Fairytale Fantasy Recommendations

Hi guys, I hope you are all well. As you can already tell from the title, today I am sharing some more book recommendations with you guys. Since it’s winter I thought it would be a good time to share some fairytale-esque fantasy books. I have six books to talk about this time, so let’s get straight into it.

The Bear and the Nightingale / Katherine Arden

Publisher: Del Rey

Series: Book 1 of the Winternight trilogy

Genre: Historical fantasy

Length: 328 pages

This the first book in an adult historical fantasy trilogy set in a medieval Russian village and is influenced by Russian folklore. It follows a young girl called Vasya as she grows up in the Russian wilderness, in a male orientated society. The atomsphere and setting are so well done in this trilogy. My review.

Fudoki / Kij Johnson

Publisher: Tor Books

Genre: Historical fantasy

Length: 316 pages

This book is inspired by Japanese mythology. It is one of my all time favourite books and is a fantastic mix of fantasy and historical fiction. Set in Japan, it follows Harueme (a dying, unmarried noblewomen) as she prepares to leave the Emperor’s court to go into seclusion for her last days. While her attendant Shigeko continues with preparations, Harueme begins writing a story of a young cat who sets out on an adventure to the other side of the empire. This is a dual narrative; firstly following Harueme, and secondly following a cat turned warrior woman Kagaya-hime. My review.

Forgotten Beasts of Eld / Patricia A. McKillip

Publisher: Tachyon Publications 

Genre: Fantasy

Length: 242 pages

Now this one is not influenced by any particular myths or folklore, but it does have a distinct fairytale feel to it. Forgotten Beasts of Eld is a fantasy standalone that follows Sybel, a sixteen year old girl who has grown up alone on Eld Mountain. Her only companions are mythical beasts, until a man brings a baby for her to raise. Having had little to do with humans for most of her life, the baby begins to awaken feelings in her that she’s never known before. My review.

Daughter of the Forest / Juliet Marillier

Publisher: Harper Voyager

Genre: Historical fantasy

Length: 672 pages

I don’t actually know much about this particular legends, but I believe this book is loosely based on the legend of the Children of Lir (Irish mythology) and the Six Swans (German legend). Sorcha’s life is turned upside down when her father is bewitched by his new wife, an evil sorceress who curses her brothers. To save them Sorcha must complete the task while staying silent . My review.

Heart’s Blood / Juliet Marillier

Publisher: Tor

Genre: Fantasy

Length: 405 pages

Another Marillier recommendation, this one is a Beauty and the Beast retelling (loosely based). Set on the Whistling Tor, a curse is set upon the chieftan and his people. No one is prepared to go there, but for Catrin it is a place to escape her own demons. Like her other books, this has a distinct fairy-tale feel to it.

Shadows on the Moon / Zoe Marriott

Publishers: Walker Books Ltd

Genre: YA Fantasy

Length: 464 pages

Loosely based on Cinderella, this book follows Suzume, a sixteen girl who has the ability to shadow-weave. This power allows her to recreate herself into any form. After surviving the tragic attack on her family, she sets out for revenge, but first she must discover who she truly is. While a little romance heavy at times, I really enjoyed this retelling and would recommend checking it out.

That’s it for today. I love fairytales that are woven into fantasy books so I will definitely be looking for more to add to a future recommendations posts. Have you read any of these books? I’d love to know what you thought. I’d also love to know if you have any recommendations for me. Let’s chat in the comments. I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.


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