Multicultural Fantasy

Quasi-Celtic-Norse-medieval fantasy is easy to find: walk into a bookstore, stick your hand toward a shelf, and you’ve got pretty good odds of hitting a work of generic Eurofantasy. The purpose of this list is to collect in one place the other stuff, the books that take place in other parts of the world, or invent worlds that look like something other than pre-Renaissance northwestern Europe.

Not all of the books on this list are necessarily good; not all of them are accurate, either. (Two different concepts.) My aim here is to provide a comprehensive resource, a foundation for more critical work. If you want to know whether a given title is worth reading, I recommend searching for reviews online.

Please also note that this list is primarily composed of works originally composed in English. If you happen to know that something in here was translated from another language, please let me know, and I’ll annotate the entry with that information.

This list is a work in progress, and I welcome suggestions for additional books (or corrections for the ones listed here). More detail on what I’m looking for — and the semi-logic behind my groupings — may be found at the bottom of this page.

 

AEGEAN/GREECE

  • Patrick H. Adkins, Lord of the Crooked Paths
  • Patrick H. Adkins, Master of the Fearful Depths
  • Patrick H. Adkins, Sons of the Titans
  • Lloyd Alexander, The Arkadians
  • Marion Zimmer Bradley, The Fall of Atlantis
  • Kara Dalkey, Euryale
  • Avram Davidson, The Phoenix and the Mirror, Vergil Magus 1
  • Avram Davidson, Virgil in Averno, Vergil Magus 2
  • Esther Friesner, Nobody’s Princess, Princesses of Myth 1/1
  • Esther Friesner, Nobody’s Prize, Princesses of Myth 1/2
  • Richard Garfinkle, Celestial Matters
  • David Gemmell, Lion of Macedon, Lion of Macedon 1
  • David Gemmell, Dark Prince, Lion of Macedon 2
  • Jo Graham, Black Ships
  • Kerry Greenwood, Cassandra, Delphic Women 1
  • Kerry Greenwood, Electra, Delphic Women 2
  • Kerry Greenwood, Medea, Delphic Women 3
  • Naomi Kritzer, Freedom’s Gate, Dead Rivers 1
  • Naomi Kritzer, Freedom’s Apprentice, Dead Rivers 2
  • Naomi Kritzer, Freedom’s Sisters, Dead Rivers 3
  • Stephen R. Lawhead, Taliesin
  • Ursula K. Le Guin, Lavinia
  • Juliet Marillier, Cybele’s Secret
  • Richard Purtill, The Golden Gryphon Feather, The Kaphtu Trilogy 1
  • Richard Purtill, The Stolen Goddess, The Kaphtu Trilogy 2
  • Richard Purtill, The Mirror of Helen, The Kaphtu Trilogy 3
  • Thomas Burnett Swann, Day of the Minotaur, Minotaur Trilogy 1
  • Thomas Burnett Swann, The Forest of Forever, Minotaur Trilogy 2
  • Thomas Burnett Swann, Cry Silver Bells, Minotaur Trilogy 3
  • Megan Whalen Turner, The Thief, Attolia 1
  • Megan Whalen Turner, The Queen of Attolia, Attolia 2
  • Megan Whalen Turner, The King of Attolia, Attolia 3
  • Megan Whalen Turner, A Conspiracy of Kings, Attolia 4
  • Gene Wolfe, Soldier of the Mist (collected as Latro in the Mist)
  • Gene Wolfe, Soldier of Arete (collected as Latro in the Mist)

AFRICA

  • Steven Barnes, Lion’s Blood
  • Steven Barnes, Zulu Heart
  • Marie Brennan, The Tropic of Serpents, Memoirs of Lady Trent 2
  • Octavia Butler, Wild Seed
  • Milton Davis, Meji
  • Bernardine Evaristo, Blonde Roots
  • Nancy Farmer, The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm
  • H. Rider Haggard, King Solomon’s Mines
  • H. Rider Haggard, She
  • Robert E. Howard, The Moon of Skulls, Solomon Kane 1
  • Robert E. Howard, The Hand of Kane, Solomon Kane 2
  • Robert E. Howard, Skulls in the Stars, Solomon Kane 3
  • Robert E. Howard, The Hills of the Dead, Solomon Kane 4
  • Robert E. Howard, Solomon Kane, Solomon Kane
  • Robert E. Howard, The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane, Solomon Kane
  • Sarah Hoyt, Heart of Light, Magical British Empire 1
  • Sarah Hoyt, Soul of Fire, Magical British Empire 2
  • Lee Killough, The Leopard’s Daughter
  • Naomi Novik, Empire of Ivory, Temeraire 4
  • Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu, Zahrah the Windseeker
  • Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu, The Shadow Speaker
  • Charles Saunders, Imaro, Imaro 1
  • Charles Saunders, The Quest for Cush, Imaro 2
  • Charles Saunders, The Trail of Bohu, Imaro 3
  • Elizabeth E. Wein, A Coalition of Lions, Arthurian sequence 2
  • Elizabeth E. Wein, The Sunbird, Arthurian sequence 3
  • Elizabeth E. Wein, The Lion Hunter, Mark of Solomon 1
  • Elizabeth E. Wein, The Empty Kingdom, Mark of Solomon 2

ASIA (GENERIC)

  • Sasha Miller, Ladylord
  • Sean Russell, The Initiate Brother, Asian Duology 1
  • Sean Russell, Gatherer of Clouds, Asian Duology 2

