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Dark Fantasy werewolf books or books like Vampire of the Empire but with Werewolves?

Hey everyone! I love Dark Fantasy and Grimdark Fantasy! I have also been watching The Vampire Diaries and Teen Wolf lately so I am in the mood for good vampire, werewolf, and witches books. When looking for a book that I'd like to read I found Empire of the Vampire by Jay Kristoff. I will admit that I have not read Empire of the Vampire YET (I wanna get it soon or for my bday which is on Halloween :D) but what I have read about it I absolutely love. So when the time comes I'd like to do a classic vampire+werewolf move; buy a vampire series and buy a werewolf series. If you guys have any recommendations please let me know.

Again I am looking for a Dark Fantasy or Grimdark Fantasy werewolf series. It doesn't have to be like Empire of the Vampire but if it is that is a plus. Also I am a big fan reading of lore, I love lore. But not much lore is fine too. Thank you everyone:) (Also if you got any recommendations for a witch/wizard book that is dark fantasy/grimdark fantasy I will take those too)

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2023/09/25
09:16 UTC

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Pleasantly surprised by the Manifest Delusions series

Started reading the first book doubtful of how the premise could work, but somehow Fletcher sticks the landing. Not perfect, but it's an enjoyable if dark read. Highly recommend for people that enjoy gritty fantasy. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series.

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2023/09/25
09:12 UTC

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any recommendations for books that have no plot armor?

I’m looking for series where no character is really safe and guaranteed to survive regardless of how important they seem to be because the series is willing to kill off main characters.

7 Comments
2023/09/25
07:59 UTC

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Magelands by Christopher Mitchell?

So I just started The Mortal Blade by Christopher Mitchell, only to find out its the first book in a SEQUEL series. Should I go back and read the first series, or are they different enough that I can start here?

0 Comments
2023/09/25
07:15 UTC

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Why is epic fantasy shunned at the Hugos/Nebulas/World Fantasy/etc?

Having in mind the r/Fantasy Top Novels 2023, where the majority of the most beloved works are epic SFF, I am left curious as to why the renowned SFF literary awards tend to rarely acknowledge this seemingly most popular sub-genre. And I'm talking "recent" years, I'm aware that Dune or even some of George R.R. Martin's works have received accolades.

Disclaimer: I tend to enjoy at least several of each year's Hugo/Nebula winners and nominees and this is in no way an attempt to bash on these works. It's only to spark discussion on the topic of epic fantasy which is really popular "with the masses".

13 Comments
2023/09/25
05:33 UTC

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Things that are very cliché in Fantasy.

What are some of the most eye rolling clichés that you all experience while reading Fantasy?

22 Comments
2023/09/25
05:23 UTC

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Books with unexpected gay relationship between main characters ?

The important thing is unexpected, meaning it's not advertised on the premise and it's not the main thing why people read them.

In short, romance-focus novels are out. But character focus books are acceptable, as long as it's not straightly a romance book.

Side characters do not count. (So not Kings of Wyld)

For example, The Nightrunner series (I haven't read, but seems like it from how people described it), The Raksura series

I know books like this are rare. But I wanna dig through the catalogue and see what else can be found.

32 Comments
2023/09/25
03:01 UTC

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Why You Should Read Re:Zero

Intro

Re:Zero − Starting Life in Another World (Re:ゼロから始める異世界生活) is a Japanese isekai light/web novel fantasy series that began in 2012. The author wrote the webnovel series chapter by chapter on the site "syosetu". It was later picked up by a publisher and finally released as a light novel series, also later getting an anime adaption (I will be leaving this aside for now) in 2016. In totality, the written series is over 4 million words long and partway through arc 8/12, nearing the final third of the narrative.

What is it about?

