5 Fantasy Books with Immersive Worlds

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. How it works is that each Tuesday the host assigns a topic and then posts their top ten list that fits the topic. Every blogger can create their own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list as well and link to the host’s. The topic for February 26th, 2019 is: Places Mentioned In Books That I’d Like to Visit.

5 fantasy books with immersive and lush world-building | Nandini @ Unputdownable Books (post graphic image)

1. The Lord of the Rings series by J. R. R. Tolkien

Based on: England

Anyone looking for world-building done on a mind-blowing scale should definitely pick this classic up.

The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien | Nandini @ Unputdownable Books (book cover)

2. Mistborn (The Alloy Era) series by Brandon Sanderson

Based on: Wild West

Books 4 onwards in the Mistborn series are considered part of the Alloy Era, which contains plenty of gunslinger action and vigilante justice set in a wondefully inventive world.

The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson | Nandini @ Unputdownable Books (book cover)

3. The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

Based on: Old Venice

This incredible heist-centric novel has a plot that keeps you guessing at every turn and the unique setting makes it even more magical.

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch | Nandini @ Unputdownable Books (book cover)

4. The City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty

Based on: Ancient Cairo

With complex political maneouverings aided by a richly imagined world of djinns, this book draws inspiration from Middle-Eatern and Indian cultures and is a must-read for every adult fantasy fan.

The City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty | Nandini @ Unputdownable Books (book cover)

5. Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi

Based on: Nigeria

A promising YA fantasy based on Nigerian mythology, this is an #OwnVoices narrative  full of court intrigue, romance and the troubles of growing up with a healthy dose of magic.

Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi | Nandini @ Unputdownable Books (book cover)


Let's discuss (blog graphic)
Does world-building in a fantasy world excite you? Do you love fantasy maps? Do you have any other books that you would like to add to this list? Let’s discuss in the comments section below.

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5 fantasy books with immersive and lush world-building | Nandini @ Unputdownable Books

19 thoughts on “5 Fantasy Books with Immersive Worlds

  1. Vicki @ Diverse Fantasy Reads

    I really enjoyed LOTRs and for sure the City of Brass. I love immersive worlds. I really read fantasy a lot for the unique worlds that are created. I would say Children of Blood and Bone is very immersive. It’s long and gritty, but the world is super well-written. If you’re interested in more speculative fiction I would say that The Fever King is a really interesting world, but it’s very much based on our own.

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