Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week I will make a list of 10 books, authors or other bookish things surrounding a certain topic. This week, it’s all about the setting. I’ve chosen 10 of my favorite books set at court! To be honest, I probably could make 2 of these lists…
There are many other books I love that partly happen at court as well. However, I had to choose 10 and decided to pick from those almost entirely set at court/revolving around kings and queens.
A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin // I couldn’t possibly leave this out. I can’t even remember when I first read this one. It must have been 4 or 5 years? I should definitely do a re-read of these soon. I would say I’ll re-read them in preparation for Winds of Winter, but who knows when that will be. Anyway, when talking about court and intrigue, you just have to include Game of Thrones. Stabby, stabby, plotty, plotty. (Totally not actual words, whatever).
Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson // This is actually set at two different courts! We have the court in Idris, the home of our two main characters. And then we have the court in Hallandran, where the gods live. I really love this book. Brandon Sanderson is just a master at creating epic fantasies that are also easy to read.
Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer // I think pretty much everyone knows this series. But I still wanted to give it a mention. It’s been such a long time since I’ve read Cinder (about 3 years) yet I still think of it fondly. I think it may be time for a re-read soon?
The Kiss of Deception (Remnant Chronicles #1) by Mary E. Pearson // I guess this is kind of cheating, because the majority of this book is not set at court. Yet, Lia is a princess -and the second book IS set at court. I really like this trilogy so far, and I’m excited to read the third book soon.
The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Fire and Thorns #1) by Rae Carson // I’ve recommended this multiple times, I know. But I still feel like not enough people have read it. It’s about Princess Elisa who has to marry King Alejandro because she is the chosen one (as she is the Bearer of the Godstone). Elisa isn’t the typical YA heroine I’ve seen so often: she isn’t extremely slim and fit, she doesn’t have assassin-like fighter skills and doesn’t overflow with self-confidence. She’s so relatable, smart and grows tremendously throughout the trilogy.
The Moon in the Palace (Empress of Bright Moon #1) by Weina Dai Randel // This is actually a historical fiction novel set at court in China. Isn’t that amazing? Yes, it is. Go read it.
Assassin’s Apprentice (Farseer #1) by Robin Hobb // This is the story of Fitz, a royal bastard. Fitz is raised at court, which is why the story mostly takes place there. I only started reading Robin Hobb this year, but I’ve been absolutely loving it.
The Queen of the Tearling (Queen of the Tearling #1) by Erika Johansen // Another recent read! I had been putting this book off for so long, because I was afraid I wouldn’t like it. I have to admit that I admire Kelsea as a Queen. She’s incredible. She needs to defend her place on the throne, and try to survive. Queens have a history of dying young in this kingdom…
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (Inheritance #1) by N.K. Jemisin // Another high fantasy book! This is the story of Yeine, who has to compete to become heiress to the king of the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms. Much scheming, crazy god-slaves. Do you need more convincing?
Stolen Songbird (Malediction #1) by Danielle L. Jensen // Another fantasy book, yet a tad different. This one is set at the court of the trolls! Under a mountain, as the trolls have been cursed and can’t leave. They believe Cécile is the key to breaking the curse. Solution? Kidnap her.
Those are 10 books I love set at court! Trust me, I have so many more but obviously I couldn’t include them all. What are your favorite books set at court? Which setting did you choose for this week’s topic?