So I’ve decided to muscle in on The Broke and the Bookish‘s fantastic Top Ten Tuesday meme! This week it’s…
🌈Top Ten Sophomore Novels That We Loved Just As Much If Not More Than The Author’s Début🌈
I don’t think I’ve actually read many début novels, or if I have their début was so long ago they have passed into the annals of history. My list is therefore more accurately ‘sequels to books that may or may not have been the author’s début but which I like just as much as the first book .’ It’s a bit of a mouthful so I kept the original title.
1. The Magician’s Nephew by C. S. Lewis
The Magician’s Nephew is the prequel to The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (although it was written afterwards) and is actually my favourite book in the series. I loved the characters of Digory and Polly (and even Uncle Andrew) and the chapter where they go to the dying world of Charn and accidentally wake the White Witch is one of my favourite parts in children’s literature.
2. Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident and The Eternity Code
I bashfully admit that I never finished the Artemis Fowl series. I don’t even have a good reason why. I did however very much enjoy the two Artemis Fowl books that followed the début immensely. In the first book, Artemis is very much at odds with the Fairy people but in the second and third books they begrudgingly work together and friendships even begin to form. I need to pick up this series again!
3. Gormenghast by Mervyn Peake
I’ve never met anyone else who has read the Gormenghast trilogy. I keep pestering my brother to read them as I know he would enjoy them but to no avail. Anyway, I devoured ‘Titus Groan’, the first in the trilogy, but thought ‘Gormenghast’ was even better. I love the macabre web of misdeeds and deceptions strewn across the castle of Gormenghast and I think Steerpike, is one of the most arresting and Machiavellian characters I’ve come across in any genre! If you do get your hands on a copy, try to get one with Peake’s original illustrations as he was an excellent artist.
4. Lirael and Abhorsen by Garth Nix
I really loved Sabriel when I read it many, many years ago and fretted if it could be matched by its predecessors. I needn’t have worried as I thought Lirael and Abhorsen were spectacular. Lirael is such a relatable character and the plot was fraught with danger and adventure. And of course it is inconceivable to dislike any novel with Mogget and the Disreputable Dog as supporting characters!
5. The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman
The Northern Lights (or Golden Compass as it’s known is some places) is one of my favourite children’s books. The whole trilogy is outstanding with excellent protagonists in Lyra and Will, a touch of the fantastical with daemons, witches and highly sentient armoured bears and adult themes of theology, philosophy and responsibility. If I had to chose, The Northern Lights would just edge out the other two but they are more than worthy successors.
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So there are my top five sequel books and I’m proud of myself for having finished a Top Ten post without mentioning Harry Potter! Go me!
Nobody’s perfect. 😉