Lately, I’ve noticed that there’s been a lot of teen books that are historical-ish books with fantasy elements. Graceling, Finnikin of the Rock,The Girl of Fire and Thorns… the list goes on. They’re not new but they seem to be more common lately. They’re not actually historicals as they don’t place in our world but they have similar settings and elements. And I hesitate to call them fantasies because in most of them, although, the magic is definitely present and an important part of the characters’ lives, it’s not flashy and it doesn’t save the day.
I’m totally loving this trend because at heart I’m a fantasy reader and I’ve always loved history. The combination of the two has always been awesome but, set on another world, it just gets better because they can do all kinds of fun things with characters and settings. Like the world of The Girl of Fire and Thorns. It’s like Spanish meets Arabic in the first millennium. The culture, religion, and setting of it is absolutely fascinating. I’m really close to being finished and I’m hoping, if this isn’t part of the series, that the author has written, or plans to write, a lot more books.
What I’m reading right now: The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson, Throne of Fire audiobook by Rick Riordan, It Had to be You ebook by Susan Elizabeth Philips.