One of my favorite types of series are duologies, it’s also the one that does not exist in autocorrect, so not my computer’s favorite. These mini series are just long enough to go deep into character and world building, but short enough that if you jump on from the beginning it isn’t absolute torture waiting. It might also be the one list of mine that doesn’t change much since not a lot of authors do this. The below is not in any order, but includes the current top duologies that stuck with me long after I read them.
- Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
- If you bring up Leigh Bardugo, more often than not everyone is talking about her first series, Shadow and Bone, but my favorite to date remains Six of Crows. I love her latest series with Nikolai, but something about this duology got me hooked the fastest. Between Kaz and all of his crew there is a character for everyone, and you will end up emotionally attached. I repeat, emotionally attached, and then devastated. I had gone into this thinking I would just get the second book a couple months later, save money, but nope I couldn’t handle the not knowing and went straight to Target (not even a bookstore). This series has become an amazing example of how effective a duology can be, there was an amazingly detailed world (you don’t even need to have read Shadow & Bone), well written characters, and a plot that twists and hits you hard all in two books. You really can’t ask for more.
- Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
- If I could feel like it would be doing a good service to everyone, this list would be filled with Ahdieh’s series, but Wrath & the Dawn, her first series still seems to be my favorite of her duologies (since I have to choose 😦 ) Flame in the Mist was also good, but this one felt more in depth, and definitely more fantastical. The world is built off A Thousand and One Nights, Ahdieh though made it all her own, adding in such detailed food that I got hungry, and character depth that had you questioning all your initial thoughts when they were introduced. The love story was the big draw in this series, each half of the couple coming off as strong individuals, but growing together. This duology might be the one that always remains on this list because I inhaled it like it was air.
- Warcross by Marie Lu
- This is the first of two controversial ones on the list, and maybe the lesser of the two to be honest. Why? I loved it, and so did many others, but there was also a lot of criticism, so someone will likely see this and say ‘that one??’. And yes, that one. Warcross was my first Marie Lu series, which is probably a disservice to her since I’ve heard so many good things about her books, but I did pick this one up and really enjoyed it. There are a few plot points that could have been worked on, but this duology was immersive and fun, making both books go by so quickly. Add in the video game aspect of it as well as Tokyo, Japan, and I was hooked on every word.
- This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
- Otherwise known as V.E. Schwab, this was her one Young Adult duology, filled with monsters and demons, all of which control the world over the humans. This one was filled with lots of danger, great world building, and dark characters that had me thoroughly addicted. This was actually the series that got me into Schwab’s works, leadings me to A Darker Shade of Magic, so if you haven’t read this one yet and have read the Shade’s of Magic series you are missing out! Seriously, just pick this one up, and live my addiction!
- Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth
- The last duology on this list, and the more controversial of the ones I had mentioned is Carve the Mark. In all honesty – at least before I get all the criticisms thrown at me – this book was as immersive as all the others, and I really liked how well developed the characters were. They both start in opposite outlooks on life, and then flip and eventually meet each other in the middle. The side characters weren’t as well developed, but I was attached to the main ones for sure. It showed how easily one can become good or evil, broken or healed. So what was the controversy? There were a lot of accusations that this book was racist, which I didn’t see (maybe I read past it???), and the debate apparently still goes on. What I have yet to see though is someone pointing out the parts that are racist, so I’m on the fence as to what to believe, and feel bad for Roth since I really don’t think she had set out on a path to create something that would cause that kind of debate. For now, the book remains on the list.
What are some duologies that are your favorites? Let me know your recommendations, or your thoughts on the list in the comments below!!
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