Kate Elliott to date.  That’s all going to change in May, however, when awesome read along buddy Anna and I spend the weeks leading up to the release of Cold Steel reading Cold Magic and Cold Fire.

Rae Carson’s Fire and Thorns Series
The Bitter Kingdom — August 27th, 2013 by Greenwillow Books

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae CarsonThe Crown of Embers by Rae CarsonThe Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson
Admittedly not my favorite covers (seriously weird gem thing going on), but I’m more than happy to ignore all of that for the contents–and considering how many readers have been adoring this series since the release of The Girl of Fire and Thorns, I don’t think it’ll be an issue.  I cannot wait to experience a fantasy world with heavy Spanish influences, and a different type of heroine.

Melina Marchetta’s Lumatere Chronicles Series
Quintana of Charyn — April 23rd, 2013 by Candlewick Press

Finnikin of the Rock by Melina MarchettaFroi of the Exiles by Melina MarchettaQuintana of Charyn by Melina Marchetta
I’ve been participating in Hannah’s Lumatere Chronicles read along since the beginning of February.  We spent February devouring Finnikin of the Rockand are now knee deep into Froi of the Exiles.  Perfect timing to pick up Quintana of Charyn at its release in April–and believe me when I say this series is everything I expected and more–Melina Marchetta, you are truly a goddess among authors.

So what do you think? Are these series worth the wait?

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  1. I am looking forward to reading the Spiritwalker trilogy as well! I’ve got the first book ready to go, and I’m really hoping it ends up worth reading straight through the other two.

  2. I’m so excited for our Spiritwalker read-along! Even though I’ve been a complete failure at discussing Froi so far. SIGH, HOUSE GUESTS. :)

    I remember reading about Monstrumologist at some point, and wow, those are great covers. I’ve still only read the first Rae Carson book, but I liked it a lot more than most of my friends.

    Lately, I’ve been getting excited about how 2013 is a year of finishing series: Requiem, Divergent 3, Lumatere, Spiritwalker, etc. I don’t know, it feels like it’s been a long while since we had so many series wrapping up within months of each other.

    • Heidi says:

      Hehe, I hope you can get back in on the Froi discussion, Anna! I’ve missed your thoughts. So excited for Spiritwalker though!!

      Aren’t the Monstrumologist covers fanatastic?! I love them as a set.

      I never started either Pandemonium or Divergent, but I’m not sure that I’m going to read either series. There ARE a lot of big series ending this year (still waiting on Boundless from the library!).

  3. Jeff Rivera says:

    These series look good, I’ve heard of a couple of them and I’ve only heard good things. I look forward to more blogs from you, thank you!

  4. Brandy says:

    I’m looking forward to reading the Yancy series and the Eliot trilogy now that they will be complete too.

    I LOVE The Girl of Fire and Thorns books and can not wait for The Bitter Kingdom to come out.

    I read and really enjoyed Finnikin of the Rock but haven’t read Froi and don’t plan to. Which means I also won’t read Quintana. I’m good with how things were left at the end of the first book.

    • Heidi says:

      Finnikin DOES end off in a nice place, and I do know a few people who really didn’t like Froi, so I can’t blame you for stopping there. I’m really enjoying Froi, I thought at first that I might like it more, but I’m not so sure now that I’m almost halfway through.

      I’m SO excited for the other three, I keep hearing people talk crazy good about Yancey’s 5th Wave that’s upcoming, and I’m back here thinking muahahaha, I have The Monstrumologist to devour.

  5. Nafiza says:

    Okay so I haven’t even started the Marchetta series (I know!) but that’s because I refuse to buy the North American covers. Those are kind of hideous. And Fire and Thorns series starts off rather shakily. I’m not a big fan of the first one but the second one, dude, the second won everything. It was lovely. The Spiritwalker series is amazing. Like, out of this world amazing. It’s depth and reach and reimagining of human history, the magic, the characters and Andevai and Cat! I kind of love it. A lot. I can’t wait for you to read these!

    • Heidi says:

      Well, I hadn’t started till February! The North American covers ARE hideous, but you can always order the Aussie ones from Fishpond. Good to know that if I don’t love the first Fire and Thorns I should stick with it through book two. I can’t wait to read the Spiritwalker series!

  6. VeganYANerds says:

    The Lumatere Chronicles are the only ones I’ve read and yes, they are worth the wait for sure!

    I have just read Under the Never Sky and was lucky enough to have the sequel so I’ve started it but part of me doesn’t want to finish because I will have to wait a year for the final book 😕

    • Heidi says:

      Right? I love Under the Never Sky/Through the Ever Night, but I really wish I’d waited to read that series all at once! There aren’t really cliff hangers, but I sure as heck want the next book NOW.

