Five Forest Fantasy Books I read

This post is inspired by the Wyrd & Wonder prompt ‘Top Five Forest Fantasy Recs’. I actually have read exactly five forest fantasy books. So I decided to just make a list of the books I read. In of all them there is some kind of enchanted wood. I’m currently reading a sixth forest fantasy book: The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black.

Uprooted by Naomi Novik
The forest in this book is evil and powerful. It takes people who enter it. The ones who survive, come out different and just as dangerous as the forest itself. Agnieszka lives in a village close to this forest. Her people rely on a wizard known as the Dragon to protect them. Once every ten years the Dragon demands a young woman to serve him.

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
This atmospheric book is set in a small village close to the cold Russian wilderness. During the nights people nestle around the fire and tell each other chilling stories about strange creatures. Vasya loves to hear them. She also knows the stories are more than fairy tales, because she can see the spirits. Better than anyone else, she realizes the importance of honouring the spirits who protect them against evil creatures lurking in the forest.

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
I didn’t give this book all the stars, but I did like the out-of-this-world vibe. Alice and her mother always have bad luck. It gets even worse when Alice’s mother is kidnapped. She left behind a message: ‘Stay away from the Hazel Wood’. This is the secret estate of Alice’s grandmother, a woman Alice has never met. Hazel Wood is of course the place Alice has to find.

Wildwood by Colin Meloy
I received this book as a present and I keep it for the beautiful illustrations made by Carson Ellis. Wildwood is an enchanted forest in the middle of Portland. It’s inhabited by talking animals. When Prue’s baby brother is kidnapped by crows, she has to save him. With the help of Collin, she follows her brother into the forest. I wouldn’t recommend this book for the plot, but I liked the world the story is set in.

The Liveship Traders trilogy by Robin Hobb
These books are about ships fashioned from wizardwood. The special wood for these ships comes from the Rain Wilds, an area with enormous trees. Settlements are built high in the trees. The forest plays a bigger role in The Rain Wild Chronicles, but I haven’t read those books yet.


3 thoughts on “Five Forest Fantasy Books I read

  1. I forgot about the Hazel Wood.
    And the Rain Wild Chronicles was good. I love that we learn more about that part of the world in it, and of the Elderlings as well.

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