Anyone who knows me knows that I live my life mostly within the pages of fantasy novels [I mean, why wouldn’t you?]. Basically, if you’re selling a sweeping, magic world brimming with rich culture and lore then I’m buying. Which is why today’s tag, one that’s well overdue, is basically tailor made for me – and that’s the Quick Fire Fantasy book tag.
First, I have to send a big thank you to Ally from Ally Writes Things. Not only for the tag, but because she’s been super patient – what has it been? Three months? Two? It’s been a hot minuet, but thank you Ally!
Anyway, you know the drill: I’d love for you to show Ally some love and check out her amazing blog!
Side note: for this tag I’m leaving out Sarah J. Maas’s sweeping high fantasies because we already know I’m obsessed. Instead, I want to focus on some more obscure fantasies.
☆ Thank the person who tagged you and link back to their post
☆ Link to the creator’s blog (thebookwormdreamer) in your post
☆ Answer the prompts below – all fantasy books!
☆ Tag 5 others to take part
1. Five Star Book
I could go on and on about how whimsical and magical Sorcery of Thorns is but I should probably just let my seriously vague review do the talking. The short hand is that Sorcery of Thorns reads like a love letter to book lovers and fantasy itself. The setting is deliciously gothic, the writing is lush and the protagonist is a sword brandishing feminist. Enough said.
2. Always Going To Recommend
You’re probably all thinking when am I ever going to shut the heck up about Song of the Current. The answer? Never! Criminally underrated, this duology plays host to one of the most intricate, atmospheric fantasy worlds you’ll ever read. Weaved with witty sailor lingo and river mythology, the Riverlands gave me all the Jungle Cruise vibes. And then there’s Caro, a highly capable, strong willed captain in her own right.
3. Own It But Haven’t Read It Yet
Call me a whimp but Strange the Dreamer has always intimidated me. I know I’ve said it before but it’s true. The hype is real and I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m scared – no terrified – that Strange the Dreamer won’t live up to it’s reputation. But, I really want to read it. See my predicament? Anyway, they tell me that Strange the Dreamer’s prose is as lyrical and sweeping as poetry and the whole idea of a book centered around the spawn of God’s is seriously intriguing.
4. Would Read Again
Deliciously morbid – a windswept, craggy world of brine and terror; those are the words I’d use to describe House of Salt and Sorrows. It’s a dark retelling of the Twelve Dancing Princesses blended seamlessly with elements of Edgar Allen Poe’s Annabel Lee. All I’m saying is that House of Salt and Sorrows is already on my radar for a re-read. It’s the perfect, moody material for Halloween – or a stormy night.
5. In Another World
If you’re pinning away for a full review of Falling Kingdoms, you’ll be waiting for a while. While I loved the characters of this ruthless fantasy world, I was never 100% hooked – something was lacking. That being said, it’s still a solid fantasy series, perfect for fans of Throne of Glass or Game of Thrones. The killings are brutal, the mythology is slowly fleshed out and the cliff hangers are actually torture – this series will always keep you on the edge of your seat.
6. Back On Earth
I find it only fitting that I finish this tag with The Night Circus. This book is basically required reading for any fantasy fanatic. In this story world we have an intriguing circus of dreamers, travelling from place to place. Underneath the acrobats and big top, a duel is taking place, a duel between two magicians. The very idea that such a place could exist is what makes the Night Circus so magical. Complex and intricately woven, the Night Circus is an enchanting story about true love set against a backdrop of caramel apples and stars.