Back at ArmadilloCon, I was on a panel about plotting and planing a series, and in part of that, we talked about defining the different things we call "series". Because there are three different things:
- SAGA: Where the series is One Grand Tale, which takes multiple volumes to tell.
- SEQUENCE: Where each book is its own individual story, but there is a definitive order and progression, and should be read in that order to make sense.
- FRANCHISE: Where each book is a complete and discrete story, and each one can be read with no prior knowledge or expectation.
Now, people have been asking me, "What's the best reading order for all the Maradaine books?" There isn't a perfect answer to that, though even still, right now, release order is fine. Though once we get past A Parliament of Bodies, that's going to get more complicated.
You could also read each series in a run, just as pictured above.
However, I think a lot of value can be gained by reading the books in in-world chronological order.
- The Thorn of Dentonhill
- A Murder of Mages
- The Holver Alley Crew
- The Alchemy of Chaos
- An Import of Intrigue
- Lady Henterman's Wardrobe
- The Imposters of Aventil
- A Parliament of Bodies