|In Divine Fall, the last Nephilim|
will have to make a choice--
continue his quest for revenge, or
protect the girl he's grown to love.
|Silver Lake and Gull Harbor|
are both reunion romances
mixed with ghost stories.
Of course, there are exceptions. A story about a detective or a private investigator, for example, easily lends itself to a series--the very nature of the job will thrust the main character into new danger, deceit, and mystery with each case. Or a series that uses the same setting, family, clan, etc. as a connection, focusing on different main characters with each new novel as opposed to the same two main characters. For example, fans of Whitney, My Love (which includes me) needed more of Whitney and Clayton, and Judith McNaught answered the call by creating the Westmoreland Saga. Each book can function as a stand-alone, but characters are connected as relatives of the seductive Duke of Claymore, and we get to see brief appearances of beloved characters from previous novels, or in the case of A Kingdom of Dreams, ancestors dating back to 1497.
Only a few trilogies or sagas featuring the same main characters have truly kept my interest through the entire journey. The Twilight Saga spanned four books, yet the conflict was strong enough, and the world-building intriguing enough, to keep me enjoying each new book. Yes, I loved Twilight, and when an editorial reviewer said Divine Fall reminded her of Twilight, I was thrilled.
One of my absolute favorite books, The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons, left me scrambling for the next in the series, Tatiana and Alexander. I thought the second was nearly as good as the first, and the ending was perfect. But then I went ahead and read the third, The Summer Garden, and I was so disappointed. It was a strange combination of childhood flashbacks that went nowhere mixed with sad details of present day life, and one of the characters did something I hated. Now, when I recommend The Bronze Horseman, I tell people to read the first two books and leave it at that!
Chime in - what do you prefer, stand alones, series, or both? What are your favorites? Why? Let's hear your opinion!