Tag: Fantasy

My Top Ten Harry Potter Characters

My Top Ten Harry Potter Characters

Warning: Anyone who hasn’t read the Harry Potter books, be warned that this list includes spoilers for the entire series (which you should go and read right now!). Like so many others who were children or teenagers in the late nineties/early noughties, I grew up reading Harry Potter. My parents bought me the first two books for my eighth birthday, and from then on I was hooked. Every year after that I was queuing up outside bookshops on the day of the latest release to get my hands on the newest adventures of Harry, Ron and Hermione. In fact there’s been… Read more »

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Review: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

Review: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

‘She was the heir of ash and fire, and she would bow to no one.’ Warning: Minor spoilers. There are seriously, no words for how much I loved this book. THERE ARE NO WORDS! I’m going to try and write a coherent review anyway though, so here goes… Heir of Fire kicks off where Crown of Midnight ended: Celaena is in Wendlyn under the pretence of fulfilling her latest mission for the King of Adarlan. However, her true mission is to find the Fae Queen Maeve and find out how to destroy the Wyrdkeys and defeat the King and his… Read more »

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Review: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

Review: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

‘Ash fell from the sky. Vin watched the downy flakes drift through the air. Leisurely. Careless. Free. The puffs of soot fell like black snowflakes, descending upon the dark city of Luthadel.’ The Final Empire is set in a fantasy world with a twist: the Dark Lord has already won. The immortal Lord Ruler has ruled over The Final Empire – a dark, dystopian world of falling ash and mist – for 1000 years, as both a God and an evil tyrant. But now a new uprising is gathering, led by a charismatic criminal mastermind and aided by an uncommonly… Read more »

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Review: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Review: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

‘The King waved a hand at her…”Is it done?” Celaena reached a gloved hand into the sack and tossed the severed head towards him. No one spoke as it bounced, a vulgar thudding of stiff and rotting flesh on marble.’ Warning: Minor spoilers. A couple of weeks ago I posted my review of Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass, a novel which I had avoided for a long time for fear it wouldn’t live up to the massive hype around it. Fortunately, it did, and I actually loved the second book in the series even more! Crown of Midnight begins… Read more »

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Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

‘Atop the hill, Celaena stared at the crowning achievement of Adarlan. The glass castle of Rifthold.’ I had been hearing about this book for so long that I’ll admit I was a little worried when I finally began reading it. The last time I read a book that had such a huge hype around it I found it to be really disappointing (as you can gather from this extremely ranty review!), so I wondered if it would live up to everything I had heard about it. So imagine my relief when this book turned out to be amazing! For my… Read more »

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What makes a good fantasy world?

What makes a good fantasy world?

My all time favourite genre has to be fantasy, and one of the things I love most about it is its otherworldliness. Reading for me, and I suspect most other bookworms, is a form of escapism, and there’s no better way to escape than to go to a completely different world! The other day I was thinking about fantasy worlds and some of the most famous examples – Middle Earth, Narnia, Westeros etc. – and started to wonder what it is that makes them so captivating. What is it that makes a fantasy world seem as if it could actually… Read more »

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Review: Half A King by Joe Abercrombie

Review: Half A King by Joe Abercrombie

‘There was a harsh gale blowing on the night Yarvi learned he was a king. Or half a king, a least.’ Warning: minor spoilers. As a fantasy fan, I have been meaning to read some of Joe Abercrombie’s work for ages, and have had The Blade Itself on my TBR list since forever. However, I happened upon Half A King a couple of weeks ago and liked the look of it, so decided to give it a go. And I was not disappointed! Half A King tells the story of Yarvi, the second and youngest son of the renowned warrior… Read more »

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Review: The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien

Review: The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien

‘Say farewell to bondage! But say farewell also to ease! Say farewell to the weak! Say farewell to your treasures! More still shall we make. Journey light: but bring with you your swords! For we will go further than Oromë, endure longer than Tulkas: we will never turn back from pursuit. After Morgoth to the ends of the Earth!’ I pretty much owe my entire love of the fantasy genre to J.R.R. Tolkien and The Lord of the Rings – the rich, intriguing world of Middle Earth capturing my imagination from a young age. Little did I know that the… Read more »

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My Top Ten ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ Characters

My Top Ten ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ Characters

Warning: This post contains some spoilers for later books in the A Song of Ice and Fire series – although any up-to-date Game of Thrones viewers should be fine! It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of the A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin, and one of the things I love most about it is how well-developed, complex and believable the characters are, despite the series having one of the largest casts of characters of any other fantasy series. So here I decided to do a list of my ten favourites, complete with their… Read more »

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Film Review – The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Film Review – The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

As the final film in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy, and what is most likely his last jaunt into the world of Middle Earth, I really, really wanted to love this film when I went to see it on Friday night. Both The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit have generally been exempt from my usual disdain for book to film adaptations (despite being based on some of my favourite books) and contrary to popular opinion amongst many die-hard Tolkien fans, I have actually enjoyed Peter Jackson’s extending of The Hobbit story – a few hundred page book – into a great… Read more »

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