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    16 Sci-Fi And Fantasy Series You Can Binge-Read Right Now

    Forget Netflix — it's time to binge some books.

    You know that feeling when you sit down on your couch to binge an entire new season of a show? Amazing, right? Reading a completed series in one (albeit long) sitting gives me that same feeling of satisfaction. There's nothing worse than devouring an amazing novel, only to realize you'll have to wait at least a few years (or a LOT of years, *cough* George R.R. Martin *cough*) until you can get your hands on the next one. If that sounds like your nightmare, then you'll love this list of completed sci-fi/fantasy series you can ~binge-read~.

    1. Red Rising by Pierce Brown

    Del Rey (Random House)

    While Brown is currently working on a second trilogy that follows where the first one ends, the first three books in the Red Rising trilogy hold up amazingly well on their own. They follow the story of Darrow, a lowborn "Red" who works in the dangerous mines of a futuristic inhabited Mars. Their world is run by "Golds" — beautiful, rich, and powerful beings. When tragedy strikes Darrow's family, he finds himself mixed up in a rebellious uprising of "lowcolors," keen on bringing down the reign of the Golds. Darrow is forced to go undercover to bring his tormenters down from the inside. But he finds that not all of the Golds he meets are necessarily enemies, and with a new face and body of a Gold, he struggles to remember his true identity and why he set out on this dangerous mission in the first place.

    Get Red Rising from Amazon for $14.40, Barnes & Noble for $15.12, or a local bookseller through Indiebound here.

    2. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

    Margaret K. McElderry Books

    This series has everything you could want in YA fantasy: vampires, werewolves, magic, and unrequited teenage love. This six-book series introduced us to Clary, a young girl living in NYC, who is suddenly thrust into a magical world of "Shadowhunters" her mother tried to shield her from. When she discovers her mother has been kidnapped by the same evil Shadowhunter who caused her to flee to NYC, Clary vows to join a team of young Shadowhunters to find and save her mother. Joined by her childhood best friend, Simon, Clary will learn just how much her mother kept secret from her... and how much she'll have to sacrifice to save the people she loves.

    Get City of Bones from Amazon for $5.35, Barnes & Noble for $11.75, or a local bookseller through Indiebound here.

    3. Shades of Magic by V.E. Schwab

    Tor Books

    In this adult trilogy by V.E. Schwab (the pseudonym of YA author Victoria Schwab), we meet the Antari, a rare group of magicians with the power to transport themselves between parallel Londons. Kell, who is from Red London, can cross into the other versions: Grey, White, and even the notorious Black. Kell may work as an ambassador between these worlds, but he's also a smuggler, and when he finds himself in some trouble, he's saved by an ambitious thief named Delilah Bard. Dangerous magic is now loose, and Kell and Delilah must work together to save all of the Londons — but they'll need to survive first.

    Get A Darker Shade of Magic from Amazon for $10.87, Barnes & Noble for $13.43, or a local bookseller through Indiebound here.

    4. Xenogenesis by Octavia Butler

    Warner Books

    This trilogy's first novel, Dawn, introduces us to Lilith, a woman who has lost her son and husband in the fires that destroyed Earth. She is one of the few humans who were rescued at the last minute by the Oankali, an alien race that survives by genetically merging themselves with other civilizations. They've kept the Earthlings alive, in a deep sleep, for centuries, but now they want Lilith to help bring their ship back to a now-inhabitable Earth so they can merge their two races. But some of the humans aren't happy about this deal, even if it means the destruction of their own race. Lilith will have to decide who to side with, especially when all of humanity is at stake.

    Get Dawn from Amazon for $16.99, Barnes & Noble for $18.33, or a local bookseller through Indiebound here.

    5. The Magicians by Lev Grossman


    This trilogy is basically Harry Potter for adults. It follows Quentin, a high school senior who, despite being brilliant, spends most of his time pining after a fictional magical world called Fillory from a series of books he loved as a child. But when he's accepted to a top secret school of magic, he'll discover that real magic isn't always fun and games. When even his wildest dream of magic being real doesn't bring him happiness, Quentin sets out to discover what will: the real Fillory. Will it be everything he dreamed? Or a fantasy turned nightmare?