Synopsis

When Subaru Natsuki leaves the convenience store, the last thing he expects is to be wrenched from his everyday life and dropped into a fantasy world. Things are not looking good for the bewildered teenager; however, not long after his arrival, he is attacked by some thugs. Armed with only a bag of groceries and a now useless cell phone, he is quickly beaten to a pulp. Fortunately, a mysterious beauty named Satella, in hot pursuit after the one who stole her insignia, happens upon Subaru and saves him. In order to thank the honest and kindhearted girl, Subaru offers to help in her search, and later that night, he even finds the whereabouts of that which she seeks. But unbeknownst to them, a much darker force stalks the pair from the shadows, and just minutes after locating the insignia, Subaru and Satella are brutally murdered.

However, Subaru immediately reawakens to a familiar scene—confronted by the same group of thugs, meeting Satella all over again—the enigma deepens as history inexplicably repeats itself.

What does this story have to offer?

As an English-only reader, I cannot speak for the difficult prose that the Japanese readers praise. The light and web novel both lack any dense diction that most people here would be familiar with. The world or worldbuilding, as we know it now, is nothing special. A general description is given of the land or location, without going very in depth into details unless necessary. This may be off-putting to a lot of people who are used to western epic high fantasies. The general* power system is nothing to gawk at. By no means is every minor plot detail perfectly woven (e.g. there has been retcons of minor devices things early in the work).

In contrast to the few things one may not be fond of, there is much to offer. One thing I will forever have the author's respect for is his ability to build momentum through each arc into a brilliant crescendo. Almost every arc has a somewhat similar but creative narrative structure. During the climaxes of the major arcs, his writing reads with great harmony as if he's taking you downstream the rapids. A thrilling story. There is quite a bit of lore in the story that is delivered in satisfactory ways in my opinion.

The best part of Re:Zero, for me, has to be the character writing. It is always centered on the character writing. It is often explicit (with some metatextual interpretations still welcomed) but is very well done. The main character is a person who goes through a great amount of character development and gaining of layers with an exciting character premise/concept of which has delivered a lot so far, and there is still a lot more to come. The primary side cast, while they may come off as archetypes of tropes in the beginning, are thrown into their own featured characters arcs, gaining a great amount of depth and development through the author's genius characterization and character conflicts he comes up with for them. In single 20 page chapters, he's given individuals so much more agency in the narrative than they had in the former chapter. The antagonists so far* have been well very written in regards to them having played a strong role in the dynamic with the main character with their own blazing uniquities. While I do say there is no impressive detail when it comes to describing certain settings, there is for sure a lot of descriptive texts invested in the characters. It is easy to dive into them and their thoughts, their feelings, allowing us to experience the ups and downs of their existence. You will get to experience fights between characters clashing not only their fists but their ideologies as well.

There are a great number of thematic undertones to the story which is why the more standout characters of the story feel like they are more compelling than one would expect. There are themes that are made clear through each arc, and there is still an overarching one for the entirety of the story that is still veiled from the view of the audience (in due time we will come to see it). I won't make any claims such as the philosophy in it being something very high-brow. I simply believe the execution has taken these themes to another level than one could ever expect.

Accessibility

This is probably the most difficult part of getting into the story. It can be a bit of a mess when it comes to finding the best order to starting the work, or choosing between light novel and web novel. If you are Japanese and want to read it in its original language, you can read it with less issue than an English reader. The official translations of the Re:Zero LN stem from YenPress, known for their notorious number of typos when it comes to translating Re:Zero. The webnovel can sometimes have different details or differences in events than the LN. This is just because the LN is a more edited and definitive version, however it can sometimes streamline characterization and some events, so some arcs are simply better to experience in the webnovel form and don't mislead the reader in future arcs. Though, besides the constraints of publication which cause streamlining, the LN is also meant to make changes for the better, so obviously there may be additional information or lore or better delivered scenes in the LN. That is why reading Re:Zero can sometimes complicated and more time consuming than expected. Contradictions in lore or otherwise between the two are decided by whatever is in the LN.

This is a simplified guide I made myself. The more detailed version can be found below these.

