If you’re new to these parts, I recently joined a Facebook book group called Blogger Book Nook. It’s a fun online book club but, rather than picking a book for everyone to read and comment on a month, it’s based around a theme/genre, so there are no arguments around titles and there’s a good chance you’ll find something you’ll like. It’s also a great way to share recommendations. Each member writes a post for the month reviewing a book around the theme and answering a few bookish questions. So, without further ado, here goes this month’s fantasy post.
1. Fantasy books create amazing worlds in our minds, from Narnia to Terabithia. Which fantasy realm from a novel would you most like to visit and why?
The first book I can remember really loving is The Magic Faraway Tree. It’s been over 20 years since I last read it (I really wish I saved my childhood books) but I remember loving the idea of visiting the different tree lands.
2. Do you prefer fantasy books that are entirely set in a fictional realm or ones that have links to the real world?
I have issues with suspending my disbelief when it comes to books (less so with films), so I’d prefer a link to the real world.
3. Popular fantasy series include Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, A Game of Thrones, and His Dark Materials. If you had to wave your magic wand and obliterate one of these from existence, which would it be and why?
I’ve not read His Dark Materials but the Lord of the Rings really bothered me. I’ve not read the books but I’ve seen all of the films (some multiple times, thanks to a younger brother who had a strong fondness for them). Sooo looooong.
4. Imagine that you’re a character in a fantasy novel and that you get to design your own magic power or super weapon – what would you choose and why?
I’d like to be able to heal myself and others.
5. Which sub-genre of fantasy appeals to you most? Mythical? Paranormal? Quest fantasy? Magic? Or something else?
The fantasy series which spring to mind which I actually enjoy are Harry Potter and Caraval, so I guess magic.
Now for this month’s review…
I forgot to get a decent pic of this one before I returned it to the library!
In case you haven’t already gathered, fantasy isn’t normally my kinda thang. I received Caraval in a bundle of books from a giveaway last year and decided to give it a go. I knew nothing about it beforehand so I went in pretty much blind and with no expectations – and I loved it. I loved the characters, I loved the world and the cliffhanger had me eagerly awaiting the next installment. Unfortunately the second one didn’t meet the expectations I’d set and the reveal at the end didn’t feel as exciting or as satisfying as I’d hoped. I’ll still read Finale when it’s released next year (30 May, in case you’re interested) but I won’t be rushing out to buy it.
What’s your favourite fantasy book?
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