One of the questions I get regularly from readers is: “what order should I read your books?”
Every reader is different and you may start on any series you’d like based on whatever strikes you. But since so many have asked for my opinion, here is the order I would read them.
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#1: The Kingfountain series
(Book 1: The Queen’s Poisoner, Book 2: The Thief’s Daughter, Book 3: The King’s Traitor, Prequel: The Maid’s War)
I would start here because it’s my newest release and begins a brand new world and magic system. My publisher thinks this series is my best work. I’ll let you decide that for yourself! Although the events of The Maid’s War happens before The Queen’s Poisoner, I still recommend reading it after King’s Traitor. It can be read first, however. It won’t give away spoilers for the first 3 books.
There are several more books coming in the Kingfountain series (Book 4: The Hollow Crown, Book 5: The Silent Shield, and Book 6: The Forsaken Throne, and another prequel, The Poisoner’s Enemy). I recommend saving these next books until after you have read The Legends of Muirwood (for reasons I won’t explain due to spoilers!). If you can hold off even longer, read Whispers of Mirrowen too as well. Just trust me. Then you can pick up the next batch. I also recommend reading the other prequel, The Poisoner’s Enemy (which tells Ankarette’s backstory) after book 6. In other words, read them in the order they were published, not chronologically according to plotline.
#2: The Legends of Muirwood trilogy
(Book 1: Wretched, Book 2: Blight, Book 3: Scourge)
I would go here next because it’s still my most popular series and first introduced my readers to my style of inter-chapter quotes from real history modified for fantasy purposes, the Virtus themes I like to write about (see Manifesto on Virtue for more on that), and it’s a pretty awesome story that still makes me cry.
#3: The Covenant of Muirwood trilogy
(Book 1: Banished, Book 2: Ciphers, Book 3: Void)
If you liked the original Muirwood trilogy, then I definitely recommend reading the Covenant series next while the information about abbeys, mastons, and the hetaera are fresh in your mind. This series takes place centuries after the original trilogy and so you must piece together the clues to figure out what happened in between.
What’s unique about this series is that Maia’s story actually begins with the graphic novel “Muirwood: The Lost Abbey” (or if you want the prose version, that’s available too as “The Lost Abbey”) and then proceeds to Banished. You don’t need to read The Lost Abbey to get what’s going on, but it will help provide some clues that will be helpful throughout the series.
#4: The Whispers from Mirrowen trilogy
(Book 1: Fireblood, Book 2: Dryad-Born, Book 3: Poisonwell)
Many readers want to know if Muirwood and Mirrowen are connected. They take place in different worlds and can be read independently of each other. But there are clues in Poisonwell and Void of Muirwood that suggest the stories may be connected. I wrote this as an independent series, inspired by the epic fantasy books I read during my teenage years.
#5: The Landmoor Series
(Book 1: Landmoor, Book 2: Silverkin)
I started this series a long time ago and it really shows how I’ve evolved as a writer. It was originally intended at an epic fantasy series that would go for 10+ books, but I stopped writing in this world a long time ago and have no immediate plans to pick it up again (cue groans and fist-waving some many die-hard fans who still really, *really* like this series). I’m not saying I won’t continue this series someday, but it’s not on the horizon. Still…if you’re hungry for more books from me, why not check this one out? If enough people actually read it, I may be persuaded to continue it.
These are other books or stories I’ve written which are not easily available. The Wishing Lantern is my first story that was ever accepted for publication and I hired an artist to turn it into a children’s book which I published in 1999. Hardcover copies are difficult to find, but the Kindle version is cheap. The world of the Wishing Lantern is related to the Landmoor series if you pay close attention,
If you’ve read his far, you might also want to check out my e-zine, Deep Magic. I regularly contribute stories and articles, including the short story/novella ‘The Beesinger’s Daughter’ featured in the June 2016 issue. My short story ‘Metamorphistry’ is in the June 2017 issue.