I’ve noticed that as a book series continues, each release seems to grow in length. I say, seems to, as there are exceptions.
A look at a few series complete with color commentary–
Diana Gabaldon and Outlander:
I’ve always maintained I should have stopped with Outlander. By the time I got to Drums of Autumn the minutia bored me to tears. Besides, I detest the character Brianna. So there.
Outlander~ 672 pages
Dragonfly In Amber~ 762 pages
Voyager~ 1104 pages
Drums of Autumn~ 1070 pages
The Fiery Cross~ 1443 pages
A Breath of Snow and Ashes~ 1488 pages
An Echo in the Bone~ 1200 pages
Written In My Own Heart’s Blood~ an outlier at a mere 848 pages
J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter:
I, personally, didn’t make it past book three. By book four I was bored to tears. My husband and one of my daughters, however, loved the entire series. Except for the last book which they thought was hokey.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone~ 400 pages
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets~ 448 pages
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban~ 448 pages
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire~ 752 pages
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix~ 896 pages
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince~ 652 pages
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows~ 784 pages
Charlaine Harris and Sookie Stackhouse:
Ms. Harris is remarkably consistent.
That being said, the longer the series lasted the less interest I had in Sookie Stackhouse. It was as if some vampire sucked all the energy out of the characters. I can’t remember exactly where I quit. Must have been not too long after Eric regained his memory.
Dead Until Dark~ 327 pages
Living Dead in Dallas~ 320 pages
Club Dead~ 320 pages
Dead to the World~ 320 pages
Dead As a Doornail~ 320 pages
Definitely Dead~ 352 pages
All Together Dead~ 342 pages
From Dead to Worse~ 321 pages
Dead and Gone~ 320 pages
Dead in the Family~ 368 pages
Dead Reckoning~ 368 pages
George R.R. Martin and A Song of Fire and Ice:
Books 1-3 had me enamored. In love. Filled with a burning passion. That fire was quenched forever by A Feast for Crows. A Dance with Dragons was plain unreadable. Blech. It’s rare that a television series is better than the written word, but the HBO series is much much better.
A Game of Thrones~ 864 pages
A Clash of Kings~ 1040 pages
A Storm of Swords~ 1216 pages
A Feast for Crows~ 1104 pages
A Dance with Dragons~ 1152 pages
J.R.R. Tolkien and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy:
I first read the series as a kid, loved it. The Lord of the Rings seemed so magical, so mystical. I liked it less as an adult. I still enjoyed the first two books, the third struck me as barely more than a polemic. Sorry. The movie was better.
Tolkien seems positively abbreviated by today’s standards.
The Fellowship of the Rings~ 432 pages
The Two Towers~ 352 pages
The Return of the King~ 432 pages
Robert Jordan and The Wheel of Time:
Jordan has sort of a wave action going on in terms of length.
I never could get into these. I tried and tried and tried. Jordan somehow managed to make time last forbloodyever. Each word was a bleedin’ slog.
The Eye of the World~ 832 pages
The Great Hunt~ 705 pages
The Dragon Reborn~ 704 pages
The Shadow Rising~ 1007 pages
The Fires of Heaven~ 992 pages
Lord of Chaos~ 1011 pages
A Crown of Swords~ 896 pages
The Path of Daggers~ 704 pages
Winter’s Heart~ 800 pages
Crossroads of Twilight~ 846 pages
Knife of Dreams~ 880 pages
The Gathering Storm~ 1120 pages
Towers of Midnight~ 1264 pages
A Memory of Light~ 1168 pages
On the other hand– Tad Williams and The Dragonbone Chair Series:
Now this is how it’s done. Tad Williams – Go read, young soul!
Memory, Sorrow and Thorn~ 800 pages
Stone of Farewell~ 768 pages
To Green Angel Tower, Part One~ 816 pages
To Green Angel Tower, Part Two~ 816 pages