AUSTRALIA/NEW ZEALAND

  • Alan Garner, Strandloper
  • Karen Healey, Guardian of the Dead
  • Ambelin Kwaymullina, The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf, The Tribe 1
  • Ambelin Kwaymullina, The Disappearance of Ember Crow, The Tribe 2
  • Ambelin Kwaymullina, The Foretelling of Georgie Spider, The Tribe 3
  • Justine Larbalestier, Magic or Madness, Magic or Madness 1
  • Justine Larbalestier, Magic Lessons, Magic or Madness 2
  • Justine Larbalestier, Magic’s Child, Magic or Madness 3
  • Michaela Roessner, Walkabout Woman
  • Sean Williams, The Stone Mage and the Sea, The Change 1
  • Sean Williams, The Sky Warden and the Sun, The Change 2
  • Sean Williams, The Storm Weaver and the Sand, The Change 3
  • Sean Williams, The Crooked Letter, The Cataclysm 1
  • Sean Williams, The Blood Debt, The Cataclysm 2
  • Sean Williams, The Hanging Mountains, The Cataclysm 3
  • Sean Williams, The Devoured Earth, The Cataclysm 4
  • Sean Williams, The Changeling, Broken Land 1
  • Sean Williams, The Dust Devils, Broken Land 2
  • Sean Williams, The Scarecrow, Broken Land 3
  • Patricia Wrightson, The Ice Is Coming, The Ice Is Coming 1
  • Patricia Wrightson, The Dark Bright Water, The Ice Is Coming 2
  • Patricia Wrightson, Journey Behind the Wind, The Ice Is Coming 3
  • Patricia Wrightson, The Nargun and the Stars

BYZANTIUM

  • Guy Gavriel Kay, Sailing to Sarantium, Sarantine Mosaic 1
  • Guy Gavriel Kay, Lord of Emperors, Sarantine Mosaic 2
  • Stephen Lawhead, Byzantium
  • Judith Tarr, The Eagle’s Daughter
  • Harry Turtledove, Agent of Byzantium
  • Harry Turtledove, The Stolen Throne, The Time of Troubles 1
  • Harry Turtledove, Hammer and Anvil, The Time of Troubles 2
  • Harry Turtledove, The Thousand Cities, The Time of Troubles 3
  • Harry Turtledove, Videssos Besieged, The Time of Troubles 4
  • Harry Turtledove, Krispos Rising, The Tale of Krispos 1
  • Harry Turtledove, Krispos of Videssos, The Tale of Krispos 2
  • Harry Turtledove, Krispos the Emperor, The Tale of Krispos 3
  • Harry Turtledove, The Misplaced Legion, Videssos Cycle 1
  • Harry Turtledove, An Emperor for the Legion, Videssos Cycle 2
  • Harry Turtledove, The Legion of Videssos, Videssos Cycle 3
  • Harry Turtledove, Swords of the Legion, Videssos Cycle 4

CARIBBEAN

  • Tobias Buckell, Crystal Rain
  • Avram Davidson, Limekiller!
  • Nalo Hopkinson, The Salt Roads
  • Nalo Hopkinson, Skin Folk
  • Mary Robinette Kowal, Of Noble Family, Glamourist Histories 5
  • Tim Powers, On Stranger Tides
  • Thomas Burnett Swann, The Goat Without Horns

CENTRAL ASIA

  • Elizabeth Bear, Range of Ghosts, Eternal Sky 1
  • Elizabeth Bear, Shattered Pillars, Eternal Sky 2
  • Gillian Bradshaw, The Horses of Heaven
  • Shannon Hale, Book of a Thousand Days
  • Naomi Kritzer, Freedom’s Gate, Dead Rivers 1
  • Naomi Kritzer, Freedom’s Apprentice, Dead Rivers 2
  • Naomi Kritzer, Freedom’s Sisters, Dead Rivers 3
  • Naomi Novik, Black Powder War, Temeraire 3
  • Neal Stephenson, Greg Bear, Mark Teppo, E.D. deBirmingham, Erik Bear, Joseph Brassey, Cooper Moo, The Mongoliad

CHINA

  • Alma Alexander, The Secrets of Jin-shei, Jin-Shei 1
  • Alma Alexander, The Embers of Heaven, Jin-Shei 2
  • Lloyd Alexander, The Remarkable Journey of Prince Jen
  • Beth Bernobich, Fox and Phoenix
  • Ernest Bramah, The Wallet of Kai Lung
  • Ernest Bramah, Kai Lung’s Golden Hours
  • Ernest Bramah, Kai Lung Unrolls His Mat
  • M. Lucie Chin, The Fairy of Ku-She
  • Eleanor Cooney, Deception
  • Eleanor Cooney and Daniel Altieri, The Court of the Lion
  • Leah Cutter, Paper Mage
  • J. Damask, Wolf at the Door
  • J. Damask, Obsidian Moon, Obsidian Eye
  • Charles G. Finney, The Magician Out of Manchuria
  • Daniel Fox, Dragon in Chains
  • Allison Goodman, Eon: Dragoneye Reborn
  • Sarah Hoyt, Heart and Soul, Magical British Empire 3
  • Barry Hughart, Bridge of Birds
  • Barry Hughart, The Story of the Stone
  • Barry Hughart, Eight Skilled Gentlemen
  • Guy Gavriel Kay, Under Heaven
  • Jeanne Larsen, Silk Road
  • Jeanne Larsen, Bronze Mirror
  • Jeanne Larsen, Manchu Palaces
  • Grace Lin, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
  • Jane Lindskold, Thirteen Orphans, Breaking the Wall 1
  • Jane Lindskold, Nine Gates, Breaking the Wall 2
  • Jane Lindskold, Five Odd Honors, Breaking the Wall 3
  • Malinda Lo, Huntress
  • Maureen F. McHugh, China Mountain Zhang
  • Donna Jo Napoli, Bound
  • Andre Norton and Susan Shwartz, Imperial Lady
  • Naomi Novik, Throne of Jade, Temeraire 2
  • Fuyumi Ono, The Twelve Kingdoms
  • Ricardo Pinto, The Chosen, Stone Dance of the Chameleon 1
  • Ricardo Pinto, The Standing Dead, Stone Dance of the Chameleon 2
  • Cindy Pon, Silver Phoenix
  • Cindy Pon, Fury of the Phoenix
  • E. Hoffman Price, The Devil Wives of Li-Fong
  • E. Hoffman Price, The Jade Enchantress
  • Jenn Reese, Jade Tiger
  • Mary Rosenblum, Horizons [Taiwan]
  • Sean Russell, Gatherer of Clouds, Initiate Brother 1
  • Sean Russell, The Initiate Brother, Initiate Brother 2
  • Jessica Amanda Salmonson, Ou Lu Khen and the Beautiful Madwoman
  • Sharon Shinn, Gateway
  • Carol Wilkinson, Dragon Keeper
  • Liz Williams, Snake Agent, Detective Inspector Chen 1
  • Liz Williams, The Demon and the City, Detective Inspector Chen 2
  • Liz Williams, Precious Dragon, Detective Inspector Chen 3
  • Liz Williams, The Shadow Pavilion, Detective Inspector Chen 4
  • David Wingrove, The Middle Kingdom, Chung Kuo 1
  • David Wingrove, The Broken Wheel, Chung Kuo 2
  • David Wingrove, The White Mountan, Chung Kuo 3
  • David Wingrove, The Stone Within, Chung Kuo 4
  • David Wingrove, Beneath the Tree of Heaven, Chung Kuo 5
  • David Wingrove, White Moon, Red Dragon, Chung Kuo 6
  • David Wingrove, Days of Bitter Strength, Chung Kuo 7
  • David Wingrove, The Marriage of the Living Dark, Chung Kuo 8
  • Lawrence Yep, The Dragon of the Lost Sea, Dragon of the Lost Sea 1
  • Lawrence Yep, Dragon Steel, Dragon of the Lost Sea 2
  • Lawrence Yep, Dragon Cauldron, Dragon of the Lost Sea 3
  • Lawrence Yep, Dragon War, Dragon of the Lost Sea 4

