Admittedly, there are many sequels I’d sell my soul for.
As with every T5T topic Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads sets, it feels impossible to narrow it down to only five. But at the end of the day, there’s only so many books that would have me slapping down my signature in blood (or something like that), and these are at the top of the list. I’m trying my hardest to be patient and hope for good news, but man, it sure is hard.
For absolutely no reason at all, does anyone know someone interested in fulfilling bookish wishes in exchanges for souls? Asking for, uh, a friend.
Descendant of the Crane by Joan He
If I may repeat myself from last week, it is a crime that Descendant of the Crane didn’t get more attention than it did. As a result, it’s possible that it will stay a standalone forever, despite an ending that would be perfect for diving back into the world. We’ve been well and truly robbed by the publishing industry for not putting more faith in this book, and I will never not be bitter about it.
And if some miracle happens and we get another book to follow, you know I will pre-order it before you can even finish telling me the news.
The Thousand Eyes by A.K. Larkwood (The Serpent Gates #2)
I was completely and entirely enamored by The Unspoken Name, which featured powerful fantasy lesbians, a cast that’s morally gray at best and unrepentantly awful at worst, and a touch of portal fantasy that leaves so many open doors still to be explored. Now, I can’t get my hands on The Thousand Eyes fast enough! I need to know how Csorwe and Shuthmili handle themselves going forward, and I want to see more of Tal, horrible little menace that he is.
Sure, it’s coming relatively soon, but it’s still one of the sequels I’d sell my soul for.
Nona the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir (The Locked Tomb #3)
When Tor.com announced the Locked Tomb trilogy was expanding into a series, I think I may have actually gasped aloud. And then I immediately messaged the announcement to as many friends who’ve read Gideon the Ninth as I can think of. Imagine the cover we’re going to get! Imagine the absolutely unhinged but perfectly timed meme deployments! The mind-bending, mind-blowing plot twists! And don’t forget the outrageous amount of snark that only Gideon Nav can produce, completely unfiltered and unabashed.
Waiting until 2022 for this one hurts and I would like it now, please. 🥺
The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
So, I may not need to sell my soul for this one. Or maybe not sell all of it. I think I’ve seen Samantha Shannon hint at more to come in the world of The Priory of the Orange Tree on Instagram, and that is pretty much one of the only things I need in my life now. This book has dragons, sapphic royal/bodyguard romance, a friendship so deep and true and earnest that I actually cried real freaking tears, and a hyper-intelligent weasel-like creature you can’t not love.
Can you blame me for wanting more of it all?
This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal el-Mohtar and Max Gladstone
Okay, so maybe selling my soul for another This is How You Lose the Time War book is unwise. Or weird. After all, this novella ends on the perfect note, taking all its odd little speculative elements and riding off into the sunset. You forget you have any questions because the execution is so beautiful, and once you remember those questions? You don’t need them anymore, because you’re satisfied.
And yet I want to see more of this world, more of Red and Blue’s adventures, more of the time war. There’s so many things at work in this tiny little novella, so much we don’t explore, and I wouldn’t hesitate for a moment if we got the chance to revisit it through a new lens.
So, anybody have contact info for someone interesting in working out publishing miracles for souls? You know where to find me if you do. And if you don’t, what titles are you wanting sequels for? Let’s chat while we wait for someone to get back to us about making this whole soul selling thing happen, alright?