Top 5 Tuesday #89: Nature & Magic

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme created by Shanah, the Bionic Book Worm, and now hosted by Meeghan at Meeghan Reads.

This week’s topic:

Top 5 books with earth

(Landlubbers, rejoice! We’re back on stable ground. 🌳)
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Let’s see how long I go recommending only fantasy books for these Top 5 Tuesday categories since it’s Wyrd & Wonder month!!

For this week’s “earth” category, I’ve decided to focus on books where connection with land and nature figure strongly in the story.

The Enchanted Wood by Enid Blyton

This one was a childhood favorite for me. It’s middle-grade fantasy about three children who move to the country and, while exploring the woods behind their new home, discover a great tree in which live various fantastical creatures. At the top of the tree is a portal to different worlds.

Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce

Another childhood fav. It follows Pierce’s Song of the Lioness YA fantasy series but instead focuses on Daine, who has a strong, uncanny connection to animals. Wild Magic is the first in the Immortals quartet.

Juniper by Monica Furlong

This is one I read as a kid, so a while ago. Anyway, all I remember is that it’s probably YA fantasy, and I think the protagonist focuses on some form of nature magic… or has a connection to nature.

Forest Mage by Robin Hobb

I know… You must be wondering if a day will ever come when I don’t include a Robin Hobb book in a fantasy-themed recommendation post. But, alas, I don’t foresee such a thing ever happening.

Forest Mage is the second novel in Hobb’s Soldier Son trilogy, which is about a boy named Nevare who believes he’s destined to become a soldier and fights strongly against the forces that try to turn him from that path. A group of people that Nevare becomes connected to revere nature and wield a form of magic strongly connected to it.

Silver in the Wood by Emily Tesh

This one is quite the atmospheric read. It’s about Tobias, the “wild man” who cares for Greenhollow wood (and guards the darkness within it), whose quiet days are upended when Henry Silver takes up residence at Greenhollow Hall.

THAT’S IT FOR THESE ones with a nature connection.



5 thoughts on “Top 5 Tuesday #89: Nature & Magic

  1. I like the nature link. That’s a great way to do this theme. I know that I have The Soldier Son trilogy but I have to say that I can’t remember a single thing about it. I’m not sure whether that says something about me or the books. Or maybe both?


    1. Oh, did you read all three books? I didn’t like her Soldier Son books (except the first one) as much as the Realm of the Elderlings ones. I was incredibly frustrated by the end.

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