I don’t read heaps of fantasy novels, but I do enjoy venturing outside my comfort zone and finding a book I absolutely love. The right fantasy novel for me is often grounded in reality, whether it’s a modern setting with fairytale elements, a story inspired by historical events, or a well-researched adaptation of cultural folklore.
Having that “real world” backbone somehow makes magic more accessible for this literary fiction lover. Plus, I love the opportunity to learn about an author’s inspiration and research process after I’ve read the book.
Today I’m sharing 15 fantasy novels that are rooted in reality. I’ve read a few of these, but consider this primarily a peek at my TBR list. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the following titles, plus, as always, I’d love to hear your fantasy recommendations in comments.
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15 fantasy novels that are rooted in reality
Have you read any of these titles? Which books would you add to this list?