Top Ten Tuesday is a bookish meme hosted at The Broke and the Bookish
"Sequel" is just one of the best words ever coined, isn't it? That one word has been sending chills down my spine for time immemorial it seems. So when asked to come up with ten of the best ones out there, I decided to pull the reins in tight so to speak. We're going with direct sequels here, number two in the series every time. In most cases, I didn't think the first book could be topped. In a few select ones, the first book and I were casual acquaintances and then the author just went all in with the second, leaving me gobsmacked (I'm looking at you The Queen of Attolia). I look at this list and I'm looking at home. At falling in love. At every good thing.
The Kestrel by Lloyd Alexander - Stuff gets real in this book. Dark nights of the soul, man. Dark nights of the soul.
The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley - McKinley doesn't "do" sequels. Except when she totally does and goes back in time a few hundred years for some good old-fashioned dragon slaying.
Dicey's Song by Cynthia Voigt - This book had no right to be as good as it is. I mean, Homecoming was great and all. But Dicey's story is dinner.
Life Without Friends by Ellen Emerson White - Probably my favorite instance of a bit character in the first book getting a second chance. One of the sweetest and well-deserved romances I've had the pleasure of reading.
Morning is a Long Time Coming by Bette Greene - This one I wasn't expecting. Which made it all the more beloved. Of course there was more to Patty's story. There had to be. And of course it took place in Paris. Nowhere else would do.
Son of the Shadows by Juliet Marillier - Textbook example of blowing readers away after a perfect first book. Oh yeah? Well, how about this. An original fairy tale all her own.
Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card - This book. It is so beautiful. And so different from Ender's Game in every particular. I love that he wrote EG so that he could write Speaker for the Dead. Comparatively few people continue on to read it, but wow they are missing out.
Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs - This book cemented my love affair with urban fantasy. I gave up my heart without even a hint of regret. Everything about it is perfect.
Fire by Kristin Cashore - She just . . . writes better than everyone else. Yeah. I think that's what it is.