T5W: Books That Aren’t Inspired by the Western World

T5W Top Five Wednesday Books That Aren't Inspired by the Western World on Cover to Cover Book and Blogging blog by Kat Snark

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Lainey and hosted by Sam @ Thoughtsontomes, you can find the Goodreads group, with all the weekly topics here.

Top Five Books That Aren’t Inspired By the Western World

So … basically favorite High Fantasy reads? Yay! High Fantasy is one of my favorite genre’s 🙂 Check out my favorite five high fantasy books below 😀


A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas T5W Top Five Wednesday Books Not Inspired by the Western World on Cover to Cover Book and Blogging Blog by Kat Snark

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Genre: YA | Romance | High Fantasy | Magic
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #1
Books: A Court of Thorns and Roses | A Court of Mist and Fury | A Court of Wings and Ruin
Read Count: 3

Published: May 7th 2013
Pages: 421 pages
Format: Hardcover
Average Rating: 4.29 stars
My Rating: 4 stars
Description: Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price …
Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.


Throne of Glass by Sarah J. MaasT5W Top Five Wednesday Books Not Inspired by the Western World on Cover to Cover Book and Blogging Blog by Kat SnarkBuy linksGoodreads | Book Depository | Amazon | B&N
Genre: YA | Romance | High Fantasy | Magic
Series: Throne of Glass #1
Books: Throne of Glass | Crown of Midnight | Heir of Fire | Queen of Shadows | Empire of Storms | Tower of Dawn

Read Count: 6
Published: May 7th, 2013
Series: Throne of Glass #1

Pages: 404 pages
Format: Paperback
Average Rating: 4.24 stars
My Rating: 5 stars
Description: In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king’s champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.
The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass–and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.


Graceling by Kristin Cashore T5W Top Five Wednesday Books Not Inspired by the Western World on Cover to Cover Book and Blogging Blog by Kat SnarkBuy linksGoodreads | Book Depository | Amazon | B&N
Genre: YA | High Fantasy | Romance
Books: Graceling | Fire | Bitterblue

Read Count: 5
Published: August 15th 2008
Series: Graceling #1

Pages: 471 pages
Format: Paperback
Average Rating: 4.10 stars
My Rating: 5 stars
Description: Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight – she’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king’s thug.
When she first meets Prince Po, Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change.
She never expects to become Po’s friend.
She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace – or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away.


The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima Seven Realms T5W Top Five Wednesday Books Not Inspired by the Western World on Cover to Cover Book and Blogging Blog by Kat SnarkBuy linksGoodreads | Book Depository | Amazon | B&N
Genre: YA | High Fantasy | Magic
Books: The Demon King | The Exiled Queen | The Gray Wolf Throne | The Crimson Crown

Read Count: 5
Published: October 6th 2009
Pages: 506 pages

Format: Hardcover
Average Rating: 3.2 stars
My Rating: 4.5 stars
Description: Times are hard in the mountain city of Fellsmarch. Reformed thief Han Alister will do almost anything to eke out a living for his family. The only thing of value he has is something he can’t sell—the thick silver cuffs he’s worn since birth. They’re clearly magicked—as he grows, they grow, and he’s never been able to get them off.
One day, Han and his clan friend, Dancer, confront three young wizards setting fire to the sacred mountain of Hanalea. Han takes an amulet from Micah Bayar, son of the High Wizard, to keep him from using it against them. Soon Han learns that the amulet has an evil history—it once belonged to the Demon King, the wizard who nearly destroyed the world a millennium ago. With a magical piece that powerful at stake, Han knows that the Bayars will stop at nothing to get it back.
Meanwhile, Raisa ana‘Marianna, princess heir of the Fells, has her own battles to fight. She’s just returned to court after three years of freedom in the mountains—riding, hunting, and working the famous clan markets. Raisa wants to be more than an ornament in a glittering cage. She aspires to be like Hanalea—the legendary warrior queen who killed the Demon King and saved the world. But her mother has other plans for her…
The Seven Realms tremble when the lives of Hans and Raisa collide, fanning the flames of the smoldering war between clans and wizards.


The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss the Kingkiller Chronicles T5W Top Five Wednesday Books Not Inspired by the Western World on Cover to Cover Book and Blogging Blog by Kat SnarkBuy linksGoodreads | Book Depository | Amazon | B&N
Genre: Adult | Epic Fantasy
Books: The Name in the Wind | The Wise Man’s Fear

Read Count: 1
Published: March 27th, 2007
Series: The Name in the Wind #1

Pages: 662 pages
Format: Hardcover
Average Rating: 4.55 stars
My Rating: 5 stars
Description: Told in Kvothe’s own voice, this is the tale of the magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen.
The intimate narrative of his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-ridden city, his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, and his life as a fugitive after the murder of a king form a gripping coming-of-age story unrivaled in recent literature.
A high-action story written with a poet’s hand, The Name of the Wind is a masterpiece that will transport readers into the body and mind of a wizard.


Let's Chat on Cover to Cover Book and Blogging Blog

Have you read any of these books? What did you think? What are some of your favorite books that aren’t inspired by the western world? Let me know in the comments below, I’d love to hear from you!

Kat from Cover to Cover Book and Blogging Blog


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