  7. Clearly I need to read the Spiritwalker series too. And I’m so glad you’re doing the Lumatere readalong. I read Finnikin with a binch of friends the first time and it was unforgettable. All that awesomeness needs to be shared with other people. :)

    • Heidi says:

      YES! I’m loving reading Lumatere with other people, I think if I wasn’t able to discuss all of the little details as we go, I might actually burst.

  8. I love that you prefer to wait until all of the series are published before starting them. Such a cool bookish quirk! I do love binge-reading series, and there have been a number that I’ve read and been SO GLAD that I didn’t start until they were all out. I don’t consciously wait until all the books are released, but I do wish I had a better sense of how long I’ll have to wait in between books before starting a new series. I HATE having to wait a whole year in between books – I lose some of my reading momentum when that happens.


    • Heidi says:

      Thanks, Hannah! It’s been harder to wait on series since I started blogging, because I see more hype, (I completely failed last year), but I’m doing a good job of slipping back into my habits. I completely lose momentum if I have to wait forever, and also I get overexcited/disappointed when the next book finally comes out–I’m just happier this way.

      Loving devouring the Lumatere Chronicles! I feel like I’m getting so much more out of them because of the read along than I would if I ran through them alone. :)

  9. Catie says:

    Wow, I had actually never heard of Kate Elliot so I’ll be waiting to see if that series is a good one. You know that we basically share a brain when it comes to fantasy (most of the time anyway). And, I have the first Monstrumologist book just waiting for me. I am reading The 5th Wave right now and it’s pretty good, but I’ve heard that his Monstrumologist books are very different. I’ve been really enjoying you guys of the LumatereRA too – hope you like Quintana!

    • Heidi says:

      Oooh, yes, I’ve heard good things about Kate Elliot! I’ll be letting you know what I think. I’ve heard nothing but good things about The 5th Wave so far, though I’ll probably hold off on reading it–I think it’s more SciFi and Monstromologist is more horror? I hope I like Quintana too! In week 3/5 of Froi now, and quite enjoying it.

  10. Lauren says:

    The Lumatere Chronicles is definitely in my top 5 fantasy series (so far). If I ever meet Melina Marchetta, I am going to melt into an embarrassing fangirl puddle. I have Quintana and have not been able to stay away from it, despite vowing to hold off until my vacation so I can read it uninterrupted. I’m so sad this is the last book, but SO ready to read it.

    I’ve never heard of the Spiritwalker series, but it sounds like my kind of read. And I still can’t believe we’re getting an end to the Monstrumologist series!! I wish I’d waited to read these books all in one go like you. Rae’s series too. It has been agony waiting for these next books (and in Yancey’s case, thinking I might never get an ending due to pub drama).

    • Heidi says:

      I was SO lucky to get to meet Melina Marchetta last year, and I’ll never forget it. You can tell she’s used to the fangirl puddling. :) I can’t imagine having to wait for Quintana after Froi, and am really glad I heard her talking about how it was all supposed to be one story that got too big for one book–I knew to wait!

      I’m SO glad the pub drama got worked out and that Yancey’s series has gotten the chance to finish up. Although, at least these days we have things like Kickstarter campaigns to help out if it did fall through.

  11. Lisa says:

    I loved The Monstrumologist! Happy to see the series has a conclusion date after that pub drama.

    • Heidi says:

      YES! Me too. This is a series I would have probably started sooner if I weren’t worried it wasn’t going to be completed.

  12. I wish I had the restraint to wait for series to finish! My memory is awful and I would probably enjoy a lot of things more if I did wait. But…but…the shinies!

    Wow, I’ve never seen the Monstrumologist books all together. So pretty!

    I liked Cold Magic, but it was definitely a little slow. I’m thinking things will pick up in Cold Fire, but it’s in my little pile of fail.

    I prefer the audio of The Girl of Fire and Thorns personally. I REALLY hate all the religion, and I find Elisa pretty insufferable, but Hector makes it all worthwhile.

    I need to read the Marchetta books as well!

    • Heidi says:

      Hehe, I totally understand the temptations to give in to new series. I’ll admit, even I have ones I can’t pass up. These ones were all pretty easy, as they started when I was in grad school and really didn’t have time for ‘fun’ reading.

      I would love to check out Girl of Fire and Thorns on audio if I can get a hold of it, thanks for the suggestion! I don’t think the religion will bother me, and I’m going in knowing Elisa can be a trial, so hopefully I’ll love it.

