What are the best desert fantasy novels?

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    #1The Horse and His Boy (Chronicles of Narnia)

    The Horse and His Boy (Chronicles of Narnia)

    The Horse and His Boy is the third book in the series Chronicles of Narnia. The novel revolves around two boys and two talking horses in their journey to the magical world of Narnia. 


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    Andrea Harrison
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "I had high hopes going in that The Horse and His Boy (Chronicles of Narnia) would be one of the best desert fantasy novels but ended up really disappointed. I did not really connect with this story at all."
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    #2City of Bones

    City of Bones

    City of Bones by Martha Wells is the story of Khat, a member of the humanoid race, and Sagai, his human partner as they solve a mystery that involves fanatical cult members who are trying to destroy the world.


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    Douglas Hudson
    Written on March 1, 2018
    "Interesting story with a different landscape background than the usual."
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    Habibi by Craig Thompson narrates the tale of refugee child slaves named Dodola and Zam as they face the struggles the world offers — fear, lust, and greed. It is a love story of the two as they cross paths by chance in the beginning.


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    Russell Armstrong
    Written on March 4, 2018
    "This is one of the best desert novels out there. Great fantasy, sure to be a classic."
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    #4Who Fears Death

    Who Fears Death
    Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor is set up in the post-apocalyptic Saharan Africa. It is about the unique magic possessed by Onyesonwu. Onyesonwu was born with hair and skin like the color of the sand. She discovers her purpose and why she possesses those features. 

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    Mildred Greene
    Written on March 11, 2018
    "This is a really great dystopian meets-magic book about an area not usually discussed in this genre (we're often very west-focused). The main character is delightfully spunky and mysterious, and you'll not want to put it down."
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    #5The Arabian Nights: Tales from a Thousand and One Nights

    The Arabian Nights: Tales from a Thousand and One Nights
    The Arabian Nights is the tales about the life of Shahrazad who has a king husband who executed each of his wives. A collection of tales such as Aladdin, and Sinbad the Seaman and Sinbad the Landsman are part of this story.

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    Jose Gonzalez
    Written on March 1, 2018
    "The Arabian Nights: Tales from a Thousand and One Nights is a book available from Amazon for $.99 for the Kindle edition to $17.18 for the Leather Bound copy. This is a true classic that includes the story of Aladdin. This should be in everyone's collection. It fits the topic perfectly."
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    #6The Girl of Fire and Thorns

    The Girl of Fire and Thorns

    The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson is about a younger princess who became the chosen one to be the people's savior and the secret wife of a king. Since she is a chosen one, her life is at risk. This is the first book in the Fire and Thorns series.


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    Hansika Jindal
    Written on March 12, 2018
    "I love to read novels. I was looking for a desert fantasy novel, since I love the fantasy theme and the location. I found The Girl of Fire and Thorns. This is an amazing story by Rae Carson about a princess who becomes the chosen one to save the people. Her life is at risk, though, and the story follows her journey. It's one of my favorite books so far. I've gotten so involved in it and can't wait to read the rest of the Fire and Thorns series. Check it out!"
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    #7The Blue Sword

    The Blue Sword

    The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley is a story of an orphan girl who lives in a desert country called Damar. She has a simple and quiet life but her life has changed when Corlath, the Hillfolk King, kidnapped her and took her deep into the desert.


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    David Price
    Written on March 6, 2018
    "The blue sword is a fun and fantastic fantasy taking us into the desert and helping us to live the live of an Orphan girl in Damar. Fun read for people of all ages."
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    #8Sword Dancer (Tiger and Del)

    Sword Dancer (Tiger and Del)
    Sword-Dancer is an action and fantasy book written by Jennifer Roberson. It was published by DAW, September 2, 1986. Join Tige as he uncovers the destiny laid out for him.

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    Jason Newman
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "In general, Jennifer Roberson is a grossly underrated author. However, Sword Dancer, a sort of desert fantasy novel, is not one of her best works. I still recommend it for anyone interested in the genre."
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    #9Alif the Unseen

    Alif the Unseen
    Alif the Unseen is a science fiction novel written by G. Willow Wilson. First published in 2012 by Grove Press, it focuses on the story of Alif as he discovered a secrett book called The Thousand and One Days.

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    Kathleen Reed
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "This book is set in an unnamed Middle Eastern Security State so it's safe to assume this novel is definitely about deserts. It's listed as both Supernatural and Paranormal so it's obviously got the fantasy thing going. Not only is this the a great solution for this topic, it's absolutely perfect. I've written the name of the book down and plan to pick it up ASAP myself."
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    #10Dune (Dune Chronicles)

    Dune (Dune Chronicles)
    Dune by Frank Herbert is the story of Paul Atreides who becomes Muad'Dib and embarks on a journey to avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family, thus bringing to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

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    Ryan Ramirez
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "What else could you expect from a book that is literally all about the topi? Dune is greatly acclaimed and this is absolutely one of the best desert fantasy movies you can find. Dune is somewhat a very interesting book for me to get into since I am not familiar with these types of settings."


Best What are the best desert fantasy novels
1The Horse and His Boy (Chronicles of Narnia)Books 28 Paid
2City of BonesBooks 23 Paid
3Habibi Books 22 Paid
4Who Fears DeathBooks 20 Paid
5The Arabian Nights: Tales from a Thousand and One NightsBooks 14 Paid
6The Girl of Fire and ThornsBooks 12 Paid
7The Blue SwordBooks 12 Paid
8Sword Dancer (Tiger and Del)Books 9 Paid
9Alif the UnseenBooks 4 Paid
10Dune (Dune Chronicles) Books 1 Paid

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