Read But Not Forgotten: Books/Series I Gave Up On

On this weeks ‘things I read way back when’ I’m taking a look at books/series that, for one reason or another, I just gave up on and let them fade away into the deepest depths of my minds to be ignored forever more.

Well, kind of. In this post I’ll be looking back at five of them and seeing if I fancy ever giving them a second chance. I’ll be giving them a yes, no or maybe based on if I’ll be picking them up again.

Please note, where it concerns a series I will only use the cover image for book one. Series these days have so many books in them that it would take a silly amount of time to add every cover.

My previous posts in this series can be found here:

Read But Not Forgotten – Series Starters

Read But Not Forgotten – The Bad Reads

Read But Not Forgotten – The Classics

Read But Not Forgotten – Fantasy

Read But Not Forgotten – Science Fiction

Read But Not Forgotten – Thrillers

Read But Not Forgotten – Historical Fiction

Read But Not Forgotten – Horror

Read But Not Forgotten – The Classics (Part 2)


Gardens of the moon

Malazan Book of the Fallen by Steven Erikson:

Bled dry by interminable warfare, infighting and bloody confrontations with Lord Anomander Rake and his Tiste Andii, the vast, sprawling Malazan empire simmers with discontent.
Even its imperial legions yearn for some respite. For Sergeant Whiskeyjack and his Bridgeburners and for Tattersail, sole surviving sorceress of the Second Legion, the aftermath of the siege of Pale should have been a time to mourn the dead. But Darujhistan, last of the Free Cities of Genabackis, still holds out – and Empress Lasseen’s ambition knows no bounds.
However, it seems the empire is not alone in this great game. Sinister forces gather as the gods themselves prepare to play their hand…

Genre: Fantasy

Format: Kindle

Give it a second chance: Maybe

My Thoughts:

I really wanted to like this one. Way back when I used to work with Drew (Tattooed Book Geek) we’d spent our shifts talking about games, books etc … and this was one of the ones he rated very highly. 

The writing is really solid and I remember thinking, when I realised I was struggling to like the book, that it was odd to not enjoy something that was so well-written. But I just found that I didn’t really follow what was going on nor care for any of the characters (well there were a couple, but I can’t even remember their names so they hardly count). By the time I finished it I just remember thinking ‘that took a good while and I feel like I know as much as before I started. I’m wondering if I were to try it again I may find the enjoyment that was missing the first time round. I’m undecided. Although I do feel annoyed that I’m perhaps missing out on something brilliant. Everyone I talked to at Comic-con raved about it.


Way of kings

The Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson:

ccording to mythology mankind used to live in The Tranquiline Halls. Heaven. But then the voidbringers assaulted and captured heaven, casting out God and men. Men took root on roshar, the world of storms. And the Voidbringers followed …

They came against man ten thousand times. To help them cope, the Almighty gave men powerful suits of armor and mystical weapons, known as shardblades. Led by ten angelic Heralds and ten orders of knights known as Radiants, mankind finally won.

Or so the legends say. Today, the only remnants of those supposed battles are the Shardblades, the possession of which makes a man nearly invincible on the battlefield. The entire world is at war with itself – and has been for centuries since the radiants turned against mankind. Kings strive to win more shardblades, each secretly wishing to be the one who will finally unite all of mankind under a single throne.

On a world scoured down to the rock by terrifying hurricanes that blow through every few days is a young spearman, forced into the army of a shardbearer, led to war against an enemy he doesn’t understand and doesn’t really want to fight.

What happened deep in mankind’s past?

Why did the Radiants turn against mankind, and what happened to the magic they used to wield?

Genre: Fantasy

Format: Audio Book

Give it a second chance: No

My Thoughts:

There are two things I love in an audio book series: Long books (I feel like I’m getting more value for my Audible Credit) and an author that can reliably bang out a book every year. In Brandon Sanderson, both of those boxes are ticked. Yet, I just don’t enjoy his work and I can’t understand why.

