Hidie Ho Neighbourinos!
Welcome to episode #3 of Sir Lancer Recommends!
The number three comes up a lot in the world of readers. So I figured for episode three we would focus on a trilogy. Actually, a trilogy of trilogies! and another trilogy! Kinda!
The first trilogy I am going to direct you towards has come up in a couple of Dragons and Jetpacks threads recently, and that is the Silo Trilogy by Hugh Howey.
The Silo Trilogy has to be one of my favourite reads of the last 2-3 years. The short chapters lead to the ever present “just one more chapter” syndrome many readers regularly deal with. Most seem to call it sci-fi, but I would go one step further to calling it speculative fiction. It takes place in the near future and is quite the “what if ” scenario. If anyone has read any of the Maddaddam books by Margaret Attwood I would place them in a similar zone. The overall situation reveals itself slowly over the trilogy so I won’t give any plot away, but I will say that a good portion of the trilogy focuses on a very strong female lead that is also up there with my favourites. Overall the Silo trilogy is a fantastic page turner and I am ashamed to say I have yet to read anything else by Hugh Howey
The second trilogy I am going to recommend is one I am pretty sure most people have read at list a bit of, and that is the First Law Trilogy by Joe Abercrombie.
Joe Abercrombie has become one of, if not my favorite authors. Authors like Glen Cook and his Black Company put gritty fantasy on the map, but Joe Abercrombie has brought it back in force. For a fantasy series it is fairly light on the fantastical elements, but heavy on the ball busting, kick ass awesomeness. To me the characters are what really shine in this trilogy and it contains three of my favourites. Logan Ninefingers, Inquisitor Glokta, and mercenary leader Nicomo Cocsa. You would be doing yourself a disservice by missing out on this trilogy or Joe Abercrombie’s writing in general. On top of the First Law Trilogy there were three stand alone novels (a trilogy…kinda?) that brings back some major and minor characters from the First Law Trilogy. They are Best Served Cold, The Heroes, and Red Country. They are just as good as the first three, and Red Country was my favourite of all six.
The third and final trilogy I am going to recommend is the Alchemy Wars Trilogy by Ian Tregellis.
Only the first two books have been released so far (the third comes out December 2016), but those first two books were fantastic with one of the most interesting settings I have ever read that you could call steampunk in certain aspects. In the series the Dutch have become the superpower of the world after mastering the art of alchemy which allows them to create subservient automatons to do their bidding (they are basically slaves) The pretty much follow similar rules to Asimov’s laws of robotics ala iRobot. The only holdouts are the French who have colonized Eastern Canada and take on the role of the resistance. The series starts with one of the mechanicals (Clakkers) somehow breaking free of the masters hold on him and goes from there. What follows is war, espionage, chaos, and all that good stuff. Once again one of the POV’s is a strong female which is always good and book three Liberation is near the top of my most anticipated releases of 2016.
So there you have it! A trilogy of trilogies (and a quasi trilogy as the cherry on top)! That concludes episode #3 of Sir Lancer Recommends, and as always happy reading and see you next time!