The theme for this month’s Monthly Motif Reading Challenge is Diversify Your Reading. Here are 3 of my favorite non-Western Cultural Fantasy Books that you should absolutely add to your reading list.
The Wrath and the Dawn, Renee Ahdieh
This book is a retelling of the Arabian Nights story, where a king takes a wife, but she has to tell him stories every night to survive. The author of course put her own spin on things – and came up with a winner! The book feels authentic to it’s setting and while not a perfect book, I enjoyed it and recommend it to fans of fast paced, young adult books.
The Killing Moon (Dreamblood #1), N. K. Jemisin
Jemisin is a MASTER! A master at World-building – imaginative histories with detailed descriptions … a master at character building – making me feel like I know them and am 100% invested in what happens to them … and a master at sucking me into a story set in an alternative ancient Egypt – leaving me wanting to read more and more, even after it’s finished.
In the ancient city-state of Gujaareh, peace is the only law. Upon its rooftops and amongst the shadows of its cobbled streets wait the Gatherers – the keepers of this peace. Priests of the dream-goddess, their duty is to harvest the magic of the sleeping mind and use it to heal, soothe – and kill those judged corrupt.
Throne of the Crescent Moon, Saladin Ahmed
At first I was going to the say that the strengths of The Crescent Moon are the well developed characters & the wonderfully imaginative World. But the more I think about it, the more I realize that what I love is not necessarily either of those 2 things, but it’s how incredibly descriptive everything is … without seeming to be so. It’s not the World building that thrilled me, but the details of living in that World – the life of the people of the city of Dhamsawaat. We’re not just given glimpses into what everyday life is like – but a portal through which we can view everybody from the main characters, to the vendors in the Square – at least, that’s how the author made me feel.
Have you read any of these books – or any books by these authors? Which book(s) would you add to this list?