COLONIAL/FRONTIER AMERICA

  • Lois McMaster Bujold, Beguilement, Sharing Knife 1
  • Lois McMaster Bujold, Legacy, Sharing Knife 2
  • Lois McMaster Bujold, Passage, Sharing Knife 3
  • Lois McMaster Bujold, Horizon, Sharing Knife 4
  • D.J. Butler, Witchy Eye, Witchy 1
  • D.J. Butler, Witchy Winter, Witchy 2
  • Orson Scott Card, Seventh Son, Tales of Alvin Maker 1
  • Orson Scott Card, Red Prophet, Tales of Alvin Maker 2
  • Orson Scott Card, Prentice Alvin, Tales of Alvin Maker 3
  • Orson Scott Card, Alvin Journeyman, Tales of Alvin Maker 4
  • Orson Scott Card, Heartfire, Tales of Alvin Maker 5
  • Orson Scott Card, The Crystal City, Tales of Alvin Maker 6
  • Thomas K. Carpenter, Revolutionary Magic, Dashkova Memoirs 1
  • Thomas K. Carpenter, A Cauldron of Secrets, Dashkova Memoirs 2
  • Thomas K. Carpenter, Birds of Prophecy, Dashkova Memoirs 3
  • Beth Cato, Breath of Earth, Breath of Earth 1
  • Beth Cato, Call of Fire, Breath of Earth 2
  • C.C. Finlay, The Patriot Witch, Traitor to the Crown 1
  • C.C. Finlay, A Spell for the Revolution, Traitor to the Crown 2
  • C.C. Finlay, The Demon Redcoat, Traitor to the Crown 3
  • Laura Anne Gilman, Silver on the Road, Devil’s West 1
  • Laura Anne Gilman, The Cold Eye, Devil’s West 2
  • Bowie Ibarra, Alamo Rising
  • D.B. Jackson, Thieftaker, Thieftaker Chronicles 1
  • D.B. Jackson, Thieves’ Quarry, Thieftaker Chronicles 2
  • D.B. Jackson, A Plunder of Souls, Thieftaker Chronicles 3
  • D.B. Jackson, The Dead Man’s Reach, Thieftaker Chronicles 4
  • Greg Keyes, Newton’s Cannon, Age of Unreason 1
  • Greg Keyes, A Calculus of Angels, Age of Unreason 2
  • Greg Keyes, Empire of Unreason, Age of Unreason 3
  • Greg Keyes, The Shadows of God, Age of Unreason 4
  • Katharine Eliska Kimbriel, Night Calls, Alfreda Sorensson 1
  • Katharine Eliska Kimbriel, Kindred Rites, Alfreda Sorensson 2
  • Katharine Eliska Kimbriel, Spiral Path, Alfreda Sorensson 3
  • George R. R. Martin, Fevre Dream
  • Mike Resnick, Revolution Dragon America
  • Arianne “Tex” Thompson, One Night in Sixes, Children of the Drought 1
  • Arianne “Tex” Thompson, Medicine for the Dead, Children of the Drought 2
  • Arianne “Tex” Thompson, Dreams of the Eaten, Children of the Drought 3
  • Patricia C. Wrede, The Thirteenth Child

