This is a question I’m asked fairly frequently at signings. It mainly comes from people who are new to my books, or who just discovered there are books that follow on from the Black Magician Trilogy. You can find the answer under the Books menu on this site, but to make it easier to work out I’ve written this post.
And the answer is… there isn’t one single order to stick to. To get the most out of my books, you should probably read the ones within a trilogy in the right order. Otherwise, the only recommendation I’d give is that you read the Black Magician Trilogy before its sequel, the Traitor Spy Trilogy.
The Black Magician Trilogy consists of:
The Magicians’ Guild
The High Lord
The Traitor Spy Trilogy consists of:
The Ambassador’s Mission
The Rogue (due May 5th 2011)
The Traitor Queen (not yet released)
The Magician’s Apprentice also relates to this world.
It is a stand alone prequel to the Black Magician Trilogy, set six hundred or so years earlier. You don’t have to read it first, you don’t have to read it between the trilogies, or after. It can be read at any point and not spoil the plot of books you read later.
The Age of the Five is set in a different world. It consists of:
Priestess of the White
Last of the Wilds
Voice of the Gods
These books are longer and are aimed at an older readership. There’s no reason a more sophisticated young reader would have any problems reading them, however. The books are considered to bridge the adult to young adult market because the main characters are mostly older than teenagers and there are one or two (not overly described) sex scenes.
You can find back cover blurbs and the first chapter of all currently released books under the Books menu above. But do remember that reading the blurbs and extracts of later books in a series can spoil the plots of earlier books. If you haven’t read a series, just read the first book’s blurb and chapter.