    Get The Magicians from Amazon for $10.87, Barnes & Noble for $15.30, or a local bookseller through Indiebound here.

    6. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

    Scholastic Press

    This four-book series introduces us to Blue, the daughter of a clairvoyant mother but with no powers herself. However, one day she finally sees something mysterious: the image of Gansey, a boy from the local private school. This can mean one of two things: either she is his true love...or she will be the one to kill him. Despite this, Blue feels a pull toward Gansey and finds herself entangled with him and his group of friends from school, known as the "Raven Boys" — and once this friendship begins, their lives will never be the same again.

    Get The Raven Boys from Amazon for $9.89, Barnes & Noble for $10.54, or a local bookseller through Indiebound here.

    7. Hyperion Cantos by Dan Simmons

    Bantam Spectra

    This critically acclaimed series takes us on a journey to Hyperion, a mysterious and notorious planet in Simmons' universe. The first novel, Hyperion, follows a seemingly random group of pilgrims on their way to the planet, but we'll discover that they all have their own unique connection to Hyperion and its legendary monster: the Shrike. The sequel continues the pilgrims' journey, while the final two novels tell a new story within the same universe. Simmons definitely weaves an intricate and extremely unique world — one that will make you want to devour all four books.

    Get Hyperion from Amazon for $11.55, Barnes & Noble for $7.99, or a local bookseller through Indiebound here.

    8. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

    Bloomsbury USA Childrens

    With touches of a Beauty and the Beast retelling, magical faeries, and plenty of romance to go around, this trilogy is an insanely fun read. It follows Feyre, a girl who watched her family lose everything and now hunts in the dark and wild woods outside of her village to keep them alive. When she not-so-accidentally kills a member of the reviled Fae, a High Lord enacts vengeance by dragging her back to his castle...forever. There, Feyre learns secrets about the Fae world and its people, and discovers that not everyone is what they seem. Despite being human, Feyre might be the only one who can save the Fae from an evil queen — and save herself in the process.

    Get A Court of Thorns and Roses from Amazon for $8.79, Barnes & Noble for $11.08, or a local bookseller through Indiebound here.

    9. The Wayward Pines Trilogy by Blake Crouch

    Thomas & Mercer

    This trilogy's first novel, Pines, starts off with secret service agent Ethan Burke arriving in a small, countryside town called Wayward Pines, Idaho. He's there to investigate the disappearance of two of his fellow agents, but before he can begin he's involved in a violent accident. When he wakes up in a hospital, he has no ID and no cell phone, and no one seems to believe he is who he says he is. Burke begins to realize that Wayward Pines isn't the idyllic town he thought it was...and he might not make it out of there alive. This science fiction thriller's twists and turns will have you buying the next two novels before you've even finished the first.

    Get Pines from Amazon for $11.99, Barnes & Noble for $13.46, or a local bookseller through Indiebound here.

    10. The Pillars of Reality by Jack Campbell

    Audible Studios

    This six-part series was written exclusively for Audible, so if you're an audio book lover looking for a binge listen, this is the perfect series for you. But it's also available in book form if that's more your speed! Dragons of Dorcastle introduces us to Mari and Alain, two young prodigies from warring guilds. Mari is a Mechanic, skilled in building and fixing machines. Alain is a Mage, a magician of sorts who can cast spells. Their guilds' rivalry goes back centuries, and Mages and Mechanics have been taught to treat each other as enemies...but when circumstances throw Alain and Mari together, they find they have more in common than they expected. This YA series follows these star-crossed lovers as they bring revolution to a divided world.

    Get Dragons of Dorcastle from Amazon for $15, Barnes & Noble for $15, or a local bookseller through Indiebound here.

    11. Wayfarers by Becky Chambers

    Hodder & Stoughton

    The three books in this series are all connected by the same universe, but feature different characters and storylines so you can fully immerse yourself in Chambers' complex galactic world. The first novel, The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, features a ragtag group of space travelers sent on a mission to create a new wormhole in one of the most dangerous territories in the galaxy. Along the way, the crew gets into plenty of lighthearted hijinks, but also come together as a unique form of found family. The writing style lets you really dive into each character's storyline, and the other two books feature even more amazing and hilarious characters!

