Many of the new books we get at the library are the beginnings of exciting new series, or the next titles in established series. Here are some of the latest books available in the library that are part of a series:
The Crimes of Grindelwald: The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling — Continuing the film series that started with Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, The Crimes of Grindelwald finds the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald captured in New York with the help of Newt Scamander. But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escapes custody and sets about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise up pure-blood wizards to rule over all non-magical beings.
The Devil’s Thief by Lisa Maxwell — In the second book in The Last Magician series, Esta and Harte set off on a cross-country chase through time to steal back the elemental stones they need to save the future of magic. “This sequel needs a scorecard and seat belt, switching quickly between several characters and locations, and the action is fast and furious” (Booklist).
For A Muse of Fire by Heidi Heilig — In this first book of a new series by Heilig (The Girl From Everywhere, The Ship Beyond Time), Jetta, a teen who possesses secret, forbidden powers, must gain access to a hidden spring and negotiate a world roiling with intrigue and the beginnings of war. “This start to a new trilogy is fast-paced and gripping while also offering readers a thoughtful commentary on the long-lasting ramifications of war and colonization” (School Library Journal starred review).
Impostors by Scott Westerfeld — While not a direct sequel to the best-selling Uglies series by Westerfeld, Impostors is set in the same world — one that is rapidly descending into chaos. Frey and Rafi are twin sisters, but few people know of Frey’s existence, because she has been raised to be her sister’s body double and lethal bodyguard, while Rafi has been raised to further the family’s political power. “Even if readers aren’t familiar with the original series, they’ll still enjoy this well-paced novel from start to finish” (Booklist).
Light Years by Kass Morgan — Ender’s Game meets The 100 at an interstellar military boarding school in this romantic new series by best-selling author Kass Morgan. After centuries of exclusivity, the Quatra Fleet Academy finally accepts students from the settler planets, forcing four teenagers from different backgrounds, with different ambitions, motives, and missions, to work together to outmaneuver a mysterious alien enemy. “The many space-combat scenarios are convincing enough to thrill ardent Trekkies. A fun, fast-paced read laced with a froth of space romance” (Kirkus Reviews).
A Map of Days by Ransom Riggs — The fourth volume in the best-selling Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series. After having saved the peculiar world, Jacob Portman is back in Florida with his peculiar friends, where they set out on a journey across America to discover the truth about Jacob’s grandfather. “Riggs’s latest installment is a fast-paced and compelling addition to this unique mythology. As in the previous books, found snapshot photographs illustrate the text, offering a refreshing confirmation that the Peculiars are among us — and have been all along” (School Library Journal).
Otherearth by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller — Return to the series BuzzFeed compared to Ready Player One in the second book in a new fast-paced trilogy from bestselling authors Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller that’s perfect for fans of HBO’s Westworld. After discovering terrifying information about Otherworld, the Company’s high-tech VR gaming experience, Simon and his friends are on the run, searching for Simon’s old roommate. He may just be the key to shutting the Company down, although if they don’t find him in time, it may be too late for not only them, but for all of humanity. “Fans will be onboard for the ride and left with just enough of an appetite for more, while newcomers will be compelled to seek out the original” (Kirkus Reviews).
Rule by Ellen Goodlett — Three Dark Crowns meets Pretty Little Liars in this striking new fantasy duology from debut author Ellen Goodlett. The three secret daughters of the king of Kolonya must compete for their father’s throne, all while evading a blackmailer who threatens to reveal their darkest secrets. “An epic fantasy adventure…[with] death threats, political intrigue, and just the right amount of romance. A great purchase for libraries with strong readers and fantasy lovers” (School Library Journal).
Sunny by Jason Reynolds — In the third book in Reynolds’ best-selling Track series, Sunny, the Defenders’ best runner, only runs for his father, who blames Sunny for his mother’s death, but with his coach’s help Sunny finds a way to combine track and field with his true passion, dancing. “This series continues to provide beautiful opportunities for discussion about viewpoint, privilege, loss, diversity of experience, and exactly how much we don’t know about those around us” (Booklist starred review).
The Traitor’s Game by Jennifer A. Nielsen — In the first book of a new series by best-selling author Nielsen (Mark of the Thief, The False Prince), Kestra Dallisor has been summoned back to Antora by her father after three years in exile. When she is intercepted and kidnapped by the Coracks who want to use her to get the Olden Blade, which they believe can be used to kill the seemingly immortal king, Simon, one of the rebels with his own grudge against the Dallisors, is assigned to accompany her — but Kestra has her own plans and she does not intend to let anyone get in her way. “An otherworldly story with a side of fantasy on the surface, the setup and struggle feels universal. This is clearly the first of a series, as the ending is just the reckoning that some much larger battle is at hand” (School Library Journal).
The Traitor’s Ruin by Erin Beaty — In this second book in The Traitor’s trilogy (following The Traitor’s Kiss), the spy Sage Fowler has completed her training and is comfortably situated as the royal tutor — but only longs to be reunited with her betrothed: Captain Alex Quinn. As a way to be near to him again, she accepts a secret mission only to continuously clash with Quinn’s gruff demeanor, until they are separated and she ends up in enemy territory. “Plentiful action scenes, unflinching but never gratuitous violence, and a smoldering yet still-chaste romance should keep readers’ appetites whetted for the third installment” (Kirkus Reviews).