You all know I love my fantasy books. Reading has always been an escape for me, a chance to disappear into another world and forget about everything. I think fantasy has always appealed so much because you can be anyone you want in those worlds: an elite warrior, a powerful sorcerer, even a dragon rider, and the only people who tell you no are ultimately the ones that get defeated by the end of the book. Result!
I am a fantasy writer as well. Building your own world, your own rules, is complicated, true, but I find it empowering. The only person telling you something isn’t possible is yourself when you’re contradicting something you’ve already established. You have the freedom to explore worlds, ideas, magic, whatever you want, in a way that is unique to you.
I’ve been struggling writing recently, with a case of writer’s block that’s been worse with any I’ve previously dealt with. I know most of it is in my mind, but that doesn’t stop it being real. To try and combat it, I started thinking about the authors that make the genre for me, and picked out my top five.
You must have known this was coming: I can’t get through a book tag without mentioning the Inheritance Series. This was a series that took me from enjoying fantasy to loving it, so credit where credit is due. His world is my escape and these books will always be a firm favourite.
I’m constantly cursing myself for not hurrying up with her books. I’ve so far read two of her trilogies and adored them. I’m not sure an author has ever played with my emotions as much as Robin Hobb – I’ve laughed and I’ve cried in abundance during her books. I’m very excited to get to the next trilogy.
This also should have been obvious by the number of reviews for his work I’ve posted over the last year. He creates the perfect blend of humour and tension and every time I open a book, I know I’m in for a heck of a ride that is going to leave me buzzing.
I’ve only read one of his two series. But I’ve subsequently bought the books to re-read because I was fascinated by his world building, his complex characters and the awesome system of magic he has in place. His work left me completely inspired and I’m planning on getting back to those books soon to help motivate myself. I’m also looking forward to his other series.
An author I’ve only just discovered. Again, I’ve so far read one out of his two series There was something so utterly charming and delightful about his work though. It’s the type of fantasy you can curl up with when the world gets too much, and that’s a power which should never be overlooked.
How about you? Who are your favourite fantasy authors?