Looking for a specific type of fantasy animal book recommendation?

I ve been looking for specific types of animal fantasy books recently that I can only describe as perhaps a cross between Watership Down and Beatrix Potter s Animal Stories where

- Characters are not just one species of animal (like Redwall and The Wind in the Willows)

- No species of animal is solidly evil (Wind in the Willows and Zootopia, I know its not a book but it gets my point across the best)

- Characters are regularly fearful of other species for fear of getting hurt or eaten (Watership Down, The Wainscott Weasel, Beatrix Potter’s Animal stories)

- Despite this prey and predator animals can still be friends/civil with each other

- (Optional) Animals are anthropomorphic to an extent (Redwall, The Wind in the Willows, Beatrix Potter’s Animal stories)

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  • 5 months ago
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    Two I can think of right off the bat is --

    The Foxes of First Dark by Garry Kilworth, it's very good.

    https://www.amazon.com/Foxes-Firstdark-Garry-Kilwo...

    And the one about weasels and mice by the same author --

    Thunder Oak https://www.goodreads.com/series/54003-welkin-weas...

    Then there's the Wild Road and the sequel The Golden Cat by Gabriel King. The first one actually hit home so hard I started putting a water bowl and feeding station outside in the back for the local ferals. I've had that going now for over 16 years.

    Then also -- the Catsworld story which the author sort of sequed into an entire mystery series focusing on two cats in California that solve murders.

    The Catsworld Portal by Shirley Rousseau Murphy

    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29324.The_Cats...

    And the Joe Gray series (VERY popular, up to 14 books now)

    http://www.joegrey.com/

    Fire Bringer (about deer)

    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/58087.Fire_Bri...

    Plague Dogs by Richard Anderson (it's a real depressing story though).

    Tailchasers Song by Tad Williams (the bone guard is phenominal!)

    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23340.Tailchas...

    A graphic novel called Pride of Baghdad had me in tears at the end, it's based on a true story of the zoo being partially destroyed in the war and animals running through the city.

    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/105703.Pride_o...

  • Toruko
    Lv 6
    5 months ago

    Dragons. There are simply too many authors using this fantasy creature.

    I think you'll find it entirely evil the ever popular Ring Trilogy.

  • j153e
    Lv 7
    5 months ago

    A team of explorers graces this series: a female Parrot, a duck, a monkey, an owl, a pig, and a dog.

    Written by Hugh Lofting, the series begins with "The Story of Doctor Dolittle: Being the History of His Peculiar Life at Home and His Astonishing Adventures in Foreign Parts Never before Printed." The animals talk.

  • 5 months ago

    Of course, you could always just read something like "War and Peace" and pretend all the characters are animals.

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