Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where each week we get a new topic for a top ten list. Sequels are tricky. You need to keep the interest of fans of the first book while still being original and inventive. They can be the best thing ever or the biggest disappointment ever. Here are ten sequels that surpassed the first novel in awesomeness.
1. Crown of Midnight, Sarah J. Maas. Holy hell, do I love this book. I thought Throne of Glass couldn’t be topped, but CoM just made me love every single character even more.
2. Siege and Storm, Leigh Bardugo. Though it made me sad that the Darkling went full-on baddie in this one (I still have faith in the his redemption!), I loved the addition of Sturmhond to the crew.
4. The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There, Catherynne M. Valente. It seemed an impossible task to recapture the magic of the first one, but Valente succeeded and handled September’s growing up perfectly.
9. Lirael, Garth Nix. While I love Sabriel, I relate so much more to Lirael.
10. The Ask and the Answer, Patrick Ness. If you thought the Mayor was bad in book one, he’s even worse in the second book.