Staff Recommendations: Our Favorite Trilogies

Trilogies give readers a chance to explore universes and characters in a span of three books. We asked our staff to suggest their favorites. Here’s what they recommend!

Our Favorite Trilogies

Shades of London by Maureen Johnson

“The first book is called The Name of the Star. This is a YA mystery series about a team of paranormal investigators who are investigating a case where someone has been recreating crimes committed by Jack the Ripper. I gave each book five stars!”

– Danielle Heiert, adult/teen services programmer, Cold Spring Branch

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The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

“This is technically five books, but Adams often joked that it was a five-book trilogy. It’s a brilliant send-up of sci-fi tropes and a great social commentary wrapped up in a comedy.”

– Dave Anderson, Cold Spring Branch manager

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The Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson

“When I read these books, I couldn’t put them down. Admittedly, it took awhile to get through the first hundred pages of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo—lots of exposition and family member sorting—but once I hit my stride I plowed through them, and actually got eye strain as a result!”

– Julie Pergrem, patron services assistant, Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch

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The Bone Witch Trilogy by Rin Chupeco

“Everything changes when Tea accidentally resurrects her dead brother. Suddenly she is thrust into a world of learning what it means to be one of the most important and reviled types of witches there are: bone witches. Throughout the trilogy, we witness Tea navigating monsters and politics, as well as oppression. I love that this book gives representation of characters that make poor choices or go against the grain of being ‘good,’ as they learn there’s nothing good about the norm. Finishing this series left me sobbing and empty in the best way possible.”

– Jessi Holloway, children’s services programmer, Newport Branch

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Inkworld Series by Cornelia Funke

“The idea that reading aloud can bring characters and creatures from books into our world captured my imagination when I read it as a child. This series is a great coming of age story about family, reading and magic.”

– Katherine Sallee, adult/teen services librarian, Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch

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Emily Series by L.M. Montgomery

“While Anne Shirley is more famous, Emily is my favorite L.M. Montgomery heroine. She’s sensitive, clever and a talented writer. Throughout all three books, she works to hone her writing skills to fulfill her dream of becoming a published author. I’ve always admired Emily’s wit and determination.”

– Sarah Geisler, collection services librarian

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The Winternight Trilogy by Katherine Arden

“This series is a mixture of folklore, history and fairytale set in a wintry medieval Russia. You follow the story of Vasya, and her growth into an incredible heroine as she navigates the worlds of both magic and men. There’s a wicked stepmother, a fear-mongering preacher, a Winter King, and beautiful writing all around!”

– Stacey Venneman, early literacy outreach librarian

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The Folk of the Air by Holly Black

“The saga of a mortal girl raised in Faerie and a world PACKED with morally gray characters. It’s often marketed as a romance, and while there is a romance component, this series is really a political intrigue fantasy full of plots and poisons and revenge. Jude Duarte is one of my favorite book characters; I actually dressed up as her for Halloween!”

– Stephanie Daugherty, patron services assistant, Newport Branch

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A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

“A Great and Terrible Beauty follows Gemma, a girl whose mom has passed away, and is set at a Victorian-era London boarding school. She soon finds out she has powers to go to other realms. This series completely enveloped me when I was a teen. Gemma was defiant, headstrong, and stubborn. It was really fun to try to figure out what she would do next when faced with a new impossible situation.”

– Tera Stadtmiller, information services assistant, Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch

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The Sarah Agnes Prine Trilogy by Nancy E. Turner

“Set in Arizona territory, it follows Sarah, a strong woman who is the best shot around. She reminds me a lot of my great grandmother. These were independent women who took life as it is, took care of business, and carried on. Sarah is also keen on education, and we see her grow intellectually.”

– Toni Reinke, patron services assistant, Newport Branch

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