Oh, well hello there. You know, I did have an inkling that you might stop by once more, if you were in the area and not off having your own adventures. My own recollections of my Wyrd and Wonder Adventure Log–the 2nd edition, this time–have grown even more since the last time we spoke, so I am very glad to see you’re interested in hearing more.
So, settle in, settle in! I’ve already got cookies coming out of the oven here momentarily and the kettle should…ah, there is is. Now, let’s see, where did I leave off? Oh, yes! I was just about to tell you about an quite infamous squirrel cat…
May 6th: Fly, My Pretties
Today’s prompt was to feature a book with an animal flying on the cover. Imma cheat a bit with this. One: because I struggling to think of something off the top of my head. Two: because this cover has more than just the flying creature on it, so I’m not sure if it quite counts. And three: because I value my eyeballs and I’m pretty sure Reichis would be pretty upset if I didn’t feature him when flying animals were being discussed.
If you don’t know Reichis, he’s a squirrel cat and Kellan’s “business partner” who has a knack for theft, a desire for pretty things, a foul mouth and a true desire to eat eyeballs. He’s been known to leap into the air and fly across the battlefield to attack his enemies, no matter their size, and if any animal deserves the honor today, it’s him. You can learn more about him and his adventures in Spellslinger by Sebastien de Castell, which I highly recommend!
May 7th: Fantasy Around the World
This is so fun, because we have been REALLY blessed by a lot of fantastic fantasy recently that aren’t your typical Western-inspired or Western-focused. And honestly? We’re long overdue for this to be much more common. Here are some of my favorites, a mixture of books I’ve read and loved, plus books that are inching their way up my TBR:
The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter (I’m going to find every reason to rec this book, okay)
Son of the Storm by Suyi Davies Okungbowa (I recently finished this. Review to come on Friday!)
The Unbroken by C.L. Clark
Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri
The Library of the Fates by Aditi Khorana
Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar
May 8th: Currently Reading
I love Tasha Suri’s works with my entire being and I wanted to make sure I completed this novel before I dived into The Jasmine Throne, one of my most anticipated reads of the YEAR.
May 9th: Mother’s Day
Since it’s Mother’s Day in America on the 9th, I couldn’t not use this prompt as a chance to brag about one of my favorite books, Queens of the Wyrd by Timandra Whitecastle (which would have been a favorite even if I hadn’t had the pleasure of being the copy editor for this beauty).
Queens of the Wyrd is a FANTASTIC novel about motherhood, something that is often forgotten, ignored or killed off before it can be explored in fantasy.
May 10th: Mixed Feelings
Now we’re here being controversial, but a very popular fantasy that I had mixed feelings about was The Court of Broken Knives by Anna Smith Spark. The writing took a bit for me to get into and I didn’t really jive with Marith at all. I go more into why this was mixed feelings for me in my review (linked above), but I am hesitantly still planning on reading this series.
May 11th: Reluctant Hero(ine) #Trope Tuesday
Who doesn’t love a reluctant hero? I’m personally a fan, especially considered I like the chosen one trope, too, and these usually go hand-in-hand. But, it’s hard for me not to center this today on the original reluctant heroes who made me fall in love with this trope to begin with: a Mr. Frodo Baggins and Samwise Gamgee.
May 12th: Desert Island Reads
I have been tasked to describe eight books, one TV show or film franchise and one luxury item that I would take with me on a desert island. This was HARD (I had a surprising number of sci-fi and romance books I wanted to make onto this list), but my list has been finalized into:
- King of the Wyld by Nicolas Eames
- Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce
- Heart on Fire by Amanda Bouchet
- The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter
- The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri
- Here, There be Dragons by James A. Owen
- Steal the Sky be Megan O’Keefe
- Mystic and Rider by Sharon Shinn
One Film Franchise (is this even a question): LORD OF THE RINGS
One Luxury Item: My dog, because there’s no way I’m going on an adventure without her.
My, what a long telling, that was. The sun has already set! You’re welcome to stay for the night. Rooms upstairs have nice, clean beds with warmed sheets and fluffy pillows, if I may boast. Still, I understand if the roads be calling and I won’t be one to stand in your way. Only, if adventures do come, please come back and share yours with me! I reckon I’ll have a tale or two to tell myself, upon your return.