Many people love a series! They enjoy watching characters grow, relationships change, and worlds being created. Some readers read the books right when they come out and wait in anticipation until the next one is released. Others like to hear about a series that has several titles so that they can dive in and read them all straight through -- kind of like binge watching your favorite t.v. show! One thing I know for sure is that everyone hates when their favorite series is over.

Well, the new year is the perfect time to discover a new one. In 2016, there were several great debuts that can start you reading in a new direction, discovering uncharted territory and meeting new friends. (Everyone becomes friends with book characters, right? It's not just me...) 

Take a look at this list of new series to start and by the time you are finished with the first installment the second (or third) is sure to be on it's way soon.

Get to know a genteel sleuth named Laetitia Rodd, who operates with wit, tact, and ingenuity in Kate Saunder's The Secrets of Wishtide. Or explore a 25th century human civilization divided into philosophical sects inspired by the Age of Enlightenment in 18th century Europe in Too like the Lightning by Ada Palmer. Fans of Poldark will find The Shores of Tripoli by James Haley to be appealing, while acclaimed historian Alison Weir will enchant readers with Six Tudor Queens, starting with Katherine of Aragon

The Unquiet Dead by Ausma Zehanat Khan debuts Muslim-Canadian detective Esa Khattack and his partner, Detective Rachel Getty. The third in the series is coming out next month. Fans of international police procedurals should get started with these soon! Lastly, fans of fast-paced urban fantasy should meet Nell Ingram, who wields powers as old as the earth in Faith Hunter's new Soulwood series, starting with Blood of the Earth.

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