Book Tag Week: Quick Fire Fantasy Tag

And I’m back again for another Wyrd & Wonder BOOK TAG WEEK.

This time I’m doing the Quick Fire Fantasy Tag, which was created by the Bookworm Dreamer. I consider myself tagged by Lisa at Way Too Fantasy because I found the tag on her blog.

5-star book

The Golden Fool by Robin Hobb

Of course, the first book to pop in my head is one by Robin Hobb from her Realm of the Elderlings series, which is absolutely fantastic. The Golden Fool is the second novel in the Tawney Man trilogy and it’s one of my favorites about Fitz and the Fool’s adventures.

Always going to recommend

Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb

Yep, I’ll always recommend Robin Hobb’s books. Sure, they all start out slow, she takes her time building the characters and the world, but they are all so good. Assassin’s Apprentice is the first novel in the Farseer trilogy (which kicks off the Realm of the Elderlings series) about a bastard son of a prince who becomes an assassin’s apprentice.

Own it but haven’t read it yet

The Inheritance by Robin Hobb

It’s a book of short stories, some written under the pen name Robin Hobb (and set in the Realm of the Elderlings world), and some written under the name Megan Lindholm, which might be her real name or a made up name (can’t remember). Anyway, Emily at Embuhleeliest, my buddy-reader in all things Hobb, and I will read the Inheritance this month before moving on to all thing Lindholm.

Would read again

Ship of Destiny by Robin Hobb

Which I plan to reread soon. It’s the third book in the Liveship Traders trilogy, which I am currently rereading on audio. I’m now on the second book.

In another world

Dragon Keeper by Robin Hobb

Well, all the Realm of the Elderlings books are set in a fictional world but one of the places there I’d love to visit is the Rain Wilds. It sounds absolutely amazing and quite dangerous. The Rain Wilds is like a jungle, I guess. It’s a lush place with trees so huge that people build houses in them and cities are built on and around them. Through the Rain Wilds rushes a river that becomes extremely acidic when it turns milky white. If you happen to fall in the water, it could burn your skin away. Only boats made of wizard wood can safely traverse the river.

Back on earth

Alas, this category upends this wonderful Robin Hobb trend I had going. Ah well. Here’s…

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

Which is set on earth in the U.K. but only in places humans muggles can’t access. I’m rereading it by listening to the audio book. However, I switch back and forth between this and…

The Mad Ship by Robin Hobb

Lol! I couldn’t end this without mentioning another Robin Hobb book. I am currently rereading this by listening to the audio version. The Mad Ship is the second novel in the Liveship Traders trilogy (the second set of books in the Realm of the Elderlings series), which is about a merchant family that loses its liveship (a ship that comes to life after its captains die on its deck). The second book is about when this trilogy really starts to get good for me. However, I prefer reading the physical copy. The narrator of the audio book does a great job but she often drags out certain words (I guess to hint at an accent), which annoys me.

And with that Hobb book, I end this BOOK TAG WEEK tag for my Wyrd & Wonder fantasy celebration.
Consider yourself tagged, if you wanna do it too.
And if you haven’t yet read Robin Hobb’s books, go pick up Assassin’s Apprentice. 🙂

21 thoughts on “Book Tag Week: Quick Fire Fantasy Tag

  1. Damn, I guess this is a tag I can’t tag myself in on – I’ve not read enough Robin Hobb 😉

    …but seriously, giggling at your commitment. Well played!


  2. Hallo, Hallo ZeZee,

    I haven’t yet had the chance to dive into Hobb’s collective works – though I can tell you are an ardent fan of hers – I remember selecting one of her series and gave it a bit of a go years ago but then, for whichever reason, I couldn’t get on with it? Odd. Which of her series/stories do you think I ought to warm my toes in before moving into the others?

    I agree with Ola – you had a clear vision for this #booktag and you pulled it off beautifully!

    #awesomesauce – thanks for routing this through #WyrdAndWonder!!

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    1. Lol Thanks Jorie! 😀

      I couldn’t help mentioning Hobb for everything. I’m actually not surprised that you couldn’t get into it on your first try. It was the same with me before I tried again and got hooked. Her books tend to start out slow and the very first trilogy is a bildungsroman so there’s lots of immaturity, stubbornness, and mistakes from the protag there.

      I always recommend starting with the very first trilogy in the Realm of the Elderlings series — the Farseer trilogy (Assassin’s Apprentice is the first book) — but the slow build and protag’s immaturity sometimes turn people off.
      Some folks start with the second trilogy instead — the Liveship Traders (Ship of Magic is the first book). It’s a bit more complex than the Farseer books and the protags are more mature. For me, however, it was harder to get into these books because the first couple chapters of Ship of Magic bored me. I love the protag’s voice in the Farseer books, so those were a breeze to read. The Liveship ones are exciting once you work past the first couple chapters.

      Hope this helps 🙂

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      1. This is a wonderful help to me! I know realise their slow starters and take a bit more time to truly invest into their stories, worlds and characters. I’m going to use this as a guide to help me sort my way through – thank you! I dearly appreciate the help.

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    1. Lol! 😀
      So happy to hear that! I hope they you end up liking the books as well. The story and world are amazing. It does start out slow, Hobb takes her time building characters and the world, but it gets more and more interesting as the plot progresses.

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