Tag: Fantasy

6 Things To Consider When Creating A Fantasy World

6 Things To Consider When Creating A Fantasy World

Getting to create your own world is easily one of the best things about writing fantasy, but also one of the hardest. Whilst theoretically you can have anything you want in the world of your story – from talking horses who keep humans as pets, to people who can morph into trees – there has to be some sort of reason for all these things if you’re going to make it seem plausible. So here are a few things that’s I personally think it’s essential to put some thought into… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘The Wrath and the Dawn’ and ‘Three Dark Crowns’

Mini Reviews: ‘The Wrath and the Dawn’ and ‘Three Dark Crowns’

As I said in a discussion post the other day, I seem to be getting really behind on my reviews, so its actually been a while since I read The Wrath and the Dawn and Three Dark Crowns. However, I enjoyed them so much though that I didn’t want to not review them, so I thought I’d do some quick, mini reviews as a lot of commenters suggested: ‘The Wrath and the Dawn’ by Renee Ahdieh “It’s a fitting punishment for a monster. to want something so much—to hold it in your… Read more »

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Review: Son of the Shadows by Juliet Marillier

Review: Son of the Shadows by Juliet Marillier

‘“Don’t you long for something different to happen, something so exciting and new it carries you along with it like a great tide, something that lets your life blaze and burn so the whole world can see it?”’ Anyone whose a regular visitor to my blog has probably heard me go on about Juliet Marillier’s Daughter of the Forest: it was easily the best book I read last year, and definitely one of my all-time best reads (high praise indeed!). So I’ve no idea why I’ve waited this long to read the next… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Mini Reviews: Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

I’ve been meaning to review these books for simply ages, but have been struggling to decide how to put into words my absolute adoration of this duology…so prepare for some serious gushing! It actually took me a long time to get round to reading Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom, even though they’ve been on my book radar for some time. I think a large part of the delay was my fear of the hype – a few well hyped series I’ve read haven’t lived up to my expectations (ahem, The Raven Boys, I’m looking at you!), and… Read more »

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Review: The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

Review: The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

“While I’m gone,” Gansey said, pausing, “dream me the world. Something new for every night.” Warning: Minor spoilers. A while back I read the first book in Maggie Stiefvater’s popular Raven Cycle, The Raven Boys, and was disappointed to find it didn’t quite live up to the hype for me. It’s such a well-loved series in the book blogging world, that I’d hoped to be blown away, but instead found it to simply be OK. However, I decided to give the series a proper go by reading the second book, to see… Read more »

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Review: Before They Are Hanged by Joe Abercrombie

Review: Before They Are Hanged by Joe Abercrombie

‘“Strange, isn’t it,’ mused Glokta as he watched him struggle for air. ‘Big men, small men, thin men, fat men, clever men, stupid men, they all respond the same to a fist in the guts. One minute you think you’re the most powerful man in the world. The next you can’t even breathe by yourself.”’ It’a been some time since I read the first book in Joe Abercrombie’s First Law trilogy, The Blade Itself, and I can remember enjoying the book, but not being 100% blown away. However now that I’ve finally got round… Read more »

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Review: This Savage Song by V.E. Schwab

Review: This Savage Song by V.E. Schwab

‘”Monsters, monsters, big and small, They’re gonna come and eat you all!”‘ I’ve heard so many good things about Victoria Schwab’s books that I’ve been meaning to try them out for ages! Oddly though, despite having owned A Darker Shade of Magic for ages I ended up reading this one first after I bought it as part of an offer with Empire of Storms.  Thie Savage Song tells the story of Katherine Harker and August Flynn, the children of two bitter enemies, each of whom control a different side of a divided City. Kate… Read more »

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5 Magical Powers/Artefacts I Wish I Had

5 Magical Powers/Artefacts I Wish I Had

I read a lot of fantasy books, and as such have read about a lot of really cool magical abilities and artefacts. Some powers and artefacts are amazing to read about, but you wouldn’t really want to own/have them: for example, Aelin’s fire powers in the Throne of Glass series are impressive, but what on earth would I do with them in real life? Other than lighting candles (and I feel like Aelin’s level of fire power would be overkill in that case!) I don’t really need the magical ability to light fire and… Read more »

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Review: Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

Review: Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

‘Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen, knew the time would soon come to prove just how much she’d bleed for Erilea.’ Warning: Spoilers!  As a big-time fan of the Throne of Glass series, I was super excited for the release of Empire of Storms! I bought it on release day and began devouring it pretty much as soon as I got home from work later that day. However, now I’ve finished it, I do have some slightly mixed thoughts on it. In many ways it’s my favourite book of the entire series, and in others it’s… Read more »

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Five Reasons To Read YA Fiction

Five Reasons To Read YA Fiction

YA fiction, or Young Adult fiction is an incredibly popular genre amongst book bloggers of all ages, but unfortunately it’s commonly regarded with a certain amount of snobbery by a lot of other people (and the odd blogger…but good luck to them making friends in the blogosphere!). Whilst non-readers who see you reading YA often like to tell you that you’re ‘far to be old to be reading that’ if you’re older than sixteen, bookworms who ‘only read real books’ like to lecture you on the formulaic plots and cardboard… Read more »

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