That’s not entirely true, I did enjoy Mistborn. But I didn’t like his writing enough to make me finish the trilogy. My main problem with The Stormlight Archive is that I just felt like I was dropped in at the deep end with no clue as to what was happening and no desire to carry on and find out. The way it started just kind of felt like the author expected the reader to have a working knowledge of what was going on and it just kind of soured me. I gave up on this one a couple of hours in and traded it in for another title as soon as I was able.



The Faithful and the Fallen by John Gwynne:

Young Corban watches enviously as boys become warriors, learning the art of war. He yearns to wield his sword and spear to protect his king s realm. But that day will come all too soon. Only when he loses those he loves will he learn the true price of courage.

The Banished Lands has a violent past where armies of men and giants clashed in battle, the earth running dark with their heartsblood. Although the giant-clans were broken in ages past, their ruined fortresses still scar the land. But now giants stir anew, the very stones weep blood and there are sightings of giant wyrms. Those who can still read the signs see a threat far greater than the ancient wars. Sorrow will darken the world, as angels and demons make it their battlefield. Then there will be a war to end all wars.

High King Aquilus summons his fellow kings to council, seeking an alliance in this time of need. Prophesy indicates darkness and light will demand two champions, the Black Sun and the Bright Star. They would be wise to seek out both, for if the Black Sun gains ascendancy, mankind s hopes and dreams will fall to dust.

Genre: Fantasy

Format: Paperback and Audio Book

Give it a second chance: Yes

My Thoughts:

This is another one of Drew’s recommendations and one I fully expect to love when I pick it back up. A couple of factors went into my not enjoying this the first time around and they are both very easily remedied. The first was that I was kind of fed up of fantasy and the whole ‘young boy is the hero’ type thing was just not my scene. I feel that, when I have a yearning for fantasy again, both of those issues will disappear. 

The second issue was that I just wasn’t feeling Audio Books at that time and this is an absolutely beastly tome to get stuck into if lengthy audio titles are bogging you down. To remedy that, I’ll just read my paperback copy. All in all, I’m looking forward to eventually trying this one again.


Eye of the world

The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson:

The Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth returns again.

But one truth remains, and what mortal men forget, the Aes Sedai do not . . .

What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the shadow.

Genre: Fantasy

Format: Paperback

Give it a second chance: No

My Thoughts:

This is  a strange one for me as I remember absolutely loving the first five books or so and then just stopping (warhammer novels took my attention after that). Despite loving them, I very much doubt I’ll ever bother re-reading or finishing the series. The whole ‘Farm boy just happens to be the saviour of the world’ thing is a trope I hate, it felt far too similar to Lord of the Rings and, as mentioned above, I am not a fan of Brandon Sanderson’s work. 

I know Jordan wrote most of them, but he passed away before the series could be finished and Sanderson finished it off. I don’t think I could ever get enthusiastic to read a series I know will be finished off by an author I can’t get overly excited for.


When the heanvens fall

The Chronicles of the Exile by Marc Turner:

A power-hungry necromancer has stolen The Book of Lost Souls, and intends to use it to resurrect an ancient race and challenge Shroud for dominion of the underworld.Shroud counters by sending his most formidable servants to seize the artefact at all cost. However, the god is not the only one interested in the Book, and a host of other forces converge, drawn by the powerful magic that has been unleashed.

Genre: Fantasy

Format: Kindle … despite it seemingly not being available on kindle now

Give it a second chance: Maybe

My Thoughts:

I remember getting to the 40% mark and just getting distracted by other novels (Robin Hobb and her Realm of the Elderlings is to be blamed here) and just never coming back to it. I can’t remember much of it other than that I enjoyed it, just obviously not enough to power through and finish.

So yea, I’m incredibly on the fence about this one as I have no real bad memories of it, just no overpoweringly good ones that make me eager to pick it back up.


