Fantasy series are lush and rich with details, characters and sprawling landscapes... once you get to the end of 500 pages of lusciousness you are worn out due to all the FEEELLLSSS and exciting action! The last thing you want to do is read another one... you need a palate cleanser (as I like to call them) to give yourself a change of pace before you head back in...
I'm not the only American in love with culture as it is the basis of the world building in many, many stories, especially fantasy ones! Here is my short wishlist of culture based magic and world-building that I would love to see more of in young adult fiction and fantasy in general...
Magical realism is a hot topic in young adult books and at its core there is a magic system with which all the magic adheres... According the Wikipedia: "A magic system is a set of rules that magical effects follow in a fictional setting."
Choose some of your favorite fictional characters to magically duel one another. Who would win?!
These three things when balanced right make for 5 star books!
To limit the list I decided to pick series I dream about reading but haven't gotten around to... yet!
To limit the list a little more I decided my favs would have to be those characters that differ from humans in a significant way.