I thought for today’s post I would show you some of the series that I would love to be able to finish in 2021. One of my bookish aims in 2021 is to finish more series, as I always seem to start them but never finish them. There are a couple of series that I am desperate to finish for a variety of reasons, so by putting them in this blog post I am being held accountable.
For all the series, I will put a cover and synopsis of the first books in the series, so I don’t give any spoilers if anyone has not read them. I will also give a brief explanation as to why I want to finish them.
Without further ado, here are the series that I want to finish in 2021.
Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin
Bound as one to love, honor, or burn.
Two years ago, Louise le Blanc fled her coven and took shelter in the city of Cesarine, forsaking all magic and living off whatever she could steal. There, witches like Lou are hunted. They are feared. And they are burned.
Sworn to the Church as a Chasseur, Reid Diggory has lived his life by one principle: thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. His path was never meant to cross with Lou’s, but a wicked stunt forces them into an impossible union—holy matrimony.
The war between witches and Church is an ancient one, and Lou’s most dangerous enemies bring a fate worse than fire. Unable to ignore her growing feelings, yet powerless to change what she is, a choice must be made.
And love makes fools of us all.
I started Serpent and Dove at the beginning of 2021, and I loved it. I loved the setting, characters and the romance. So I am desperate to finish the series in 2021. I already own the second book in the series, Blood and Honey, and the third and final book comes out sometime in 2021. So fingers crossed I will have finished this series by the end of the year, I’m pretty sure that it will be a favourite of mine.
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.
Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.
Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.
I also started the Shadow and Bone series earlier in 2020, and I only have the final book in the series, Ruin and Rising left. So far the books in the Shadow and Bone series have been solid 3 star reads for me, but I’m not sure what I am going to think of Ruin and Rising. I hope the series ends off at a good point for me. Leigh Bardugo is definitely an author that I want to carry on with, so Ruin and Rising is a priority for 2021.
Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
Mia Corvere is only ten years old when she is given her first lesson in death.
Destined to destroy empires, the child raised in shadows made a promise on the day she lost everything: to avenge herself on those that shattered her world.
But the chance to strike against such powerful enemies will be fleeting, and Mia must become a weapon without equal. Before she seeks vengeance, she must seek training among the infamous assassins of the Red Church of Itreya.
Inside the Church’s halls, Mia must prove herself against the deadliest of opponents and survive the tutelage of murderers, liars and daemons at the heart of a murder cult.
The Church is no ordinary school. But Mia is no ordinary student.
Nevernight is a series that took me a while to get into, and I’m not sure that I can remember all that much that happened within it. But I would love to finish the series, as it sounds like something that I am going to love. So before I can carry on with books 2 and 3, I feel like I have to reread it book 1, which is taking me a very long time. So in 2021, I want to make it my mission to finish this series.
The Broken Earth Trilogy by N. K. Jemisin
This is the way the world ends. Again.
Three terrible things happen in a single day. Essun, a woman living an ordinary life in a small town, comes home to find that her husband has brutally murdered their son and kidnapped their daughter. Meanwhile, mighty Sanze — the world-spanning empire whose innovations have been civilization’s bedrock for a thousand years — collapses as most of its citizens are murdered to serve a madman’s vengeance. And worst of all, across the heart of the vast continent known as the Stillness, a great red rift has been torn into the heart of the earth, spewing ash enough to darken the sky for years. Or centuries.
Now Essun must pursue the wreckage of her family through a deadly, dying land. Without sunlight, clean water, or arable land, and with limited stockpiles of supplies, there will be war all across the Stillness: a battle royale of nations not for power or territory, but simply for the basic resources necessary to get through the long dark night. Essun does not care if the world falls apart around her. She’ll break it herself, if she must, to save her daughter.
The Broken Earth Trilogy is another series that I started this year but have not finished. A bit like Nevernight I feel like I need to reread The Fifth Season before carrying on with the series. It took a while for me to get used to the writing style within this series as it is all written in the second person. So I feel like I will take in more of the information with a second read, which will mean I can finish the series.
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king’s champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.
The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass—and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.
Throne of Glass is a series that I am desperate to finish soon. Sarah J Maas is one of my favourite authors, so I really need to get on with finishing her first series. I had seen lots of people mention about reading Throne of Glass after her newer works, which I have done. So I now need to finish the Throne of Glass series to have completed all her books so far.
There you have it, all the series that I need to finish within 2021. Hopefully this is a realistic plan, and I will be able to do it. Wish me luck!