My Top Five Fantasy Worlds
By Christina Bauer, Author
As part of launching my new book, BRUTAL TIME, the lovely folks at Urban Fantasy Investigations asked me to share my top five fantasy worlds. Love this topic! So without further ado, here goes:
Grace Draven has built out some sweet fantasy worlds, but Radiance is by far my favourite. It’s got some beloved storylines such as: a forced royal marriage that turns into something else … as well as monster guys who aren’t so monstrous when you get to know them! Plus, Draven does a great job of building out her universe without having it overload the story. Not easy.
Four: Last Hour of Gann
R. Lee Smith needs to start writing stuff again! Last Hour of Gann is a gritty and romantic tale about space travel and alien love. Has that genre been around? Sure. But Lee’s world building and characterization are so superb, this book transcends anything else out there.
It’s hard to come up with new monsters and settings. We all try … but Mary Shelley nailed it like a boss. She really synthesized modern angst about the role of technology and our burgeoning ability to play god.
Two: Anything by Jane Austen
In terms of world building, Austen very much relied on the actual world around her. That said, I think she KILLED it in terms of coming up with fantasy romance scenarios. Like any great story, these tales feel absolutely real, which is why they’re still so impactful.
One: Lord of the Rings
There are other world-builders out there, but how many created their own freaking languages? The only one I know of is the amazing JRR Tolkien and his Lord of the Rings series. Tolkien also wrote the series as letters to his sons while they were fighting in World War II (Tolkien himself was a WWI vet) and the world building subtly includes a lot of that reality.
So there you have it … my five favourite worlds! I had fun writing this post and hope to stop by again on a future tour!
Christina graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in English along with Television, Radio, and Film Production. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband, son, and semi-insane golden retriever, Ruby.
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