Today the topic of Top 5 Sundays at Larissa’s Bookish Life is Favorite 2nd book in a series.

This is a very interesting question and I think this isn’t asked very often. It’s so hard to limit to just five. Also, I read series that have very different tones so it’s quite hard to measure them against each other. Some of them, such as Stacia Kane’s series are intense and dark, while others, such as Greenwood’s or Peters’s series are light hearted and fun. How can you choose??

1, Barrayar by Lois McMaster Bujold
Admittedly, the book was written quite a bit later but it’s the second book in the internal chronology. IMHO, it’s one of the best books in the whole SF series.

2, Heat Stroke by Rachel Caine
The second book in the series was just as exciting as the first one and for me had the added bonus of Jo and David as an established couple.

3, Unholy Magic by Stacia Kane
This second book was just as intense as the first one.

4, Guns of Avalon by Roger Zelazny
Perhaps the best book in the whole classic Amber series.

5, The Good, the Bad, and the Undead by Kim Harrison
This was the book that hooked me on the series. The start is light hearted and fun with some serious undertones, but about the latter third is quite dark and intense. It reminded me so much of the Buffy episodes I liked the best, that I just have to keep reading.