We all have our favorite series, right? Whether the series is coming to a graceful end (farewell, dear Sirantha) or chugging along merrily for the unforeseeable future (Eve and Roarke, looking great in your 30s–books, that is), those really memorable ones stick with us for a long time, sometimes making us wish we could stay in those worlds forever.
Fortunately, it seems like an increasing number of book series are somehow spinoffs of other popular, beloved works. It’s kind of like the best of both worlds, in my opinion. You get to have some familiar places or faces come up (whether friend or foe), yet you get to experience many things with a fresh pair of eyes. Some of the announced spinoffs have be so excited that I’m positively salivating for them with almost a year left to go. Here’s a smattering of some of the most exciting of these, both upcoming and in-progress.
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The Dread Queen Trilogy, by Ann Aguirre
Spinoff of Sirantha Jax series
Ann Aguirre has always been clear that her (excellent and awesome) Sirantha Jax series was meant to have a finite story arc, no more. She didn’t say she didn’t want to continue writing in that same mental sandbox, however. It was apparently pitched as “Prison Break in space — on a prison ship filled with warring factions, hostile territories and savage retribution, only the strong survive”. I’m in. According to Ms. Aguirre herself:
“The Dread Queen trilogy is set in the Jax universe, 30 to 40 years after Jax ends. The villain from Doubleblind, Jael, will be the hero & love interest. The heroine? Well, you’ll just have to wait and see. But Dred is pretty awesome.”
This just has me so excited, because Jael was easily one of the more conflicted, intriguing characters in the Jax series. I cannot wait to see what adventures are in store for him.
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Parasol Protectorate Abroad, by Gail Carriger
Spinoff of the Parasol Protectorate series
Did you enjoy the tales Carriger wrote about her character Alexia Tarrabotti? Well, things were never supposed to stop with her. I think I recall Carriger mentioning at a book signing once that Alexia Tarrabotti’s tales are more of a lead-in to the stories of her daughter, Prudence. According to Carriger:
“My intention with the Parasol Protectorate Abroad books is to explore the wider ramifications of my Steampunk British Empire, not just how technology has altered but how vampires and werewolves have evolved differently in other parts of the world.”
Yet another book that will have to wait for a while: it’s tentatively scheduled for release in Fall 2013.
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Iced: A Dani O’Malley Novel (Fever World #1) by Karen Marie Moning
Spinoff of Fever series
Blurb (clipped to remove spoilers):
The year is 1 AWC—After the Wall Crash. The Fae are free and hunting us. It’s a war zone out there, and no two days are alike. I’m Dani O’Malley, the chaos-filled streets of Dublin are my home, and there’s no place I’d rather be.
Dani “Mega” O’Malley plays by her own set of rules—and in a world overrun by Dark Fae, her biggest rule is: Do what it takes to survive. Possessing rare talents and the all-powerful Sword of Light, Dani is more than equipped for the task. In fact, she’s one of the rare humans who can defend themselves against the Unseelie. But now, amid the pandemonium, her greatest gifts have turned into serious liabilities.
When Dublin’s most seductive nightclub gets blanketed in hoarfrost, Dani finds herself at the mercy of Ryodan, the club’s ruthless, immortal owner. He needs her quick wit and exceptional skill to figure out what’s freezing Fae and humans dead in their tracks—and Ryodan will do anything to ensure her compliance.
Dodging bullets, fangs, and fists, Dani must strike treacherous bargains and make desperate alliances to save her beloved Dublin—before everything and everyone in it gets iced.
It goes without saying that this spinoff series will be beyond amazing. Readers of the Fever series got a taste of Dani O’Malley’s narrative in the later books, and from those little bits and pieces, this girl has got so much going on in that crazy noggin’. I’m really, really looking forward to seeing this universe through the eyes of someone other than Mac (no offense, hun!).
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A bit depressing that these dang books aren’t being released for some time, I know. Here’s one I absolutely cannot wait to jump into (for I’m told by many who’ve read it, it’s awesome!):
Gunmetal Magic (Kate Daniels World, #1) by Ilona Andrews
Spinoff of Kate Daniels series
Some people have everything figured out — Andrea Nash is not one of those people. After being kicked out of the Order of Knights of Merciful Aid, Andrea’s whole existence is in shambles. All she can do is try to put herself back together, something made easier by working for Cutting Edge, a small investigative firm owned by her best friend, Kate Daniels.
When several shapeshifters working for Raphael Medrano — the male alpha of Clan Bouda and Andrea’s former lover — die unexpectedly at a dig site, Andrea is assigned to investigate … and must work with Raphael. As her search for the killer leads her into the secret underbelly of supernatural Atlanta, Andrea knows that dealing with her feelings for Raphael might have to take a backseat to saving the world …
As if the Kate Daniels series weren’t awesome enough. I always wondered what was going on in Andrea’s head. She’s got a back story full of drama and strife and heartbreak. But she’s strong and loyal, resilient…all the things we love about Kate D. herself. Add the fact that Raphael, her ex, figures heavily into this plot, and I’m all in.
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Don’t want to overload this post, so I’ll just close with two more words that I’ve been waiting to see in relation to a spinoff series: Vlad Tepes. ^_^
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Do tell: are you a fan of spinoffs? If so, under what circumstances (does the original series need to be over? Must it be a multi-book spinoff?) Feel free to jump forward or backward in time for your mental list.