It’s Tuesday, which means it’s time for a bookish favorites post. Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Meeghan over on Meeghan Reads and is quite simple: check out the topic and write a post with your picks.
This week’s topic is indigenous heritage which was inspired by Australia Day (which happens to be today).
However, since I rarely read non-fiction, most of the indigenous heritage I came up with is fictional eventhough inspired by real countries and peoples. This topic was a little tough for me, so please excuse that some of my picks are a bit of a stretch. 🙈
#1 Woven in Moonlight
This novel was the first thing that came to my mind. Here, the story revolves around two peoples who are interlocked in a constant battle. What Isabel Ibanez does really well is illustrate that there are two sides to each story, and even if you think of yourself as the hero, you might actually be the villain in someone else’s. How do we handle history? How do countries move on from a dark past? A lot of things are addressed here – and many of them are beyond relevant outside the context of this book. Oh, by the way: the setting appears to be inspired by South/Central America, thus drawing from a rich and fascinating history of indigenous peoples!
#2 Kingdom of Souls
With Kingdom of Souls we move towards Africa. Barron drew from the rich history of tribes and I was fascinated from first to last page. The protagonist is caught between her mother’s and her father’s heritage and somewhat chosing between those peoples. Barron did an amzing job capturing the essence of indigenous tribes.
#3 Descendent of the Crane
Thingis, I haven’t read this book yet. I’ve had it for ages now but never got around to it. Fingers crossed that I’ll finally tackle it this year! Descendant of the Crane is a Chinese inspired fantasy with a young protagonist who has her whole country’s weight upon her shoulders.
#4 Jade City
Now it feels like forever ago but this was the very book I ever got in a subscription box. So long ago in fact that Magic Chest where I got it from, doesn’t even do book boxes anymore.
Jade City features two crime syndicate families caught in eternal opposition. Set on the island of Kekon, it deals with past traditions, accepting your heritage and figuring out what to do with it.
#5 The Storm Crow
In the Storm Crow we again meet several different peoples, each with their own past, customs and traditions. The protagonist has to face their enemies world after her own was almost destroyed. She believes her entire heritage, the crows who are very special creatures in this novel, to be lost forever. In this duology peoples have to band together to stand up against a common enemy, to fight for their autonomy, for their survival and their way of life.
What’s your favorite book featuring indigenous heritage? Let me know in the comments!