Tough Traveling: Major Discoveries


The Thursday feature “Tough Traveling” is the brainchild of Nathan of Review Barn, who has come up with the excellent idea of making a new list each week based on the most common tropes in fantasy, as seen in (and inspired by) The Tough Guide to Fantasyland by Diana Wynn Jones. Nathan has invited anyone who is interested to come play along, so be sure to check out the first link for more information.

This week’s tour topic is: Major Discoveries

While often the people of Fantasyland seem stuck in a time warp occasionally a major discovery can shock the land into changes.  Be they new lands, new peoples or new technologies fantasyland thrives on having something to jump start the next age.

 Wendy’s Picks

Kushiel's DartKushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey

Her parents cast her away. People viewed the mote in her eye as an imperfection and her penchant for a pain an aberration. But Anafiel no Delauney recognized Phedre for what she truly was: god-touched. And so it was that Phedre, the only known anguisette, was set upon her destiny.

3e819-princeofthornsPrince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence

Death, fire, and the truth about the history of the Broken Kingdoms. Jorg Ancrath discovers it all on his journey from prince to emperor in Mark Lawrence’s series.

dragon age last flightDragon Age: The Last Flight by Liane Merciel

By the time players get to Thedas, they learn that, sadly, the griffons have long since died out. Here we learn why. But we also learn that maybe they aren’t as extinct as we thought. Told you so, Wynne.

lily blue blue lilyBlue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

Blue and the Raven Boys have been searching for the secrets of Cabeswater for three books now, but when they finally find it, it’s not exactly what they expected it…


6 Comments on “Tough Traveling: Major Discoveries”

  1. I like your choice of Jacqueline Carey – particularly as I’m reading the books at the moment as a readalong – can’t believe I wasn’t able to come up with something from there myself really.
    Lynn 😀


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