For Japanese Readers:

  1. Light Novels V1-9 (JP) (Arcs 1-3)

1.5. OVA Episode: Memory Snow (anime side story)
1.5. OVA Episode: Frozen Bond (anime side story) 2. Webnovel Arc 4 (Recommend as first read) (site) OR Light Novels (JP) (V10-15) 3. EX 1-3 + Battle Ballads (JP) (Side Story LN + sequel non-LN) 4. Light Novels 16-20 (JP) (Arc 5) 5. Webnovel Arc 6+ 6. EX 4-5 (JP) (Side Story LN) 7. Webnovel Arc 7+

For English Readers:

  1. Light Novels V1-9 (Arcs 1-3) (Use this alongside each volume to not be mislead by mistranslations)

1.5. OVA Episode: Memory Snow (anime side story)
1.5. OVA Episode: Frozen Bond (anime side story) 2. Webnovel Arc 4 (Recommend as first read) (site) OR Light Novels (EN) (V10-15) (BUY FOR UPDATES) 3. EX 1-3 + Battle Ballads (Side Story LNs+ sequel non-LN) 4. Webnovel Arcs 5-6 5. EX 4-5 (Side Story LN) 6. Webnovel Arc 7+

All side stories are canonical (besides a few which are made obvious that they're not, including the IFs). If you want to get every side story in order between the volumes that may provide lore, characterization or extra context to the main storyline, then you may use this guide (By: Jaerek) that is a year outdated but should still help get one started.

What about the anime?

Everyone is welcome to watch the first 11 episodes if they'd like (subbed). It will give them an idea of the atmosphere, voices, etc. which I believe the anime delivers. Even then it still misses out on important content, especially later on, so after those first 11 episodes, I would not recommend it. It is best to return to the beginning and read from the start.

Thanks for Reading!

19 Comments
2023/09/25
01:43 UTC

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Give me some recommendations?

Hello! I recently started reading as a hobby again. I just finished the Mistborn series and the Stormlight Archive and I loved them, but I’m struggling to figure out what to read next. Would ya’ll mind recommending me some books? Here’s my criteria, hopefully it isn’t too picky lol.

  • Modern prose. As incredible as Tolkien’s books are, I cannot get through his prose for the life of me.
  • Well written female characters.
  • Little to no sexual assault. I can deal with mentions of offscreen sexual assault and mild sexual harassment, but frequent and/or onscreen rape is a big no for me.
  • This isn’t a requirement, but I’d love some recommendations that have queer characters/relationships

Thanks for reading!

11 Comments
2023/09/25
01:21 UTC

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Fantasy and science fiction writers who write like Robin Hobb?

I recently finished the second book in the Farseer trilogy, a good while after finishing the first one, and I have to say, I don't think I've read much other fiction yet with such a deep commitment to showcasing the struggles the characters go through, that has made me feel legitimately upset and slighted by the antagonist or stung with every bad turn in the protagonist's life.

Is there anyone else who writes like Robin Hobb? Specifically, in regards to the style of character development, emotional punches, etc. I don't care if it's science fiction or fantasy, or if its hard or soft, I just care about the writing side of things.

31 Comments
2023/09/25
00:38 UTC

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A Niche for Male Bisexual Harem Lit?

Recently I've had the time to read a few haremlit novels, particularly Male with a female Harem.

Polycules aside, they were generally alright, I can absolutely make specific complaints but they were easy reads and enjoyable in their own right.

And then I realized that Haremlit was quite a lot more than just 'some anime I've heard of' and 'some random books on amazon'. It is. quite a large genre, apparently!

And then I find Reverse-Harem. Okay both sides of the aisle enjoy a bit of smut, everyone's fine with that. Not all of its smut, obviously. I can get behind Polycules, I was once in one, its a totally valid way to live your life and experience your love, and even if these works are generally exploitative of that for smut opportunities, I think it's fine. But then I wondered...

