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.
This weeks topic is: Favorite SFF Creatures *Booktube SFF Awards Crossover Topic*
To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
Both the mermaids and sirens in this novel are fantastic and possibly my favourite representation of those two creatures. The sirens still fall within the luring men to death category, lovely I know, but the mermaids aren't what you'd expect. They're mainly fish with the ability to communicate and act as scavengers in this world. The lore around both and the hierarchy is so fascinating. The mermaids are treated as subservient to the sirens, who in and of themselves are incredibly hierarchical.
From the minute they were introduced I adored the Wyverns but they really found a place in my heart in the final book. They're like mini dragons that don't breath fire with the loyalty of a golden retriever. None more so than Abraxos. Oh, my heart. That creature. It was an interesting diversion from the typical witches on broomsticks.
I've always loved books about fae but none more so than the A Court of Thorns and Roses series. In particular the Illyrian Warriors...The way in which the different fae have different powers I find so interesting. It helps that they're all rather pretty too... Then there's the lore and almost religion surrounding them that gets explored throughout the series.
I have a review for A Court of Wings and Ruin here.
I have a review for A Court of Frost and Starlight here.
I knew next to nothing of Japanese Mythology and Empress of all Seasons has introduced me into an entirely new world, and some of my favourite new creatures. The Yokai are demon-esque creatures that come in all shapes and sizes. Some are human looking, some have no human resemblance about them. It's just so varied.
Another mythology I knew little about was the Jin or Jinni. They have a tenuous link to what we know as genies but as far more tricky. They cannot tell lies but twist the truth. Like the Yokai most look human but with one factor setting them apart from the rest. Some have golden skin, blue hair, purple eyes etc. An unnatural colour gives them away. They too have different powers of all nature. I wish there were more books in this series.