Posts Tagged: Epic Fantasy

Andre Norton’s Witch World: High Hallack, Arvon and the Waste

Andre Norton’s Witch World: High Hallack, Arvon and the Waste

High Hallack, Arvon and the Waste are located on a different continent of the Witch World than Norton’s Estcarp Cycle. High Hallack contains the Dales – quite similar but still rather different than Karsten’s Keeps. The Dales are spread out around the land – each one holding a few hundred… Read more »

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Review: Ciara’s Song by Andre Norton

Review: Ciara’s Song by Andre Norton

I love this book and the sequel The Duke’s Ballad. This is one of the few books in Andre Norton’s Witch World series that I feel allow for new reader explanations. It’s also an unusual Fantasy book by today’s standards: It’s mostly a stand-alone, it follows the lives of three… Read more »

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Coursera: Online Games Week 2

This week in Online Games: Literature, New Media, and Narrative This week the class is going to dig a little deeper into Tolkien, the social aspect of MMOs and take a look at one of my favorite epic poems: Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came. Readings – J.R.R Tolkien’s… Read more »

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Review: Alta (Dragon Jousters #2) by Mercedes Lackey *Spoilers*

Review: Alta (Dragon Jousters #2) by Mercedes Lackey *Spoilers*

NOTE: This review will contain spoilers for the first book in this series, Joust. If you haven’t read Joust, please do not read this review unless you are ok with spoilers. This one is cute. I enjoy this book but not as much as Joust. Alta continues the story of… Read more »

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Review: Joust (Dragon Jousters #1) by Mercedes Lackey

Review: Joust (Dragon Jousters #1) by Mercedes Lackey

Joust, the first book in Mercedes Lackey’s Dragon Jousters series, is a wonderfully rich re-imagining of ancient Egypt. The story follows a young serf, Vetch, as he slowly gains agency. Vetch is an Altan serf. He became a serf when Alta lost a major war with their neighbor Tia. Vetch’s… Read more »

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Andre Norton’s Witch World: Estcarp, Escore, and Karsten

Andre Norton’s Witch World: Estcarp, Escore, and Karsten

Estcarp, Escore, and Karsten Estcarp and Escore are the primary countries where the following books are located. Estcarp and Escore are both rife with magic (witches, warlocks and Adept Sorcerers) while Karsten has very few and mostly hidden magic practitioners. Witchcraft is outlawed in Karsten and is punishable by death…. Read more »

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Review: The Spirit Thief (The Legend of Eli Monpress #1) by Rachel Aaron

Review: The Spirit Thief (The Legend of Eli Monpress #1) by Rachel Aaron

  This one was a slog. I bought this as part of omnibus based off of a great blurb. I started and stopped it a couple of times but I finally buckled down and read in starting in January. It took me forever to finish this book – it’s not… Read more »

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Review: Gardens of the Moon (Malazan Book of the Fallen, #1) by Steven Erikson

Review: Gardens of the Moon (Malazan Book of the Fallen, #1) by Steven Erikson

There are no words. I just don’t have the words to describe this enough to get out a review. I don’t have the words to express my relationship with Gardens of the Moon. I am…my mind is BLOWN. It’s genius. It’s intimidating. The sheer scope of what was going on… Read more »

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