Top 5 Wednesday – SFF Creatures

Welcome back to Top 5 Wednesday.  This is a meme started in November of 2013 and is still going strong! If you’re interested in being a part of it please see the group on Goodreads.

This week’s topic is Favorite SciFi/Fantasy Creatures!

There are so many to choose from, but here are my top 5 favorite creatures from Science Fiction or Fantasy books.


I started liking these little house spirits when I read The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden. I just like these little guys who live in the house and protect the family members. That book series is full of really interesting creatures, but the Domovoi were my favorites.


Of course dragons have to be part of this list. I think I like the ones that have distinct personalities the most. My favorites come from books by Robin Hobb. She’s such a wonderful writer.


Binti has quite a few great creatures in it. I really liked the living spaceship, but it doesn’t have as much personality as the Meduse. These are floating jellyfish/octopus type creatures who tend to fly off the handle a bit, but when you get to know them it’s easy to understand why. Binti is a very imaginative novella series. I recommend it to anyone who likes science fiction.


Spren are creatures from Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight Archive series. These are some fascinating creatures. Some are sentient, and can interact with humans and weapons. They have certain attributes and personalities. There are also other lesser spren that are not conscious but that manifest when people are experiencing a lot of emotion. So for example, if you’re mad, here comes anger spren to float around your head. Sounds a little embarassing if you ask me but oh well. Syl, in the picture, is a spren that chooses to follow the main character Kal. She is absolutely adorable.


I honestly think this is the best invention of the Lord of the Rings. They are such wonderful little people. Homey, simple, and good. I’m jealous of their little hobbit holes and I would move to Hobbiton in a split second if I had the chance. I love them unreservedly.

Well those are my five. Now I just want to take a minute to provide credits/links to a couple of the images:

Domovoi – Slavic hand carved dolls by Ancient Gods on Etsy

Dragons – Artwork by the inimitable John Howe

Spren – Artwork by HaVoC on Steam Workshop

Cover Photo – Photo by Danielle Barnes on Unsplash

3 thoughts on “Top 5 Wednesday – SFF Creatures

  1. Loved your selections for this topic!

    I also really enjoyed the Domovoi from The Winternight Trilogy! You’ve read all 3 books correct? One of my favorites was the mushroom Domovoi in the 3rd book 🙂

    I haven’t really read a book with dragons that I’ve loved… I’ve been wanting to read a Robin Hobb book too. Is there a particular series of hers with Dragons that is your favorite?

    The Meduse! Such a creative species. I LOVED the Binti series. It blows my mind that Okorafor was able to build such an amazing world in so few pages.

    1. Oh I loved Binti too. Such an imaginative world she built!
      The little mushroom was one of my favorites too.
      If you’re looking for Robin Hobb books with dragons then start with the Liveship series. Which also features one of the most fascinating villains I’ve read. I hate-love that guy, in the same way I feel about Cathy from East of Eden. I can’t look away from the mess of a human being she is.

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