Not every series is perfect, even the ones that we love with all of our hearts. This week on Top Five Wednesday, the topic ios: your least favourite book in your favourite series.
As a disclaimer, we don’t hate any of these books. In fact we love them, they’re just not our favourites from the series. Whether they take the plot in a completely direction or try to kickstart new drama, these are the books that are the weakest of the herd. Not that they really slow the rest of the group down.
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5. The Two Towers, The Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien
I love the first half of The Two Towers, all the scenes with Aragorn, Legolas and Gimil and the scenes with Merry and Pippin. Yet, I find the book is killed dead for me with all the Frodo and Sam parts. Part one of the Tower is all adventures, heroes and grand events while the second half is just a slow crawl to Mordor. It has it’s high points, like Sam fighting Shelob and taking on the quest along with saving Frodo, but that’s pretty much it.
The reason that this is my least favourite is because in The Return of the King, the final part doesn’t just focus on Sam and Frodo but everyone coming back together. The Lord of the Rings is the series that taught me it’s okay to like the side characters more than the main character.
4. Sea of Wind, The Twelve Kingdoms – Fuyumi Ono
This novel follows a young Kirin (the creatures responsible for picking Kings in this world) as he comes to terms with what he is and his quest. The concept of the book was interesting but overall it didn’t hold up against the rest of the books in the series.
3. The Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter – J.K. Rowling
We need to talk about The Order of the Phoenix. Harry needs to stop yelling at everyone. Look, we get it. He’s a teenager, you get angry when you’re a teenager. It’s normal. Not to mention he’s dealing with a lot more difficult and miserable things than any normal kid should have to deal with. It just gets difficult to keep reading about all of his outbursts and all of his fights with the people around him. On top of that, the part where he should have gotten angry: when Sirius dies, is the part where he starts to calm down. It’s true there are consequences to Harry’s actions. His anger makes him impulsive and that’s what leads to Sirius’s death. It’s overall just not a pleasant read to see all these characters you love lashed out at by Harry, someone who you’ve loved and grown up with.
2. City of Fallen Angels, The Mortal Instruments – Cassandra Clare
The original Mortal Instruments trilogy ended really well and tied everything up nicely. With City of Fallen Angels you’re coming back to these characters and it doesn’t feel like you should be. Their story is over. Throughout this entire book Clare is trying to set up conflicts that can be explored and resolved through the rest of the series. After these issues are created, the last fifty pages of the book really picks up. Not to mention the payoff at the end of the series makes it worth while. Slogging through the beginning of the book was just a little too much to handle.
1. The Invasion of the Tearling, Queen of the Tearling – Erika Johansen
This book was just weird. It did not go where either of us expected it too. In the first book of the series it’s hinted that the story takes place in the future of our world. It’s not until Invasion that you see just how far in the future the story takes place. You see, in Invasion you bounce between a medieval high fantasy and a high tech future dystopia. Think of it as Game of Thrones Lite crossed with A Handmaid’s Tale. It leaves you with a lot of questions, the biggest on being: how is there magic in this world?
Check out our review of Invasion of the Tearling here.
We’ve shared a few dirty secrets in this list, hopefully we won’t get into too much trouble… But as I said at the beginning, it’s not like we hate these books or even dislike them. They’re a part of our favourite series, we love them, all their flaws included.
What is your least favourite book in your favourite series? Tell us about them in the comments below. Until next week, Happy Reading!