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Wonderfully Constructed Worlds

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The list author says: "As a reader and writer of fantasy and science fiction, I have encountered many-many-many fantasy and science fiction worlds. So many of these fall into the classic "Forest-of-nonsense-word, Desert-of-insert-race, Palace-of-king" that I find myself getting more than a bit irritated. If you feel the same way, than this list is for you!"
The House of Power (Atherton, Book 1): House of Power No. 1
The House of Power (Atherton, Book 1): House of Power No. 1
"The first book in the Atherton series by Patrick Carman.  All I have to say is wow!  The whole point of the story is the world, and said world is done beautifully."
Lost in Lexicon: An Adventure in Words and Numbers
Lost in Lexicon: An Adventure in Words and Numbers
"I.  Love.  This.  World.  I don't want to give it away, but I think this is the best fantasy world I have ever read.  Read it."
Incarceron
Incarceron
"Quite a world.  Or two worlds, really, but I won't worry about specifics.  Both of the worlds here hover between fantasy and sci-fi, with beautiful results."
The Goose Girl (Books of Bayern Book 1)
The Goose Girl (Books of Bayern Book 1)
"I wish I could do all the Books of Bayern in one!  Not only is the world beautifully done (if a little cliche), each consecutive book builds on it more."
Among the Hidden (Shadow Children Book 1)
Among the Hidden (Shadow Children Book 1)
"Quite a richly imagined sci-fi world.  The few locations are described so well I can vividly imagine them."
Deltora Quest: The Complete Series
Deltora Quest: The Complete Series
"I adore the world of Deltora.  As well as the beautifully divided regions, it has fantastic creatures in it as well.  Highly, highly recommended if you like fantasy at all."
The Key to Rondo
The Key to Rondo
"Oh, Rondo.  Rondo is...unique, to say the least.  Well, I'd say any world contained in a music box would be unique, wouldn't you?"
Mister Monday (Keys to the Kingdom, Book 1)
Mister Monday (Keys to the Kingdom, Book 1)
"The first in the /The Keys to the Kingdom/ series by Garth Nix, this fantasy is unlike any other.  The House is, well, anything but House-ish.  Read it."
The Faerie Path (Faerie Path, No. 1)
The Faerie Path (Faerie Path, No. 1)
"Is this cheating?  The world is Faerie, which is subtly interwoven through mythology, but it's done so well and manages to escape the "forest-of-nonsense-word" noose."