The allure of mythology and folklore is eternal, captivating readers across ages and cultures with tales of gods, heroes, and mystical realms. As timeless as the stories themselves, books that delve into these ancient narratives continue to be bestsellers, proving that old myths never truly fade but find new life in modern retellings. From Greek gods to Norse legends, from reimagined classics to fresh interpretations, Amazon has become a treasure trove for aficionados of mythological and folkloric tales. This article presents a curated list of the “10 Most Sold Books about Mythology & Folk Tales on Amazon So Far.”
10 Most Sold Books about Mythology & Folk Tales on Amazon So Far
- “The Song of Achilles: A Novel” by Madeline Miller
- “Circe” by Madeline Miller
- “Norse Mythology” by Neil Gaiman
- “A Touch of Darkness (Hades x Persephone Saga, 1)” by Scarlett St. Clair
- “The Silmarillion” by J.R.R. Tolkien
- “A Touch of Ruin (Hades x Persephone Saga, 3)” by Scarlett St. Clair
- “The Immortals of Meluha (The Shiva Trilogy, 1)” by Amish Tripathi
- “Neon Gods: A Scorchingly Hot Modern Retelling of Hades and Persephone (Dark Olympus, 1)” by Katee Robert
- “Bear & The Nightingale” by Katherine Arden
- “Stardust” by Neil Gaiman
“The Song of Achilles: A Novel” by Madeline Miller
A heart-wrenching tale of love, heroism, and tragedy, this novel reimagines the story of Achilles and Patroclus, rooted in the timeless epic of the Trojan War. Narrated by Patroclus, the book traces their relationship from childhood to the battlegrounds of Troy, shedding new light on these iconic characters. Madeline Miller’s deft storytelling weaves together rich historical details with poetic finesse, painting a vivid tapestry of ancient Greece.
The narrative delves deep into themes of friendship, loyalty, and destiny, challenging traditional interpretations of heroism. Above all, it’s a poignant love story that transcends the confines of mythology, touching the hearts of a modern audience. A must-read for anyone captivated by Greek myths or simply in search of a beautifully written tale.
“Circe” by Madeline Miller
In this spellbinding tale, the once-marginalized figure of Circe, the enchantress from Homer’s “Odyssey,” takes center stage. Madeline Miller masterfully transforms the character from a mere footnote in the epic journey of Odysseus into a complex, empowered woman, who evolves from a rejected nymph into a formidable witch. Banished to the island of Aiaia, Circe learns to harness her magical powers and finds solace among mortals, even as gods and heroes intersect her life in unpredictable ways.
Miller’s eloquent prose explores themes of isolation, transformation, and feminine power, against the backdrop of a vividly realized ancient world. The book delves into mythology while injecting new vitality and depth into an age-old tale, making it relatable and engaging for modern readers.
“Norse Mythology” by Neil Gaiman
Reimagining the ancient tales that have inspired everything from Wagnerian operas to modern superhero sagas, Neil Gaiman’s “Norse Mythology” brings the gods of the North to vivid life. From the mischievous Loki to the all-powerful Odin, the book captures the essence of these age-old myths while adding the author’s distinctive touch of wit, wisdom, and narrative flair.
Each story unfolds as a standalone tale, making it accessible to newcomers, yet the collection forms a cohesive tapestry that fans of mythology will find deeply satisfying. Gaiman masterfully navigates the realms of Asgard, Midgard, and beyond, providing a modern voice to stories that have enchanted humanity for centuries. Perfect for those who wish to delve into the myths that have shaped Western culture, it’s a captivating journey through the Norse cosmos.
“A Touch of Darkness (Hades x Persephone Saga, 1)” by Scarlett St. Clair
In a fresh twist on the ancient love story of Hades and Persephone, this book delves into a darkly romantic and sensual landscape that breathes new life into Greek mythology. Scarlett St. Clair crafts an engaging narrative where gods walk among humans, and even divinity cannot escape the complexities of love and fate. The book is set in a modern world, offering a multi-layered portrayal of its characters—Persephone as an aspiring journalist and Hades as a misunderstood ruler of the Underworld.
Against a backdrop of power struggles and divine politics, their love story unfolds with poignant intensity. Rich in detail and emotionally resonant, the novel takes the reader on an enthralling journey into a mythic world, seamlessly blended with contemporary themes. It’s a captivating start to a series that promises to explore the many facets of love, destiny, and the human condition.
“The Silmarillion” by J.R.R. Tolkien
Journeying far beyond the lands of Hobbits and Ringwraiths, “The Silmarillion” serves as a foundational mythos for J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth. More than just a prelude to “The Lord of the Rings,” this work is a sprawling epic that delves into the creation of the universe and the origins of Elves, Men, and Dwarves. It lays the groundwork for the world’s cosmology, geography, and ancient history, all while telling captivating stories of heroism, betrayal, and cosmic warfare.
