Book Tag Week: Fantasy Tropes Book Tag

BOOK TAG WEEK continues!! 😀

This whole week I’m posting nothing but fantasy-themed book tags to celebrate Wyrd & Wonder, a month-long celebration in May of all things fantasy. However, although all the tags will be fantasy-themed, not all the books I mention will be fantasy because I haven’t read enough of them. (I spend too much time rereading, lol.)

Today, I’m doing the Fantasy Tropes Book Tag, which I found on Nut Free Nerd and was created by One’s Peculiar.

Lost Princess: A book/series you lost interest in halfway through

The World of Ice & Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin, Elio M. García Jr., and Linda Antonsson

I was eager to read this book when it was published and I started on it soon after purchasing it. I was enjoying it at first but gradually lost interest as I realized it won’t give me the answers I was looking for, answers I think I’ll only get from the last book of the series.

Knight in Shining Armor: A hyped book/series you were swept up by

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson (illus.)

It’s a YA comic book about a girl who seeks to become a villain’s assistant. I avoided reading the book for a long time because I thought it was overhyped. I was so wrong. It was a sweet read that was sometimes funny. I loved it.

Wise Old Wizard: An author who amazes you with his/her writing

Sarah Addison Allen

Oh my gosh! She is my new favorite author, which I probably said after reading Garden Spells but I REALLY mean it now because I’ve now read two books by her and loved them both for the story and the writing.

Garden Spells was a favorite and now First Frost is a favorite two. Both books are set in a North Carolina town filled with quirky characters and are about the Waverley sisters who are known for the apple tree in their backyard that bears prophetic fruit. The books are magical realism and are such good reads. I highly recommend them.

Maiden in Distress: An undervalued character you wish had a bigger story line

Rowan Forestal

Rowan is a side character in Sarah Prineas’s middle-grade fantasy novel The Magic Thief, which is about a street urchin who becomes an apprentice to a magician after trying to steal the magician’s locus magicalicus, a stone that helps to focus the magician’s power. Rowan is the daughter of the duchess and becomes a friend to the protagonist but there’s so much unknown about her that I wish the story dipped more into her backstory. Maybe that happens in the other books in the series.

Magic Sword: A magical item/ability you wish authors used less

Good question, hmm…

I can’t think of anything. I like all the magic stuff: swords, orbs, staffs, books, bows, buildings, plants, shoes, capes, kettles…

Mindless Villain: A phrase you cannot help but roll your eyes at

Light!

All the “curse words” that are in the Wheel of Time books. Light! They flaming annoy me.

Untamed Dragon: A magical creature you wish you had as a pet

a tea dragon

Who wouldn’t want a tea dragon? They are so cute and their tea leaves are magical. I’d love to have one and I do hope Katie O’Neill publishes more books in the Tea Dragon Society series. They are middle-grade fantasy graphic novels.

Chosen One: A book/series you will always root for

Avatar: The Last Airbender

One of my favorite animated TV shows. I love the story and everything about it. I even know the whole thing by heart; well, parts of it. It’s SO good. It’s a middle-grade fantasy series about a boy who’s the avatar for his world, a person who has a connection to the spiritual realm whose job it is to maintain balance in the world. Certain people in the world have the ability to manipulate one of the four elements — earth, fire, wind, water — but the avatar can manipulate them all, including spirit.

And that’s for another BOOK TAG WEEK tag.

21 thoughts on “Book Tag Week: Fantasy Tropes Book Tag

  1. I’d never heard of Sarah Addison Allen or those two books so I’ll check them out. And I laughed at your comment about the curses in Wheel of Time – it’s always a tricky thing in fantasy books with invented curse words… sometimes they work and I don’t mind them, but sometimes they just get on my nerves, especially if they’re overused (and in an audiobook I notice them even more if they’re repeated over and over!)

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    1. Very good point there on curses. In WOT it’s overused, like many other phrases in that series. The more I read/reread the more convinced I become that it’s not the best written series but the story is interesting.

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      1. Yes it’s one of those series that has so many fans so I want to know what everyone’s talking about, but I’m hesitant because I wasn’t sold by the first book and some of the negative things I’ve heard about the others make me hesitant to continue. Maybe one day I’ll finally do it… and just try to ignore all the overused curses and phrases!

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      1. It’s actually the other way around. The fire lizards were native to the planet when humans arrived and the dragons were bio-engineered from them. I don’t think they show up until they ‘discover’ the southern continent which may be in the 2nd or 3rd book of the trilogy? But they’re more prominent in the Harper Hall trilogy iirc.

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    1. Can’t wait to see your answers. I actually want to read Hoffman’s work to see if they are similar. I was reminded of Practical Magic (movie, haven’t read the book) when reading Allen’s Garden Magic.

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