While several series came to an end much earlier than March 2012, I have only just gotten around to reading them. Today, I completed #9 in the Alex Ryder series, Scorpia Rising. As usual, it is filled with adventure, great gadgets, and surprises-some sad. I am sorry to see the series end, but hopefully, Anthony Horowitz will start a new series like John Flanagan.
Perhaps one of my favorite series is The Ranger's Apprentice by John Flanagan. The Emperor of Nihon-Ja is the tenth and last in the series. Unlike the other books where different major characters may have played a stronger, more important role than his/her counterparts, all major characters played an important role in this final adventure. I knew I was going to miss the stories when it ended, and that is why I was so excited to hear that Flanagan had started a new series which involved characters from other countries that we had seen in The Ranger's series. The Outcasts, the first in the Brotherband series, met my high expectations of action and adventure, and I can't wait until the second book comes out.
I also finished Darke, the seventh in the Septimous Heap series. In fact, it had been so long since I started the series that I read all of the books again. This series is not finished, so I have more to look forward to.
While The Ranger's Apprentice is one of my all time favorites, my most favorite series is The Lost Years of Merlin. These five books by T.A. Barron are filled with the most wonderful fantastical characters, and, of course, anything about the days of King Arthur are of interest to me.
So many books; so little time!