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This week’s theme is a freebie, so today I thought I’d talk about books with non-human protagonists – some of these I’ve read, and some are on my TBR!
Now given that I’m a fantasy reader I could have filled this list with so many books narrated by vampires, werewolves and the like, but in this list I wanted to celebrate the protagonists who don’t turn into pretty human forms so we’re allowed to forget that they aren’t actually human.
Radiance by Grace Draven: Radiance is a romantasy novel which follows two perspectives: we have our human heroine, Ildiko, and her new husband, Brishen, who’s from a fantastical race known as the Kai. I love Brishen, and I love his cousin Anhuset, and if you’re the kind of reader who wants to read about more monster boyfriends then this is a novel you should try.
Tooth and Claw by Jo Walton: Tooth and Claw is very much like an Austen novel—if all the characters were dragons. This one’s been on my TBR for the longest time, so one of these days I should actually read it…
Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky: There is a POV human character in this epic sci-fi novel, but it’s a novel that’s also told from the POV of a race of spiders and it’s fascinating. No joke, reading this novel helped me a lot with my arachnophobia; I’m a lot less frightened when I find a spider in my house now.
For He Can Creep by Siobhan Carroll: A novelette this time, rather than a novel, and one that I really, really enjoyed when I read it earlier this year! It also just so happens to be told from the POV of a cat.
Watership Down by Richard Adams: I think it’s a rite of passage in the UK to be emotionally scarred by the 1978 adaptation of this classic book. It’s a book I’m surprised I never read when I was younger considering my love of animal books, but it’s one I’d really like to cross off my TBR.
Redwall by Brian Jacques: Speaking of animals, I’m even more amazed that this fantasy series starring animals – it basically sounds like the aesthetic of Disney’s Robin Hood in a book – wasn’t part of my childhood. In fact I didn’t even come across this series until I was in my 20s which is a real shame, because baby me would have loved it.
Birth of the Firebringer by Meredith Ann Pierce: I have Sia @ Every Book a Doorway to thank for bringing this book to my attention! I immediately treated myself to a secondhand copy, because in what world do I not want to read a book about a unicorn?
The Unspoken Name by A.K. Larkwood: Did someone say queer orcs? Then you can bet I pre-ordered a copy of this book, which I’ve heard is more sci-fantasy than straight-up fantasy. I’m surprised we don’t see more orcs in fantasy considering how formative Tolkien’s work is, and I’d especially like to see more orcs as POV characters.
Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl: This was one of my favourite books when I was a little girl – in fact my dad had to read it to me so many times before bed that I think we both knew it off by heart – and I’m still so fond of it.
The Bees by Laline Paull: I picked up a copy of this dystopian novel starring bees several years ago because I was weak for the design of the hardback, but after I enjoyed Children of Time so much I’m wondering if sci-fi about insects might very well be sci-fi that works for me. (I know spiders are technically arachnids, but you get my point.) I’d like to finally cross this one off my TBR this year, too!