This is one of my favourite bookish memes in the book blog world, so I decided to join in and contribute with my lists. This week’s topic was Top Ten Books With X Setting. I am a huge fan of fantasy and alternative history books, specially those written in a real or fictional Middle Age period of time (5th to 15th century). Usually, these books come in series, so my list will be more about book series with this setting.
Top Ten Books (actually 4 book series) With Middle Age Settings
(click on the images and links to find the books on Goodreads)
Kushiel’s Dart was one of my favourite readings last year. This series is amazing in every way, but let’s just focus on the setting. The book follows the story of Phèdre, a courtesan in a medieval historical fantasy/alternate society of Terre d’Ange, which is a fictional/alternate version of France. In this universe, the people of Terre d’Ange are descendants of the angel Elua, who was born when the blood of Yeshua ben Yosef, the son of the one God (aka Jesus), mingled with the tears of the Magdelene and carried in the womb of Mother Earth. The book has an amazing new religious/political/sociological/political setting intrinsically connected to the alternate European world the author created. For this fact alone these books deserve all your attention, but the characters are so amazingly layered and the plot so twisted and delicious that, really, you should give it a try if you love epic fantasy with a dark flavour.
My all time favourite series. The books are mainly set in the forest of Sevenwaters, in an ancient version of Ireland, and explore Celtic mythology and folklore wonderfully. The story will also carry you to the Otherworld (the world of the Little Folk), the shores of Britain and Alba (that I think it’s nowadays Scotland). It was with these books that I first fell in love with Ireland.
Who doesn’t know Tolkien’s Middle Earth? This one needs no explanations or introductory note. We all know it and most of us love it. (come on… Rivendale?? I would buy a one way ticket there and never come back if it truly existed!)
Another one everybody knows about. Westeros is one of the best settings I’ve ever come across with. Though I wouldn’t want to live there (the risk of being accused of traison and murdered is too high!), I would love to visit Winterfell, Riverrun and Highgarden.
So, these are my Top Book Settings. Do you share some of them? Which are yours?