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July - September 2012     VOLUME 16 ISSUE 3
 
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A Fantasy Chance

Crystal Osborne

Fantasy is my favorite genre to read. It may surprise you that it’s not all elves, magical relics and dark lords reeking havoc in a pseudo middle ages village. There are coming of age stories, love stories, horror stories, historical stories any other type of story you can imagine but set in the freedom that writing in a fantasy setting will give you.

When Robin Hobbs Farseer Trilogy found its way to me, I was hooked. A kings illegitimate son is brought to the castle. He is taken in and trained to be an assassin in the midst of plenty of political intrigue. Later zombies and dragons show up.

I devoured everything that Hobb has written and wait for new releases. In addition to the Farseer Trilogy, there is the Liveship Traders Trilogy, The Tawny Man Trilogy, Soldier Son Trilogy, and the latest, The Rain Wilds Chronicles. All of which had me from page one.

One of the things I love in fantasy are the worlds. An author whose world building is super impressive is George R.R. Martin. Martin’s series A Song of Ice and Fire is immensely popular right now. HBO’s Game of Thrones is based on the books and has just finished airing season two. Both the books and the first season of the show are available for check out.

Another thing I love is unique magic systems. I don't want it to just be there it needs to be a part of the world. Is it a gift from deity, a type of science we have yet to understand, or is it an illusion. It should have rules, regulations, and a consistency. Brandon Sanderson is great at magic system creation. Read more about him here mylakelibrary.org/newsletter/article.aspx .

The library has a good collection of fantasy. Check out one of the authors I mentioned or pick up a random book, that's how I found Robin Hobb.