EASTERN EUROPE

  • Marie Brennan, A Natural History of Dragons, Memoirs of Lady Trent 1
  • Steven Brust, Brokedown Palace
  • Steven Brust, The Sun, The Moon, and the Stars
  • Leah Cutter, The Caves of Buda
  • Avram Davidson, The Adventures of Doctor Eszterhazy, Doctor Eszterhazy 1
  • Avram Davidson, The Enquiries of Doctor Eszterhazy, Doctor Eszterhazy 2
  • Leo Frankowski, The Cross-Time Engineer, Adventures of Conrad Stargard 1
  • Leo Frankowski, The High-Tech Knight, Adventures of Conrad Stargard 2
  • Leo Frankowski, The Radiant Warrior, Adventures of Conrad Stargard 3
  • Leo Frankowski, The Flying Warlord, Adventures of Conrad Stargard 4
  • Leo Frankowski, The Lord Conrad’s Lady, Adventures of Conrad Stargard 5
  • Leo Frankowski, Conrad’s Quest for Rubber, Adventures of Conrad Stargard 6
  • Leo Frankowski, Conrad’s Time Machine, Adventures of Conrad Stargard 7
  • Merri Haskell, The Princess Curse
  • Judith Marillier, Wildwood Dancing
  • Paul Park, A Princess of Roumania, Roumania 1
  • Paul Park, The Tourmaline, Roumania 2
  • Paul Park, The White Tyger, Roumania 3
  • Paul Park, The Hidden World, Roumania 4

EGYPT

  • Catherine Fisher, The Oracle Betrayed, Oracle Prophecies 1
  • Catherine Fisher, The Sphere of Secrets, Oracle Prophecies 2
  • Catherine Fisher, The Scarab, Oracle Prophecies 3
  • Esther Friesner, Sphinx’s Princess, Princesses of Myth 2/1
  • Esther Friesner, Sphinx’s Queen, Princesses of Myth 2/2
  • Lisa Goldstein, Dark Cities Underground
  • Jo Graham, The Hand of Isis
  • P.B. Kerr, The Akhenaten Adventure, Children of the Lamp 1
  • P.B. Kerr, Blue Djinn of Babylon, Children of the Lamp 2
  • Mercedes Lackey, Joust, Dragon Jousters 1
  • Mercedes Lackey, Alta, Dragon Jousters 2
  • Mercedes Lackey, Sanctuary, Dragon Jousters 3
  • Mercedes Lackey, Aerie, Dragon Jousters 4
  • Jane Lindskold, The Buried Pyramid
  • George Mann, The Osiris Ritual, Newbury & Hobbes Investigations 2
  • Tim Powers, The Anubis Gates
  • Judith Tarr, Pillar of Fire
  • Judith Tarr, Lord of the Two Lands
  • Judith Tarr, Throne of Isis
  • Judith Tarr, King and Goddess
  • Roger Zelazny, Creatures of Light and Darkness

ENGLAND (TUDOR)

  • Peter Ackroyd, Hawksmoor
  • Peter Ackroyd, The House of Doctor Dee
  • Elizabeth Bear, Ink and Steel, The Stratford Man 1
  • Elizabeth Bear, Hell and Earth, The Stratford Man 2
  • Marie Brennan, Midnight Never Come, Onyx Court 1
  • Mark Chadbourn, The Silver Skull, Swords of Albion 1
  • Jane Louise Curry, The Black Canary
  • Lisa Goldstein, The Alchemist’s Door
  • Lisa Goldstein, Strange Devices of the Sun and Moon
  • Sarah A. Hoyt, Ill Met by Moonlight
  • Sarah A. Hoyt, All Night Awake
  • Sarah A. Hoyt, Any Man so Daring
  • Mercedes Lackey and Roberta Gellis, This Scepter’d Isle, Doubled Edge 1
  • Mercedes Lackey and Roberta Gellis, Ill Met by Moonlight, Doubled Edge 2
  • Mercedes Lackey and Roberta Gellis, By Slanderous Tongues, Doubled Edge 3
  • Mercedes Lackey and Roberta Gellis, And Less Than Kind, Doubled Edge 4
  • Michael Moorcock, Gloriana
  • Elizabeth Marie Pope, The Perilous Gard
  • Melissa Scott & Lisa Barnett, The Armor of Light
  • Patricia C. Wrede, Snow White, Rose Red

ENGLAND (POST-TUDOR)

  • Joan Aiken, The Wolves of Willoughby Chase
  • Joan Aiken, Black Hearts in Battersea
  • Joan Aiken, Nightbirds on Nantucket
  • Joan Aiken, The Stolen Lake
  • Joan Aiken, The Cuckoo Tree
  • Joan Aiken, Dido and Pa
  • Joan Aiken, Is Underground
  • Joan Aiken, Cold Shoulder Road
  • Joan Aiken, Dangerous Games (aka Limbo Lodge)
  • Joan Aiken, Midwinter Nightingale
  • Poul Anderson, A Midsummer Tempest
  • Galen Beckett, The Magicians and Mrs. Quent
  • Marie Brennan, In Ashes Lie, Onyx Court 2
  • Marie Brennan, A Star Shall Fall, Onyx Court 3
  • Stephen Brust & Emma Bull, Freedom and Necessity
  • Stephanie Burgis, A Most Improper Magick
  • Susanna Clarke, Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell
  • Teresa Edgerton, Goblin Moon
  • Teresa Edgerton, The Gnome’s Engine
  • Teresa Edgerton, The Queen’s Necklace
  • Mary Gentle, Rats and Gargoyles, Rat Lords (aka White Crow) 1
  • Mary Gentle, The Architecture of Desire, Rat Lords (aka White Crow) 2
  • Mary Gentle, 1610: A Sundial in a Grave
  • Greg Keyes, Newton’s Cannon, Age of Unreason 1
  • Greg Keyes, A Calculus of Angels, Age of Unreason 2
  • Greg Keyes, Empire of Unreason, Age of Unreason 3
  • Greg Keyes, The Shadows of God, Age of Unreason 4
  • Mary Robinette Kowal, Shades of Milk and Honey, Glamourist Histories 1
  • Mary Robinette Kowal, Glamour in Glass, Glamourist Histories 2
  • Mary Robinette Kowal, Without a Summer, Glamourist Histories 3
  • Mary Robinette Kowal, Valour and Vanity, Glamourist Histories 4
  • Mary Robinette Kowal, Of Noble Family, Glamourist Histories 5
  • Ellen Kushner, Swordspoint
  • Ellen Kushner and Delia Sherman, The Fall of the Kings
  • Ellen Kushner, The Privilege of the Sword
  • Hope Mirrlees, Lud-in-the-Mist
  • Naomi Novik, His Majesty’s Dragon, Temeraire 1
  • Naomi Novik, Victory of Eagles, Temeraire 5
  • M.J. Putney, Dark Mirror
  • Michael Scott Rohan, Maxie’s Demon
  • Patricia Wrede, Mairelon the Magician
  • Patricia Wrede, The Magician’s Ward
  • Patrica C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer, Sorcery and Cecelia
  • Patrica C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer, The Grand Tour

