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27th-Oct-2013 12:31 am
Any good fantasy novels/series not set in the typical idea of fantasy location? I’m specifically thinking like set on a boat kind of like
? Or dealing with fantasy elements from other cultures?
27th-Oct-2013 05:05 am (UTC)
The Chathrand series
by Robert V.S. Redick, first book
The Red Wolf Conspiracy
is centered around a ship named the Chathrand. The first book IIRC is about its completion and the start of its maiden voyage. It's a very complex book IMO, lots of characters, political conspiracies, etc. I recommend *not* reading it in audiobook format if that is an option for you, especially if you do not speak British English, as the narrator's accent combined with the ensemble cast with names that aren't common to modern America resulted in the embarrassing mix-up where I couldn't tell when the narrator was discussing the ship, or an important mentor character with a similar name...
I've read a few post-apocalyptic fantasy novels set in a more-or-less post-apocalyptic USA, but I don't think that's what you're looking for. If I'm wrong, let me know.
28th-Oct-2013 02:07 am (UTC)
this sounds cool! I'm interested to check it out! thank you
28th-Oct-2013 01:56 am (UTC)
Don't know any involving a boat, sadly, but I quite enjoyed Lian Hearn's 'The Tales of the Otori', which is an initial trilogy, sequel and prequel set in 16th-17th century fantasy!Japan (and does not seek to fetishise Japanese culture in the way a lot of western-written wuxia novels seem to with ancient China). I loved the first book and the rest were quite good.
I also recently finished 'The Inheritance Trilogy' by N K Jemisin, which I loved, and which is mostly set in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic city. Its equivalence with any particular time period in our world is difficult to pinpoint, though I imagine that was the author's intention. She has two other books out, 'The Killing Moon' and 'The Shadowed Sun', which I have not read, but do not appear to be set in the typical swords and sorcery location.
2013-10-28 01:57 am (UTC)
28th-Oct-2013 02:06 am (UTC)
the inheritance trilogy sounds awesome! thank you!
28th-Oct-2013 04:37 am (UTC)
Not entirely sure if this is what you're looking for, but the Temeraire series was really good. The basic question in the premise is "What if the Napoleonic Wars were fought with dragons?" There are a lot of different cultures mentioned, and while it's not centered around a ship, there is some sailing mentioned.
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