Hello! Welcome to the latest feature here on the Swordsmith blog! Westu hal to you, I am featuring something a little bit different today with a Quick Fire Fantasy Book Tag! I saw this featured on the WS Bookclub site – Jodie is an awesome blogger who I highly suggest you follow.
The rules are straightforward and fun
Thank the person that tagged you – Thanks Jodie
Link to the creators blog in your post – https://thebookwormdreamer.wordpress.com/2019/03/26/quick-fire-fantasy-book-tag/
Answer the prompts below
Tag 5 others to take part
Most of all! Enjoy!
5 Star read
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
I remember when I picked this book up, on the recommendation from someone who worked in Waterstones! I was sceptical but when I read the prologue on the way home, I was captivated and swept into the world of the Kingkiller Chronicle. I enjoyed the sequel and while being a different book it still is a wonderful story so far…
Anyway if you have never read it before then I the prologue is below
“The Waystone Inn lay in silence, and it was a silence of three parts.
The most obvious part was a hollow, echoing quiet, made by things that were lacking. If there had been a wind, it would have sighed through the trees, set the inn’s sign swinging on its hooks, and brushed the silence down the road like trailing autumn leaves. If there had been a crowd, even a handful of men inside the inn, they would have filled the silence with conversation and laughter, the clatter and clamor one expects from a drinking house during the dark hours of the night. If there had been music…but no, of course there was no music. In fact, there were none of these things, and so the silence remained.
Inside the Waystone a pair of men huddled at one corner of the bar. They drank with quiet determination, avoiding serious discussions of troubling news. In doing these they added a small, sullen silence to the larger, hollow one. it made an alloy of sorts, a counterpoint.
The third silence was not an easy thing to notice. If you listened for an hour, you might begin to feel it in the wooden floor underfoot and in the rough, splintering barrels behind the bar. It was in the weight of the black stone hearth that held the heat of a long-dead fire. It was in the slow back and forth of a white linen cloth rubbing along the grain of the bar. And it was in the hands of the man who stood there, polishing a stretch of mahogany that already gleamed in the lamplight.
The man had true-red hair, red as flame. his eyes were dark and distant, and he moved with the subtle certainty that comes from knowing many things.
The Waystone was His, just as the third silence was his. This was appropriate, as it was the greatest silence of the three, wrapping the other inside itself. It was deep and wide as autumn’s ending. It was heavy as a great river-smooth stone. It was the patient, cut-flower sound of a man who is waiting to die.”
Always going to recommend
The Riyria Revelations By Michael J Sullivan
Yes this is one of my favourite fantasy reads, a story that develops slowly over the three books into something very special. I will happily talk to you all day about these books and I even did so (not all day) speak about these wonderful books on a podcast.
Own it but haven’t read it yet
The Shadow of the Gods by John Gwynne
This was an anticipated release of mine as John is one of my favourite authors, but due to circumstances I just haven’t read it. This is something I am looking to rectify soon though!
Would read again
The Age of Darkness Trilogy by Stephen Aryan
It’s been a little while since I read this trilogy, it was brilliant and I have to admit I really enjoy Stephen’s writing. This is a heroic, magic fueled dark adventure with some brilliant characters, epic battles and a fantastic magic system!
In Another World
To Ride Hell’s Chasm by Janny Wurts
Easily one of my favorite books and a brilliant example of standalone fantasy! A mystery as to why a princess has absconded from her wedding, leads the captain of the guard on a developing and dangerous adventure! I aim to re-read this again soon!
Back on Earth
The Godblind Trilogy by Anna Stephens
A dark fantasy series awaits you here. So many wonderful ideas combine in this trilogy, a backdrop of invasion sparked by religious hate and warring, meddling gods. This is one of the most rewarding trilogies of recent times and dark, epic and brutal as they come!
So there you are! I have seriously enjoyed writing this post and I will be tagging a few people on Twitter, this is such a cool idea and thank you as always for checking out the blog and this post! Westu hal, stay safe and hope that you are reading something awesome.