ENGLAND (VICTORIAN)

  • Marie Brennan, With Fate Conspire, Onyx Court 4
  • Marie Brennan, A Natural History of Dragons, Memoirs of Lady Trent 1
  • Marie Brennan, The Tropic of Serpents, Memoirs of Lady Trent 2
  • Marie Brennan, Voyage of the Basilisk, Memoirs of Lady Trent 3
  • Marie Brennan, In the Labyrinth of Drakes, Memoirs of Lady Trent 4
  • Marie Brennan, Within the Sanctuary of Wings, Memoirs of Lady Trent 5
  • Gail Carriger, Soulless, Parasol Protectorate 1
  • Gail Carriger, Changeless, Parasol Protectorate 2
  • Gail Carriger, Blameless, Parasol Protectorate 3
  • Gail Carriger, Heartless, Parasol Protectorate 4
  • Gail Carriger, Timeless, Parasol Protectorate 5
  • Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel, Infernal Devices 1
  • Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Prince, Infernal Devices 2
  • Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Princess, Infernal Devices 3
  • Esther Friesner, Druid’s Blood
  • Randall Garrett, Too Many Magicians, Lord Darcy 1
  • Randall Garrett, Murder and Magic, Lord Darcy 2
  • Randall Garrett, The Napoli Express, Lord Darcy 3
  • Randall Garrett, Lord Darcy Investigates, Lord Darcy 4
  • George Mann, The Affinity Bridge, Newbury & Hobbes Investigations 1
  • George Mann, The Osiris Ritual, Newbury & Hobbes Investigations 2
  • George Mann, The Immortality Engine, Newbury & Hobbes Investigations 3
  • Ian R. McLeod, The Light Ages
  • Ian R. McLeod, Mother of Storms
  • Tim Powers, The Stress of Her Regard
  • Philip Pullman, The Golden Compass, His Dark Materials 1
  • Philip Pullman, The Subtle Knife, His Dark Materials 2
  • Philip Pullman, The Amber Spyglass, His Dark Materials 3
  • Sean Russell, World Without End, Moontide & Magic Rise 1
  • Sean Russell, Sea Without a Shore, Moontide & Magic Rise 2
  • Sean Russell, Beneath the Vaulted Hills, Moontide & Magic Rise 3
  • Sean Russell, Compass of the Soul, Moontide & Magic Rise 4
  • Paula Volsky, The Grand Ellipse
  • Jo Walton, Tooth and Claw
  • Roger Zelazny, A Night in the Lonesome October

FRANCE

  • Gillian Bradshaw, The Wolf Hunt
  • James Branch Cabell, The High Place
  • Jacqueline Carey, Kushiel’s Dart
  • Jacqueline Carey, Kushiel’s Chosen
  • Jacqueline Carey, Kushiel’s Avatar
  • L. Warren Douglas, The Sacred Pool, Veil of Years 1
  • L. Warren Douglas, The Veil of Years, Veil of Years 2
  • L. Warren Douglas, The Isle Beyond Time, Veil of Years 3
  • Guy Gavriel Kay, A Song for Arbonne
  • Manuel Mujica Lainez, The Wandering Unicorn
  • Vonda McIntyre, The Moon and the Sun
  • Delia Sherman, The Porcelain Dove
  • Paula Volsky, Illusion
  • Martha Wells, The Element of Fire
  • Martha Wells, The Death of the Necromancer
  • Martha Wells, The Wizard Hunters, The Fall of Ile-Rien 1
  • Martha Wells, The Ships of the Air, The Fall of Ile-Rien 2
  • Martha Wells, The Gate of Gods, The Fall of Ile-Rien 3

HIMALAYA/TIBET/NEPAL

  • Marie Brennan, Within the Sanctuary of Wings, Memoirs of Lady Trent 5
  • Eleanor Cooney and Daniel Altieri, Shangri-la
  • James Hilton, Lost Horizon
  • Elizabeth Ann Scarborough, Nothing Sacred, Tibet 1
  • Elizabeth Ann Scarborough, Last Refuge, Tibet 2
  • Susan Shwartz, Silk Roads and Shadows

INDIA

  • Lloyd Alexander, The Iron Ring
  • Ashok K. Banker, Prince of Ayodhya, Ramayana Series 1
  • Ashok K. Banker, Siege of Mithila, Ramayana Series 2
  • Ashok K. Banker, Demons of Chitrakut, Ramayana Series 3
  • Ashok K. Banker, Armies of Hanuman, Ramayana Series 4
  • Kara Dalkey, Goa, Blood of the Goddess 1
  • Kara Dalkey, Bhagavati, Blood of the Goddess 2
  • Kara Dalkey, Bijapur, Blood of the Goddess 3
  • Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, The Conch Bearer, Brotherhood of the Conch 1
  • Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, The Mirror of Fire and Dreaming, Brotherhood of the Conch 2
  • Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Shadowland, Brotherhood of the Conch 3
  • Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, The Mistress of Spices
  • Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Queen of Dreams
  • Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, The Palace of Illusion
  • Eric Flint and Griffin Barber, 1636: Mission to the Mughals
  • Sarah Hoyt, Soul of Fire, Magical British Empire 2
  • Ian McDonald, River of Gods
  • Ian McDonald, Cyberabad Days
  • Juliet McKenna, Southern Fire, Aldabreshin Compass 1
  • Juliet McKenna, Northern Storm, Aldabreshin Compass 2
  • Juliet McKenna, Western Shore, Aldabreshin Compass 3
  • Antonia Michaelis, Tiger Moon
  • Holly Phillips, The Engine’s Child
  • Dan Simmons, The Song of Kali
  • Suzanne Fisher Staples, Shiva’s Fire
  • S. M. Stirling, The Peshawar Lancers
  • Heather Tomlinson, Toads & Diamonds
  • Roger Zelazny, Lord of Light

