High fantasy

Compulsory Reading for Aspiring Authors of Epic Fantasy!!

I have been working on an idea for almost half a year now. It started with a single character and now she has grown to have a host of companions, almost everyone of whom has a back story and a destiny to fulfil. They have complex relationships amongst them and these relationships change as time passes and loyalties shift.

So far so good. I seem to be treading the frustrating, hair-tearing path of many successful authors before me. I might even see a book out of it some day.

But somewhere deep inside me is this utter conviction that no matter how well the story turns, no matter that I untangle all the annoying discrepancies and conflicts and no matter that I finally do think up a climax awesome enough to justify all the build up – this story will never ever be what I’m attempting to make it. Epic.

Maybe I don’t have the smarts for it. I suspect though that I simply don’t have the experience. This story might work out, might not, but with my current level of knowledge and understanding of the world it’ll never resonate with the hearts and minds of readers a thousand miles away from me. I need it to resonate. I need it to raise goosebumps.

And for that I need to write books like these —

The Lumatere Chronicles by Melina Marchetta


The Kingkiller Chronicles (Day One and Two) by Patrick Rothfuss


The Queen’s Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner


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These books are what Epic is all about. Everyone of them clever, though even clever has a hard time catching up with Megan Turner’s Queen’s Thief, and everyone of them staying with you for not just days but years. These stories make an impression, leave you with the feeling that the author sees the world a little clearer than we do and that gosh! aren’t they just brilliant? Yes they are. And damn I wish I was too.


Review: Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

 Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

4.5 really, but there’s always room for a change of heart. =)
I genuinely liked this book. I cared for Seraphina and I admired her actions throughout. I agree with another reviewer here who said that her descriptions of music was something otherworldly. As if she was describing the purest emotions. But while music is ever present in Seraphina’s life, the parts that really moved me were when she interacted with the other characters. So removed, so careful. Always alert and always distant, with a perpetual guard around her heart because even if she loved them if they knew her truth they could only ever feel disgusted towards her. To live amidst such scorn – perhaps directed at others – but oh how easy to imagine herself the receiver of those taunts, how dreadfully easy to imagine all that contempt directed at herself.
Seraphina was very alone and the only people who knew her secret either wouldn’t or couldn’t make her loneliness go away.
The book is amusing, saddening, anger arousing and triumphant. There was something wonderfully fitting about the end because we knew it wasn’t the end – that she had truly gained not lost, and that she wasn’t alone any more.

DISCLAIMER: reviewed ARC from netgalley

How awful to now have to wait months just to see this book in print and maybe another year and a half before they bring out its sequel. Darn the glacial publishing process!

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The waiting books in my Kindle

I recently made a semi-serious promise to myself that I will read nothing but non-fiction for the next one month.

Semi-serious only because I didn’t believe I was actually going to do it.

Do you know how addicts crave their drugs till they can think of almost nothing else? Reading popular fiction has become a similar sort of addiction for me.

I can seriously think of nothing else when the craving for one of those books start. My cravings are genre-specific too. Sometimes I need a Regency romance a la G. Heyer; sometimes it’s YA, particularly of the high school romance variety; often I really need to read an action packed Urban Fantasy [think: Dresden Files, Kate Daniels] – (never paranormal romance, thank you, I’ve learnt my lesson – there are no high standards in that world); and then there is the odd craving for the quirky contemporary romances and mysteries; also sometimes I notice a really awesome looking cover – most probably in High Fantasy – and run towards it heedlessly. (more…)