There’s something completely timeless and utterly attractive about mythology, folklore and the stories passed down through generations. Maybe a particular story originated in religion, or maybe through honoring heroic courage or, who can say, maybe the teller was an exasperated mom who needed to keep her kids from getting into trouble by captivating them with a fairytale that would keep them wide-eyed (or, on the other end of the spectrum, a soothing one that would keep them shut-eyed.) Whatever the case, the tales of old live on, precious and fiercely protected by their cultures and the people who nurture them even to this day.
Some of these keepers of the flame are the authors mentioned below. By harkening back to mythos and mystique, they reckon with the relics of ancients while relishing the entertainment value each still has to offer readers opening a new book instead of opening an iPhone app. That’s part of the power of a good story; it can take many forms and still enchant the audience, though the audience today lives quite differently than the audience of the original story did.
The options on this list come from a diverse group of countries and use a diverse set of genres to relate some age-old themes, characters and adventures. Diversity and tradition? Mythology and modernity? Men who prove their mettle through comedic and dramatic misadventures? Women who are queens in every sense of the word? Sign up for the above with a book listed below!