Well, I'm a bisexual dude most of the time (disregarding my genderfluidity for a moment)! I have romantic attraction to both men and women. Where's the bisexual polycules in these harem stories? I mean, outside of the girl on girl action you'll see in REVERSE Bisexual Harem, which apparently is quite popular and filled the search results when I tried to find recommendations.

I looked at the Haremlit subreddit, and they have a very specific rule AGAINST Bisexual Harem discussions (Which totally isn't weird at all guys, definitely *rolls eyes*) which is why I bring the discussion to you all!

Any haremlit fans here who happen to be bisexual? Any interest in this kind of writing? Any recommendations for books that have been buried featuring this topic

5 Comments
2023/09/25
00:30 UTC

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Any recommendations about faith and religion that define laws and magic?

Hi! Im tring to find a book or saga or something that is based about faith and religion as a whole and as a determining factor about how magic of any type and how the world and its laws works.

Im not the most knowledgeable guy around here, but I'm particularly interested in this topic and I dont seem to find anything that fits into my search, any help? And thank you beforehand!

5 Comments
2023/09/25
00:20 UTC

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Magic user PoVs recs: fantasy or sci fi, trilogy or series, lesser known preferred

Kind of inspired from a saved post I had about paladins in fantasy. wondering if we could gather a "lesser known recs ' besides the usual Wheel of Time,Dragonlance and Forgotten Realms, Mistborn, Stormlight archive etc. Great series and already started getting into Cosmere with a few standalones (it's great by the way, as was the Riftwar Saga and what I've read of Shannara saga.) Something like ASoIaF,(game of thrones series), or recs like it, I wouldn't really put as that's overall very low magic, but hey you do you.

I've seen Star Wars rec'd as sci fantasy and yeah many of the Legends books with jedi/sith are great (haven't tried much Canon yet, as is Dune with the Bene gesserit and some of heirs of House Atreides.

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Prefer at least one main char magic user PoV with significant magic/fantastic aspects affecting world. High fantasy/steampunk/scifi subgenres, basically anything but grimdark (but hey this is a recs thread, so bring on the grimdark mages if ya have em also)

General Elemental, mind /psionics, nature/druid, holy, necromancer, Illusionist, specialists geo/hydro/pyro/aero mancers,clerics, magical crafters and thaumaturges, other unique magic users

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Some I've read that I haven't seen recommended a lot in awhile

Valdemar saga by Mercedes Lackey has mind mages (telekinetic, forseer, farseer, telepathy,empathic) , traditional mages, healers who use magic and herb/knife, nonhuman chars who also have magic (granted, more well known than others but had to mention it).

Codex Alera by Jim Butcher. Elemental mages through Elemental spirits "furies" some are more warriors, some trackers, some Spies, some politicians, but with magic

Dragon Prince and Dragon Star trilogies by Melanie Rawn . Political intrigue, dragons and 'Runners of light. They use sun, moon, and Starlight for various magic effects from fire to illusions to shields and mind communication

Two Necromancers series by L G Estrella. Been listening on Audible, great setup and chars, great narrator Fred Berman. Shadow magic, earth magic, zombies, zombie wyverns etc. Pyromancer, utility magics bureaucrat, vampiric magic, and dragons also.

In Conquest Born/Wilding duology by C S Friedman. Warrior focused braxi and mental/telepathic azea, interstellar civs with long ongoing war

Final architecture trilogy by adrian Tchaikovsky. Telepathic intermediaries (Ints) that fought for humanity against giant moon sized Architects. Good crew and politics with how the Ints deal with their "power " and "unspace" travel

They can be struggling apprentices or already a power in their own right. Questing companions or solo journeys. Fantasy or scifi or whatever in between

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TLDR: prefer lesser known magic user PoV recs single hero or multiple Magic PoVs part of group (other non magic PoVs perfecly understandable with our magic user pov(s)). Trilogy or series. But shoutout your mainstream faves if ya like, perhaps others are new to the sub and don't know them

Happy reading yall!

8 Comments
2023/09/25
00:14 UTC

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How long do you stick with a book if you aren’t feeling it?

