Hey fantasy avengers! Hope y'all already saw the launch post. I'm excited to have been hosted by the following lovely bloggers and hope you'll take a moment of your time to see what we shared and talked about below:
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Guest Post: Crafting Legends
To quote one of my favorite movies and actors, “One does not simply walk into Mordor.”
In the same vein, you don’t simply create a fantasy story without crafting its legends. This is best illustrated through epic fantasy novels like Game of Thrones. Throughout the ongoing series you are drawn deeper into the stories behind the stories. There is legend layered behind hundreds of years of history. Even contemporary fantasy like Harry Potter is full of the hidden history of this magical world. Not every author discovers all the hidden back stories right away of course. Sometimes you discover the legends in the process of exploring your characters. George R.R. Martin, for example, compares his writing method to a garden.
All the nameless faces were staring at her as Amie approached the closed caskets. She glared at her blurred reflection on the black surface, chin set to hold back tears. She dropped a white rose on each casket, then turned back to the crowd of onlookers.
'Go ahead and think I’m heartless,' she thought. 'None of you deserved them and you don’t deserve me either.'
She forced herself to meet their eyes and dared the fakers to pity and mourn with her.
Something hot and electric zapped through her body as her gaze clashed with a man standing just outside the tent. He stood a head taller than everyone else, dark hair flattened to his head by the rain and black eyes enigmatic.
Thunder rumbled and cracked in the clouds overhead. A sudden cool wind kissed Amie’s neck. She rubbed her skin self-consciously. She caught her breath as people began to walk past her, breaking her line of sight and pushing the strange man from her mind...
To read the excerpt in full visit
Paulette's Papers: http://paulettespapers.com/?p=16523
3. Reading for the Stars and Moon, shared their honest and thoughtful review. I'm a big fan of critical reviews, because they're the kind that help us grow and improve our craft :)
REVIEW: 3 stars
Silver Hollow was an interesting read, but it was sometimes hard to follow along with and wasn't a book that really hooked me from the beginning. I really enjoyed the worldbuilding in this novel, and the descriptions were very great at making you feel like you were actually there in the novel. I did feel like there were a lot of twists and turns, and I also really enjoyed that.
There was humor and sadness, and intrigue and romance. All in all, this book had everything I wanted, and everything that would make it a good book, but I think just because it was hard for to stay sucked into the story made it a book I didn't love, although I did enjoy it.
I would highly recommend this novel if you are a fan of fantasy worlds. I might try to reread it in the future to see how much my opinion has changed with being able to follow along more. I look forward to reading more by Jennifer Silverwood.
Stay tuned tomorrow for more tour stops & don't miss the Raffle! Good luck and may the odds be in your favor ;) Happy reading!