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What is Urban Fantasy?

Urban fantasy is not magical realism It can be difficult to find extensive literary thought on this topic, in part because both sub-genres of the fantasy category (and fantasy itself) are considered “lesser” in the world of literary thought and aren’t thoroughly discussed, nor examined. However, this article from 2019 is the easiest to read […]

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The Magic System in The Fourth Element Series

Hiya book bees, for this post I want to discuss the way magic works (so far) in The Fourth Element series by Kat Ross. I think the magic system that we’ve been introduced to is super fascinating, and something that I can’t really discuss in depth during my reviews of the individual books. Thus this […]

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Review: Blood of the Prophet (The Fourth Element #2) by Kat Ross

Nazafareen, her bonded, and her friends have a mission. They must find the Prophet and somehow learn the secret to release the bonding cuffs the daevas wear. But there is a creeping fear rising in her, both of her feelings for Darius and for the frightening abilities she has started to tap into. Once the […]

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Discussion: Vikings in Fiction

Hello book bees and welcome to another discussion! Today we’ll be covering Vikings, and specifically Vikings in fiction. This is a topic I’ve got a bit of background in. When I was in undergraduate school I studied some Viking history, and went on to pursue a graduate degree in Denmark thus gaining a lot more […]

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Review: The Ship Beyond Time (The Girl From Everywhere #2) by Heidi Heilig

Nix has been set free by Slate, her captain and father. He has thrown his opium into the sea and given up on her mother–for now. Long enough for Nix to take command of her life and stop fearing what will happen if her past is changed and her present erased. With Blake Hart aboard […]

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Fairy Tale Posts

Fairy Tale Backgrounds: Swan Lake

Introduction Swan Lake is a pretty iconic story in the breadth of fairy tales. It’s tricky, multi-faceted, and often adapted in strange ways. Most notably, Swan Lake is a famous ballet with well known musical scores and featured in almost any ballet scene or movie in some capacity. The costumes are easily recognizable, and the […]

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Archive Review: Old Magic by Marianne Curley

Modern day witches aren’t common. But when Jarrod walks into Kate’s classroom and performs a feat of nearly impossible magic, she knows she can’t stay away from him. In trying to track down the root of his powers–which he seems blissfully unaware of–they discover an ancient curse on his family. With very little knowledge, and […]

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The Quick Fire Fantasy Tag!

Thank you to Michael at The Book Lovers’ Sanctuary for the tag! The Rules Thank the person who tagged you and link back to their post Link to the creator’s blog (thebookwormdreamer) in your post Answer the prompts below – all fantasy books! Tag 5 others to take part Enjoy! Five Star Book: Old Magic […]

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Discussion: Worldbuilding is So Necessary

Introduction Lately I’ve read some really interesting novels that built an intriguing or beautiful or otherwise wonderful world around the reader. But I’ve also read a few duds that just completely missed the mark. I’m a cinematic reader; I like to be able to see the characters, actions, and world unfold in front of me. […]

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Review: These Rebel Waves (Stream Raiders #1) by Sara Raasch

Set on the fantasy island Grace Loray, These Rebel Waves creates a mystical world of botanical magic, raider syndicates, and rebellious souls. Adeluna, or just Lu, was a daughter of the revolution that freed Grace Loray from the Argrid mainland and its religious oppression. Vex, an infamous unaligned stream raider, has been running the past […]