I’ve been reading Legend, by David Gemmel. I love fantasy and it got great reviews, but I never felt pulled in. The plot and characters just never felt engaging to me. This whole time I’ve been reading less out of enjoyment and more just to finish it. I only have 8 chapters left so it seems silly to drop it now, but I’m just bored.

When you start a book, do you force yourself to finish it. If not, how long do you give it? Is it stupid to stop reading this book when I’m so close to the end?

50 Comments
2023/09/25
00:08 UTC

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Sword of truth opinions

It took me a while and I had to take some breaks, but after reading soany rants, on how bad those books are I wanted to share my opinions.

Main Character: I feel like Goodkind main problem was his main character. Aside from him there were really good characters and some aspects of strong world building. But when it comes to prose, and main character interactions, he sounds like drunk 16 year old or really naive kid, this most likely is the most annoying thing of him poring his ideology into the books. There really is zero growth in that character, Id even say hes somehow declining.

Rand Ideology: I didnt really care about values the book tried to push, there is some naivity of a kid in that but i didnt actually felt that its attacking me. I feel a lot of hatred came from this, which I find unfair, most of Fantasy writers are leftist and they really do poor their beliefes in their book. But, we have to accept that there are other people, with different values. On the other hand, those pertivular views really do not help the book, its not that im opposed of books written by people with different set of values than my own. Its that they really do show main character as really naive, childish and somehow narcisitic person.

Pace: I had some problems with pace of the books, but i find its common in fantasy. Its overall se pace although first one, and last three of main story were generalny good in this aspect.

Rapes: The other problem I had with Goodkind was the rapiness, In some parts I found it warranted, it sparked some feeling of hatred towards main villain, and showed what war often ment in real life. But some were really unnecessary, which tells me that he either wanted a reader to feel some discuss towards villains of the story or he had some personal kinks.

Repetitive: I wouldnt say its the worst fantasy written, but I'd say Goodkind wasted a huge potential. He had a number of good characters, some good world building. Yes, it wasnt anything new but it had its strenghts there. But, he stuck to same pattern with all of the books, which at the end, didnt surprise you with anything. And killed all the potential in its roots.

Narration: Basically not existing. Goodkind used it to remark on what happened in the previous books, sometimes even on the previous chapters. It was kind of annoying.

World "Physics": Id say its 70/30, there were really good parts in it, and id say on this part its on the good side. Well a ton of ripoff from Wheel Of Time, so those accusations arent lying, but fantasy as a genre is build on ripoffs. Those werent the worst ive read. There are gaps, it isnt ideal by any means, but its generally good.

My Thoughts: If youre a complete moron, skip it as you may believe that you can believe that you may achieve anything thrugh hard work alone. Word doesnt work this way, never did.

But, otherwise id give it a read, there are worst books out there, but id use it as fillers between other titles. Wouldnt go one after the other I actually dont think its possible.

But, it wouldnt impact your life, and you will probably remember the bad parts most.

14 Comments
2023/09/24
22:35 UTC

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Reviews: A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers and A Reluctant Druid by Jon R. Osborne

These were the last 2 books on my bingo card. I really enjoyed playing along and will definitely do it again. OK, let's do some reviews.

A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers

Bingo squares: Young Adult (hard mode); Mundane Jobs; Novella; Queernorm; Featuring Robots [I may read a different book for my novella square since I just realized this wasn't in hard mode. Sigh.]

Blurb: It's been centuries since the robots of Panga gained self-awareness and laid down their tools; centuries since they wandered, en masse, into the wilderness, never to be seen again; centuries since they faded into myth and urban legend.

One day, the life of a tea monk is upended by the arrival of a robot, there to honor the old promise of checking in. The robot cannot go back until the question of "what do people need?" is answered.

