Whether you like to fill your bookshelves with your favorite fantasy series box sets or load up your favorite ebook reader, there are plenty of new amazing stories waiting to be discovered and some deals to be found on old favorites.
Last month, we wrote about standalone fantasy novels. If you’re like me, sometimes you want a shorter story that you can plow through in a few days (or one late night). Other times, you want to immerse yourself in a new adventure series and you don’t care if it takes you months to complete.
Why are fantasy series box sets so popular?
Are fantasy authors simply following in the footsteps of classic fantasy writers who published trilogies and multi-book series? Maybe. I think there are many reasons for writing a series.
Let’s get the marketing reason out of the way first. It’s hard to deny that books in a series work well for traditional publishers because multiple books mean that the publisher can sell more books. Duh.
Indie authors who are responsible for publishing and marketing their creations are also motivated to write books in a series because they’re looking for ways to keep readers buying more of the indie author’s books.
Setting aside marketing goals—whether traditionally or independently published—authors have their own reasons for writing books in a series. Sometimes, one book is not big enough to capture the complete story. Sometimes, the author sets out to write a standalone book but, somewhere along the way, discovers something about a character or narrative that calls for an additional book or two. Or six.
For readers who want the whole story all at once, publishers often create box sets (or boxed sets, depending on your preference). Rather than wait for months, years, or decades (cough, Kingkiller Chronicles), many readers wait until the series is complete (or at least satisfactorily complete in a duology or trilogy).
A few suggested fantasy series box sets
If you’re one of those readers, I’ve collected a few popular fantasy series that are not only complete (or close to it), not only available as a print or ebook box set, they are also on sale (at the time of writing this post).
Check out these traditionally published fantasy series box sets, but keep reading below them for some great bargains from indie authors offering their series in box sets.
May 2021 Giveaway
Everyone on our mailing list as of May 31, 2021 will be entered into a draw to win a print edition of the first book in one the fantasy series box sets mentioned in this blog post (max. value $20 USD, traditional or indie published).
by Leigh Bardugo
Teen/YA Epic Fantasy
This is a digital box set of this popular series, on sale at Amazon for under $20 (the print box set is also on sale at Barnes & Noble for about $30).
Bardugo has created a fascinating world with very compelling characters. Rick Riordan calls it “A heady blend of fantasy, romance, and adventure.”
by Marissa Meyer
Teen/YA Fairy Tale
“The #1 New York Times-bestselling series that brought fans a complex and thrilling world of cyborgs and evil queens, available together in one beautiful boxed set.”
On sale today at Amazon.
by J. K. Rowling
This special edition print set is currently on sale at Amazon USA for under $50. The illustrations by Brian Selznick look amazing!
“This collectible new boxed set contains the complete bestselling Harry Potter series, books 1-7 by J.K. Rowling, brilliantly redesigned by Caldecott Medalist Brian Selznick.”
by C. S. Lewis
Children’s Inspirational Fiction
If you need to add this to your library, Amazon USA has it on sale for $40 ($14 for ebook set). Such a deal.
“The Chronicles of Narnia have enchanted millions of readers for over sixty years, for here is a world where a witch decrees eternal winter; where there are more talking animals than people; and where battles are fought by Centaurs, Giants, and Fauns.”
Fantasy Series Box Sets by Indie Authors
If you’re looking for something new, there are plenty of fantasy series by indie authors. Just because an author is not a bestseller doesn’t mean you can’t find a hidden gem.
Here are a few fantasy series box sets by indie authors that I’m interested in. You can read more about them, check out some reviews, and even read the first few pages to see if the story and style grab your attention. If not, move on because there are many good series out there.
by Paul J Bennett
Coming of Age Fantasy
This ebook edition contains books 1 and 2 of The Frozen Flame series, which should be enough to see if you want to continue. Available on Amazon, Kobo, Nook, Apple Books, and Google.
“Discover a land infused with magic and mystery as Paul J. Bennett’s newest series, The Frozen Flame, begins.”
by Theophilus Monroe
Arthurian Modern Fantasy
Druids, dragons, demigods, and danger fill this modern Arthurian epic boxed set.
“With magical fantasy adventure romance, a snarky male hero, and a plethora of characters taken straight from Arthurain lore and the Celtic world of myth, this time travel epic fantasy will keep readers enthralled from start to finish.”
by Laura Greenwood
Mythology and Folk Tales
Grimm Academy Books 1-3 is a collection of three fantasy academy fairy tale retellings, each with a sweet m/f (non-bully) romance and their own happily ever after.
Spindles And Spells (Sleeping Beauty)
Pumpkins And Proms (Cinderella)
Huntsmen And Hoods (Red Riding Hood)
by David Wind
“A mix between Terry Brooks’ Shannara series and The Hundred Series by Kass Morgan, Born to Magic combines post-apocalyptic futuristic societies ruled by magic and metaphysical elements with science fiction.. Teens, young adults, and adults alike will love this fantasy..”
More Fantasy Series Box Sets
What about you? What’s your favorite fantasy series box set? Please recommend it in the Comments section below.