Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there is a new topic for bloggers to choose and list their top ten. This week’s theme is Top Ten Books To Read If You Are In The Mood For…
Far Away and Fantastical Locations.
I love fantasy books, and there is nothing more I would love than to be able to travel to so many of the places that are described in so many of my favourite books. And honestly, who wouldn’t want to go to Hogwarts, I’m still upset over the fact that I never received my letter when I turned 11. So for this week’s Top Ten theme, books to read if you are in the mood for X, I chose Far Away and Fantastical Locations; and ten of my favourite books set in places I would kill to be able to travel to.
Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
Set in the unforgiving desert Rebel of the Sands creates a world where magic is real; where creatures like Djinni, Ghouls, Nightmares and Buraqi live side by side with humans; where a rebel prince is hiding deep in the desert, planning to take the throne from the Sultan; where our heroine dreams of the rich possibilities for her in the capital.
Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
Etta and Nicholas travel through time to so many different countries in their search for the astrolabe; London during World War II, fleeing from the bombs as well as the grunts Ironwood has sent after them; racing through Angkor in the sixteen hundreds on their way to Victorian era Paris, and later the deserts of Damascus during the late fifteen hundreds.
The Elemental Trilogy by Sherry Thomas
The trilogy takes us from the Domain, ruled over by Titus where Iolanthe reveals herself as a great Mage, to Eton College, where the two must blend in among the humans to fool the Bane and the Inquisitor, the desert, where the two struggle to regain their lost memories, and finally to Atlantis itself.
The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
Time travel on a pirate ship. The story starts in Calcutta, India before travelling through 21st century New York on its way to Honolulu, Hawaii. The Girl from Everywhere sets up a world where, if you have the right map, you can even travel into fairytales.
The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
The whole series takes the reader to so many different places; New Beijing where the people of the Eastern Commonwealth are being struck down with a deadly plague; Paris which still bears the scars of a great war, and a small rural town in France where life is simpler for its residents but not easy; a space station orbiting the Earth; the unforgiving Sahara desert; and Luna, a world on the Moon where the rich have much and the poor very little.
Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine
Ink and Bone is set in a world where the Great Library of Alexandria was never destroyed; but where books are now forbidden for the common people, and where certain thoughts and ideas are very dangerous things to have.
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
Kell is a Traveller with the ability to travel to parallel worlds; boring and magic-less Grey London, Red London where magic is revered and the empire is flourishing, and a drained and dying White London where magic is fought and killed over.
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
This new series takes us back to the world of the Grisha but this time to the darkest depths of Ketterdam where Kaz and the rest of the Dregs make their home. Together Kaz and his team travel to Hellgate to free a prisoner before journeying to the Fjerdan Ice Court to free another.
Splintered by A.G. Howard
It’s set in a version of Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland, need I say any more.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
I fell in love with this book purely because of the way the circus itself was described. It’s a place where you can become a child again, where wonder after wonder sits within black and white tents, where magic is real. If Le Cirque des Rêves existed in real life I would be one of the first in line at the gate.
So what do you think? Did you take part in this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, if so let me know what you picked for this week’s themed free-for-all, or what some of your favourite books are set in far away and fantastical places.