What I thought: I really loved this book. It feels like a warm hug. I particularly loved Dex's stubborn streak, which is so at odds with his life as a tea monk. I really feel that in a deep way. I also enjoyed the backstory of the robots becoming sentient and the accord that is struck between humans and robots. It was fascinating to me the varied paths that the robots took toward self-actualization. They were living freer and more fulfilling lives than humans - in the book and in our own world. At the same time, their need for social connection seems to be less than what I would expect, given that so much of human self-actualization comes about because of what we learn from our interaction with others. I think that would be my biggest criticism of the book. It's probably done on purpose, as Dex asks some questions about this. Perhaps in later books in the series we will find out. Overall, this is a 5/5 for me, and I'm glad I bought the audiobook as I will want to revisit it.

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A Reluctant Druid by Jon R. Osborne

Bingo squares: Mundane Jobs; Angels and Demons; Multiverse (hard mode); Elemental Magic (hard mode): Druids (hard mode)

Blurb: Centuries ago, the followers of the new gods defeated the old gods and the folk of legend, banishing them from the world of man. With their departure, magic faded from the land. 

The Milesian Accords had provisions for a new challenge, though, and the Exiled Gods have sent their minions back to our world to seek out a champion to fight for them and a druid able to wield the magic needed to fulfill the challenge. 

A descendant of the druid who participated in the original challenge, Liam Knox doesn’t know anything about the Accords or his ancestors, but those seeking to maintain the status quo are hunting him, and the beings of myth are doing their best to convince him to help the Exiled Gods return to the world of man, bringing magic back with them.

What I thought: The story itself is good. That said, there were two things I didn't like about this audiobook. The first one would be true of the book in print; the second is audiobook specific. First, it ends on a huge cliffhanger. I really feel this is a gimmick by insecure authors to make you buy the next book, and I don't like it. (Fortunately, I'm getting these through Hoopla so I just went on to the second book in the series, which doesn't end on a cliffhanger. I'm assuming that means that the author got some feedback about this.) The second is that the narrator for the audiobook is not good. He has a weird cadence to his speech which is so different from normal speech that it feels like he's reading a foreign language and doesn't know where the accents go. Whenever I start listening to the book, it takes a good 20 minutes for me to feel like I'm not being jostled about by his voice. The story, however, is good. I'll give this book a 4/5 for the story, a 0/5 for the ending because it didn't end, and a 2/5 for the narrator.

0 Comments
2023/09/24
22:17 UTC

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Zombie apocalypse in medieval times

I saw a trailer for a game called Blight Survival and it looked amazing. It’s got me in a mood to read something with that setting. So any good stories with a Zombie apocalypse in medieval times?

6 Comments
2023/09/24
21:26 UTC

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Question about Miles Cameron's Red Knight

Hi guys, I was curious if anyone could enlighten me on how much magic is involved in the Red Knight series by Miles Cameron. Is the main character/characters mostly knights and soldiers or are they spells words too? I was hoping for a series where the main character is more of a knight than a wizard, but read something about a magic system being in the book and tied to the Red Knight himself.

10 Comments
2023/09/24
21:24 UTC

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A question about sub-genre

What is the name of the sub-genre for fantasy fiction that projects medieval fantasy forward to the modern era?

I know about the genres of modern-fantasy, low fantasy and urban fantasy, but in all of those magic is still wondrous. It may be practiced only in secret, as in Harry Potter, or Charmed, or most modern vampire fiction. It may be dying out, as in Pixar’s Onward. It may be just returning or returned as in RIFTS. Regardless, when I looked at the definition of contemporary Fantasy fiction and its sub-genres, magic still being wondrous is part of it.

So what do we call fantasy, where magic has industrialized and become purely mundane. Where STEM has a second M for magic, and thaumaturgical waste management is a hot button topic. Or where goblin’s rights was an important part of the 60’s civil rights movement.

Not fantasy as a secret part of the world, but as a purely normal part.

10 Comments
2023/09/24
21:22 UTC

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Strongest aspect of Eragon books.

They are many aspects which make this book serie great. From my opinion there is one aspect that could hold himself without other aspects like story and worldbuilding.