    Get The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet from Amazon for $10.87, Barnes & Noble for $15.29, or a local bookseller through Indiebound here.

    12. Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb

    Spectra Books

    Beginning with Assassin's Apprentice, this trilogy follows Fitz, a bastard born into a royal family who abhors his natural gift with animals, known as an old magic called "the Wit." Eventually, Fitz joins his family by becoming a "King's Man," where he learns combat skills and even how to hone his magic. There, he meets Chade, a trained assassin who offers to take Fitz under his wing. The trilogy follows Fitz's exploits as an assassin, attempting to keep the people he loves safe from dangers both magical and royal. Although this is only a trilogy, Hobb's other series do contain some of the same characters, so there's plenty to binge!

    Get Assassin's Apprentice from Amazon for $8.41, Barnes & Noble for $7.99, or a local bookseller through Indiebound here.

    13. The Inheritance Trilogy by N.K. Jemisin

    Hachette Book Group Orbit

    Yeine's mother has just been killed, and although she is mourning she is called to the floating city of Sky by her grandfather, the ruler of the world and the head of the family Yeine and her mother were estranged from. There, her grandfather names Yeine his heir...something his niece and nephew are less than pleased about. This throws Yeine into a bloody three-way war for power, one that eventually involves the gods, four of whom are enslaved in Sky to act as the kingdom's personal weapons. Yeine will have to fight for her place as ruler, while trying to discover the truth about her mother's murder.

    Get The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms from Amazon for $13.36, Barnes & Noble for $8, or a local bookseller through Indiebound here.

    14. Malazan Book of the Fallen by Steven Erikson

    Tor Books

    Erikson's 10-book high fantasy series is truly epic: It spans thousands of years and multiple continents throughout its plot. Its first novel, Gardens of the Moon, opens with discontent growing within the Malazan Empire. Bloody war from multiple sides has weakened the empire, but Empress Laseen's rule remains strong, thanks in part to her team of Claw assassins. But resistance is simmering as well, and when the Empress turns greedy eyes to the last Free City, she'll find that she's not alone in her ache for conquest. With plenty of Game of Thrones–style plot and intrigue, this is truly a bingeable series you won't be able to put down.

    Get Gardens of the Moon from Amazon for $10.43, Barnes & Noble for $9.58, or a local bookseller through Indiebound here.

    15. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard


    Red Queen, the first novel in this four-part series, follows Mare Barrow, a red-blooded commoner who thieves to feed herself and her family. Much like in Red Rising, the "Reds" live under the shadow of "Silvers," those with magical powers and marked by silver blood. Reds constantly live under the threat of Silver power; that is, until Mare accidentally discovers she has powers of her own...and the Silvers want to keep that a secret. Mare is forced to join the royal Calore family, pretending to be a fellow Silver betrothed to Prince Maven. Mare has a hidden agenda of her own, but betrayal and treason lurk around every corner, and Mare might have to ally with her biggest enemy to rise up for Reds everywhere.

    Get Red Queen from Amazon for $11.69, Barnes & Noble for $12.27, or a local bookseller through Indiebound here.

    16. The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan


    As one of the most famous high fantasy series, The Wheel of Time is a must for anyone looking to dive very deep into a fantasy world. Jordan's 14-book series takes place on a familiar world, Earth, but both past and future versions due to the cyclical nature of time that the series centers around. The first novel, The Eye of the World, introduces us to "the Dark One," and the only person who could stop that evil force: the Dragon Reborn. With the Dark One on the lookout for the young man who must be the Dragon Reborn, an Aes Sedai (magical servants to humanity) finds three potential candidates and smuggles them away for protection. Over the next 14 books (the final three being written by Brandon Sanderson after Jordan's death), the three protagonists will find themselves split across the world for the cause of the Dragon Reborn and their uphill battle to stop evil from spreading.

    Get The Eye of the World on Amazon for $16.43, Barnes & Noble for $9.44, or a local bookseller through Indiebound here.

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