Missing the epic fantasy, adventure, and love story that was The Mortal Instruments series? Here are three series to satisfy that craving. Each of them has something different to relate them to what made The Mortal Instruments so incredibly addicting, and you’re sure to enjoy at least one of them:
1. Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
I read this a really long time ago so plot details are a little bit fuzzy but here it goes: Aislinn, the protagonist, is able to see faeries when no one else can. Due to her ‘Sight,’ as she calls it, a handsome and dangerous faery begins stalking her. Aislinn soon finds out that his name is Keenan, he is the Summer King, and he has been searching for centuries to find his Winter Queen, whom he believes to be Aislinn. Ancient faery courts, dark magic, and an epic love triangle all make this a great read after the heartbreak of finishing The Mortal Instruments series.
2. Penryn and the End of Days by Susan Ee
The series is centred around Penryn, a female protagonist searching for her sister who has been abducted by an evil group (sound at all familiar to Clary and her mom?). Along the way to finding her sister, Penryn meets a handsome guy who just happens to have been exiled from this evil group and has a way to get her back. Oh yeah, did I mention these evil group members are actually avenging angels sent to Earth to let loose their wrath and basically take over the world? Although they are addicting, be forewarned that the books have some decent cheese to them, so go into the series with that knowledge.
3. Throne of Glass by Sara J. Maas
The other two series are set in a real world with a fantasy underground and magical elements to them, whereas this series is full-on fantasy. This series is great for anyone who loves badass female characters. The main character, Celaena Sardothien, is the best assassin in the land but she has been betrayed by her mentor and imprisoned. In order to be set free she must agree to compete in an assassin competition as the Prince’s champion. Once she arrives at the castle though, the competitors are being taken out one by one in a grisly fashion and Celaena has to fight for her life, not only in the competition but in real life as some darker force emerges from the shadows of the magical world. Of course, there are multiple love interests thrown into the books, and I really enjoy how Maas develops Celaena’s character. Each book gets better and more complex, exploring farther regions of the land and adding in more character POVs. It’s a great toned-down, YA Game-of-Thrones-esque series.