Its relationship between Eragon and Saphira.

Some people will probably disagree with me when i say they could carry whole story just by themselfs.

Its mainly bec complete opposite of Eragon film (EHM EHM. Im sorry for all who saw that film and im double that sorry for making your PTSD kick in back from that movie.) is that Saphira and Eragon really have some relationship and not just human x tool.

Both of them are different. Eragon is human. Saphira is a dragon. Eragon sometimes have his opinion and wanna make something really stupid, Saphira dragon nature kick in sometimes so she wanna make something stupid too. Both of them just trying to stop themselfs, conflicts and argues go between them. This is what we like.

But on the other way what is making their relationship unique is their minds are connected. This then makes that feel each others feelings and making them understand their different views and opinions, even they dont always 100% agree.

It just feel nice

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2023/09/24
21:14 UTC

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True Names In Fantasy?

After Eragon and Earthsea, what are some fantasy works that handle true names well?

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2023/09/24
21:10 UTC

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Can someone explain to me the Ending of The Pariah by Anthony Ryan?

I just finished the book and I loved it but, I’am confused about Sihlda’s testament. I know he was in love with sihlda but why did he frame her? And is her son king Tomas? Which would be his son too right? So if he was the commoner knight that she was in love with, who was the other knight that escorted her? Or was he the other knight? 🤦‍♂️

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2023/09/24
19:39 UTC

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Looking for a fighter in a magic world

Hi all, so I was wondering if you guys might be able to recommend me a book series where the protagonist is a fighter style character taking on people and creatures in a magically rich world. I don't mind the character having some magic, but am looking for something like the Witcher book series where the protagonist uses mostly martial skill, gadgets, potions, and his wits to take down powerful people and creatures. Or even something so far as the trope of someone with super human athleticism that defeats magical opponents in interesting ways.

I saw some recommendations for Red Knight by miles cameron in other threads but am unsure if the MC ends up being a powerful caster more than a martial knight. So if anyone can weigh in on this that would be helpful too.

Thanks in advance for any help!

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2023/09/24
20:02 UTC

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On supporting certain authors

Hi all, I know this is a contentious subject but I feel it is constantly thrown out or made out to not be a big deal. Let me start by saying this is not about my personal feelings for these authors or their work. But it is extremely disheartening to see large swaths of people not only supporting authors that actively donate to anti-LGBT groups, but somehow find roundabout ways to defend their views. Obviously I'm talking about Sanderson and JK Rowling.

Before you say, yes I've seen Sanderon's reddit comment regarding his stance on LGBT issues. No, it doesn't change anything. Sanderon is HUGE funder (as much as 10% of his earnings...) of the LDS church which actively contributes to the harm, rape, and death of LGBT individuals. No this is not hyperbole, this is the reality of what is happening in America today and it is no small part due to powerful churches and those who fund them. Again, his comment on the matter and how he seeks to support individuals and "change the organization from the inside" is not reaching to the heart of the issue. Saying you're an ally is different than allyship, and contributing money to the LDS church and actively supporting them is DIRECTLY harming LGBT people and others.

JK Rowling has gotten heat for being actively transphobic and I feel as though her good grace from those who grew up with harry potter has worn out for the most part. (outside of other TERFs). Why does Sanderson not get the same treatment just because he isn't a vocal bigot? Tithing to the LDS as much as he does is doing more harm than JK Rowling's comments. (No, I'm not saying those are okay or not harmful. Rowling has caused a huge rise in transphobia and terfdom.)

It is just disheartening to me as an LGBT person to see a community that so vocally supports a man who vocally and financially supports an organization that does quite frankly, a lot of harm.

EDIT: To clarify I'm not attacking his religion or the mormon religion for that rather. I take issue with the political lobbying and treatments of members within the church and how in a way these activities are funded through him.

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2023/09/24
19:41 UTC

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Strangest Moment Ever Read In A Fantasy Book?

What is the strangest moment you have ever read in a book of fantasy or a series.

