One of the best parts of being a blogger is the great opportunities landing in your inbox. Who would say no to a day of fantasy with elves, orcs, magic, art, and literature? Certainly not yours truly! So in exchange for a free pass, I have promised Fantasyfestivalen a review of the day. The idea behind the festival is to create a centre for all the fantasy afficionados in Denmark, and someday beyond, and provide opportunity for a somewhat prejudiced genre to meet their dedicated readers and find new kindred spirits. Over the weekend of 16th-17th of September, you would […]
One of my favourite literary genres is fairy tales and I am especially happy with all the retellings of classic tales available in recent years. I am always curious about what spin other people can take with a well-known and much loved story and the popularity of them says something about our society I think. A nostalgic look at our cultural history but with our modern culture’s virtues and vices at the forefront regardless whether the stories take place in the past, present, or future. Last year, I found the first book in the hugely popular series of The Lunar […]
If you are already sick of the mere mentioning of sport then I have some bad news: this is a momentous sports summer with the EURO16 still going, then Tour de France in July, and then the Olympics. So if you had plans on doing something with friends (if you are not the sporty kind) – drop those and find some alternatives. If you also happen to love reading then I will share which books I am going to pass time with myself when everyone else is glued to the screen.
Earlier this year, I started the popular book series Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas and I was really excited about it because it had an awesome heroine, cool secondary characters, interesting world building, and a plot to make you speed-turn every page. So I did speed-read the first books, Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight, but then the third, Heir of Fire, started to be a bit off. However, I just thought of that as being because the awesome characters were apart and that it would heat back up in the fourth book, Queen of Shadows (QoS). […]
Everyone expects beautiful and talented Kasia of the Valley close to the Wood to be chosen by the greatest wizard in the country and their lord, the Dragon, to become his new servant at his tower. He has always chosen the most beautiful and special of the girls born in the Dragon year for the past hundred years. The chosen girl comes to live and serve for ten years from their seventeenth year and is then let go back to her home with a dowry. But the girls never stay, they are somehow changed and go away without ever coming […]