This post was originally published in March 2021. It has been updated to share the trilogies that I recommend the most!
Trilogies are a great way to enjoy a series without as much commitment.
Something I’ve noticed over the years is that when it comes to the many genres out there, trilogies are far more prominent in fantasy/sci-fi than they seem to be anywhere else. Since fantasy is my favorite genre, I have read a lot of trilogies. I also totally love trilogies because they don’t take nearly as long as a typical series – which may consist of anywhere between five and twenty (or more) books. I have a hard time making a commitment to read a series for that long, especially because some of the installments are very lengthy!
Most of the trilogies I’ve suggested are fantasy/sci-fi, but I also threw a couple of my favorite romances in there as well. I’d love to see other genres take on trilogies more often because I think they’re so much fun – and it gives us a chance to see more of our favorite characters! Keep reading to find out if any of your favorite trilogies are on my list.
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You can find a synopsis of each trilogy below, along with links to buy them! Make sure to follow me on The StoryGraph to read my reviews and bookstagram to see my aesthetic photos of these titles and more.
by Deborah Harkness
You may have heard people call this “Twilight for adults,” but it’s so much more than that. It takes paranormal romance and makes it feel like it could actually be possible. It’s a very dense, academic world with a slower – almost calming – pace. I personally find it to be the perfect October read. I really enjoy the adaptation as well, since they did a great job following the books!
Arc of a Scythe
by Neal Shusterman
When I first joined the bookstagram community, this series was pretty widely revered. I decided to give it a try and I’m so glad I did. It’s a very unique take on dystopian fiction. To this day, I’ve never read anything like it. It’s wonderful in both print and audiobook formats.
by Stephanie Garber
Truly, I was lucky to read this trilogy as each book was released – allowing me to be a little ahead of the hype train. It’s a wonderfully magical trilogy that truly provides the best escape. The spin-off series, Once Upon a Broken Heart, is also really intriguing!
Crazy Rich Asians
by Kevin Kwan
Would you believe me if I told you this series was my introduction to audiobooks? Years ago, when I was finding my way back into the wonderful world of reading, I did an Audible trial and flew through this trilogy. It’s so entertaining, dramatic, and fun. The adaptation is also so beautiful!
by Marissa Meyer
I don’t see enough people talking about this trilogy, but truthfully, I think it’s Marissa Meyer’s best series! Don’t get me wrong, I love The Lunar Chronicles, but Renegades is on another level. If you enjoy a superhero/villain story where you’re never sure who’s really good or bad, this is perfect for you. It really does a deep dive into the heart of humanity.
Shades of Magic
by V.E. Schwab
To say that I love Shades of Magic would be the biggest understatement. It’s truly top-tier fantasy and the writing and world-building are unlike anything I’ve ever read. I swear that these will be classics one day. Schwab’s magic system and language alone are enough to set this apart. No matter how many times I read it, it’s still just as phenomenal as the first time.
Shadow and Bone
by Leigh Bardugo
Hello, favorite series of all time. These books have my entire heart, no lie. If you grew up with books like The Chronicles of Narnia or The Lord of the Rings, you’ll enjoy this trilogy because it really has the feel of those “classic” fantasies. It’s primarily plot-based but still has phenomenal characters (including my favorite fictional character ever). I could talk forever about this world, which is why I created an entire blog category just to revolve around it! The adaptation is also great!
The Boyfriend Project
by Farrah Rochon
This series is hands down one of my favorites in the romance category. While each book can technically be read as a stand-alone, I highly recommend reading them in order. It helps you understand the heart of each character so much better! I honestly can’t speak highly enough about these. My one complaint? That the series is only a trilogy! I wish it went on forever because I love it so much.
The Daevabad Trilogy
by S.A. Chakraborty
Where do I even begin when it comes to this gorgeous trilogy? If you want beautiful world-building, look no further. It’s truly exceptional. The entire time I was reading, I felt like I was in the story, rather than just looking at words on a page. It’s phenomenal as both a physical book and an audiobook. When you’re finished with the trilogy, be sure to pick up The River of Silver to enjoy several short stories told from the perspectives of different characters throughout the world! It’ll bring tears to your eyes.
The Dreamer Trilogy*
by Maggie Stiefvater
*This is a spin-off of The Raven Cycle, but seeing as that’s a 4-book series and not a trilogy, I’m including this instead. Also, no hate to the original series, but I preferred this trilogy! I found this a bit easier to understand and I connected to the characters much more. It’s still got the dark whimsy of TRC and includes a lot of callbacks to that series, but it’s very much its own story as well. The final book made me sob my eyes out, which I was not expecting at all!
by Elizabeth May
Why don’t I see more people raving about this trilogy? I have so many questions! It’s absolutely incredible. Faeries, a badass protagonist, Celtic lore, fantastic side characters, and tons of emotions fill the pages of this phenomenal series. When I finished it, I wanted to immediately turn around and start it again.
The Green Bone Saga
by Fonda Lee
Talk about a wild ride. The Green Bone Saga absolutely blew me away. Thankfully, I buddy-read this series because if I had been going through it alone, I’m not sure I would have survived it, emotionally speaking. It’s true urban fantasy, with elements of martial arts, and a wicked cast of characters. Everyone is morally grey, you can never be sure what’s going to come next, and expect to deal with wracking sobs upon reaching the final book.
The Inheritance Games
by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Did you enjoy watching Knives Out? You’ll love this trilogy! This was the series that convinced me to find my way back to mysteries again. It’s so creative and filled with tons of twists and turns. One thing is for sure: you’ll never be bored while reading this one!
The Prison Healer
by Lynette Noni
If you’re feeling stuck when it comes to the fantasy genre, may I suggest this series? Or, more accurately, may I shove this in your face and beg you to read it??? Because it’s a phenomenal series and there’s no doubt in my mind that it will blow you away. I think this will forever be my slump-buster. It’s got elemental magic and wonderful characters, and if you think you know what’s happening – chances are, you don’t. Enjoy!
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
by Jenny Han
Hate me all you want, but I watched the movie first. In my defense, I didn’t know it was an adaptation until after I watched it, because I didn’t grow up reading Jenny Han like so many others did. However, I immediately read all of the books after the first movie and fell in love. They’re so incredibly cute and lighthearted and just pure fluffy goodness.