Prequels are such a cool idea to add to any series in my opinion. However, there are some that are done very well and others that were just awful! (cough Star Wars prequels cough). They can give more information about a book world or give a new perspective to a villain or side character. I also love them because they can take me back to a book world that I didn’t want to leave in the first place.
Some prequels are just so well done that I actually enjoyed them much more than the series itself. Whether it was a series I didn’t really enjoy in the first place or the prequel contained characters I enjoyed more than the series’ main characters. Here is a short list of books where the prequels were better than the series.
Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas (Prequel to the Throne of Glass series)
This book is my favorite of the series and you cannot tell me otherwise. This collection of short stories told in Aelin’s point of view before she goes to Endovier made me love Aelin and took me on so many amazing adventures. Aelin became such a dynamic and awe-inspiring heroine throughout the progression of these stories that I just wanted more. You got to know her on such a personal level that you don’t get in the Throne of Glass series. The first book of the series, we find Aelin when she is at rock bottom, but in this prequel, she is the highest of her assassin career and we see why she acts the way she does in the series.
The most important aspect of this book is we get to meet characters that Aelin discusses later, but we don’t know the background of Sam and Lysandra. I honestly am so heartbroken that Ms. Maas killed off Sam because I honestly think he fits her so much better than Rowan. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Rowan, but Sam will always hold such a place in my heart that Rowan just can’t fill. This book is also a must read unlike any prequel I have ever read. If you don’t read this book, you honestly have no ideas what’s really going on in the fourth book and on. So if you haven’t already, make sure to read this book!
Song of Snakes and Songbirds by Suzanne Collins (Prequel to the Hunger Games series)
Okay, I know some people are going to hate me or think I’m crazy, but I loved loved loved this prequel. This is an extremely unpopular opinion, but I thought the Hunger Games series was kind of meh at best because of the ending. It honestly just ruined it for me and so when this prequel came out, I was a little hesitant to buy it. The reviews from other bookstagrammers and reviewers were also not great, but the desperate need to know was real so I had to buy it when it came out. I ended up loving it.
I’m not going to say I loved the characters, because I didn’t, or I loved the plot, I didn’t. I just loved the history and the background of the games themselves. I was truly fascinated to learn about the war behind the games and how the games were created. We also got to know more about President Snow’s background and how he became such a villain. I mean I didn’t develop any sympathy for him in any way shape or form, but I could get the picture of how he could possibly turn into the most devilish of people from the book.
Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare (Prequel to the City of Bones series)
The Shadowhunters universe has to be one of the most diverse and complicated book series I have ever read. There are so many characters and so many types of magical creatures that it will make your head spin in so many different directions! The City of Bones series was my first introduction back into YA fiction and it will always be near and dear to my heart, but the Infernal Devices series was just so much better to me in every way possible. The characters were amazing, it was historical fiction, the romance was just so gorgeous, and it was steampunk in the coolest way possible.
Tessa, Will, and Jem are probably my favorites in every way and they are the best written love triangle in young adult literature in my opinion. I just loved the way they handled this desperate situation and I didn’t feel jipped in anyway. I also loved the world they lived in! I am obsessed with that time period in England and I loved how steampunk the devices they used were. UGH I LOVE THESE BOOKS!!! I really want to reread them now!!!
Overall, prequels are such a cool addition to a series and I wish there were more of them. If you are apprehensive of them because of Star Wars, (boy that was bad!) just try one and see what happens! If there are prequels that I missed or I need to read, let me know in the comments below! I would love to hear from you!