45 thoughts on “Read But Not Forgotten: Books/Series I Gave Up On

  1. I am really interested in Malice but not got around to it yet.

    I enjoyed Way of Kings but wasn’t obsessed with it like many people seemed to be.

    I also rage quit The Eye of the World and it’s so heartbreaking that I don’t love a classic and can’t get through a series that my dad loved and that we were able to connect to Brandon Sanderson through and that I was able to recommend Mistborn and Stormlight to him

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      1. I just couldn’t deal with the constant repetition of being chased by bad guy, attacked by bad guy, learn nothing, escape, learn nothing, be attacked again. It just was the same cycle and I think I was only halfway through and it was like 10 plus time it had happened and it was just too samey

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  2. I immensely enjoyed Erikson way back, before I ever knew of Cook. After Cook, I’d just recommend reading Black Company series instead of Erikson, who unfortunately lifted so many things from Cook that I don’t even care to count. They’re still good books, don’t get me wrong, but Cook’s just that much better.

    As for Sanderson, I’m with you there – I just don’t get the hype and don’t like Sanderson at all. To me, itsy a desexed fast-food write-by-number thing, and I get all meh about it 🤣🤣

    And Jordan – well, Piotrek thoroughly discouraged me from ever even starting it, he was so irritated by Wheel of Time (which he finished and considered a waste of time)! 😁

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  3. Haven’t read any of these, and except for the Wheel of Time, I had never heard of them before either. Kind of surprised to see that one mentioned here though, as I always thought that was a truly great fantasy series (it’s on my to read list, but like so many things on there (lol) I still haven’t gotten to it yet 😊). Still as you did read five books that you loved, I won’t be crossing it off yet 😊

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  4. I really enjoyed Sanderson’s Mistborn series and that’s the only books of his I’ve read so far. I’m honestly pretty intimidated by Way of Kings although I’ve been wanting to start reading it for a while now. Remembering Sanderson’s world building and writing I can see why it could be overwhelming… But I’m hoping that it won’t be as complicated as I fear! Haha great post 🙂

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    1. I really enjoyed way of kings and although it’s big it’s quite easy to read. It does have a lot of information but you do get the general feel and discussion of what’s going on to keep it enjoyable

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  5. Ah, the good old days! Yeah, I loved Malazan, many do, but it definitely isn’t easy to get into. Many seem to think that book one is the worst in the series, for me, books two and three were the best and while I love the series I do admit that it drags and is very complicated near the end. but that could be because I read all ten books one after the other and by the time I got to books eight, nine and ten I was getting burned out.

    Malice is amazing, I really hope you enjoy it when you give it a second chance. 🙂

    I have a copy of The Eye of the World, but have never gotten around to reading it. I think the length of the series puts me off and that Sanderson finishes it and well, me and Sanderson don’t mix well. I liked the first Mistborn book, a lot, but felt no need to ever read any more of his work and didn’t think that he was as great as everyone makes out.

    I really like Turner’s work too, it’s unfinished though so… I think it was going to be a five book series, not 100% sure on that, but it only got to book three and that was years ago and he seems to have dropped off the face of the earth.

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    1. Yea, Turner’s series coming to a halt is something that has put me off.

      You literally have my feeling for Sanderson. I suppose it didn’t help that he wrote the opening book in the Mistborn trilogy so that it worked perfectly as a stand alone. I went one book further but my interest never really held on to book 3.

      Yea, I remember seeing you go through the Malazan series. Insane amount of pages.

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  6. Need to start the Sanderson books still. We audiobooked it while we were painting out our flat when i eventually was allowed to move to Nederland. It was in the middle of the series though as milou had already started it long before me.

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  7. I still haven’t tried Malazan Book of the Fallen though I own the first few books and a random assortment of later books. I will get round to it one day so I hope I actually enjoy it… 😂

    I’ve also only read the first five books of The Wheel of Time and I loved them too. I do intend on continuing but the size of them and the length of the series always seems so daunting! I love Sanderson’s work though so I am more than happy to invest the time… some day at least.