ITALY

  • Lloyd Alexander, The Rope Trick
  • Diana Wynne Jones, The Magicians of Caprona
  • Guy Gavriel Kay, Tigana
  • Mary Robinette Kowal, Valour and Vanity, Glamourist Histories 4
  • Naomi Kritzer, Fires of the Faithful
  • Naomi Kritzer, Turning the Storm
  • R.A. MacAvoy, Damiano, Damiano Trilogy 1
  • R.A. MacAvoy, Damiano’s Lute, Damiano Trilogy 2
  • R.A. MacAvoy, Raphael, Damiano Trilogy 3
  • Melanie Rawn, Jennifer Roberson, and Kate Elliott, The Golden Key
  • Michaela Roessner, The Stars Compel
  • Michaela Roessner, The Stars Dispose

JAPAN

  • C.J. Cherryh, The Paladin
  • Kara Dalkey, The Nightingale
  • Kara Dalkey, Genpei
  • Kara Dalkey, Little Sister
  • Kara Dalkey, The Heavenward Path
  • Raymond Feist and Janny Wurts, Daughter of the Empire
  • Raymond Feist and Janny Wurts, Servant of the Empire
  • Raymond Feist and Janny Wurts, Mistress of the Empire
  • Esther Friesner, Spirit’s Princess, Princesses of Myth 3/1
  • Esther Friesner, Spirit’s Chosen, Princesses of Myth 3/2
  • Neil Gaiman, The Dream Hunters
  • Thomas Harlan, Wasteland of Flint
  • Thomas Harlan, House of Reeds
  • Lian Hearn, Across the Nightingale Floor, Tales of the Otori 1
  • Lian Hearn, Grass for His Pillow, Tales of the Otori 2
  • Lian Hearn, Brilliance of the Moon, Tales of the Otori 3
  • Lian Hearn, The Harsh Cry of the Heron, Tales of the Otori 4
  • Lian Hearn, Heaven’s Net Is Wide, Tales of the Otori 5
  • Kij Johnson, The Fox Woman
  • Kij Johnson, Fudoki
  • Richard Lupoff, Sword of the Demon
  • Zoë Marriott, Shadows on the Moon
  • Sasha Miller, Ladylord
  • Noriko Ogiwara, Dragon Sword and Wind Child
  • Richard Parks, The Heavenly Fox
  • Nahoko Uehashi, Guardian of the Spirit, Moribito 1
  • Nahoko Uehashi, Guardian of the Darkness, Moribito 2
  • Jessica Amanda Salmonson, Tomoe Gozen, Tomoe Gozen 1
  • Jessica Amanda Salmonson, The Golden Naginata, Tomoe Gozen 2
  • Jessica Amanda Salmonson, Thousand Shrine Warrior, Tomoe Gozen 3
  • Catherynne Valente, The Grass-Cutting Sword

LATIN AMERICA

  • Isabel Allende, City of the Beasts, City of the Beasts 1
  • Isabel Allende, Kingdom of the Golden Dragon, City of the Beasts 2
  • Isabel Allende, Forest of the Pygmies, City of the Beasts 3

MESOAMERICA

  • Clare Bell, The Jaguar Princess
  • Tobias Buckell, Crystal Rain
  • Brenda Cooper, Mayan December
  • Leah Cutter, The Jaguar and the Wolf
  • Nancy Farmer, The House of the Scorpion
  • Thomas Harlan, Wasteland of Flint
  • Thomas Harlan, House of Reeds
  • Ernest Hogan, Smoking Mirror Blues
  • Alexander Irvine, A Scattering of Jades
  • Mercedes Lackey, Burning Water
  • Kenneth Morris, The Chalchiuhite Dragon
  • Pat Murphy, The Falling Woman
  • Warren Norwood, True Jaguar
  • Ricardo Pinto, The Chosen, Stone Dance of the Chameleon 1
  • Ricardo Pinto, The Standing Dead, Stone Dance of the Chameleon 2
  • Marella Sands, Sky Knife
  • Marella Sands, Serpent and Storm

NATIVE NORTH AMERICA

  • Judith Berman, Bear Daughter
  • Charles de Lint, Svaha
  • Mercedes Lackey, Sacred Ground
  • Madeline L’Engle, A Swiftly Tilting Planet
  • Madeline L’Engle, An Acceptable Time
  • Dan Simmons, Black Hills
  • S.P. Somtow/Somtow Sucharitkul, Aquila in the New World, The Aquiliad 1
  • S.P. Somtow/Somtow Sucharitkul, Aquila and the Iron Horse, The Aquiliad 2
  • S.P. Somtow/Somtow Sucharitkul, Aquila and the Sphinx, The Aquiliad 3

