Last week, I had the pleasure of doing a setting study about Wheel of Time’s magic system, and, knowing that many WoT fans claim it is one of the better systems of the fantasy genre, it got me thinking. I liked Wheel of Time. The complexities of channeling, the differences between saidin and saidar, the … More My Five Favorite Fantasy Magic Systems
Back in May, we got one of the few pieces of good news that 2020 has to offer: the Graceling Realm series isn’t over. A new book is going to be released in early 2021, called Winterkeep. You can find all of the initial information in my blog post, plus some of my expectations for … More The Winterkeep Cover Reveal!!
Our last tropes discussion talked about Chosen Ones–ironically, one of the biggest character tropes in the fantasy genre. Today, I decided to focus on one of the best-known plot tropes of the genre: the quest. A quest is a trip that one or more characters–quite often, a group–embarks on in order to accomplish some important … More Let’s Talk Tropes: The Quest
You know, with a name so common and short as “Katie,” I really did trick myself into thinking this was going to be an easy one, but nope! My bookshelf is still waiting to be filled out, at least with physical books. Most of the books I’ve read throughout my bookish career, I borrowed from … More The Name Game Book Tag
Among the multitude of differences that separate the practice of reading from the art of writing, especially when it comes to the fantasy/science fiction genres, one of the hardest to reconcile is that of world-building. For a reader, the setting cannot take center stage. Even for someone like me, who loves to explore new settings … More Choosing the Opacity of Your World-Building
Romance. It sounds a bit extreme to say a romance subplot can make or break a novel, but the truth is, they can. In YA fantasy, especially, relationships are often either too insta-lovey, abusive, or both. Admittedly, most romance subplots, I’ll just read over and ignore, not feeling the chemistry between the love interests. Sometimes, … More My Five Favorite YA Fantasy Relationships (And What Makes Them So Good)
I haven’t done a blog tag before, but what better one to start with than the confessions tag? The questions come from bookidote’s confessions post. 1. Which book, most recently, did you not finish? Like a lot of the other book bloggers that do this tag, I really hate starting a book and then not … More Book Blogger Confessions Tag!
Look, I’m going to be honest: book covers are important. If I haven’t heard of or read an author before, this is how I decide if I want to buy their book or not: 1) The title has to catch my eye. 2) The book cover!! 3)The synopsis has to sound cool. That’s it. That’s … More Top 5 Book Covers of Books I’ve Read
I cannot tell you how excited I was to learn that we were going to get another book in the Graceling Realm series. If you know anything about me from my blog, it’s probably that I absolutely adore this series. It’s been eight years since Bitterblue had been published, and with the way it ended, … More Winterkeep: Publication Info and Personal Expectations
I recently watched an old youtube podcast involving three hosts talk about fantasy. (For the intensely curious: The Story Telling Podcast #16: Writing Fantasy) It was clear that they were not particularly well-versed in the genre, and to be fair it was back from 2013. However, as I listened to them try to to define … More What is Fantasy?