The Art of The Duology

Let’s start by defining duology. What does that even mean? It is basically a two-book series, a pairing of books. It’s not a widely popular series trend, but there are a few notable ones out there that I am spotlighting today.

Do you ever want to know what happens to your favorite characters at the end of a particularly amazing standalone novel? Well, this is kinda what’s so great about a duology. It’s not a full on series with a commitment to three or more books. Sometimes we just don’t have time for that.

But follow up to a beloved novel that give us the next chapter of the characters who won’t leave us? That is golden.

1. Kristy Cambron [The Hidden Masterpiece]

Umm, hello, remember this lady’s debut? Gorgeousness, please! I just love Kristy and her books so much and this is a great duology. For those of you who don’t know, these books were written with a dual timeline, one in present day and one set during WWII. The present day thread is what is carried through from book one to book two. But the characters from the WWII threads might have crossed paths briefly but are distinct from one another.

This is the most emotional duology of this bunch today.

The Butterfly and the Violin | A Sparrow in Terezin

2. Melissa Tagg [Where Love Begins]

As you all are well aware, I am not a huge contemporary reader (although, I have to say my taste in contemporary has changed quite a bit lately, for the better). However, MTagg is a favorite for me. I always know I can expect a story full of funny moments and piercing truths. She mixes all the good stuff together and BAM! you have a uniquely MTagg book. (And yes, I do refer to her as MTagg, it’s catchy).

And if you haven’t met Blake, who conveniently is the common thread in this duology, you are missing out. For reals.

Made to Last | Here to Stay

3. Lori Benton  [The Pathfinders]

This duology is epic in the depth of characters and exploration of how one decision made by one individual can change countless lives. Lori’s lyrical prose is beautiful to read as she tackles the way different cultures interact and grapples with their differences and their similarities.

If you like to read about colonial times, or like Laura Frantz, this author is for you! Lori writes about the intersection of culture and relationship, and it is fascinating.

Throw in some upheaval of incredible proportions (ahem, separating twins at birth), and you have quite the story before you.

The Wood’s Edge | A Flight of Arrows

 What is your experience with duologies? Have you ever read a particularly great one? Share below!

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One thought on “The Art of The Duology

  1. There really aren’t very many duologies out there, but you’ve already included the two I love. Kristy Cambron and Melissa Tagg are both extremely gifted in the art of storytelling. I’ve not read Lori Benton’s books yet. I’ll have to try those. I do like the idea of getting a complete story without a huge commitment to a long series.

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