The Scholar, the Sphinx, and the Shades of Nyx (A.R. Cook)

Although this book was published before 2016, the final book in the trilogy was published last year. Now, you won't have to wait for each book like I did. A.R. Cook's excellent historical fantasy stories are short and fast-paced, while being rich with characterization, imagery, and enough realism to tell that the writer did her research, whether it is a historical detail or a creature of myth. Start with Book One and then read on through to the end. You shouldn't be disappointed. If anything, you'll be wanting more. I give it Book One 4.5 out of 5. Book Two is a 3.5 out of 5, mainly because of the abrupt ending. And I'm starting Book Three as soon as my family is done reading it. Yes, this series is also fun for the whole family!