Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
1. Sabriel by Garth Nix.
This one took me by surprise! I went into it expecting an epic/high fantasy… which is was, but with more early-20th century England technology — which I LOVED.
2. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo.
Want to write a book based on Russian mythology? READ THESE. Okay, so yes, aside from this series’ amazing worldbuilding — it’s pretty epic generally. And the Darkling? Yeeeeees please.
3. Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch.
I’m really looking forward to seeing how Sara Raasch builds the world in the upcoming sequel Ice Like Fire, but gosh, what I loved most about Snow Like Ashes’ worldbuilding was that it was SUBTLE. And not completely in-your-face.
4. J. R.R. Tolkien.
Literally ANYTHING by this guy. Beautiful, wonderful, elegant worldbuilding.
5. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh.
This is one of my FAVOURITE novels I’ve read this year, and gosh, the details were beautiful. (Also? HEAPS of mentions of food. Because who doesn’t like descriptions of exotic foods!?)
6. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas.
GAH. These books. You know I adore them dearly, and each book, the world has expanded even further. I can’t wait to see what Queen of Shadows has in store for us.
7. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E Schwab.
This boooook. Historical. Magical. Beautiful.
8. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson.
It’s been years since I read this book (and still, I haven’t had the chance to finish the rest of the series…) but I remembered one of the things that stood out to me was the unique worldbuilding.
9. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor.
Another series that has my heart, and consequentially, I love the worldbuilding. Think: epic fantasy meets real-world Prague. TELL ME, WHAT IS NOT TO LOVE ABOUT THAT? Gah. This is the book that makes me want to go to Prague.
10. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin.
The first book that came to mind when I was writing this post, because I will always believe that the A Song of Ice and Fire series has BRILLIANT, detailed, just downright EPIC worldbuilding.