What’s not to love about Escaflowne (aka Vision of Escaflowne aka Tenkuu no Escaflowne)?
- Totally catchy, iconic and angelic soundtrack
- Mechas for war
- Mechas with swords doing swordfights
- Protective Action Guy with wings
- Normal girl transported to another world and develops clairvoyant powers
- Theme of destiny and choice
- Beautiful, stunning animation
If you loved Escaflowne for any of these reasons, you might like these books:
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His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik
As of the time of this writing, the kindle edition is just $1.99
If you loved the Escaflowne’s guymelef ability to shift to dragon form, then you might like Naomi Novik’s His Majesty’s Dragon series. In this world, England is at war with Napoleon Bonaparte. But with both sides using Dragons to decide wars
Under Different Stars by Amy A Bartol
For fans of the romance between Van and Hitomi or simply just the concept of people from Earth (like Hitomi) gaining some sort of enhancement to their ability (in Hitomi’s case, her clairvoyance and precognition), then you might like Amy A Bartol’s series.
The main character Kricket seems like a normal girl with an extraordinary knack to discern lies. When she is taken to another planet against her will, she finds out there’s more to her ability than she thought
Archangel by Sharon Shinn
As of time of this writing, the kindle edition is just $2.99
If you love romance with a winged protagonist, you might also like Archangel by Sharon Shinn. Contrary from what you would expect from the title, this is actually more of a sci-fi rather than a fantasy novel.
It is heavily implied that the land of Samaria is another planet. And current inhabitants are descendants of people from Earth (I think).
But in any case, humans with wings (the angels) are the ones who govern the land with a new archangel (the highest-ranked angel) being appointed by Jovah (a being they consider to be their god but it is heavily implied that it is actually a very advanced artificial intelligence that came with the original settlers) every twenty years.
But it is required for an archangel to have a spouse (an angelica for females or an angelico for males). Also chosen for them by Jovah.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Another book for fans of romance with a winged protagonist. If Archangel is sci-fi, then Daughter of Smoke and Bone is fantasy. With angels and “demons” at war and star-crossed love.
Easy by Tammara Webber
Unlike other examples, this is neither fantasy nor sci-fi. But I think romance lovers would like this. With a guy who’s liked the girl for a long time but the girl not even knowing it. In fact, the girl didn’t even know he existed until he saved her from someone who’s about to rape her
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
On the surface, Tuck Everlasting has nothing in common with Escaflowne.
But I think it follows the same vein as the anime. In a time when we have Fushigi Yuugi and Sailormoon where the main characters HAVE to end up together to ENSURE HAPPINESS, Escaflowne stands out.
And Tuck Everlasting is there to tell you that being together forever with a love interest is not really the point of living a good life
All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
I love Escaflowne for its incorporation of science and magic. The Zaibach empire certainly kicked the other countries’ collective asses with their advanced technology. And if you liked this interplay of science and magic (two seemingly opposing forces) then you might like Charlie Jane Anders’ novel which brings the two forces clashing
Please, please, please leave a comment and tell us what you think. Any further book recs by you would also be greatly appreciated. I wake up late at night thinking there are good books out there that I don’t know about