Top Ten Tuesday
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s Top Ten list is Top Ten Most Vivid Worlds/Settings In Books. I’m giving my votes for the most vibrant and vivid world/setting to the following list. The stories aren’t always perfect but the worlds created by the authors are IMO memorable and each vivid in their own way.
The Kate Daniels books are set in a post apocalyptic Atlanta. Magic has returned to the world. The landscape and technologies of the old Atlanta are crumbling. Magic and Tech are in a constant clash and at any particular time only one is in ascendant– there are waves of either magic or tech. I love the atmosphere in these books – the setting of a crumbling Atlanta is so vividly described, I can imagine the decaying city, slowly but surely being consumed by the magic.
Elantra is an almost medieval city that houses numerous magical races from the winged Aerians to the feline Leontines, the Dragons, the Barrani, and the humans. Each race is distinct and is so well imagined and described. I love how Michelle Sagara uses the eye colour of the difference races to indicate mood and emotion although I can never keep the colours straight. 🙂
As pretty much everyone knows The Hunger Games are set in a dystopian world. I love the idea of the districts, each with its own function / industry. The poverty of District 12 is so bleak in comparison with the dramatic infrastructure of the city. And of course the games, the costumes – need I go on.
4. Guild Hunter / Archangel Series – Nalini Singh (Urban Fantasy / PNR)
The Guild Hunter series is set an alternative modern day, the difference being that Angels and Vampires are present and pretty much control the world. I love the scary angels and even scarier archangels with their beautiful powerful wings.
A beloved series from childhood. My school teacher read all the books to my class when we were perhaps 8. I dreamed that I would climb the Faraway tree and visit other worlds, stopping for tea with the trees inhabitants Moonface, Silky and Saucepan Man on my way home.
An amazing Steampunk London. I love this world – it’s so well realised from the mechanically altered inhabitants to the scarily enhanced sharks and octopus, not to mention the waste land that is continental Europe. I can almost see the airships tethered over London.
Fire-breathing telepathic dragons set in a quasi medieval world, enough said.
The scope of the world of the Wheel of Time is immense. Robert Jordan has created a world of distinct cultures and races, not to mention the magic system. The imagination and attention to detail here is incredible. One of my favourite series- definitely the longest.
The fashion of the day comes vibrantly to life.
The Elfhome books are set in a near-future Pittsburgh which exists mostly in the land of the elves. I adore the world Wen Spencer has created– the elves and the races they’ve created combining magic and genetic engineering. I love how Tinker perfectly uses magic and technology together in her crazy schemes. J The concept of Elfhome is so fun and the story and world are so colourfully described and distinctive.