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The Floating Islands: Book Review

The Floating Islands Rachel Neumeier Alfred A. Knopf division of Random House (2011) The Floating Islands may be held aloft by the magic of the air dragons, but their story is held aloft by Neumeier’s lyrical prose and deft storytelling. Newly orphaned Trei comes to the Floating Islands to live …

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The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms: Book Review

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms Book One of the Inheritance Trilogy N. K. Jemisin Hachette Book Group, Inc (2010) The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is a tight, closely casted tale despite the scope of its title or the premise from the back cover: Yeine Darr is the daughter of an outcast princess …

Discovering Great Ideas

I was on a walk through my neighborhood this morning and discovered one of my neighbors had put up something that looked like an odd birdhouse. When I approached it however, I discovered that it was a “Little Free Library.” This was the first time I ran into the idea. …

Quest at the EMP

There is an excellent fantasy exhibit at the EMP in Seattle called Worlds of Myth and Magic. Last Friday, my friends and I attended “Quest” the opening festivities. It was a “costume encouraged” event and it was fun to have an excuse to dress up. I wore the peacock dress …

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Get Known Before the Book Deal: Book Review

Get Known Before the Book Deal Christina Katz Reader’s Digest Books (2008) While this book is primarily geared toward non-fiction writers, I found it to be quite useful in beginning the process toward building a fantasy fiction platform. Katz has divided each idea or practical step up into a short …

The Gray Wolf Throne: Book Review

The Gray Wolf Throne Seven Realms: Book 3 Cinda Williams Chima Hyperion (2011) I enjoyed this installment of the Seven Realms series very much. The pace was fast and exciting and the nuances of the characters continued to develop in interesting ways. I particularly like the way that Chima is …

The Exiled Queen: Book Review

The Exiled Queen Seven Realms: Book 2 Cinda Chima Williams Hyperion, 2010 The Exiled Queen falls into the “school” or “training” type of fantasy story.  Harry Potter was primarily in that setting – other examples include the section on Roke in A Wizard of Earthsea; Kvothe’s time in the university …

Book Review: The Demon King

The Demon KingThe Seven Realms: Book 1Cinda Williams ChimaHyperion, New York, 2009Chima’s YA fantasy novel was a fun and easy read – great for the bus ride to and from work.  It is the first in the Seven Realms series and does an excellent job of establishing the world of …