Personally, I'm leaning more toward cloudcuckoolander or surreal humor type of ideas, but it can be the weirdest moment. It may even be something strange that stood out to you personally and maybe not what others would think is that strange.

What you would consider to be the strangest moment in one of the books? Maybe its a scene, a race of creatures, the setting itself, a group, or something else entirely.

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2023/09/24
19:02 UTC

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What kind of reader am I?

Readers of Reddit,

I have been trying to figure out if I'm a more character or plot driven reader. I thought maybe if I made a list of my favorite books (and a few I didn't like as much) you guys could help me figure it out. If this a useless venture and not a good strategy for figuring out my reading style please feel free to tell me that as well.

First a few facts about me and my reading.

  1. I am not super picky. Most things I read tend to be rated 3-5 stars with a lot getting 4 stars. Ive had a few 2 stars and a few DNFs as well. I tend to finish books, though.
  2. I love an interesting magic system, doesn't matter if it's soft or hard magic but I think I usually lean towards liking hard magic systems a little better.
  3. Fantasy is my favorite genre, but I do read outside it. Some of the other genres I like are romance, cozy mysteries, horror, and Sci-Fi. Every now and then I read thrillers and historical fiction but not as often. I'll try to just list my fantasy/sci-fi favorites since I'm posting on r/fantasy.

Favorite Books/Series. These aren't in any particular order (except Stormlight is probably a true #1). Just adding things while I look at Goodreads

  1. Storm light Archive (and I also enjoy everything else he's written)
  2. Daevabad Trilogy (City of Brass, Kingdom of Copper, Empire of Gold)
  3. Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit
  4. Red Rising Trilogy
  5. Lies of Locke Lamora
  6. Ship of Magic (I've only read the 1st one)
  7. The Drowning Empire series #1 and 2 (The Bone Shard Daughter and The Bone Shard Emperor)
  8. The Bear and the Nightingale (only read the 1st one)
  9. Elements of Cadence Duology (A River Enchanted and A Fire Endless)
  10. Legends and Lattes
  11. Piranesi
  12. The House in the Cerulean Sea
  13. A Song of Ice and Fire
  14. The Priory of the Orange Tree
  15. Ready Player One
  16. Night Circus

Books I didn't enjoy as much/disappointed me

  1. Wheel of time (made it through #1-3, may try again in the future)
  2. Farseer Trilogy (I'm not as obsessed with Fitz as many people are)
  3. Vicious and Vengeful
  4. His Dark Materials (didn't read until I was an adult)
  5. Blood of Elves (really enjoyed the short story collections but haven't been compelled to go on after Book #1)
  6. Prince of Thorns (hated the main character)
  7. Red Sead Under Red Skies (still liked this one but not nearly as much as book 1)
  8. Mexican Gothic

Things I'm really interested in picking up

  1. Discworld
  2. Shadow of the Gods or Malice
  3. The Poppy War
  4. Scythe
  5. Anything NK Jemesin
  6. Anything Octavia E Butler
  7. Theft of Swords
  8. Gideon the Ninth
  9. Jade City
  10. Fireborne
  11. Mask of Mirrors
  12. Sword of Kaigen
  13. Grace of Kings
  14. The Blade Itself

And many many more.

Currently reading: Senlin Ascends

Just hoping to get some better insight into my reading tastes. Within the past 2 years I really started reading alot after a long long break. And I can't decide if it's plot or characters or worldbuilding that really makes me fall in love with a story so I thought I'd reach out to other readers. Again if this is not a good way to figure this out feel free to say so. My feelings won't be hurt. Thanks!!

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2023/09/24
18:25 UTC

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Nerd level: >9000: Who’s the best swordfighter? Drizzt Do’urden, Talwin Hawkins or Yoda (with a sword)?

The question is about sword fighting skill ignoring all non-mundane abilities that Yoda has.

The assumption is that Zorro or any Macleod wouldn’t see the light of day against the aforementioned.

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2023/09/24
17:35 UTC

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