Apr 18 2014 7:45am

Who’s Got the Most Complex Worldbuilding?

J.R. Ward, Meljean Brook, Larissa Ione, Kresley Cole—all of these writers have long-running series with increasingly complex storylines. There are, of course, many other authors who have also created magnificent backdrops against which their romances unfold.

So which author has the most complex worldbuilding? 

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1. ACarroll
I've got to give a shout out to Nalini Sing's Psy-Changeline series. Everything is deliberate and masterful and complex, with stolen moments early in the series setting up major events five, six, seven books later. I completely buy into her world.

Nalini's espeically good at checking in with characters from earlier books, using them to advance the strory, without pulling the spotlight from the H/h of the hour.

Twelve books in and it's still on my auto-buy list. Lucky number 13 comes out in June and I can't wait.
Laurie A
2. Laurie A
Sherilyn Kenyon has several increasing complex worlds going. The Dark Hunter world being the most expansive so far.
Laurie A
3. Lilly T
Sherrilyn Kenyon, most definitely. Time travelling, races, fates and free will, not to mention those who 'come back' from the dead and the multiple names that one character has - she has it blown up everywhere unless you sit down and draw a mind map with everyone's family tree down.
Laurie A
4. Twinner67
I've read many series, but hands down Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunter Series has the most complex story lines. I find it facinating how she slowly develops the story line and pulls plot lines together to give us that wow moment. I don't usually reread books, but I have on this series because each time I pick up something more. She also has one of the best websites to help keep track of all the characters and backgrounds.
Rachel Powell
5. JMercy
Nalini Singh's world-buidling in her Psy-Changling series is amazing. Jayne Ann Krentz's Arcane Society buils a world that crosses her series in the past, the present, and the future. Mercedes Lackey's 500 Kingdoms creates a fresh new mythos with a mash up of fairy tales. Robin D. Owens has also created a complex fantasy world with her Heart Quest series. Lynn Kurland's time travel and historical novels tie together to create an enjoyable world that tempts you to think before you sit on a park bench. Ilona Andrew's Kate Daniels series and Jim Butcher's Dresden Files are my wins in Urban Fantasy. There are so many more. I love revisiting each of these worlds and can't wait for the next new book!
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