NEAR EAST/MIDDLE EAST/CRUSADES

  • Saladin Ahmed, Throne of the Crescent Moon, The Crescent Moon Kingdoms 1
  • Lloyd Alexander, The First Two Lives of Lukas-Kasha
  • Lloyd Alexander, The Golden Dream of Carlo Chuchio
  • Piers Anthony, Hasan
  • Carol Berg, Transformation, Rai-Kirah 1
  • Carol Berg, Revelation, Rai-Kirah 2
  • Carol Berg, Restoration, Rai-Kirah 3
  • Steven Billias, The Quest for the 36
  • Chaz Brenchley, Tower of the King’s Daughter, Outremer 1
  • Chaz Brenchley, Feast of the King’s Shadow, Outremer 2
  • Chaz Brenchley, Hand of the King’s Evil, Outremer 3
  • Chaz Brenchley, Bridge of Dreams, Selling Water by the River 1
  • Chaz Brenchley, River of the World, Selling Water by the River 2
  • Marie Brennan, In the Labyrinth of Drakes, Memoirs of Lady Trent 4
  • F. Marion Crawford, Khaled
  • M. Coleman Easton, Iskiir
  • Susan Fletcher, Alphabet of Dreams
  • Esther Friesner, Wishing Season
  • Stephen Goldin, Shrine of the Desert Mage, Parsina 1
  • Stephen Goldin, The Storyteller and the Jann, Parsina 2
  • Stephen Goldin, Crystals of Air and Water, Parsina 3
  • Stephen Goldin, Treachery of the Demon King, Parsina 4
  • Joyce Ballou Gregorian, The Broken Citadel, Tredana 1
  • Joyce Ballou Gregorian, Castledown, Tredana 2
  • Joyce Ballou Gregorian, The Great Wheel, Tredana 3
  • Jim C. Hines, Red Hood’s Revenge, Princesses 3
  • Howard Jones, The Desert of Souls
  • Manuel Mujica Lainez, The Wandering Unicorn
  • Tanith Lee, Night’s Master, Tales from the Flat Earth 1
  • Tanith Lee, Death’s Master, Tales from the Flat Earth 2
  • Tanith Lee, Delusion’s Master, Tales from the Flat Earth 3
  • Tanith Lee, Delirium’s Mistress, Tales from the Flat Earth 4
  • Madeline L’Engle, Many Waters
  • Nathalie Mallet, The Princes of the Golden Cage
  • Judith Marillier, Cybele’s Secret
  • Maureen F. McHugh, Nekropolis
  • Juliet McKenna, Southern Fire, Aldabreshin Compass 1
  • Juliet McKenna, Northern Storm, Aldabreshin Compass 2
  • Juliet McKenna, Western Shore, Aldabreshin Compass 3
  • Juliet McKenna, Eastern Tide, Aldabreshin Compass 4
  • Donna Jo Napoli, Beast
  • Naomi Novik, Black Powder War, Temeraire 3
  • Susan Palwick, The Necessary Beggar
  • Tim Powers, Declare
  • Salman Rushdie, Haroun and the Sea of Stories
  • Elizabeth Ann Scarborough, The Harem of Aman Akbar
  • Sharon Shinn, Archangel, Samaria 1
  • Sharon Shinn, Jovah’s Angel, Samaria 2
  • Sharon Shinn, The Alleluia Files, Samaria 3
  • Sharon Shinn, Angelica
  • Sharon Shinn, Angel-Seeker
  • Judith Tarr, Queen of Swords
  • Judith Tarr, Devil’s Bargain
  • Judith Tarr, House of War
  • Judith Tarr, Alamut
  • Judith Tarr, The Dagger and the Cross
  • Judith Tarr, A Wind in Cairo
  • Michael Tunnell, Wishing Moon
  • Harry Turtledove, Between the Rivers
  • Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, The Will of the Wanderer, Rose of the Prophet 1
  • Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, The Paladin of the Night, Rose of the Prophet 2
  • Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, The Prophet of Akhran, Rose of the Prophet 3
  • Martha Wells, City of Bones

PACIFIC ISLANDS

  • Marie Brennan, Voyage of the Basilisk, Memoirs of Lady Trent 3
  • Steven Goldberry, Maui the Demigod
  • Kathleen Ann Goonan, The Bones of Time
  • Alaya Dawn Johnson, Racing the Dark, The Spirit Binders 1
  • Alaya Dawn Johnson, The Burning City, The Spirit Binders 2
  • Carol Severance, Demon Drums, Island Warrior 1
  • Carol Severance, Storm Caller, Island Warrior 2
  • Carol Severance, Sorcerous Sea, Island Warrior 3

ROMANI/”GYPSY”

  • ElizaBeth Gilligan, Magic’s Silken Snare, Silken Magic 1
  • ElizaBeth Gilligan, The Silken Shroud, Silken Magic 2

ROME

  • Poul Anderson, Roma Mater, The King of Ys 1
  • Poul Anderson, Gallicenae, The King of Ys 2
  • Poul Anderson, Dahut, The King of Ys 3
  • Poul Anderson, The Dog and the Wolf, The King of Ys 4
  • Alice Borchardt, The Silver Wolf
  • Jim Butcher, Furies of Calderon, Codex Alera 1
  • Jim Butcher, Academ’s Fury, Codex Alera 2
  • Jim Butcher, Cursor’s Fury, Codex Alera 3
  • Jim Butcher, Captain’s Fury, Codex Alera 4
  • Jim Butcher, Princep’s Fury, Codex Alera 5
  • Jim Butcher, First Lord’s Fury, Codex Alera 6
  • L. Sprague de Camp, Lest Darkness Fall
  • Esther Friesner, Child of the Eagle
  • Thomas Harlan, The Shadow of Ararat, Oath of Empire 1
  • Thomas Harlan, The Gate of Fire, Oath of Empire 2
  • Thomas Harlan, The Storm of Heaven, Oath of Empire 3
  • Thomas Harlan, The Dark Lord, Oath of Empire 4
  • Sean McMullen, The Centurion’s Empire
  • Robert Silverberg (ed.), Roma Eterna
  • S.P. Somtow/Somtow Sucharitkul, Aquila in the New World, The Aquiliad 1
  • S.P. Somtow/Somtow Sucharitkul, Aquila and the Iron Horse, The Aquiliad 2
  • S.P. Somtow/Somtow Sucharitkul, Aquila and the Sphinx, The Aquiliad 3

