When the Weather Outside is Frightful …

When the days are short and gloomy, there’s nothing like digging into an epic story. Here are some sagas that will keep you engrossed for days and totally immerse you in another time or place.

Mary Stewart’s Merlin Trilogy was written in the 1970s, but is one of the most highly-acclaimed versions of King Arthur and Camelot. Another series set in England is the Last Kingdom series by Bernard Cornwell, also known as the Saxon Tales

The Merlin Trilogy by Mary Stewart  Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell

He was a best-selling author of spy stories first, but Ken Follett is better known now for his sweeping Pillars of the Earth and Century trilogies.

Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett   Fall of Giants by Ken Follett

Edward Rutherfurd’s books are similar to those of James Michener, centered on a geographical location and the people that inhabit it through multiple generations. He has written books on places like London, Paris, New York, and a two-part series on Ireland.

New York by Edward Rutherfurd   The Princes of Ireland by Edward Rutherfurd

If you’re already missing Poldark on Masterpiece Theatre, this may be the time to dive into the Poldark series by Winston Graham.

Poldark by Winston Graham  Demelza by Winston Graham

For a setting in America, try the Wilderness series by Sara Donati. The six-book series follows the fortunes of a family of English immigrants on the New York frontier. The Last Hundred Years trilogy by Jane Smiley would be another great choice, taking you on a literary adventure through cycles of birth and death, passion and betrayal that span a century in America.

Into the Wilderness by Sara Donati  

For more multiple-generation sagas, check out this Book Riot blog post:

https://bookriot.com/2017/06/15/100-must-read-generational-family-novels/