Top 5 Wednesday: Books That Aren’t Set In/Inspired By A Western World

What is Top 5 Wednesday?

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly book meme hosted by Sam of Thoughts on Tomes on YouTube. Here is the link for the Goodreads group where you can find the list of topics and such. 

Books That Aren't Set In/Inspired By The Western World

1. Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

Oh I can't wait for the next instalment of this series, it seems so far away though. This was the first book I read set in a non-western world and I adored it. I loved the second book Traitor to the Throne even more. That one centred more the palace of a sultan - not too dissimilar to that of the Ottoman Empire. There's a running theme here that when I'm introduced to a new era/area I want to know as much as possible about it. 

I have a review for Traitor to the Throne* here.

The Goodreads pages are here & here

5. A Game of Thrones by George R R Martin

For the most part Game of Thrones takes part in a medieval setting, Winterfell, King's Landing etc. To me however Dorne has more of a Moroccan feel to it. Essos also feels more like a Middle Eastern setting what with all the markets,  the description of the buildings and the climate. Whilst reading the series and also watching the tv show I always adored the chapters and scenes set in Essos...and not just because Dany is one of my favourite characters. 

Goodreads page here

3. Flame in the Mist* by Renee Ahdieh

This is the first book I'd read from Renee Ahdieh, now I want to read anything and everything by her. I fell in love with everything about this novel. The characters, the setting, the plot. But mainly Mariko and Okami. It was wonderful being exposed to their respective cultures and also the setting. I know next to nothing about Feudal Japan but after reading Flame in the Mist I want to know more. I must know more.

There is a review on the way...

Goodreads page here. 

3. Bride’s Story by Kaoru Mori

I wish this topic hadn't been as difficult as it was. It's definitely opened my eyes to the fact that I need to expose myself to other kinds of settings. I have a fair few on my shelves but I just haven't got to them yet. If possible I wanted to avoid putting any manga on this list. I read a butt tonne of it, I could've filled three lists with the amount I read... But I had to include this one. Although it's a manga series A Bride's Story takes place on the 19th Century Silk Road. A different yet cool setting. Highly highly recommend. 

Goodreads page here. 

1. Six of Crows* by Leigh Bardugo

I wasn't entirely sure if this counted or not, but I had seen other people add Six of Crows to their lists and figured why not! From what I gathered in the books, and after an extensive google search and many many viewings of interviews the Six of Crows Duology, like all the books in the Grishaverse take place in an alternate Russia. Heavily influenced by the folklore and language. Since reading them I've been incredibly interested to learn more about Russian Folklore. 

I have a review of Six of Crows* here.

I have a review Crooked Kingdom here. 

Goodreads pages here & here. 

What are some of your favourite books that aren't set in/inspired by the Western World ? 

Thank-you for reading,

Katie x 

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