Top Five Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Lainey @GingerReadsLainey and she has passed down the torch to Sam @ThoughtsOnTomes. For more information and for future topics you can check out the goodreads group.
This week the topic is books that aren’t set in/inspired by the western world – meaning: books that are set outside of North America and Western Europe or, if they are SFF, books that aren’t inspired by those places.
I really liked this weeks topic, so I knew that I had to participate! On my list are a few books that I haven’t read yet
(they are all on the 5th place), but they are books that I have heard great things about. The other ones I have all read and I highly recommend all of them! Now, without much more rambling from my part, lets get into the list!
5. Books on my TBR
And I Darken by Kiersten White is set in Romania, during the time of the Ottoman Empire. The Tiger’s Daughter by K. Arsenault Rivera is inspired by Japan and Japanese culture
(as far as I’m aware). Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente is inspired by Russian myths and legends. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh is an retelling of A 1001 Nights set in the Middle East.
4. A Mortal Song by Megan Crewe
A Mortal Song by Megan Crewe is set in modern day Japan, but with elements of Japanese mythology woven into the story. Kami and magic exists in this world. I will be posting a full review of this book some time soon, if you are interested in more of my thoughts.
3. The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury
The Forbidden Wish is an Aladdin retelling. The world and the story are inspired by the Middle East.
2. The Star Touched-Queen by Roshani Chokshi
The Star-Touched Queen is a Hades and Persephone retelling mixed with Indian folklore. A Crown of Wishes
(which is a companion book to this one) is set in the same world, but I haven’t read that one yet.
1. Books by Leigh Bardugo
Both The Grisha trilogy and the Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo are set in a fantasy world that is inspired by Russia and it’s culture.
(I didn’t put the cover for Crooked Kingdom as it looks prettier with only four images.)