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Great Books Set In Their Own Original World

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted over on The Broke and the Bookish.

Today’s theme is: Books with X Setting. I have decided to go with books that are set in an original universe or world. As much as I love books that reference real life places, I’ve always had a thing for books that are set in an author’s original world. So today, I’m going to share some of my favourite books with original worlds.

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A princess must find her place in a reborn world.

She flees on her wedding day.

She steals ancient documents from the Chancellor’s secret collection.

She is pursued by bounty hunters sent by her own father.

She is Princess Lia, seventeen, First Daughter of the House of Morrighan.

The Kingdom of Morrighan is steeped in tradition and the stories of a bygone world, but some traditions Lia can’t abide. Like having to marry someone she’s never met to secure a political alliance.

Fed up and ready for a new life, Lia flees to a distant village on the morning of her wedding. She settles in among the common folk, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deceptions swirl and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—secrets that may unravel her world—even as she feels herself falling in love.

A recent read of mine, but I really enjoyed the world it was set in. It’s fairly simple and straightforward, as far as fantasy worlds go, but it works so well for the story, and it’s fun to read about as you go. I’m looking forward to seeing more of this world in the second book.

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After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her … but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead … quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

Another fairly straight forward fantasy world, though I found the power divisions in this book to be particularly interesting. Another one I’m looking forward to getting into the second book.

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Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.

Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.

So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, and serving her kingdom just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.

This is by far one of my favourite original worlds, as far as current popular books go. The areas of the world relate back to their climate, and how their magic works is fascinating. This makes a third on the list that I’m looking forward to reading the second book.

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Bryn is the daughter of a humble stone-cutter. So no one is more surprised than she when the Master Priest seeks her out to become a student at the famous Temple of the Oracle; a training school for future priests and priestesses.
But her innately gifted nature proves a threat to the evil embedded within the Temple, and Bryn encounters unimaginable danger. Is she able to struggle with the unknown and to save the whole world from untold misery? Or will the powers of darkness succeed?

I read this book when I was in junior high, and still enjoy it today. The way the magic and the training of students works in this book is really interesting, and I love how the whole prophecy thing works.

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For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

Though I do run into some issues with this book, I find the way that they have divided up the castes and how people work within it to be absolutely fascinating.

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Journeys to the end of the world, fantastic creatures, and epic battles between good and evil—what more could any reader ask for in one book? The book that has it all is The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, written in 1949 by Clive Stables Lewis. But Lewis did not stop there. Six more books followed, and together they became known as The Chronicles of Narnia.

For the past fifty years, The Chronicles of Narnia have transcended the fantasy genre to become part of the canon of classic literature. Each of the seven books is a masterpiece, drawing the reader into a land where magic meets reality, and the result is a fictional world whose scope has fascinated generations.

Okay, there’s an entirely world in a closet. Do I need to say more?

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This haunting story centers on Jonas, who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Not until he’s given his life assignment as the Receiver of Memory does he begin to understand the dark, complex secrets behind his fragile community.

This world is terrifying, and fascinating all at the same time. Imagine a world where there’s no colour, no emotions, nothing that allows us to choose or be anything but content. Not somewhere I’d like to live, but interesting nonetheless.

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Welcome to Elsewhere. It is warm, with a breeze, and the beaches are marvelous. It’s quiet and peaceful. You can’t get sick or any older. Curious to see new paintings by Picasso? Swing by one of Elsewhere’s museums. Need to talk to someone about your problems? Stop by Marilyn Monroe’s psychiatric practice.

Elsewhere is where fifteen-year-old Liz Hall ends up, after she has died. It is a place so like Earth, yet completely different. Here Liz will age backward from the day of her death until she becomes a baby again and returns to Earth. But Liz wants to turn sixteen, not fourteen again. She wants to get her driver’s license. She wants to graduate from high school and go to college. And now that she’s dead, Liz is being forced to live a life she doesn’t want with a grandmother she has only just met. And it is not going well. How can Liz let go of the only life she has ever known and embrace a new one? Is it possible that a life lived in reverse is no different from a life lived forward?

I’m counting this as it’s own world, though it’s technically connected with the one we know. This is a really interesting imagining of what comes after we’ve passed on, and I enjoy how they’ve made it all work together.

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21 thoughts on “Great Books Set In Their Own Original World

  1. I love this list. Especially Narnia. I always wanted to hide in my wardrobe, and find myself in a new and magical world that I could spend days on end in. Unfortunately, whenever I did hide out in my wardrobe, no exciting worlds were there…

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  2. It takes a lot to be able to create a whole new original world, and I’m a little jealous of authors who can do it well. I remember thinking that the world of The Giver and the world of The Kiss of Deception were both especially fantastic!

    Great list!

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  3. Victoria Hanley! Been a long while since I read The Light of the Oracle. Loved that book so much that I bought it and have it on me shelf. Have ye read The Seer and the Sword books by her? I also just discovered two new ones she has written! Methinks I should revisit her work . Thanks so much for the reminder.
    x The Captain

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  4. I checked out Elsewhere, and I have Snow Like Ashes on hold on an e-library waiting list. I loved The Giver, and I met Lois Lowry and got her to sign it when I was a kid. It was right after it was released. This was before the sequels came out, and the ending always haunted me. My mom even loved it!
    Good choices!

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