The best books of independent authors building worlds

Julie Elizabeth Powell Author Of Gone
By Julie Elizabeth Powell

The Books I Picked & Why

The Warm Machine

By Seth Rain

The Warm Machine

Why this book?

Seth Rain has a knack for building believable worlds, then inserting brain-teasers to make you wonder if this could happen. The writing is fast-paced and hooks you from the start. This particular series made me wonder what is real and what is not: who really is in charge? I’m sure that people who like to think, will love this series.


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Protectors - Book one of Beyond These Walls: A Post-Apocalyptic Survival Thriller

By Michael Robertson

Protectors - Book one of Beyond These Walls: A Post-Apocalyptic Survival Thriller

Why this book?

This is my favourite series by Michael Robertson; its world-building is so real that it’s scary because this dystopian world could really exist. The world has its defined structure and the characters within it are believable, even if not all likable. It’s a complex series and yet is simple in its reading; compelling at the very least.


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Rushed

By Brian Harmon

Rushed

Why this book?

I’ve read all of this author’s work and the Rushed series is my favourite because although it’s a sinister paranormal fantasy, it is filled with humour. The world-building for each book is amazing – certainly daunting and nasty in parts, yet believable.

There are remarks in reviews that it’s confusing and weird, so maybe you have to be odd to understand and appreciate it. I did, so I must be.


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The Spider

By Maria Savva

The Spider

Why this book?

I like all of Maria Savva’s books because she has great insight into how people think and why they act as they do. She creates worlds that are ‘normal’ and yet pitches her characters into unusual situations, which make the worlds strange and eerie; especially in The Spider stories.


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Oblivion's Forge

By Simon Williams

Oblivion's Forge

Why this book?

This author is a ‘master’ at creating fantasy worlds; his writing is intelligent and gripping. This particular series focuses on a battle between two immense powers with amazing descriptions, yet it is character-driven, making it relatable and believable. It’s thought-provoking and immerses you into a world that feels very real, its descriptions potent, its characters intriguing – I loved it. 


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