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1. What is your fantasy origin story? (The first fantasy you read)
Lord knows I’ve read my fair share of fantasy books, but I literally could not tell you what the first fantasy book I ever read was. I’ll tell you the first one I remember though, and that’s without a doubt Harry Potter. I have a complicated relationship with the series these days. I still love the story, and probably always will, but the author is a horrible person. Not to mention that I’m still a little disappointed with the last book as a whole.
2. If you could be the hero/heroine in a fantasy novel, who would be the author and what’s one trope you’d insist be in the story?
I want Sarah J. Maas to be the author because overall, everything always ends up alright for her main characters. As for tropes, I insist on either a talking animal companion, or a sweet magical weapon.
3. What is a fantasy series you’ve read this year, that you want more people to read?
Um, um, um, I guess The Bloodsworn Saga by John Gwynne? All the other series I’ve read this year are very popular, and really don’t need me pointing people towards them! (The Green Bone Saga, The Throne of Glass Series, etc.)
4. What is your favorite fantasy subgenre?
Without a doubt, it’s fantasy romance. It’s a combination of everything I love about books. Runner up would be historical fantasy, or fantasy based off of particular cultures without actually being set in that culture.
5. What subgenre have you not read much from?
Stealing Destiny’s answer and saying grimdark! I’m not really one for anything overly dark, so I’m just not interested in it! If there were a really good book, I might pick it up, otherwise, I’ll stay over here with my books with happy endings and lots of kissing.
6. Who is one of your auto-buy fantasy authors?
It’s T. Kingfisher! I absolutely love her witty, sarcastic heroines that she throws in increasingly hilarious situations. The romances are often done just right, and her leading ladies are all so different. Did I mention sometimes they’re even older than the typical romance lead? She doesn’t shy away from throwing some dark plots into her novels, either.
*Note — I haven’t read any of her horror novels, because I am not a horror reader!
7. How do you typically find fantasy recommendations? (Goodreads, Youtube, Podcasts, Instagram…)
It’s a combination of pretty much everything — Goodreads, other Book bloggers, people recommending things on Twitter, my husband shouting about how I have to read this book. Sometimes, it’s just me scrolling through my library’s Newly Added section.
8. What is an upcoming fantasy release you’re excited for?
Oh god, there are so many! Here are my top 2 books that haven’t come out yet as of me posting this. (You can click their titles for my reviews.) Number one is, without a doubt, A Taste of Gold and Iron by Alexandra Rowland, number two is The Drowned Woods by Emily Lloyd-Jones. I cannot wait for more people to get their hands on these books!
9. What is one misconception about fantasy you would like to lay to rest?
That it’s confusing or hard to understand. Are there some books that are too complicated for their own good? Yes, of course there are. Are most fantasy novels like that? No, definitely not. The genre is as popular as it is for a reason. A good fantasy book will explain things to you in a way that you don’t even realize you’re being explained to. Think of fantasy as a way to escape the real world.
10. If someone had never read a fantasy before and asked you to recommend the first 3 books that come to mind as places to start, what would those recommendations be?
Oo, oo! I’ve actually got a whole LIST of recommendations for beginner fantasy books. Check it out for more, but I’ll pick my top three for right here. Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson, The Old Kingdom Series by Garth Nix, and The Riyria Revelations by Michael J. Sullivan are all fantastic books to try out the fantasy genre.
11. Who is the most recent fantasy reading content creator you came across that you’d like to shoutout?
I followed Powder & Page last week, and I’m really liking her content!
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