    I struggled with Malice to begin with and I almost didn’t finish it… but I powered through and I ended up loving it. I’ve loved every book in the series since and it’s ended up one of my favourites! I hope you enjoy it on the re-read. In my experience it was definitely worth persevering!

    Incidentally I’ve only read the second of The Chronicles of the Exile…

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    1. Hope you enjoy the remainder of Wheel of Time 🙂

      Haha an odd assortment of Malazan books and only read book 2 of the Chronicles of Exile … if ever you find yourself in Melton I’ll try to explain series order 🙈

      I’m fully expecting to love Malice when I get back to trying it. Love the covers for that series.


      1. I’m usually so good with reading order too! I blame being thrifty and picking up Malazan whenever there is a bargain. I fully intend to start from the beginning though! 😂 No excuses for Chronciles of Exile though… I’m not sure why I did that…

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      2. I’m hardly one to talk. I picked up book 7 in the Deathstalker series before any others. In my defence, not only did I have no clue, but 7-9 was the sequel trilogy to the original series … so it only ruined pretty much everything for me 🙈

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      3. Oops! 😂 I did the same with the Powder Mage Trilogy. Read the first then accidentally started Gods of Blood and Power before finishing the first trilogy. Major major spoiler alert. But by then it was too late so I just carried on! 😂

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  8. I have yet to read one of Sanderson’s books, but I just downloaded Skyward on my kindle a few days ago. You mentioned enjoying Mistborn, so I’ll have to keep that in mind if I don’t like Skyward.

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    1. What does bubblegummy mean? Curious if we ditched it for the same reason and always keen to pick up a new term 😂

      Yea, I can imagine the issue with picking up such a huge book not knowing whether it’ll be worth it or not.


  9. I’ve heard of not liking Sanderson, and while I’m pretty sure it’s a character flaw, I’m also just as sure that that dude isn’t human, so what do I know. I can see not getting through the WoT; I quit on LoC before starting over, but the second time I was able to finish the series. If nothing else, you could get all the books and use them as doorstops 😂

    I loved the Faithful and the Fallen! It’s one of my favorite series of all time, probably. I’d definitely recommend trying it again (once you’re over your fantasy drought, that is). Then When the Heavens Fall was okay but the second book was way better, though it seems the series kinda leaves off after book three, so I don’t know what to think about that.

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    1. Yea, I heard from Tattooed Book Geek that Marc Turner just kind of dropped off the face of the earth after book three.

      I am really looking forward to trying Gwynne’s stuff again. I have an epic fantasy arc coming my way next month … so testing those fantasy waters again after a while away from it.

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      1. I heard from Bob (beauty in ruins) that he was writing some kinda thriller or something, and that he still wanted to do more Exile books. Not sure I think that’ll ever happen, sadly.

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      2. They’re not in a sequence, though. Just in the same world, maybe loosely connected. So I wouldn’t rule them out entirely, if I were you. I honestly liked the second better than the first, especially character-wise.

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  10. Oh man, book 5 of WOT is as far as I’ve ever gone too. I’m trying to push on though, trying to read to the final book on my current read through, but I fear that I might end up stopping again. The characters really annoy me.

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  11. Damn. What shocked me most is to find out that you and Drew actually knew each other in real life and WORKED together! Holy shit hahaha That’s pretty cool!

    A lot of the series here are actually still on my TBR, for most of them, I’ve also only read the first book of the series but man, if there were more hours in a day, I’d soooo want to already dive into many of these hahaha

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    1. I know that feeling! Too few hours in a day or years in a life 😂

      Yea, worked with him for a few years. Got back in touch for some book-related reason and then he suggested I try book blogging. Strangely, despite living i the same town, we never see each other. Will have to make more of an effort in less Covid times

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