The best books about gnomes

Many authors have picked their favorite books about gnomes and why they recommend each book.

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The Land of Yesterday

By K.A. Reynolds,

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How do you recover from believing you caused your brother’s death? Cecelia has no idea. When Celadon’s soul drifts into the Land of Yesterday, their entire house goes into mourning. Cecelia must reconcile her feelings before her world collapses and she ends up a lost soul forever, too. Reynolds expertly handles loss and regret in this magical tale for middle grade readers and up.

Who am I?

Ever since I can remember, I’ve been fascinated with life and death. As a child, my own life was fairly mundane and even joyful. However, I went through loss like most. We lost two dogs when I was maybe seven or nine. Then my beagle Suzy, who we had the longest, was struck by a car on a rainy day. A few years later, my grandfather passed from cancer. Watching my mother grieve stuck with me. It shaped me—how I cared about life, how I longed to understand it. Once I decided to write stories for children, I knew it could be a safe place to explore my hidden feelings.

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This Girl Climbs Trees

By Ellen Mulholland,

Book cover of This Girl Climbs Trees

What is my book about?

What is a new teen to do when her father chops down her first best friend, a motherly maple that has guarded her window since birth? Eliza Mills sulks over her beloved tree where she climbed to the top to think about the world. Who will now listen to her worries? What's up there, out there? If there is a god, why has he/shetaken away what and who she loves? Answers might be hidden inside a mysterious box left behind by her dying grandfather. Convinced he is trying to send her one final message, she believes the box is her final hope. Eliza Mills takes the reader on a deep but often humorous journey of life and death until arriving at the door of self-discovery.

The Scions Of Shannara

By Terry Brooks,

Book cover of The Scions Of Shannara: The Heritage of Shannara, Book 1

I first read The Scions of Shannara when I was 13 years old. At the time, this book was the first in a new series from Terry Brooks. In less than a year, I devoured his first series, The Shannara Chronicles, and wanted more. Terry did not disappoint. This book picked up 300 years after the original series and expanded his initial world-building of the Four Lands. While it contained Elves, Dwarves, Gnomes, and Trolls, like most fantasy books, Terry developed his world based on a post-apocalyptic Earth. The sign of a good series is its ability to connect to the reader’s soul. With The Scions of Shannara, I connected to the story to the point where I became emotional and could not put the book down.

Who am I?

I was bullied throughout grade school until my senior year of high school. As a child, I only read Hardy Boy mysteries, so my mother tried to expand my range of literature by having me read The Hobbit. Reading epic fantasies allowed me to escape into another world and set my imagination on fire. ADHD has always been a part of my life, but fantasy novels helped to channel my creativity, allowing me to sit down and focus on something for hours on end. Readers will find themes from several fantasy authors in my books. They say to write what you know. I know epic fantasy and teen fiction.

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The Scions of Faerie: The Faerie Chronicles Book 1

By J.D. Edwards,

Book cover of The Scions of Faerie: The Faerie Chronicles Book 1

What is my book about?

What if every story, every myth, and every legend were true? Driven by a need to rescue his aunt and avenge his parent’s murder, Ian Prescott discovers that the more he learns about his past, the less he knows about himself. Ian’s destiny lies hidden in the past he can’t remember and a future he can only imagine.

Unfortunately, all magic comes with a price. One false move could extinguish all life on Earth and plunge Faerie into chaos. The greater good always involves sacrifice, but every choice has consequences. When the needs of the many conflict with the needs of the few, Ian must decide who lives and who dies: His aunt or his mother’s best friend. How much is a single life worth?

Beautiful Darkness

By Fabien Vehlmann, Kerascoët,

Book cover of Beautiful Darkness

This book is an exaggeratedly bizarre and macabre twist on fairy tales.

A child has died in the forest and the gnomes (if gnomes are what they are) who live inside the child’s body are abruptly evicted from their home as the body starts to enter a state of goopy decay. I told you it was bizarre. The gnomes don’t know the outside world and so survival in the forest proves most difficult.

The premise of this book is right up my alley. It’s too strange to resist. But it’s also adorable at times.  With artwork seamlessly ranging from realism to simple cartoons expressed with just a few strokes of the pencil and a dab of watercolor, Beautiful Darkness is cute, dark, funny, and from time to time, downright sinister.

Who am I?

I believe comics are one of the very best storytelling mediums for stories with big imagination. Prose and film are amazing, but comics have artwork for every single moment of the story, artwork not bound by space, time, or budget. I’ve written and drawn 5 graphic novels published in 11 different languages. I’ve dedicated my entire life to the pursuit of imagination. The books I’ve recommended have given me endless enjoyment and inspiration, I hope they can do the same for you too.

