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Posted by Jaine Fenn on 3 January 5. Goodreads and me. Coming soon — The Ships of Aleph. Pippa Jay 3 January at am. Best of luck for and see you at BristolCon! Pete Randall 3 January at am. Excellent news all round. Nik 4 January at pm. In her Gwydion titles, a sequence which begins with The Magic Apostrophe , Jenny Sullivan creates an upbeat fantasy adventure full of magic and peopled with some of the major characters from Welsh mythology including Gwydion and Taliesin. There is slippage between two worlds in Alan Garner's The Owl Service , which darkly blends the story of three teenagers together in a Welsh valley one summer who find their own interactions are influenced by the passion — and violence — from the Celtic story of Bloddeuwedd from The Mabinogion.
For older readers, Lloyd Alexander, the American author of the highly regarded fantasy sequence The Chronicles of Prydain , draws on characters and ideas from The Mabinogion in the creation of his own powerful mythology.
Wales is brought to life in all of these stories and the many others about specific Welsh places including the evocative ruins of Harlech Castle and Cricceth Castle, fortresses for the Welsh in their battles against the English; the many narrow gauge railways encapsulated in books such as Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin's Ivor the Engine and specific towns such as Beddgelert, immortalised in stories about the faithful dog Gelert and the fateful end he met.
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Then Harry starts receiving mysterious letters and his life is changed for ever. He is whisked away by a beetle-eyed giant of a man and enrolled in Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
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The reason: Harry Potter is a wizard! Hogwarts is a truly magical place, not only in the most obvious way but also in all the detail that the author has gone to describe it so vibrantly.
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It is the place that everybody wishes they could of gone to when they where eleven. This book is highly recommended to anybody between the ages of 8 and The island of Gont is a land famous for wizards. Of these, some say the greatest — and surely the greatest voyager — is the man called Sparrowhawk. As a reckless, awkward boy, he discovered the great power that was in him — with terrifying consequences. Tempted by pride to try spells beyond his means, Sparrowhawk lets loose an evil shadow-beast in his land. Only he can destroy it, and the quest leads him to the farthest corner of Earthsea.
These novels can be read by children and enjoyed from the perspective of magic, wizards, adventure and the beautifully imagined world of Earthsea. They can also be appreciated by adults for the thought-provoking elements that the book conjures. This is a collection that makes you think and leaves you thinking.
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In a faraway land where members of the royal family are named for the virtues they embody, one young boy will become a walking enigma. Born on the wrong side of the sheets, Fitz, son of Chivalry Farseer, is a royal bastard cast out into the world, friendless and lonely. Only his magical link with animals — the old art known as the Wit — gives him solace and companionship.
But the Wit, if used too often, is a perilous magic, and one abhorred by the nobility. So when Fitz is finally adopted into the royal household, he must give up his old ways and embrace a new life of weaponry, scribing, courtly manners; and how to kill a man secretly, as he trains to become a royal assassin.
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She writes beautifully and her characters are so real you can almost touch them. The moles of Duncton Wood live in the shadow of Mandrake, a cruel tyrant corrupted by absolute power. A solitary young mole, Bracken, is thrown into leading the fight to free Duncton Wood. It is unfortunate that this work must be compared to Watership Down but that is the only book with which I can really compare it to in terms of story-line and excellence.
This book is about moles and unlike anything you have ever read before. The animal kingdom is savage and survival of the fittest is a fact of life or death.
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This is a book for adults and is at times as dark as it is uplifting. The book was first published in and has since become a best-selling novel. Read our review of Duncton Wood , the first book in the Duncton Chronicles. He called himself Thomas Covenant, the Unbeliever, because he dared not believe in the strange alternative world on which he suddenly found himself — the Land.
But the Land tempted him. As a leper, in his own world he had been an outcast, unclean, a pariah. Only the mystic powers of the white gold he carried could protect the Lords of the Land from the ancient evil of the Despiser, Lord Foul. Yet Thomas Covenant had no idea how those powers could be tapped…. But the effort spent in reading this series is rewarded ten-times over and I recommend that every fantasy fan read this seminal work.
Thomas Ward is the seventh son of a seventh son and has been apprenticed to the local Spook. The job is hard, the spook is distant and many apprentices have failed before him. Somehow Thomas must learn how to exorcise ghosts, contain witches and bind boggarts. But when he is tricked into freeing Mother Malkin, the most evil witch in the Country, the horror begins….
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Chilling, memorable, full of wonderful characters and written in a fluid style that makes the narrative accessible to all ages. Deep within the wildwood lies a place of myth and mystery, from which few return, and none remain unchanged. Ryhope Wood may look like a three-mile-square fenced-in wood in rural Herefordshire on the outside, but inside, it is a primeval, intricate labyrinth of trees, impossibly huge, unforgettable. Stephen Huxley has already lost his father to the mysteries of Ryhope Wood.
On his return from the Second World War, he finds his brother, Christopher, is also in thrall to the mysterious wood, wherein lies a realm where mythic archetypes grow flesh and blood, where love and beauty haunt your dreams, and in promises of freedom lies the sanctuary of insanity…. Mythago Wood is a fantasy masterpiece. Read our review of Mythago Wood , book one of the Mythago Cycle. Lost items found. Paranormal Investigations. Reasonable rates.
So when the Chicago P. Takes a wizard to catch a — well, whatever. Read our review of Storm Front , book one in the Dresden Files series. Acheron Hades has been kidnapping characters from works of fiction and holding them ransom. Jane Eyre is gone. Thursday sets out to find a way into the book to repair the damage. In my opinion this book really takes the fantasy fiction genre further. It combines some great elements that truly make this book comes to life in more than one dimension.
Combining funny and witty dialogues but also numerous literary ideas with the bookworms and names of several of the characters make this a terrific read and should be compulsory for everyone. Stephen King introduces readers to one of his most enigmatic heroes, Roland of Gilead, the Last Gunslinger. He is a haunting figure, a loner, on a spellbinding journey into good and evil, in a desolate world which frighteningly echoes our own. In his first step towards the powerful and mysterious Dark Tower, Roland encounters an alluring woman named Alice, begins a friendship with Jake, a kid from New York, and faces an agonising choice between damnation and salvation as he pursues the Man in Black.
And as we read they form a tender and loving relationship that is pivotal to all that follows. Read our review of The Gunslinger , book one in the Dark Tower series. Quint, son of sky pirate captain, and new apprentice to Linius Pallitax, the Most High Academe, has been set some highly important tasks. Here, they unwittingly invoke an ancient curse — the curse of the gloamglozer…. Read our review of Curse of the Gloamglozer , book one of the Edge Chronicles. Darkness wars with darkness as the hard-bitten men of the Black Company take their pay and do what they must.
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