I decided to get in on the BooktubeSFF Babbles this time around. You might be wondering, why am I posting this blog when I could have just posted a video on say, my booktube channel? Honestly, I really have no clue other than that I just felt like doing it here. Sometimes I like feeling a bit more coherent and we all know talking is not my strong point. This week’s topic is “Fantasy Favorites” and I couldn’t resist.
I adore Fantasy. Maybe it’s because I was mystified by magic as a child. Or it could just be the chance to imagine something out of the ordinary. Whatever it may be, the undeniable truth is that I love Fantasy. So Today I wanted to go over 6 of my favorite fantasy books.
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Six of Crows is the most recent addition to the list. I absolutely loved this book. It is only the first book in a duology which means there is still potentially one book for things to go horribly awry, but I doubt that will happen. Six of Crows follows a motley group as they run into a situation that is potentially dangerous. This story is one about the characters and I found myself instantly drawn to Kaz, Inej, Jesper, and Wyatt. I’d love to just follow them around and learn more about all of their major malfunction. Each one is flawed and I loved it.
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
Yes, I am just listing the entire series. Seriously though, I adore it. Though I admit to reading the final book only once. All the other books in the series I’ve read multiple times, maybe too many. I love it. If I need to explain what Harry Potter is about, then hello Welcome to 2016. I’m sure that there are people that don’t know what the series is about, but if you are reading this post, even if you haven’t read it yourself, you probably know what it’s about. If you don’t then I won’t spoil you for the glory that it is.
The Wicked and The Divine
This series is love it or hate it. I 100% fall into the love it category. The Wicked and The Divine is a fascinating story and is paired with some of the most beautiful visuals in comics. It is down right gorgeous to look at. It is about a group of 12 gods from various pantheons. Every 90 years they inhabit the bodies of ordinary civilians for 3 years before they die and return to hibernation. The story follows as we meet these gods as they do everything to fully embrace the 3 years of life they have. There are times when the series feels pointless and callous in how characters are treated. THey are plenty of shocks to leave you hollow. Yet these representations of these gods seems the most true. I simply love this series.
The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson
I want my sequel. Lord knows when I will get it, but I want it. The Rithmatist looked cheesy when I looked at the cover, but I was instantly sucked in. It’s part steampunk, part fantasy, and a whole lot of fun. The story follows Joel a kid who desperately wants to be a rithmatist. In case you were wondering what this strange word is, the best way I can briefly describe it is a chalk based magic. The academy Joel goes to is supposed to train rithmatists to be ready to go off into deeper training in the world, but the danger rithmatists are fighting makes its way to the campus. I simply loved this story largely because I loved the characters, world, and yet another fantastic magic system by Sanderson.
The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
This was probably the biggest surprise of all the books on my list. I read it on a whim. It had a pretty cover and I was intrigued. I didn’t expect to fall in love with the story like I did it was just so much like a twisted fairytale. I like the dynamic between a particular pair of characters. I also enjoyed their backstory as it was fleshed out. When I finished I realized I would absolutely love to go back to this story and reread it.
The Princess Bride by William Goldman
If you have seen the movie I should have to say much more. I adored this story. It was simply delightful. The movie was very faithful likely because the author wrote it. However, the book had another element that I loved. It was a meta element in which the fictional Goldman talked directly to the reader about his journey of finding this supposed story. It didn’t change the elements of The Princess Bride, but it did make the story just a little more interesting to read.