No Hobbits Here: Fantasy Beyond Middle-Earth

There comes a time when you might get tired of reading about hobbits, or about elves and grumpy dwarves becoming friends.  There's nothing wrong with dwarf-elf friendship, but sometimes you're not in the mood for it, or you feel like you've read it a million-bazillion times already.  Tolkien has been such a large figure in fantasy writing that it can feel like every book might be set in Middle-earth.  But that isn't so!

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You don't have to give up magic to read something different.  Here are some fantasy books NOT based on Tolkien:


Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

Star Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

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Morbito by Nahoko Uehashi

Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee

Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova

Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana

Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older

Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi

Half World by Hiromi Goto

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Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

The Reader by Traci Chee


Lauren C.