RUSSIA

  • Sarah Ash, Lord of Snow and Shadows, Tears of Artamon 1
  • Sarah Ash, Prisoner of the Iron Tower, Tears of Artamon 2
  • Sarah Ash, Children of the Serpent Gate, Tears of Artamon 3
  • Orson Scott Card, Enchantment
  • C. J. Cherryh, Rusalka
  • C. J. Cherryh, Chernevog
  • C. J. Cherryh, Yvgenie
  • Mercedes Lackey, The Firebird
  • Sergei Lukyanenko, Night Watch, Watch 1 (translated from Russian)
  • Sergei Lukyanenko, Day Watch, Watch 2 (translated from Russian)
  • Sergei Lukyanenko, Twilight Watch, Watch 3 (translated from Russian)
  • Sergei Lukyanenko, Last Watch, Watch 4 (translated from Russian)
  • Sergei Lukyanenko, New Watch, Watch 5 (translated from Russian)
  • Peter Morwood, Prince Ivan, Prince Ivan 1
  • Peter Morwood, Firebird, Prince Ivan 2
  • Peter Morwood, The Golden Horde, Prince Ivan 3
  • Ekatarina Sedia, The Secret History of Moscow
  • Josepha Sherman, The Horse of Flame
  • Josepha Sherman, The Shining Falcon
  • Sarah Zettel, A Sorceror’s Treason, Isavalta 1
  • Sarah Zettel, The Usurper’s Crown, Isavalta 2
  • Sarah Zettel, The Firebird’s Vengeance, Isavalta 3
  • Sarah Zettel, Sword of the Deceiver, Isavalta 4

SOUTHEAST ASIA

  • Sophie Masson, Snow, Fire, Sword
  • Tamora Pierce, Trickster’s Choice, Daughter of the Lioness 1
  • Tamora Pierce, Trickster’s Queen, Daughter of the Lioness 2
  • Martha Wells, Wheel of the Infinite

SPAIN/MOORISH

  • Lois McMaster Bujold, The Curse of Chalion, Curse of Chalion 1
  • Lois McMaster Bujold, Paladin of Souls, Curse of Chalion 2
  • Lord Dunsany, The Charwoman’s Shadow
  • Lord Dunsany, Don Rodriguez
  • Guy Gavriel Kay, The Lions of Al-Rassan

SUMER

  • Roberta Cray, The Sword and the Lion
  • Anne Harris, Inventing Memory
  • Harry Turtledove, Between the Rivers

TROY

  • Hilary Bailey, Cassandra: Princess of Troy
  • Marion Zimmer Bradley, The Firebrand
  • Sara Douglass, Hades’ Daughter, The Troy Game 1
  • Sara Douglass, Gods’ Concubine, The Troy Game 2
  • Sara Douglass, Darkwitch Rising, The Troy Game 3
  • David Gemmell, Lord of the Silver Bow, Troy 1
  • Richard Purtill, The Mirror of Helen, The Kaphtu Trilogy 3
  • Dan Simmons, Ilium, Ilium 1
  • Dan Simmons, Olympos, Ilium 2

 

MIXED (being a category for those authors and works which draw coherently and recognizably on material from enough different cultures that trying to decide where to place them has given me a headache)

  • K. A. Applegate, Everworld series
  • Jacqueline Carey, Kushiel and Na’amah series
  • Hal Duncan, Vellum
  • Hal Duncan, Ink
  • J. Gregory Keyes, Era of Unreason series
  • China Miéville, New Crobuzon series
  • Tamora Pierce, Tortall series
  • Kim Stanley Robinson, The Years of Rice and Salt

My criteria for building this list are admittedly fuzzy. I want books that draw substantially on a particular culture for their subject matter or setting; what I mean by “substantial” is highly subjective. I’m personally interested mostly in fantasy, but there’s some SF in here, and I will certainly add more if anybody can point me in the right direction.

This list consists of novels and the very occasional single-author short story collection. My reason for not listing short stories individually is partly that my task would quickly become overwhelming; there’s also the consideration that short stories are often much harder for a reader to track down than novels are.

The categories I’m leaving out are Celtic fantasy, Norse fantasy, and fantasy based on England prior to the Tudor period. Thanks to our good friend J. R. R. Tolkien, these are the three settings most commonly seen in the genre, but in a simplified, flavorless form brought on by too many writers copying other writers copying other writers copying Tolkien. I may someday go looking for fantasy with those settings where the author appears to have done some actual research, but that’ll have to be a separate list, since I’ll want to read everything I put on it and make judgement calls on how solid I think it is.

As for the categories I do have, there’s a certain blurriness to them, too, based on how many books there are of a certain type, and how much different sub-categories blend together. I’ve lumped the entirety of Africa together, for example, because at present there aren’t enough novels in that list to make up substantial sub-categories. I’ve also lumped the Aegean region (which includes Greece, Crete, and because I feel like it, Atlantis — but not Troy, which got big enough to have its own category). I split England by time because there’s a whole subset of Elizabethan fantasy, and likewise ended up splitting Rome from later periods of Italy. Spain’s got the secondary header of Moorish because it’s pretty tough to separate those two; same for the Near East, Middle East, and Crusades (but Sumer’s off on its own). Like Sumer, the Caribbean gets its own category, even though it’s obviously heavily linked to African material. If you think I’ve put something in the wrong category, feel free to let me know, but on the whole, I hope this is enough to steer readers in appropriate directions.