Though not directly based on any existing mythologies, the text is heavily influenced by Norse, Celtic, and Christian lore. Tolkien’s masterful storytelling and rich linguistic background shine through every page, offering readers a complex, yet deeply rewarding narrative that feels both ancient and timeless. It is a must-read for anyone intrigued by the deeper lore of Middle-earth or simply enamored by epic tales of good and evil.
“A Touch of Ruin (Hades x Persephone Saga, 3)” by Scarlett St. Clair
Continuing the compelling saga of Hades and Persephone, this third installment adds more depth, complexity, and stakes to their story. In a modern world where gods mingle with mortals, the narrative doesn’t shy away from addressing the darker, more challenging aspects of love and power. In this particular volume, the relationship between the God of the Underworld and his beloved is put to the test, facing trials that go beyond their individual wishes to encompass divine politics and cosmic balance.
Scarlett St. Clair masterfully weaves elements of ancient mythology into contemporary settings and dilemmas, creating a story that feels both timeless and immediate. Themes of trust, sacrifice, and the transformative power of love dominate this emotional narrative. For fans of Greek myths or romantic fantasy, the book provides an engrossing continuation of a story that explores the complexities of love in a world of gods and mortals.
“The Immortals of Meluha (The Shiva Trilogy, 1)” by Amish Tripathi
Venturing into the rich tapestry of Indian mythology, “The Immortals of Meluha” offers a fantastical yet deeply rooted take on the revered figure of Shiva. Set in 1900 BC, the book unveils a fictionalized version of the Indus Valley Civilization, known here as Meluha. Amish Tripathi crafts an intricate world filled with intriguing characters, ancient prophecies, and divine interventions. Shiva, introduced as a Tibetan tribal leader, finds himself thrust into a new role as the prophesized savior of Meluha.
As he grapples with this unexpected destiny, readers are treated to a riveting tale that blends mythological elements with historical settings. The narrative not only delves into the adventures and challenges Shiva faces but also explores profound themes of duty, righteousness, and the nature of good and evil. A captivating start to a trilogy, the book is an immersive journey into the lesser-explored territories of mythological fiction.
“Neon Gods: A Scorchingly Hot Modern Retelling of Hades and Persephone (Dark Olympus, 1)” by Katee Robert
Turning the classic tale of Hades and Persephone on its head, this novel transports readers to a modern, darker version of Olympus where gods are reimagined as power players in a city teeming with intrigue. Katee Robert crafts a narrative that is as steamy as it is compelling, blending elements of romance, suspense, and mythology. Set in a contemporary world where divine figures operate like a corporate dynasty, the story explores complex relationships, power dynamics, and taboo desires.
Hades is not just the God of the Underworld but a misunderstood anti-hero, while Persephone emerges as a strong, independent woman grappling with her place in this intricate web of divinity and politics. Rich in emotion and character development, the book offers a fresh and sensual approach to timeless myths, making it a standout read for fans of romance and mythology alike.
“Bear & The Nightingale” by Katherine Arden
Steeped in Russian folklore and set against a harsh winter landscape, this enchanting novel introduces readers to a world where household spirits guard homes and dark forces lurk in the forest. Katherine Arden masterfully blends historical details with mythical elements, centering the narrative around Vasilisa, a young girl gifted with the ability to see and communicate with the magical beings that populate her world.
As religious fervor sweeps through her village, threatening the delicate balance between human and supernatural realms, Vasilisa finds herself at the heart of a struggle that could doom her community. With lyrical prose and a keen sense of atmosphere, the book brings Slavic myths and legends to vivid life, while also exploring themes of family, tradition, and the clash between old beliefs and new religious influences. It is a beautifully written, atmospheric tale that pulls readers into a world as magical as it is menacing.
“Stardust” by Neil Gaiman
Blending elements of traditional English folklore with a fairy-tale quality all its own, “Stardust” transports readers to a 19th-century English village that borders the magical realm of Faerie. Neil Gaiman’s narrative follows young Tristan Thorn as he ventures into this enchanting world to capture a fallen star, only to discover that the star is not a mere lump of rock, but a celestial being named Yvaine. The book weaves together whimsy, romance, and adventure in a tale that explores themes of love, destiny, and the complexities of human and otherworldly nature.
Gaiman’s lyrical prose and rich imagination make for an engrossing read, populated by witches, unicorns, and a host of magical creatures. Drawing inspiration from various mythologies and folk tales, “Stardust” serves as both a nostalgic tribute to classic fairy tales and a modern addition to the genre, appealing to readers young and old.
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