This month I’m taking part in Wyrd and Wonder a month dedicated to all things fantasy. I’m delighted to be a small part of this wonderful celebration, do check out other Wyrd and Wonder bloggers as well.
I adore Fantasy books, although I read fairly widely across genres Fantasy is my first love and I always find myself coming back to it. My introduction to epic fantasy came through my Dads collection of David Eddings paperbacks and I’ve loved it ever since.
So what is it about fantasy books that I love so much? I love how they can be anywhere and about anything. Show me another genre that can be part crime, part romance, possibly lgbt and still uniquely its own genre set in fantsatical worlds. It really is reading escapism at its finest.
Of all the fantasy sub-genres I think Epic is still my favourite, I’ll happily read fantasy in all it’s forms though. Here’s some of the reasons why I love it so much
Every good epic fantasy has a quest of some kind. whether its to find a magical object, a person or reach a place, a quest is a must. I love how this lets you ‘see’ the world built up by the author rather than just being told about it.
A mainstay of epic fantasy – the named sword. these are often, but not always, magical objects themselves. Bonus points for a flaming sword.
Coming of age
I know ‘farm boy made good’ is seen as a fantasy cliche these days but its still a trope I love. Not all coming of age fantasy have to have hidden birthright but a lot do.
There are so many different magical systems out there and I love them all. from Potter style ‘spell and wand’ to Everless style blood magic.
I’m a huge sucker for this fantasy trope, largely because I wish that this was something that actually existed! Whether everyone can hear them or just a select few, I love talking animals of the ‘real’ or mythical kind.
Not all fantasy books have these but who doesn’t love a good (or bad) dragon?
Non human characters
Vampires, werewolves, demons are definitely more common now in Fantasy than they used to be but they can be great fun to read about.
Obviously a lot of these books fall in more than one of my categories, Fantasy is a wonderful genre to read with so much diversity, I’m never bored of reading it. Do you read Fantasy books? Which ones are your favourites?
Images taken from Goodreads