This tag is being posted as part of the Wyrd and Wonder blogstraganza. Find out more about that in the intro post here. This tag is the Get to Know the Fantasy Reader tag. It was originally made for romance readers but was adapted for fantasy by The Book Pusher.
1. What is your fantasy origin story? (The first fantasy novel you read)
I’ve been a reader for as long as I can remember and so I have a hard time remembering exactly when I read certain books during my late elementary school and early middle school years. But I usually attribute my love of fantasy starting with Eragon by Christopher Paolini and Inkheart by Cornelia Funke.
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?
Hmm, I think I would either choose Brandon Sanderson or Marie Brennan. Sanderson because he’s a favorite author of mine and I love the way his books read. Brennan because I loved the atmosphere of her books and think I would want a book starring me to have that same feel. As far as trope I’d say the set in school trope. I’ve always been a sucker for reading books with schooling as part of them.
3. What is a fantasy you’ve read this year, that you want more people to read?
The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin. This is definitely already a fairly popular series from what I’ve seen but I still think more people could read it. It was one of my favorite starts to a series I’ve read recently. The author did some really unique things with her world and with the narrative. An easy 5 star book to recomend.
4. What is your favourite fantasy subgenre? What subgenre have you not read much from?
Epic and High fantasy have always been my go to. And I still love them but definitely have been getting into more subgenres. One that I want to read more from is fantasy of manners
5. Who is one of your auto-buy fantasy authors?
Brandon Sanderson is definitely an auto-buy. Cinda Williams Chima and Maria V. Snyder are also auto-buys but I’m a little behind on their catalogues right now.
6. How do you typically find fantasy recommendations? (Goodreads, Youtube, Podcasts, Instagram..)
Kind of all over. I’ve been getting into Booktube recently and have a bunch of new books on my tbr from there. I’ll also get recs from browsing around Goodreads and from r/Fantasy posts.
7. What is an upcoming fantasy release you’re excited for?
So I’m not the most plugged into new releases (something I’m trying to change) and since I try to wait until series are fully published there are not a ton of series books I’m anticipated. But one I am looking forward to is Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson which is coming out in November.
8. What is one misconception about fantasy you would like to lay to rest?
Fantasy isn’t just a guys world. There’s plenty of female readers (I know more female fantasy readers irl than I do male fantasy readers). And while a lot of the big name authors are male there are a ton of female authors out there too if you look past the current bestseller shelf (which is a shame too because the female authors I’ve read are just as good as all the big seller series)
9. 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?
Hm this one is hard because I don’t usually blanket recommend things instead I recommend based on someone’s tastes. If I had to choose just 3 I think I’ll go with one each from a difference age range and I’m going to try and pick books that I usually never see recommended around the book world for a fresh list
For more of a middle grade recommendation I’d go with the Inkheart trilogy by Cornelia Funke that’s about a girl who can read characters out of stories and conjur them into existing in the real world. This series was easily one of young me’s all time favorites, I adored them.
For a young adult fantasy I’d say The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima which is about a guy who discovers he is a member of an underground society of magical people living amongst the real world and there is a family feud that culminates in a magical tournament fight to the death and now he’s being scouted to compete. This is the first book in a 5 book series by one of my favorite authors. I sometimes see her other series recommended around the book community but never this one so I want to give it a shout out.
For an adult rec I’m going with one that I never see talked about which is The Innocent Mage by Karen Miller. This is the first of a duology that takes place in a world where only those who rule the land can use magic and there is a prophecy about the Innocent Mage who will save the lands. Obviously from that blurb this book is not going to be one that is bringing anything new or fresh to the genre, but I’m someone who still enjoys reading those tried and true classic fantasy tropes. This series is only 2 books and the writing is easy to read and not dense like a lot of high fantasy can be sometimes so I think it’s a good starting point for someone new to the genre.
10. Who is the most recent fantasy reading content creator you came across that you’d like to shoutout?
My most recent find that I’m enjoying is the booktuber Don’t Have a Degree in Reading. She is hilarious