Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme that currently resides at The Artsy Reader Girl and features bloggers sharing lists on various book topics. For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday participants are tasked with listing the top books that they wish had an epilogue. This is a pretty fun topic, although I’m going to alter it slightly and change epilogue to sequel. There are a ton of great books out there that really deserve a follow-up in some way shape or form and I can think of several awesome examples of the bat that I would really like to see more of.
To come up with this list I looked at some of my favourite standalone novels and series and had a think about which ones I thought deserved a sequel. I made sure to avoid novels which already have a planned sequel coming out in the future (even if it has been promised for a very long time), and mostly focussed on books that have nothing currently planned or where the author has no real intention of ever doing a sequel for. In most cases this is a real shame as I think that all the entries down below definitely deserve some more content in one shape or another.
Star Wars: Doctor Aphra by Sara Kuhn
I loved this audio adaptation of the various comics featuring standout Star Wars extended universe character Doctor Aphra, and I hope that they consider doing a sequel that covers some of her other adventures.
The Constant Rabbit by Jasper Fforde
Jasper Fforde honestly tied up everything pretty perfectly in this awesome novel, although I would gladly read more books about these hilariously sentient rabbits.
Kal Jerico series
It has been a couple of years since the last Warhammer 40,000 novel or comic featured the amazing character of Kal Jerico, bounty-hunter extraordinaire. The last novel, Sinner’s Bounty, was really good, and I want to see more of this amazing and flamboyant protagonist.
An awesome book from last year that really needs a sequel at some point. Get onto it Stephen King!
Top Ten Tuesday:
Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant
I would give anything to see more of the freaky and terrifying mermaid monsters featured in this impressive horror read by Mira Grant. There is still so much story that could be continued here, and I hope that Grant fleshes out Into the Drowning Deep’s unique plot into a sequel or even a whole series.
A People’s History of the Vampire Uprising by Raymond A. Villareal
A fun and clever novel about a vampire epidemic springing up around the world. Villareal left a lot of potential storylines open and I would love to see this world explored more at some point.
The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini
Even after finishing more than 10 years ago, The Inheritance Cycle remains one of my favourite all-time fantasy series to this day, mainly due to its clever world-building and massive narrative. As such, I would love to see more adventures set in this universe and there are a ton of unanswered questions that need to be explored.
Star Wars: Death Troopers by Joe Schreiber
Ok, so technically Death Troopers, a fantastically fun novel about zombies in the Star Wars universe, did get a prequel with the Old-Republic novel Red Harvest, that explored the origins of the zombie virus. However, I personally would love to see more zombie-related stories in the Star Wars universe and I think it would a fun addition to the current canon (although I can’t really see Disney doing that). Still, never say never, especially for something this awesome.
The Coven trilogy by R. A. Salvatore
Bestselling fantasy author R. A. Salvatore absolutely killed it between 2018 and 2020 with The Coven trilogy. Set in his Corona universe and featuring the novels Child of a Mad God, Reckoning of Fallen Gods and Song of the Risen God, The Coven trilogy was extremely compelling and introduced some intriguing new characters while also bringing back some iconic figures from his Demon Wars Saga. The final book left with several storylines wide open and I have yet to see any indication that Salvatore is coming back to this universe anytime soon. Hopefully we’ll see a sequel trilogy in the next few years, I know I will have a great time with it.
The Holdout was a cool standalone legal thriller from a few years ago that I had a brilliant time reading. While this initial story was wrapped up really well, I would love to see more jury-related storylines in the future, potentially with The Holdout’s protagonist involved in other controversial jury cases.
Nuking the Moon by Vince Houghton
Give me more fun stories about the most idiotic military plans and technology from history!
Star Wars: Dark Disciple by Christie Golden
Another great Star Wars book that deserves a sequel of some variety. Dark Disciple followed two major characters from the Star Wars extended universe, including Quinlan Vos (recently mention in the Obi-Wan Kenobi series), and I would love to see what happened to him, and other characters, after the events of this book and Order 66.
Devolution was one of my favourite books of 2020 and contained an outstanding standalone read about sasquatches attacking a small community. While this was a really awesome novel that came together extremely well in the end, I always felt that Brooks could have made his novel longer and expanded the story out a bit more. As such, I think a Devolution sequel would be pretty awesome as there are so many more details that could be explored.
Could we get another one of these that parodies Star Trek: The Next Generation? Wil Wheaton’s narration of the audiobook version would be even funnier that way.
Well, that’s the end of this latest list. I hope you enjoy my somewhat unique choices above, and maybe if we’re lucky there might be some follow up novels to the in the future. In the meantime, let me know what books you think deserve fun sequels in the comments below?