FAQ About YA Fantasy Books

YA Fantasy Books
9 months ago | gizem

Are there any YA Fantasy books inspired by folklore from various cultures?

Yes, many YA Fantasy books draw inspiration from folklore and mythologies from various cultures around the world. These books offer readers a chance to explore diverse and rich cultural traditions through fantastical stories. Here are some YA Fantasy books inspired by folklore from different cultures:

  • "A Song of Wraiths and Ruin" by Roseanne A. Brown: This West African-inspired fantasy follows two protagonists from different backgrounds who are drawn together in a deadly game of magic and political intrigue.
  • "The Star-Touched Queen" by Roshani Chokshi: Drawing from Indian folklore, this book follows a young princess with a cursed horoscope and her journey to discover her own destiny.
  • "Spin the Dawn" (The Blood of Stars) by Elizabeth Lim: Inspired by East Asian folklore, this novel follows a talented tailor who disguises herself as a boy to compete for the position of imperial tailor.
  • "The Bear and the Nightingale" (Winternight Trilogy) by Katherine Arden: Set in medieval Russia, this series draws from Russian folklore and follows a girl with a special connection to the magical creatures of the forest.
  • "The Wrath and the Dawn" by RenĂ©e Ahdieh: Inspired by "One Thousand and One Nights," this book features a young girl who volunteers to marry a murderous king and discovers his hidden secrets.
  • "The Bone Season" by Samantha Shannon: This series draws from Celtic and Irish mythology and features a clairvoyant girl navigating a dangerous dystopian world.
  • "We Hunt the Flame" (Sands of Arawiya) by Hafsah Faizal: Set in an ancient Arabian-inspired world, this book follows a huntress and a prince on a quest to restore magic.
  • "Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky" by Kwame Mbalia: This middle-grade fantasy draws from African American folklore and follows a boy who accidentally punches a hole into another dimension.
  • "The Poppy War" by R.F. Kuang: Inspired by Chinese history and folklore, this book follows a war orphan who discovers her extraordinary abilities and is drawn into a brutal conflict.
  • "The Golem and the Jinni" by Helene Wecker: This adult fantasy novel blends Jewish and Arabian folklore, featuring a golem and a jinni who form an unlikely friendship in 19th-century New York City.