I like books that incorporate real lore into the stories.
For instance, Susan Witting Albert's "China Bayle" series has a main character that owns an herb shop. We not only get to read little snippets about how and when to plant these herbs, but we get the herbal folklore as well. And all of this is woven into a nicely written COZY Mystery.
Nora Roberts "Three Sisters Island" trilogy involved three witches. These were all "good" witches struggling with their pasts and futures. All of the color uses and herb uses talked about in the books followed right along with what I have come to regard as the common usages.
I don't remember thinking such as, for instance, "I thought that blue represented peace....... I didn't know it could signify calamity."
I did start to read a book, although I can't remember who wrote it, that seemed to have a labrynth confused with a maze. There was in the book a reference to a dead end in a labrynth. Now I have always understood that there are no dead ends in a labrynth. That a labrynth represents the paths taken in your life. A turn here, and a turn there. That as you walk into a labrynth you think about the paths you have chosen. As you reach the center of the labrynth, you think about how those events affected your life, and as you walk out of the center you reflect on possible changes to come, or changes that you may make and how those changes may affect the rest of your life.
What are your favorite fictional books that contain lore, in other words, wisdom and or knowledge?
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