Top Ten Favourite Books With A Fantasy World Setting (47)

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Top Ten Favourite Books With A Fantasy World Setting

It’s hard for me to really define the setting of these kind of books. They’re in the high fantasy genre, but they are not necessarily medieval. They all have the same high fantasy feel and atmosphere to me. Some of them have guns but not telephones, and some have telephones but not guns. They are all not Earth settings, but none are sci-fi. None are set in the future, nor specifically the past, but in a world that is not as technologically advanced as our own. However, they may have alternate technologies – mostly due to the use of magic.

The most important thing about this list is that it is not your traditional Tolkien or George RR Martin kind of fantasy. Also, each and every one has a female lead except for The Initiate. Don’t let that cover fool you.

Poison Study (Study, #1)

1. Poison Study by Maria V Snyder


2. Ash by Malinda Lo

Bitterblue (Graceling Realm, #3)

3. Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore


4. Touch of Power by Maria V Snyder


5. Sabriel by Garth Nix

The False Princess

6. The False Princess by Eilis O’Neal

The Aware (The Isles of Glory, #1)

7. The Aware by Glenda Larke

The Initiate

8. The Initiate by Louise Cooper

Daughter Of Storms (Daughter of Storms, #1)

9. Daughter of Storms by Louise Cooper


10. Spirit Fox by Mickey Zucker Reichert and Jennifer Wingert


About Nemo

A lover of kittens and all things sparkly, Nemo has a degree in English Literature and specialises in reviewing contemporary, paranormal, mystery/thriller, historical, sci-fi and fantasy Young Adult fiction. She is especially drawn to novels about princesses, strong female friendships, magical powers, and assassins.

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12 thoughts on “Top Ten Favourite Books With A Fantasy World Setting (47)

  1. Tanya Patrice

    Now this is a list I love since I’m all about fantasy 🙂 I loved Graceling and Bitterblue – so I’ll have to check out the other books on your list too.

    1. Nemo

      This cover of Ash is rather striking – I tried to choose pretty covers for this list! Or at least fantasy-esque ones.

    1. Nemo

      That’s fine, Jillyn! There’s loads of room for crossover – I prefer a very specific type of fantasy. Female lead, first person past tense… I get a bit picky! (not everything on this list is the aforementioned.)

    1. Nemo

      I hope you like it! I would lend it to you in an instant if we both lived in the same city. Or state. Yeah, that’s be helpful.

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