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Books With: Welsh References


It’s Wednesday, and it’s time for another Welsh week post.

Today, I’m looking at popular books which have connections with Wales (because this is a book blog, not just a “look how awesome Wales is” blog). Honestly, I’m pretty sure there are more than the ones I’ve found, but I’ve mainly gone for the YA scene.

J D Oswald - Dreamwalker

1. Dreamwalker by James Oswald

My review of Dreamwalker is going up tomorrow, and it has a lot of Welsh references. There are a lot of Welsh words and names in there and it’s very much based on Welsh history/mythology.

Lloyd Alexander - The Book of Three

2. The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander REVIEW

Again, this one is based on Welsh mythology, and is actually the inspiration for Disney’s The Black Cauldron. I thought it had a really sweet story, and I really want to carry on reading the series.

Ransom Riggs - Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

3. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs REVIEW

This one’s set on a little island off the coast of Wales. That’s it. That’s the only link I could find. But still, it’s set in Wales so it definitely counts! Anyway, it’s really good and it has great old photographs in it, plus it’s sort of about super powers.

Cassandra Clare - Clockwork Angel

4. The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

One of the three main characters, Will Herondale, is Welsh. He even speaks Welsh in the books. Trust me, I squeaked with excitement every single time a word of Welsh sneaked into this series. And it has a brilliant storyline too!

Maggie Stiefvater - The Raven Boys

5. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater REVIEW

The whole series centres around Welsh prince Owain Glyndŵr, and it is full of awesomeness and friendship and cuteness and cliffhangers. It’s a brilliant series which keeps getting better and better.

That’s it for my list of books to do with Wales, but I really wish it was longer. Do you guys have any recommendations?


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