      The Lumatere books are definitively worth picking up!

  13. I wish I had the kind of resolve that you do to wait until series are nearly complete before reading them. I get swept up in the excitement of starting a new series, but it ends up not being very exciting when it’s time to read the next installment and I realize that I don’t remember much about the previous book. Although I read Finnikin at the beginning of last year, I’ve already decided I’m having a Lumatere Chronicles read around Quintana’s release and starting it with a re-read of Finnikin. I should do the same for Kate Elliot’s Spiritwalker series. I really like Cold Magic but I don’t remember enough to be comfortable reading the next two. I do love re-reading books, but with blogging I feel (incorrectly or not) like I should be spending my time reading new books that can then be reviewed. I’d avoid that problem if I waited to read the series near the release of the final installment, if I could wait that long. I am eager to read your thoughts on Finnikin and Cold Magic, Heidi!

    • Heidi says:

      Yes! I hate not remembering the first book by the time the second rolls around, and I hate cliffhanger endings and that sort of thing–I’d just assume wait. :)

      Hopefully I’ll have a review on Finnikin soon! The nice thing about just having read that one is that it was initially written as a stand alone, so it doesn’t depend on the next book the way Froi does. Of course, it’s totally worth a reread.

      I love rereading as well, and actually ususally do so through audiobooks.

  14. I like reading a series in a big chunk too, especially if there are more than three or four books in it. I tend to get very distracted and worn down in seven or eight book series.

    So, you know how much I love The Lumatere Chronicles (my favorite fantasy series to date) but I am so excited for you to read the Fire and Thorns books because they truly are as good as the hype:)

    And Heidi, I haven’t read the Monstrumologist series yet, but I am knee deep in Yancey’s upcoming release The Fifth Wave and it is BLOWING MY MIND. You can bet your bottom dollar I am reading his earlier stuff after I finish this one. Incredible storytelling!

    • Heidi says:

      Yes! Me too, though the longer series are ones that I do often read as they go along (for example the Urban Fantasy series I’m knee deep in, up to 6-7 books long and going strong).

      I love that The Lumatere Chronicles is your favorite fantasy series to date! I’m adoring it, and can’t wait to go through the rest of it…I’ve really been savoring reading it slow. I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about The 5th Wave (another I likely will put off till the series is out), which makes me even more excited for his Monstrumologist.

  15. Asheley says:

    I want to read the Rae Carson series too!! I haven’t started it yet but am itching to because I’ve heard such great things. And I’ve always wanted to start the Rick Yancey series but for some reason or another, I just haven’t. As things go, I’m sure I’ll buckle down sometime soon and get started with the finale in place (and then I’ll freak out because there is a finale because you know I FEAR the endings).

    I’ve purposely waited to read the Delirium trilogy and the Mara Dyer books until the finales are released because I’ve of the cliffhanger-y endings in the previous installments. Also, I just flat-out quit reading anything Cassandra Clare writes until it is a finished series because she lives to cliffhanger apparently. (Don’t get me wrong, I love the books, just can’t take the hangers.) So I have quite a few blow-thru series to look forward thru this year. FUN!!

    • Heidi says:

      Haha, YES, I know your hatred of endings–how will you handle these series? I totally know what you mean about cliffhangers, it’s one of the reasons I like to wait for series to be out before I read them. I totally forgot that rule last year, and really regretted it, so it’s back and firmly in place again now.

  16. The Monstrumologist is a series that I’ve been wanting to read for ages myself. I heard that there was some question about whether or not the final books would even be published (I remember there being lots of tweets about gathering support for Rick Yancey), but I’m glad that it’s going to get it’s proper due. I’ve heard such excellent things!
    I think you’ll really enjoy Rae Carson’s series, Heidi. I’ve only read book 1 but it was pretty excellent. It’s got a really well-done religious angle, and the Spanish influence is STELLAR. I’m really looking forward to reading the last two books in that series as well!
    And you know how I feel about Froi! I’m a week behind at the moment, but I’m so very glad that we’ve been reading this series! I’m getting a taste of why you like to wait until everything in a series is published before you dive in!

    • Heidi says:

      I’m so glad the Monstromologist is getting its last book! We’re actually reading Rae Carson’s first one for my book club in April, so that’ll get me started there, and we’ll be finishing up Lumatere! I feel so dang productive. I’m interested to see how the religion is done, because I think most people who didn’t enjoy the book it was because of the religious angel/the heroine.

  17. […] may remember Rae Carson’s Girl of Fire and Thorns making my list of four series that are wrapping up this year that I’ve been saving to devour in long gulps.  As fortune would have it, The […]

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