What are the best novels set in Wales?

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    #1The Mabinogion

    The Mabinogion

    The Mabinogion is a collection of medieval folklore translated and compiled by Jeffrey Gantz. It includes tales from King Arthur's court, a story of a young man enduring several tasks to get wedded to a giant's daughter, and a story of a knight proving his valor.

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    Samantha Ward
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "While this novel does take place in Wales, the story is poorly written and often boring. the reader will find their minds wandering. this is not indicative of a "best" novel."
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    #2Here Be Dragons

    Here Be Dragons

    Here Be Dragons is a medieval, renaissance, historical and fiction book written by Sharon Kay Penman. It was published June 1, 1985 by Holt, Rinhart and Winston. It follows the story of a King.

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    Brandon Myers
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "If you're looking for a period piece set in Wales look no further than Here Be Dragons. The amount of detail the author goes into really makes it feel like you're teleported to this place you're reading about."
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    #3The Crystal Cave

    The Crystal Cave

    The Crystal Cave is a fantasy novel written by Mary Stewart. It was first published in 1970 and is first of 5 novels focusing on the Arthurian legend. The story centers on Myrddin Emrys, also known as Merlin, and his journey to find a home.

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    Anna Green
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "The Crystal Cave is beautifully written, but starts slowly - don't despair. The Hollow Hills builds steam very fast and starts your heart boiling. And The Crystal Cave takes you over the crescendo, almost kills you, and then brings you back gently but with a sigh. Indeed, I've not seen many works as detailed and beautiful as this. What's even more, it is possible to actually read each of them on their own and still get a feel of the whole. "
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    #4The History of the Kings of Britain

    The History of the Kings of Britain

    The History of the Kings of Britain is a history book written by Geoffrey of Monmouth in 1136. It chronicles the beginnings of England, from its founding by Brutus of Troy up to the arrival of the Saxons and the Norman conquest.

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    Mario Montiel
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "History of Kings is one of the greatest books to explain the Kings and world of England. Seeing the story of King Arthur and Merlin will give everyone a chance to experience a medieval fantasy."
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    #5Monk's Hood (Brother Cadfael Mysteries)

    Monk's Hood (Brother Cadfael Mysteries)

    Monk's Hood (Brother Cadfael Mysteries) is a Mystery, Historical and Medieval Fiction novel written by Ellis Peter. It was published November 25, 2014 by MysteriousPress.com/Open Road.

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    Teresa Roberts
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "Wales is a fantastic location, so when I'm reading novels I like to find ones that are set in Wales. The book Monk's Hood (Brother Cadfael Mysteries) is one of those books, and likely the best novel set in Wales all together. This book is both captivating and beautiful with its historical representation in Wales."
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    #6A Morbid Taste for Bones

    A Morbid Taste for Bones

    A Morbid Taste for Bones is a historical mystery novel written by the author Ellis Peters. A Morbid Taste for Bones was published on January 1, 1994 by Grand Central Publishing. 

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    Martha Montgomery
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "I loved this book because it was so well written and researched too. The story was wonderful to read and the historical nature of the book made it interesting and too good to put down. I love the crime aspect of the book, and the adventure I felt as though I was on while reading. There were many twists and turns throughout the novel and the descriptions of each setting made it as though I was there and living each scene. An overall wonderful book to read. "
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    #7A Child's Christmas in Wales

    A Child's Christmas in Wales

    A Child's Christmas in Wales is a book by Dylan Thomas that tells the story of how the author spent his Christmas while he was young. With the beautiful illustration of Trina Schart Hyman, this book is a sure read. 

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    Rachel Stanley
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "A Child's Christmas in Wales as you can tell from the title, is a story set in Wales. I love reading this book as it relates to my childhood home. I read it each year while visiting my parents in my old home around the holidays. The story always brings with it fond memories."
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    #8After Forever Ends

    After Forever Ends

    After Forever Ends by Melodie Ramone is a chick lit about women's coming to age and reliving life lessons and love. Go for a one-sitting read with this book but better be prepared with a box of tissue for fallen tears caused by imagination.

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    #9His Royal Secret

    His Royal Secret

    His Royal Secret is a contemporary romance book written by Lilah Pace. His Royal Secret was published on July 19, 2016 by InterMix. The book follows romantic exploits of James, Prince of Wales.

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    Sandra Myers
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "His Royal Secret is followed by His Royal Favorite, and both books tell the continuous story of the fictional Prince of Wales. Although it seems outlandish, the reader becomes so bonded to the characters that an obtuse situation becomes realistic. Most interesting, to me, is that the author writes under a pseudonym, which may soon become a bestseller in her own right."
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    #10Tuck (King Raven)

    Tuck (King Raven)

    Tuck focuses on Friar Tuck, the stalwart aide of Rhi Bran, the Robin Hood of the King Raven series. As King Raven, Bran starts a rebellion together with Tuck and his band of outlaws, against the oppressive overlords of Wales.

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    Paul Medina
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "This is an insult and travesty of the grand people of Wales. While, yes, it's a novel set in wales, it also suggests that anyone who isn't an outlaw is a horrible dictator within the country. Boycott this book and hope the author goes bankrupt and is forced to live in Wales to see what it's really like."

Summary

Best What are the best novels set in Wales
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The MabinogionBooks 32 Paid
2Here Be DragonsBooks 29 Paid
3The Crystal CaveBooks 27 Paid
4The History of the Kings of BritainBooks 22 Paid
5Monk's Hood (Brother Cadfael Mysteries)Books 17 Paid
6A Morbid Taste for BonesBooks 13 Paid
7A Child's Christmas in WalesBooks 10 Paid
8After Forever EndsBooks 6 Paid
9His Royal SecretBooks 3 Paid
10Tuck (King Raven)Books 1 Paid
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