Places In Books I’d Love to Live
Well folks, March has been a super-quick month and now it’s time for the last TTT topic – Places in Books I’d Love to Live. I’m going to focus on fantasy locales (because who needs boring real-world places?!)
Now, a caveat: most of these places are pretty dangerous so I’d not so much like to live out my days in peace there or anything – more that I would love to stay for an extended visit… I’m also not including any of the usual suspects i.e. Narnia, Middle-Earth etc. because I have included them before and I want to change it up a bit!
1. Realm of the Elderlings series by Robin Hobb
I know, I know, the world isn’t really called the ‘Realm of the Elderlings’ but it just sounds so good and is a play on the series name haha! This is probably (definitely) my favourite series and the world itself is pretty fascinating from the Rain Wilds to Buckkeep where it all started in Assassin’s Apprentice.
2. Kushiel’s Universe Series by Jacqueline Carey
The nation of Terre d’Ange sounds so decadent and at times tawdry – it would be a interesting setting to visit for sure! Full of intrigue and courtesans who act as spies – it would definitely keep you on your toes (though it couldn’t be fun always looking over your shoulder to see who is going to plant a knife in it!)
3. Sevenwaters series by Juliet Marillier
One of my all-time favourite fantasy series set in Ireland but with a historical fantasy slant. Sevenwaters is the home of the various protagonists throughout the series and it sounds like a wonderful place, full of history and magic. Marillier describes it so beautifully I almost feel like I’ve been there myself.
4. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
Red London sounds like an amazing place; full of magic and wonder. Grey London (our world) pales in comparison. I would love to be like Lila and visit Red London with Kell – it sounds delightful (except for all the, you know, murder and mayhem…)
5. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
I may not be as big a fan of this series as some people but I’ve got to admit that the Night Court sounds like a wonderful place. I can see why Feyre (the main character) fell in love with the place and its people.
6. Tales from Verania by T.J. Klune
C’mon, I couldn’t not include Verania on this list! I love all of T.J. Klune’s books (and the Green Creek series has a special place in my heart) but Verania sounds like an utterly awesome place with zany and quirky characters you can’t help but adore.
7. In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan
A place just on the outskirts of our world, the Borderlands is host to a whole variety of strange and unusual creatures and I am living for it! Seriously, the setting for this book is so fun and it just made my heart sing!
8. The Folk of the Air series by Holly Black
Elfhame just sounds like such a wickedly dangerous and fascinating place. I have always been intrigued by books about faeries or fae and this particular series is one of my absolute favourites. I would just love to live for a while in Elfhame (though it is rather deadly to humans overall…)
9. Cursebreakers series by Brigid Kemmerer
Look, Emberfall is a scary place (with a truly horrific curse) but it still captivates me (I’m clearly missing a few screws lol). I definitely wouldn’t mind visiting but it’s doubtful I’d want to put down roots…
10. Vicious Faeries by Natalia Jaster
I honestly thought I was going to select the Foolish Kingdoms series here but in the end the Faerie Lands won out (see, I’m a bit obsessed with fae stories at the minute!) I can’t wait for the next book to see how the story (and setting) develops!