As hosted by The Broke & The Bookish
So originally the prompt this week was ‘books set outside the US’, but here’s the thing: I don’t read enough contemporary to come up with ten books set outside the US. (I’m working on it guys, I swear! Summertime is contemporary time.)
What I do read quite a lot of? Fantasy books. And guess what? They are pretty much all set outside the US, because they pretty much all take place in a faraway fictional fantasy land. Plus they get bonus points because they have gorgeous MAPS!
So while there are a ton of fantasy lands I would love to live in, I tried to narrow it down to these ten:
The Wizarding World/Hogwarts from Harry Potter (J.K. Rowling)
The most similar to our muggle world, but of course I would want to live there! Still waiting for my Hogwarts acceptance letter though…
Middle Earth from The Lord of the Rings (J.R.R. Tolkien)
Especially The Shire. I think I would feel right at home in the beautiful and peaceful Shire in my own little hobbit home.
Prythian from A Court of Thorns and Roses (Sarah J. Maas)
Divided in several Courts, I think Prythian has a ton of beautiful and enchanting places. However, the Night Court would definitely be where I belong. “To the stars who listen— and the dreams that are answered.”
Erilea from Throne of Glass (Sarah J. Maas)
Erilea is full of beautiful and fantastical places, from Adarlan’s biggest city Rifthold to the pirates at Skull’s Bay, from the Red Desert to the Witch Kingdom and all the way to the mysterious Terrasen.
Ravka/Kerch from the Grisha trilogy (Leigh Bardugo)
The whole world of the Grisha trilogy is gorgeous, but I love the Russian-inspired Ravka and the Netherlands-inspired Kerch the most. Plus this world has Grishas and Grishas are awesome.
Alagaësia from Eragon (Christopher Paolini)
Another gorgeous world filled with amazing magical creatures. This series is urgently due a re-read because I miss this place.
The Witchlands from Truthwitch (Susan Dennard)
With only one novel in the series out so far, there is still a lot to discover. But the first book already gives a great taste of what’s to come and I want more. Plus, witches!
The Seven Kingdoms/The Dells from Fire (Kristin Cashore)
Granted, the Seven Kingdoms sound gorgeous. But even more so, I’m intrigued by the Dells with its impossibly beautiful animals of unnatural colors that can entrance and control people. So while it would be an incredibly dangerous place, it would be so, so beautiful.
The Seven Realms from The Demon King (Cinda Williams Chima)
The Seven Realms is one of my favorite fantasy settings ever. There’s magic, queens, wizards, clans and even it’s very own wizard school. I can’t wait to dive back into this world with the new novel Flamecaster.
Eretz from Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Laini Taylor)
Eretz, also known as Elsewhere, is basically another universe to our earth. It is also home to tons of chimaera and has its own unique history and culture and I just love this world and these books so much.