Top 10 – Fantasy Anime Recommendations

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Today I thought that I would do something different for #WyrdAndWonder and look at some of my favourite fantasy anime. Now, this list is entirely personal – I know as many people who dislike these as like them, and it only scratches the surface of what anime is out there (there were so many I could have added to this list).

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Book Review: The Lessons Never Learned (The War Eternal #2) – Rob J. Hayes

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Today I am reviewing ‘The Lessons Never Learned’ by Rob. J. Hayes. You can check out my review of book one ‘Along the Razor’s Edge’ (HERE), and the author wrote a post about writing this second book that people should check out HERE.

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Book Summary:

I am the weapon.

Eskara is free of the Pit, but far from safe. She is beset by the ghosts of those she has killed, and plagued by the ancient horror that possesses her. Enemies dog her heels, determined to see the last Orran Sourcerer dead. Worse still, there is new player in the game, one far more dangerous than anything she has faced before.

But there is one place that might offer her both the safety she needs to survive, and the power she needs to strike back; Ro’shan, the flying home of a God.

Eska will soon learn that all power comes with a cost, and some prices are too high.

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Book Review: The Unspoken Name (The Serpent Gates #1) – A. K. Larkwood

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Today (which was supposed to be yesterday, but the wifi was not playing ball) I am reviewing ‘The Unspoken Name’ by A.K. Larkwood.

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Book Summary:

Does she owe her life to those planning her death . . .

Csorwe was raised by a death cult steeped in old magic. And on her fourteenth birthday, she’ll be sacrificed to their god. But as she waits for the end, she’s offered a chance to escape her fate. A sorcerer wants her as his assistant, sword-hand and assassin. As this involves her not dying that day, she accepts.

Csorwe spends years living on a knife-edge, helping her master hunt an artefact which could change many worlds. Then comes the day she’s been dreading. They encounter Csorwe’s old cult – seeking the same magical object – and Csorwe is forced to reckon with her past. She also meets Shuthmili, the war-mage who’ll change her future.

If she’s to survive, Csorwe must evade her enemies, claim the artefact and stop the death cult once and for all. As she plunges from one danger to the next, the hunt is on . . .

The Unspoken Name by A. K. Larkwood is the incredible first book in The Unspoken Name duology.

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Roll those Dice!

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So, today’s prompt for #WyrdAndWonder was Goblins, which for me meant Dungeons & Dragons and Critical Role. I had always wanted to play DnD, but I was too shy to approach the groups I knew about, and I had no idea where to start. Then I began to watch Critical Role at the start of Campaign 2, and I fell in love, while it was a game with rules and dice rolls it was the storytelling that caught my attention and got me hooked. A couple of episodes in and I was recommending it to some of my friends. Soon we were all watching it and talking about it, and it seemed like a natural progression when we all went ‘why don’t we play?’ We knew each other, we trusted each other, there was no worry about finding a group where we belonged, we already had that, and so the decision was made almost before the question was asked.

It’s not quite that simple, as while most of us had met at university via the Anime Society, we were now spread out across the UK and for some time the US and the Netherlands. So, we went online – a good thing really considering the current situation – and it has spiralled since then. We now have three campaigns so that we can keep playing even when one of the DMs (as several of us were/are still studying at postgrad), and oneshots where we can experiment with new stories and formats. Some weeks, I am DM and running around as Variant Human Fighter, other weeks I am a Tiefling Wild-Magic Sorcerer/Warlock (who may or may not have taken the party to the Shadowfell and Feywilds, and dropped a Fireball on her own head), or a Drow Rogue in the craziest party of the three. I’ve been a Firbolg Druid/Bard in a Firbolg only one-shot, a Tiefling Draconic-Origin Sorcerer in a Battle Royale which ended with my character trapping herself in a different dimension.

I love being able to create characters -my own and NPCs – and worlds, weaving together backstories and our own chaotic choices. I get to make maps, throw in character cameos – we had Gimli and Legolas running a tavern- and for four hours a week, I get to live in a fantasy. In fact, I love DnD and the material that exists around it so much that I currently have two projects on the go, a LitRPG-esque story, and another ‘secret’ project, which is my escape when I need an escape from more serious projects. As a result, I am hoarding DnD characters alongside my dice. And going back to Goblins – one of the characters for the second writing project is Kelp, a Goblin Paladin out in the world trying to do good.

I’m caught up with Campaign 2 of Critical Role, and I am now working my way through Campaign one – Vax may have stolen my heart – and I am eagerly awaiting the animated series. Each time I watch and rewatch episodes, I learn something new about DnD and storytelling, and every time I come away inspired to create stories that make me feel like Critical Role makes me feel.

Rowena

Proud Dice Goblin

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Book Review: Along the Razor’s Edge (The War Eternal#1) – Rob J. Hayes

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            Today I am reviewing ‘Along the Razor’s Edge’ by Rob. J. Hayes. After reading ‘Never Die’ and loving it, I was keen to read more, and I was not disappointed!

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Book Summary:

No one escapes the Pit.

At just fifteen Eskara Helsene fought in the greatest war mankind has ever known. Fought and lost. There is only one place her enemies would send a Sourcerer as powerful as her, the Pit, a prison sunk so deep into the earth the sun is a distant memory. Now she finds herself stripped of her magic; a young girl surrounded by thieves, murderers, and worse. In order to survive she will need to find new allies, play the inmates against each other, and find a way out. Her enemies will soon find Eskara is not so easily broken.

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Book Review: The Ranger of Marzanna (The Goddess War: Book 1) – Jon Skovron

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            Today I am reviewing ‘The Ranger of Marzanna’ by Jon Skovron. A Russian-inspired fantasy, that I read in the space of a couple of days and fell in love with from the start.

*Disclaimer – I received an e-arc via netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

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Book Summary:

Two siblings. Two nations. One war for it all.

Sonya is training to be a Ranger of Marzanna, an ancient sect of warriors who have protected the land for generations. But the old ways are dying, and the rangers have all been forced into hiding or killed off by the invading Empire.

When her father is murdered by imperial soldiers, she decides to finally take action. Using her skills as a ranger she will travel across the bitter cold tundra and gain the allegiance of the only other force strong enough to take down the invaders.

But nothing about her quest will be easy. Her brother, Sebastian, is the most powerful sorcerer the world has ever seen.

And he’s fighting for the empire.

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Wyrd and Wonder: May TBR

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Something a little new today, as I will be sharing my planned TBR list for May. I will be participating in Wyrd & Wonder (1-31st May) a month long blogging event where all things fantasy will be celebrated. As much as I read other genres, fantasy is where my heart – and my own writing – lies, so I couldn’t miss the chance to hop onboard for this event.
If you are interested in participating or seeing more about the event you can find more information right here or follow on Twitter @wyrdandwonder. With the event being hosted by Lisa from Dear Geek Place, Imryl from One More and Jorie from Jorie Loves A Story.

Firstly I have the following Fantasy reviews coming up:

2nd May – The Ranger of Marzanna – Jon Skovron

4th May – Along the Razor’s Edge – Rob. J. Hayes

5th May – The Heron Kings – Eric Lewis

7th May – The Girl and the Stars – Mark Lawrence

9th May – The Unspoken Name – A.K. Larkwood

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