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When the Bookpushers asked me to write a post about my favorite fantasy books, I thought, Pshaw, that’ll be easy. I could list a dozen off the top of my head.
Warning: if you can list a dozen favorite anything off the top of your head, writing a book about your favoritest of favorites will not be easy. In fact, it will leave you torn by indecision and staring listlessly at a blank page, wondering where on Earth to start.
Of course, that’s just the thing. It’s not about Earth at all, is it? It’s about those books that take you to another world and wrap you in all the magic of what if…? while whisking you off to fantastical cities to battle terrifying monsters with breathtaking magic.
My journey with fantasy started when I was twelve years old. I stumbled across a book with a bright cover in the library, but what held my attention was the fact that there was a couple on the cover—and the woman was the one with the sword! Hey, I thought excitedly. I knew girls could have adventures too!
And so they could. Mercedes Lackey’s By the Sword introduced me to a world of fantasy authors who were all too ready to trample on the assumption that a fantasy novel has to start with a boy going on a journey. I read about Del taking on the Tiger in Sword Dancer. I read about Alanna switching places with her twin brother to become the realm’s first new female knight in Alanna: The First Adventure.
I trampled through the library, reading everything I could get my hands on. I read the Terry Brooks, the David Eddings, the Robert Jordan. But the books that stuck with me were the ones that told the stories I desperately wanted to read—the stories where the women were fierce and independent and so much more than just sidekicks or damsels who trailed along while the hero had the adventure.
And they had swords. Swords, zomg!
Over the years I’ve had a lot of favorites come and go. I’ve read and loved Mercedes Lackey, Tamora Pierce, Jennifer Robberson, C.S. Lewis, Anne McCaffrey, Sharon Shinn, Tanya Huff, Robert Jordan, David Eddings, Guy Gavriel Kay, Madeleine L’Engle, Philip Pullman and many more. But the two authors who have long held dominion over my favorite fantasy authors list?
Melanie Rawn and Anne Bishop. More specifically, their Dragon Prince and Black Jewels trilogies.
These two series stand out for me as having some of the most vivid, unique and beautifully terrifying worlds I’ve ever seen. In particular, the flavors of magic are endlessly fascinating to me. The Black Jewels series takes you to a dark, fractured world where twisted Queens hold dominion over those who dream of a better time, and the power you wield is measured by a jewel.
The Dragon Prince series introduces witches who literally weave sunlight, riding the beams of light with their minds to communicate—and spy—while dragons stalk the deserts and the High Prince seeks to destroy everything in his thirst for power.
These series are very different from each other. They’re very different from everything else I’ve read, which is one of the reasons I think they’re special. And they’re so special to me that I asked the Bookpushers to let me give away a copy of the first book in each series. (Open international, and I will do my best to get you your choice of ebook or print, wherever available and possible.)
All you have to do to enter is tell me which of the two you’d like to read and why!