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3 Fantasy Worlds Worth Visiting


One of the most joyous things about reading fantasy fiction is that it means falling through the pages into a totally different universe, with worlds of magic, mystery, monsters and mayhem.

Every world you enter is different from the last.

Even if two worlds contain dragons, you can guarantee the dragons of one will be a complete contrast to the dragons of the other. It's brilliant!



Here are three fantasy worlds I've loved delving into, and want to share with you in the hope that you'll fall completely in love with them, too.


1. The Gods of the Myriad


Frances Hardinge is one of my favourite authors. She debuted with Fly by Night when I was 17, and won the Henrietta Branford Award for it that year. It was 2006. I remember this vividly, because 17-year-old me was there, accepting my own award (The Branford Boase) for a story I'd written about dragons restarting the world because humans had ruined it.

I remember taking home a copy of Hardinge's brilliant book (signed, obviously) and being blown away by it.

I still have that precious, signed, first edition copy.


But I digress.


Although I loved (and still love) Fly By Night, it's not actually my favourite book by Hardinge.


Deeplight is.


Set in an archipelago of islands, we enter the story on the island of Lady's Crave, where Hark and his best friend Jelt scrape a living as pickpockets.

The Myriad is a strange and haunting place where there were once huge, marine gods that battled each other, terrorising the islands.

But years ago, those gods rose out of the ocean and killed each other. Now, only their memory remains ... or so everyone believes.


Each of the gods of the Myriad is exceptionally well developed, with sinister abilities, strange appearances and otherworldly powers. Hardinge's brilliantly strange imagination totally comes into it's own in this book and I loved the relationship between Hark and Jelt. Hark was a character who kept me glued to the story, despite the fact I spent most of it screaming, 'Don't do it, Hark!' at the page.


If you want a world of dark gods, sinister magic, incredible underwater adventures and characters that pull you in, Deeplight is the way to go.



2. The Scholomance


I delved into the world of A Deadly Education when it first came out and, like a Mal from her stories, devoured the whole thing in a matter of hours.


In Naomi Novik's Scholomance series, the wizards of the world go to school to learn how to defend themselves from the magic-hungry monsters known as Mals, who eat wizard children.


But this is no Hogwarts. Far from it. Children find themselves in the Scholomance, having been dragged there by the school's power. It exists outside of reality so once you're in, there's no leaving until you graduate.


There are no teachers in the Scholomance. There don't need to be.

When the homework you don't do eats you, and failed assessments might burn you alive, you're pretty self-motivated to stay on top of your studies.

Worse, the school is riddled with Mals, lurking in the hallways, pipes and shadows, ready to devour unsuspecting young wizards.


And graduation isn't exactly an exciting affair. Lowered down to the graduation hall, the final years can only graduate if they fight their way through the horde of hungry monsters lurking by the gate. You graduate, or you die.



This series is dark, but I can't get enough of it.

I love the world of the Scholomance, the way Novik has given the school a kind of personality and agenda of its own, and the harsh, dangerous world the characters inhabit make for some brilliant relationships and immersive power struggles.


Book 2, The Last Graduate, ends on an excruciating cliffhanger (for which Novik is not yet forgiven), but book 3, The Golden Enclaves, is out in 2022, so there isn't long to wait. I highly recommend diving into this dark and creepy world.


3. Rimduum


This is a recent discovery of mine and I had the pleasure of reading an advanced copy of Forged in the Fallout by Ben Green in exchange for providing an honest review.


The world of this story is fabulous. The Loamin, a race a little like dwarves, have been living in huge cities under the mountains of the world for centuries.

But a deeply dangerous magical substance, mithrium, sparked a war years ago, which means all but two of the Loamin cities were destroyed.

Enter Clayson, a Loamin who didn't know he was a Loamin until the story begins. With him, we dive into this rich underground world with its incredibly well thought out magic system. Magic is known as craft, and is linked with metal. Each metal provides a different power and different Loamin have different strengths with different metals. Loamin can 'level up' their powers by visiting the dungeons of long-dead heroes to fight their way throughh the dangers and find magical relics.



Honestly, this world read like it could be a fantasy video game.

I loved the detail of it, the way different characters had different strengths and weaknesses, and the limits and possibilities of the magic.

Ben Green, the author, is due to release the next book in the series in 2022 and I'm excited to see what he does to develop this world further. If you love a magic system that feels almost like a science, or a world with a rich and detailed history, then dive into this series!


 

I hope this post has given you some new worlds to dive into, new authors to try and new characters to discover. I loved reading every one of these books and entering every one of these worlds, and I hope you find equal joy in discovering them.


Keep reading! Peace and Love,

 

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