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Books Based on Mythology From Around The World

Dive into a world where gods and mortals collide, where ancient myths intertwine with modern storytelling. From the rich cultural lore of Egypt to the misty mountains of Norse realms – mythology has inspired countless tales that continue to captivate readers across the globe. Take a look at this selection of tales inspired by mythological tales from across the globe.

Egyptian Mythology

The City of Brass

S.A. Chakraborty

The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty is a captivating fantasy novel that takes readers on a thrilling journey through a rich world of magic, hostile spirits, and political intrigue. The story follows Nahri, a young con-woman living in 18th century Cairo. Accidentally summoning otherworldly creatures during a “healing” ritual, Nahri discovers her ancestry and a whole other realm. Themes of power, identity, and social inequality unfold as she flees to her ancestral home, uncovering secrets and navigating the complexities of political power.

Chinese Mythology

Daughter of the Moon Goddess

Sue Lynn Tan

Daughter of the Moon Goddess by Sue Lynn Tan is a captivating debut fantasy inspired by the legend of Chang’e, the Chinese moon goddess. Xingyin, the secret daughter of Chang’e, grows up sheltered on the moon. When her existence is discovered, she flees to the Celestial Kingdom, where she trains alongside the emperor’s son, Liwei. Passion ignites between them as Xingyin embarks on a perilous quest to free her mother. The novel weaves ancient Chinese mythology into a sweeping adventure of immortals, magic, and love, where honour, betrayal, and hope collide.

Korean Mythology

The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea

Axie Oh

In Axie Oh’s thrilling debut, The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea tells an enchanting tale set in a world inspired by Korean mythology and folklore. Deadly storms ravage Mina’s homeland, believed to be the wrath of the Sea God. When her brother, Joon’s beloved, Shim Cheong, is chosen as the sacrificial bride, Mina intervenes. She offers herself instead, disappearing into the sea and entering the mystical Spirit Realm. Bound by the Red String of Fate, Mina seeks to wake the Sea God and end the storms. Themes of self-discovery, love, and the significance of folklore are explored through this captivating novel.

Arthurian (Anglo-Saxon/British) Mythology

Silver in the Bone

Alexandra Bracken

Silver in the Bone by Alexandra Bracken is an Arthurian inspired fantasy series where Tamsin Lark, a mortal without magical abilities, becomes a Hollower—a treasure hunter. When rumours circulate about a powerful ring from Arthurian legend that could break her brother Cabell’s curse, Tamsin embarks on her deadliest hunt yet. She reluctantly teams up with her rival, Emrys, to find the ring, diving headfirst into a vipers’ nest of dark magic and exposing a deadly secret. The novel is a captivating blend of themes of love, revenge, and adrenaline into a captivating quest for ancient artefacts and redemption.

Norse Mythology

Shadow of the Gods

John Gwynne

In the aftermath of a cataclysmic war that led to the gods’ extinction, the land of Vigrið emerges from the ashes. Feuding characters strive for power, and monstrous creatures roam the wilderness. Among the central characters are Orka, a relentless bounty hunter protecting her family; Varg, a warrior seeking justice; and Elvar, a cunning former serf navigating treacherous politics. The bones of the dead gods hold immense power, and as war looms, these characters find themselves caught in the shadow of their remnants.

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