Hi guys, I hope you are all well. A while ago I started a new series of blog posts exploring genres and sharing some recommendations for said genre. Today I am finally continuing this series, since it’s been a little while since I posted the first. The genre I’m going to be talking about today is historical fantasy. Up until recently I wasn’t really aware of this sub-genre, but now I really enjoy it and want to read a lot more of it. Historical fantasy tend to be set somewhere in Earth’s history with the addition of fantastical elements such as magic. Myths and legends can also be used, in place of historical events, as the focus of the story. It may be the case that the world is an entirely fictional one but it strongly resembles a time period of earth. It can be tricky to accurately explain these sub-genres as there tends to be a lot of cross overs between them. This explanation is a little short but hopefully that just means I’ve been concise. Let’s move onto some recommendation.
Fudoki / Kij Johnson
Set in 12th Century Japan, this is a dual narrative story that follows Harueme, an elderly Princess, and Kaguya-hime, a cat woman. This is one of my all time favourite books and it blends fantasy with historical fiction incredibly well.
the Winternight trilogy by Katherine Arden
Set in medieval Russia, this follows a young girl called Vasya as she tries to find her place in the world. Each book in this trilogy is fantastic and I loved the setting of these books.
The Crystal Ribbon by Celeste Lim
Set in medieval China, this is a middle grade book that follows a young girl called Li Jing. This book was so enjoyable to read and the cover is so pretty.
Daughter of the Forest / Juliet Marillier
This one is a loose retelling of the Six Swans myth. We follow Sorcha as she must complete a quest to save her brothers. This was my first book by this author and I loved it.