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Fantasy Books with a Kingdom Setting?

Post Number:#1  Postby impbot » 29 Sep 2012, 00:56

Hello, I'm hoping to squeeze more time in for reading, in fact I just finished reading Bitterblue by Kristen Cashore, sequel to Graceling. Highly recommended series!

Anyway, I was wondering if anyone has suggestions for fantasy books with a setting of a kingdom era. Adventure and maybe romance would be a plus. I'm looking for young adult novels but I wouldn't mind something more advanced.

Examples are Graceling, Fire, and Bitterblue, the series by Kristen Cashore, Goose Girl and the rest of the series by Shannon Hale, and Princess Academy also like Shannon Hale.

If you can't think of anything that fits this description, I would really appreciate any kind of fantasy reccomendation.

Thanks!
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Re: Fantasy Books with a Kingdom Setting?

Post Number:#2  Postby sjohnston922 » 01 Oct 2012, 16:29

Have you tried The 500 Kingdoms series by Mercedes Lackey? Its takes on fairy tale kingdoms. The first book is called The Fairy Godmother and follow Elena as she learns how to be a fairy godmother and why certain stories repeat themselves within the kingdom. They are lighter reads then the ones you've mentioned, and has some romance and a lot of humor.

Tamora Pierce would be a good match. She writes a lot kingdom stories. Alana is her most popular series, which is about a girl who wants to be a knight. I can also suggest Robin McKinley's The Hero and the Crown. Aerin is a princess who fights dragons. She fights to prove her worth, the daughter of a "witchwoman" who died in childbirth, she has never truly been accepted as the princess. Its an older title, but well worth the read.
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Re: Fantasy Books with a Kingdom Setting?

Post Number:#3  Postby impbot » 03 Oct 2012, 13:02

sjohnston922 wrote:Have you tried The 500 Kingdoms series by Mercedes Lackey? Its takes on fairy tale kingdoms. The first book is called The Fairy Godmother and follow Elena as she learns how to be a fairy godmother and why certain stories repeat themselves within the kingdom. They are lighter reads then the ones you've mentioned, and has some romance and a lot of humor.

Tamora Pierce would be a good match. She writes a lot kingdom stories. Alana is her most popular series, which is about a girl who wants to be a knight. I can also suggest Robin McKinley's The Hero and the Crown. Aerin is a princess who fights dragons. She fights to prove her worth, the daughter of a "witchwoman" who died in childbirth, she has never truly been accepted as the princess. Its an older title, but well worth the read.

Thank you for the suggestions, they sound perfect. I'll be checking them all out.
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Re: Fantasy Books with a Kingdom Setting?

Post Number:#4  Postby zenewreader » 18 Oct 2012, 14:54

I know this might be a little cliche by I would go for the Lord of the Rings series if you havent read them already. They are very much "kingdom" oriented with a few subtle love stories mixed in.
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Re: Fantasy Books with a Kingdom Setting?

Post Number:#5  Postby redbikechick » 19 Oct 2012, 10:56

I've just started the third book in a series that combines a lot of battle scenes in the first two installments and focuses more on the love story in the third. The Promise of the Stone Series by Michael Lowe. Appropriate for younger readers too. It combines wizards, sorcerers and daimons in some exciting detailed battle scenes and epic journeys through new lands, all described with vivid imagination.
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Re: Fantasy Books with a Kingdom Setting?

Post Number:#6  Postby Th3LadyH » 19 Oct 2012, 11:50

sjohnston922 wrote:Have you tried The 500 Kingdoms series by Mercedes Lackey? Its takes on fairy tale kingdoms. The first book is called The Fairy Godmother and follow Elena as she learns how to be a fairy godmother and why certain stories repeat themselves within the kingdom. They are lighter reads then the ones you've mentioned, and has some romance and a lot of humor.


The 500 Kingdoms book are a very funny series! Entertaining twists on typical fairy tales. :)

The Chronicles of Prydain series might also be a good read.
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Re: Fantasy Books with a Kingdom Setting?

Post Number:#7  Postby Siddharth Kumar » 19 Oct 2012, 12:07

A Song of Fire and Ice by George R. R. Martins..... This series is the basis for the TV series Game of Thrones in HBO. It has
almost everything: adventure, little romance, a LOT of kingdoms, fantasy,etc.....
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Re: Fantasy Books with a Kingdom Setting?

Post Number:#8  Postby Patricia rose » 20 Oct 2012, 13:53

I loved Guy Gavriel Kay - The Fionnavar (sp?) Trilogy. Quite violent at times but excellent.
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Re: Fantasy Books with a Kingdom Setting?

Post Number:#9  Postby vitormadeira89 » 21 Oct 2012, 12:43

You should take a look at "Elantris" by Brandon Sanderson. Fantasy with the kingdom setting you wish for. Take a look at his Mistborn Trilogy if you want something with more scope.
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Re: Fantasy Books with a Kingdom Setting?

Post Number:#10  Postby Westfaller » 22 Oct 2012, 09:34

To the OP - you should check out the Saxon Stories by Bernard Cornwell. Not necessarily fantasy, but it dwells into many Kingdoms of Great Britain during the time of Alfred the Great. I highly enjoyed the series so far and believe the author is working on the final book or 2.
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Re: Fantasy Books with a Kingdom Setting?

Post Number:#11  Postby majesticgoldenrose » 23 Oct 2012, 15:44

this is sweeeeeettt! I <3 ingdom books and semi historical like with princes and princesses! you guys are so helpful!
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Re: Fantasy Books with a Kingdom Setting?

Post Number:#12  Postby esmileyturtle » 25 Oct 2012, 17:54

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman took a pretty unique look at kingdom settings. She really made royalty seem more down to earth, and gave dragon-kind a more relatable point of view as well. In fact, I strongly recommend Seraphina if you have any great interest in dragons.
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Re: Fantasy Books with a Kingdom Setting?

Post Number:#13  Postby Moose » 29 Oct 2012, 02:22

if you are looking for a good fantasy series in a kingdom setting i would strongly suggest the farseer trilogy by robin hobb i read these books a few years ago now but i found them a great read. a very wonderful series indeed
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Re: Fantasy Books with a Kingdom Setting?

Post Number:#14  Postby kfagan-14 » 03 Nov 2012, 20:56

I would suggest, "The Mists of Avalon" by Marion Zimmer Bradley. It's a King Arther tale, entirely from a woman's point of view. It's definately got a lot of romance in it and wraps you up in the characters hopes, struggles and sucesses.
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Re: Fantasy Books with a Kingdom Setting?

Post Number:#15  Postby Caron1 » 15 Nov 2012, 07:16

I wouldn't just say the Mists of Avalon, go for the whole Darkover series by Marion Zimmer Bradley. While it's not traditional kingdom, it is kingdom in how their society is set up (even though there's a spaceport you have non-tech on the planet). And those are some excellent stories.
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