Book Review: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson

What this book is about:  Book 2 of the Stormlight Archive! We meet back up with all our (still alive) friends from book 1 to continue the Saga of moving the world from its broken state to what it could be when the Radiants return! What I liked:  Consistency. If Sanderson is nothing else, he … Continue reading Book Review: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson

Book Review: The Realms of the Gods by Tamora Pierce (Book 4 of The Immortals)

What this book is about:  Daine and Numair are closing in on the final chapter of quest to save Tortall from the hands of the Carthaki empire. The immortals are bigger, badder, and in more places than ever before. What I liked:  A beautiful little surprise tucked away at the end that had me cheering, … Continue reading Book Review: The Realms of the Gods by Tamora Pierce (Book 4 of The Immortals)

Book Review: The Blue Girl by Charles de Lint

What this book is about:  Imogene moves to a new school, where she immediately befriends Maxine, and then meets the ghost of a boy who died on the school grounds and haunts the school. Imogene then finds herself in the middle of all kinds of fairy weirdness and for the first time in her life … Continue reading Book Review: The Blue Girl by Charles de Lint

Book Review: Emperor Mage by Tamora Pierce

What this book is about:  This fantasy novel, book 3 of the Immortals Series, follows Daine and Numair (Arram Draper) through their voyage to the Carthaki capital to secure negotiations between Carthak and Tortall and avoid war. What I liked:  It's a Tamora Pierce novel. I loved it all. Seriously. Daine, of course, gets herself … Continue reading Book Review: Emperor Mage by Tamora Pierce

Magic and Limitations

I've just finished reading Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson. It's my first Sanderson book and dang, it was good (the review comes out in SEPTEMBER because I'm just THAT FAR AHEAD - maybe I need another month-long reading hiatus...). In any case, I've got some thoughts about it. First, a while back, I read some articles … Continue reading Magic and Limitations

What I’m Reading: Wildwood by Colin Meloy

What this book is about:  Prue, 12, lives with her family in Portland near the Impassable Wilderness, a woody area of mystery that no one seems to be able enter. But, when Prue is out with 1 year old brother, Mac, he's snatched up by a flock of crows in taken into the Impassable Wilderness. … Continue reading What I’m Reading: Wildwood by Colin Meloy

Pantsing Fantasy: Generating Ideas: Setting

"Look at this place, isn't it neat. Wouldn't you think... ...a great fantasy story could happen here?" Okay, okay, maybe I fudged on the lyrics a little bit. But really, have you ever found yourself totally enamored with an idea of a world, but you don't have anything else figured out? Someone once told me … Continue reading Pantsing Fantasy: Generating Ideas: Setting

Pantsing Fantasy: Generating Ideas: Conflict

Conflict. The tension. The driver. The REASON for the story. But what if that's all you have? You know that you need some characters and they need to live somewhere, but all you can think about is "It would be so cool if... [insert awesome conflict here]". You're right. It WOULD be so cool, which … Continue reading Pantsing Fantasy: Generating Ideas: Conflict

Book Review: Children of Pride by Darrell J. Pursiful

What this book is about:  Taylor Smart, your average dorky 13-year old, is living the average middle school life. Until she's kidnapped by Fair Folk and whisked away into The Wonder. What I liked:  I LOVE fantasy books and this book did not disappoint me at all. It's definitely for younger readers, but I still … Continue reading Book Review: Children of Pride by Darrell J. Pursiful

Trope Me This: The Hidden Prince

No, you didn't read that wrong. Last week, we looked at the hidden princess, and this week, I want to look at her brother, the hidden prince (see what I did there?). The Hidden Prince (sometimes called the Backup Prince) can be created in a number of ways - either by sending the boy away … Continue reading Trope Me This: The Hidden Prince