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First Books in Series I Like

Deborah Cooke
The list author says: "I love when the first book in a series completely captures me. Those books tend to have great protagonists - not perfect ones, but ones I understand and like - and also a very strong sense of time and place. I like to feel as if I've entered another world when I read a novel - and I try to create that same sense in my own books."
Silent in the Grave (A Lady Julia Grey Novel)
Silent in the Grave (A Lady Julia Grey Novel)
"I loved this book from the first page. It has that perfect blend of romance, mystery and humor that characterizes the best gothic romances."
The Rest Falls Away (Gardella Vampire Chronicles)
The Rest Falls Away (Gardella Vampire Chronicles)
"This book is wonderful - and I don't usually like vampire stories. Maybe it's the historical setting that makes it work so well for me."
The Rogue (The Rogues of Ravensmuir Book 1)
The Rogue (The Rogues of Ravensmuir Book 1)
"My own first gothic romance, and first in a trilogy called The Rogues of Ravensmuir."
Death at La Fenice: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery
Death at La Fenice: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery
"This is first in a series of mysteries, in the present day. The books are set in Venice, though, and the setting is so beautifully done. It makes you feel as if you're there. Plus I enjoy the moral challenges Brunetti faces - little is black and white in his world."
Wicked Lovely
Wicked Lovely
"This was one of the first YA books I read, and MM hooked me from the first page. Her description of the fae was wonderful, and gave such a strong sense that they answered to different rules than we mortals (or maybe none at all.)"
The Iron King
The Iron King
"Another YA featuring the fae - with a different perspective, but one just as beguiling."
Flying Blind: The Dragon Diaries
Flying Blind: The Dragon Diaries
"My own first YA and first in a new trilogy featuring the only female dragon shifter in the Dragonfire world and her coming of age. I dipped into a lot of Norse mythology for this series, and had a lot of fun with it."
The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty: A Novel (Sleeping Beauty Trilogy)
The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty: A Novel (Sleeping Beauty Trilogy)
"A wonderful innovative trilogy, blending fairy tale and erotica."
Archangel (Samaria, Book 1)
Archangel (Samaria, Book 1)
"Sharon Shinn's work is wonderful, but this is my standing favourite of her books."
Fallen
Fallen
"My own angels, falling into a post-nuclear pre-Apocalyptic future society - one that happens to be a pretty grim place. Love conquers all, though!"
The Apothecary Rose
The Apothecary Rose
"This is the first book in a medieval mystery series, starring an archer as the protagonist. I really enjoyed this series and gobbled up quite a number of them in a row when I first discovered it."
Kiss of Fire (Dragonfire, Book 1)
Kiss of Fire (Dragonfire, Book 1)
"First in my own paranormal romance series, featuring dragon shape shifter heroes. I've really enjoyed integrating dragon mythology into these books."
The Mists of Avalon
The Mists of Avalon
"Here's a book you can fall into and not emerge for a week. I like to revisit this one every couple of years, and lose myself in MZB's magic all over again. I think this is the best retelling of the Arthurian legend."