Welcome back to T5W!
Today’s topic is books not set in or inspired by the Western World and I think this is a really good topic because it is forcing us to look at our shelves and see how diversely we are reading in terms of foreign countries and stories.
I think I have managed to scrape together 5, so without further ado, let’s get started.
I’ve got three choices with an Arabian, desert setting so I’ll bung them all together in one section:
The Wrath and the Dawn duology
A Thousand Nights
Rebel of the Sands
I am coming to love desert settings. They’re warm, rich, and it definitely makes me feel that I’m reading about worlds more farther away than my own. If you’ve read my blog for a while then you’ll know that A Thousand Nights does drive me crazy in terms of the writing style but the setting and story is enough to keep you reading. It didn’t quite work out for me but I still loved the warmth of the setting. However, I adored the Wrath and the Dawn and Rebel of the Sands, so their stories are enough to make sure I find more books set in the desert!
The Grisha Trilogy
With a Russian/Eastern European inspired setting in Ravka, this is the first and only series I’ve read set in that kind of world. I can’t really compare it to anything but I love this book, the rest of the Grisha trilogy, and the follow on Six of Crows duology. Unlike most people, I do however prefer the original Grisha trilogy with Alina, Mal, and the Darkling as I find the story more appealing and it seems to have a greater fantastical element.
The first book of the Lunar Chronicles, this book is set in New Beijing and therefore inspired by China. I really love this book and series for the spin it puts on classic fairytales and Cinder sets up this world rather well. I think the series as a whole does lack a little on the world building but the diverse cast of characters and the story definitely make up for it.
And that is that!
I know these books are probably not the most unique of choices but I actually struggled a little on this one. Maybe that tells me I need to cast my reading scope a bit wider to include more Eastern settings.
What are your top 5 choices?
Thanks for reading and have a good day!