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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 by far my most popular and best selling series. My publisher thinks this series is my best work as well. 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. The last Kingfountain story is called the Poisoner’s Revenge.
#2: The First Argentines series
(Book 1: Knight’s Ransom, Book 2: Warrior’s Ransom, Book 3: Lady’s Ransom, Book 4: Fate’s Ransom)
This series take place in the Kingfountain world but several centuries before the events of The Queen’s Poisoner. Severn Argentine is the king in the original Kingfountain trilogy and this is the story of a Fountain-blessed knight who served his ancestors and helped establish the Argentine dynasty. There are easter eggs aplenty which nod to the origin story, but you don’t have to have read it in order to understand what’s going on. If a reader starts here first, that’s ok, I’d recommend going back to the top of the list before going on further.
#3: The Legends of Muirwood trilogy
(Book 1: Wretched, Book 2: Blight, Book 3: Scourge)
I would go here next because it’s the series that put me on the map and landed me a publishing deal with 47North. It is also the first to introduce 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.
#4: 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.
#5: The Harbinger Series
(Book 1: Storm Glass, Book 2: Mirror Gate, Book 3: Iron Garland, Books 4-5: TBD)
This is my most recent series so why am I suggesting it be read here? Well, this series can be read as a stand-alone and would be perfect for someone who had never read any of my writing before. It has a more Dickensian feel to it than my other books which have a more medieval or fantasy feeling to them. That being said, it’s still my opinion that the others series could be read first which is why I’m putting it in the reading order here. As I continue to invent new worlds to visit, it will become increasingly difficult to choose where to start.
#6: The Grave Kingdom Series
(Book 1: The Killing Fog, Book 2: The Buried World, Book 3: The Immortal Words)
This series is a stand-alone series. You don’t need to have read any of my other books in order to get into this story. So it is perfectly okay to start here, you just won’t see the inter-connections that exist in my other books. But this is a fun martial arts adventure story set in a world with a geography like Alaska and the culture like ancient China. Trips to both places inspired it.
#7: 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.
#8: 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.
Also, I wrote a memoir in 2019 which tells the story of how my writing career got started. It’s a story you won’t want to miss, called Your First Million Words.
If you’ve read this 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. My short story ‘Starman and Zucki’ is in the Summer 2018 issue and ‘El Chupacabra’ appeared in the Fall 2019 issue. I also wrote a Muirwood story for the Spring 2020 issue called “Sorieul’s Eyes” about the Kishion from Covenant of Muirwood.