Asian-Inspired Fantasy and Science Fiction

I searched for recommendations on Asian-inspired fantasy to read during our first trip to Asia and was surprised by how little I found. So in case anyone else is on the lookout, here is my own list of Asian-inspired fantasy. Most of it I would consider far eastern Asia inspired.

In the swords-and-sorcery set in more archaic times are Daughter of the Moon Goddess, The Drowning Empire, The Radiant Emperor, and The Singing Hills Cycle, all of which I read while on the trip. I didn’t read The Dandelion Dynasty because I’d read it in the last couple of years.

I read The Poppy War before I started this blog. Though inspired by more recent history the series is set during an age of swords and arrows and is even more dark than R. F. Kuang’s more recent Babel. The geographic scope of the Eternal Sky and Moirin Trilogy is more broad, though much of the action takes place in Asian-inspired regions.

Set in a present day environment are The Green Bone Saga and Light from Uncommon Stars. The second book is set in California. I include it here because Asian-Americans play key roles, it made me excited to try Hainanese chicken (which I did, in Singapore), and because it’s just such a great book I wanted to mention it.

Edging more to the future-based, more science-fiction are The Sun Chronicles and The Citadel of Weeping Pearls, which I read during the trip. I read Cixin Liu’s Remembrance of Earth’s Past before I started this blog. It’s one of those series that makes me say Wow! And one I need to reread someday.

I can’t pin the djinn-based The Daevabad Trilogy by S. A. Chakraborty to a particular part of Asia.

The Jasmine Throne (I haven’t read past the first book yet) and The Devourers by Indra Das feel rooted in India.

It’s completely accidental that I am posting this during Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month. But it fits.