Top Ten Books With a Completely Made Up Setting


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Today’s topic is your top ten books with (X) setting. We get to choose whatever setting we like, so I decided to go with completely made up settings – in other words, brand-new, made-up worlds to explore. Because of this, I have a mix of YA and adult fantasy this time. You can join in at this post.

1. The Wayfarer Redemption by Sara Douglass – this series of two connected trilogies (followed by a third) takes place in Tencendor and it’s surrounding lands. Awesome mythology, descriptions, and history really bring this new world to life.

2. Symphony of Ages by Elizabeth Haydon – the heroine of this series, Rhapsody, originally lived on an island named Serendair. After fleeing and finding herself in the future, the books and her story takes place on a land divided into numerous states. Haydon’s world has a rich history and culture that is wonderful to explore.

3. Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken – I love the world that Alexandra Bracken created for this story. Two main “countries” if you will, with four nations between them. Wonderful descriptions, customs and such a pretty map.

4. The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen – taking place mainly in the land of Carthya, we get to see more of the surrounding lands in the sequel. I adore this book and can’t wait for book 3 to find out more about Jaron and his world.

5. The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan – while I may never have finished the series, I was captivated by them at one time and the lands in The Westlands (and surrounding areas) was one of the reasons for that. Robert Jordan’s series is sprawling both in page numbers and world building.

6. The Song of the Lioness by Tamora Pierce – and all the other books that take place in Tortall. After so many wonderful books and characters that revolve around the land of Tortall, it seems like a real place! I cannot recommend a journey there enough.

7. Circle of Magic by Tamora Pierce – what can I say? She writes great books! Set in Emelan, the numerous books in this series are wonderfully detailed and rich in characters, magic and setting. My first Tamora Pierce books, they hold a special place in my heart.

8. City of a Thousand Dolls by Miriam Forster – the Bhinian empire, a world we really only see one one part of…the City of a Thousand Dolls, where the story takes place. But what we do learn of their history, culture, caste system and way of life is amazingly awesome and I would definitely be down for a sequel!

9. Sword of Truth by Terry Goodkind – my high school years were full of 1000 page epic fantasies, and this series is one of the best. Goodkind’s world building gives us two places to play. The Old World, and the New World which is divided into three regions and where most of the action takes place. It is certainly epic, and is easy to lose yourself in the pages of the series.

10. The Fionavar Tapestry by Guy Gavriel Kay – a bit of a cheat, this one. While it mainly takes place in the land of Fionavar, the main characters are from Toronto! A wonderful blend of the known and the unknown in this one.


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