What is your fantasy origin story? (The first fantasy novel you read)
Northern Lights by Philip Pullman (The Golden Compass in the US)
Most people grew up with HP – I didn’t never read nor watched it, never will.
I was a late bloomer when it comes to reading but I made my mum buy me the His Dark Materials box set when we were in The Works when I was a young teen and it made me fall in love with reading and SFF.
If you could be the hero/heroine in a fantasy novel, who would be the author and what’s one trope you’d insist be in the story?
Ooo. Author is an easy one for me: Brandon Sanderson!
I’d want to be a chosen one, so that trope. (also need cool magical powers.)
What is a fantasy you’ve read this year, that you want more people to read?
I haven’t read a *ton* of fantasy this year. But I did reread The Remnant Chronicles by Mary E Pearson. I think this series is so underhyped. It’s seriously one of the best YA Fantasy series.
What is your favourite fantasy subgenre? What subgenre have you not read much from?
My favourite is High Fantasy, of course! I absolutely love being transported to new worlds. I haven’t really read much paranormal stuff… if that counts as a fantasy subgenre?
Who is one of your auto-buy fantasy authors?
So that I don’t answer Brandon Sanderson for everything… I’ll go with Sarah J Maas.
How do you typically find fantasy recommendations? (Goodreads, Youtube, Podcasts, Instagram..)
Booktube, Bookstagram, Goodreads & of course, book blogs!
What is an upcoming fantasy release you’re excited for?
Winterkeep by Kristin Cashore!
I’ve been dying for more Graceling books and my wish has been granted. I’m so glad the author decided to return to this world.
What is one misconception about fantasy you would like to lay to rest?
Women who write fantasy write for the YA or kid audiences…. WHY do people think women can’t write adult fiction?!
If someone had never read a fantasy before and asked you to recommend the first 3 books that come to mind as places to start, what would those recommendations be?
Northern Lights by Philip Pullman
Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson
Vicious by V.E. Schwab
Who is the most recent fantasy reading content creator you came across that you’d like to shoutout?
I haven’t actually come across any new ones lately…
If anyone has any recs please let me know!