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ApocalyptiGirl: An Aria for the End Times

By Andrew MacLean,

Book cover of ApocalyptiGirl: An Aria for the End Times

What is my book about?

Alone at the end of the world, Aria is on a mission! This post-apocalyptic science fiction tale is the story of a woman in search of an ancient relic with immeasurable power. Traipsing through an overgrown city with a cat named Jelly Beans, Aria’s search seems hopeless, until a violent run-in with a young hunter sets her on a path to complete her quest. She’ll face death in the hopes of claiming her prize. 

The premiere graphic novel from the indie comics sensation, Andrew MacLean (Head Lopper), ApocalyptiGirl: An Aria for the End Times is an action-packed exploration of the extremes of humanity and our desire for a home in a world beyond repair.

Blood of Elves

By Andrzej Sapkowski,

Book cover of Blood of Elves

Stunning character visualization and world-building make for a good read. Throw in some good humor, some daring fights and beasts to slay, and a plot filled with twists and you have yourself a great read. Andrzej Sapkowski has done a fantastic job of carving great characters for your enjoyment.

Who am I?

I spent the better part of a decade honing my writing skills and pushing the bounds of imagination after my debut fantasy novel Mercury Dagger - A Tale From Kraydenia. When I am not off exploring the wilds of Australia, I am dreaming up new adventures and monsters to cause chaos in a fantastical world filled with twists, loyalty, honour, and great and terrible battles. Originally from South Africa, I have travelled the African continent, visiting numerous countries, seeing first-hand the differences in many cultures who roam the lands and found it fascinating. It is this fascination that inspires my love for creating new characters and finding out what makes them tick.

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Mercury Dagger: A Tale From Kraydenia

By Marius H. Visser,

Book cover of Mercury Dagger: A Tale From Kraydenia

What is my book about?

Kraydenia used to be a relatively peaceful land, until the release of Ortega Bloodbane. Now the evil sorcerer and the forces he commands is spreading terror and fear. Gordon, a youth that only set out to complete his rite of passage is quickly ensnared by the growing threat and forced to defend the land. Joined on his quest by three others, they would do their best to save their world:

Baldrake, the fierce general of the Gar hounds, who was shunned from the pack and stripped of his title by the last remaining wolves of Gar. Malachai, who not only fights for the land but also the turmoil raging inside him. Melche, the maniacal little old Mekkel who causes problems wherever he goes. A classic tale of good versus evil told in a way unlike you have ever heard.

Night Brother

By Rosie Garland,

Book cover of Night Brother

It is set in the late 19th early 20th century in Manchester, England. A time of suffragists and a blossoming underground queer culture, both of which were violently opposed by state and police. Set in this time, place and atmosphere is the story of Edie and Gnome. The first chapter shows them in perfect, natural harmony with each other. As Edie grows up, her intersex nature (given a gloriously magical bent by Garland) is repressed and made a cause of shame via their mother’s abuse. Without full expression and acceptance, Edie/Gnome's relationship becomes destructive and toxic. The Night Brother is a journey of acceptance and balance woven into a wider narrative about feminine roles in society and the struggle to transcend them.

It is a delight to follow Garland’s beautiful prose both as it delves into the violent and gritty aspects of Victorian Manchester and when it soars into fantastical…

Who am I?

I'm an anarcho-feminist who has a special interest in magic; I consider it my guilty pleasure. I write dark and gritty stories that delve into gender, trauma, and mental illness, yet discover hope and freedom in the pit of darkness. I'm best known as a horror writer, but it’s more accurate to say that I create dark-fantasy and speculative fiction. My themes reflect the darkness which feels ubiquitous in the world, especially now in this age of extremes and pandemics, but I always search for the glimmer of light, the flame of hope that we can make a better future. I've always been fascinated by the Goth aesthetic and enchanted by post-punk threnodies.

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Starblood: The Graphic Novel

By Carmilla Voiez,

Book cover of Starblood: The Graphic Novel

What is my book about?

Satori, an arrogant yet alluring Chaos Magician, is heartbroken when Star tells him it is over. He performs a magical ritual to win her back, but accidentally brings Lilith, Mother of Demons, to Earth. How can Satori survive the demon’s wrath and reclaim the heart of his beloved?

Beautiful and vulnerable, Star has yet to discover her own power and strength. When she falls in love with the enchanting Lilith, her world descends into madness and violence. Satori’s strange world threatened her sanity, what then of Lilith’s? A sensuous story, full of dark fantasy and horror, that offers readers a glimpse into the seedier side of the Gothic subculture in Britain.

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