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Next Tuesday the final volume of Justin Cronin’s PASSAGE trilogy will be released.  I am VERY excited about it!  So, to commemorate here is a list of some my favorite trilogies!  

The Passage Trilogy

THE PASSAGE

THE PASSAGETHE TWELVETHE CITY OF MIRRORS   
by Justin Cronin
(2010, 2012, 2016)  

You may notice from the publication date that it has been four long years since THE TWELVE was published.  That is why I’m so excited about this final installment appearing on our shelves.  I want to know what happens to Amy and her friends in their post-apocalyptic world filled with the living dead!  This is a dark and gripping story filled with characters I’ve grown to love in a terrifying world I am really hoping gets better by the time I turn the last page in THE CITY OF MIRRORS.   

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MISTBORN

THE FINAL EMPIRE, THE WELL OF ASCENSION, THE HERO OF AGES
by Brandon Sanderson 

(2006, 2007, 2008)  

I may love this trilogy mostly because I want alomantic powers more than any other fictional magic I’ve encountered.  It just sounds like fun and I want to fly.  Also, Brandon Sanderson writes great characters that I quickly grow attached to with plot lines that are seldom predictable.  Technically, this trilogy has turned into a series, but the first three tell a great story all by themselves.  

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

LORD OF THE RINGS

THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING, THE TWO TOWERS, THE RETURN OF THE KING
by J.R.R. Tolkien 

(1954, 1954, 1955)

I don’t think I really need to defend this choice.  It’s kind of a given.  

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TALES OF THE OTORI

ACROSS THE NIGHTINGALE FLOORGRASS FOR HIS PILLOWBRILLIANCE OF THE MOON  
by Lian Hearn 
(2002, 2003, 2004)  

TALES OF THE OTORI mixes a little bit of magic with feudal Japan.  It was one of those books that didn’t get a ton of attention when it was first released but I couldn’t put down.  That sounds a little sad, but hidden gems like ACROSS THE NIGHTINGALE FLOOR are a librarian’s best friends.  We rely on them when recommending books to people who have already read “everything”.  And who can resist magical ninjas?  (Again, technically, this is a series, but I didn’t love any of the books after the first three so I pretend they don’t exist.  I can easily recommend people just read the trilogy.)  

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BOURNE TRILOGY

THE BOURNE IDENTITY, THE BOURNE SUPREMACY, THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM
by Robert Ludlum 

(1980, 1986, 1990)  

If you have watched the movies, you will still be surprised by what you find in these classic spy novels.  Beyond an amnesiac assassin named Jason Bourne, the books and the movies don’t have a whole lot in common.  Cold war technology and spy craft may seem a little dated to some, but just think of it like a historical adventure novel and it becomes charmingly retro.  Right?

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