Nathan over at Fantasy Review Barn is the mastermind of Tough Traveling. What’s Tough Traveling? Pretty much, it’s a weekly feature on Thursdays where we dig around to come up with examples of common tropes in fantasy, using Diana Wynne Jones’ The Tough Guide to Fantasyland as our inspiration and guide. Nathan has invited one and all to join in the fun, so feel free to come up with your own lists and add the link on Nathan’s weekly post, which will also contain (unleash) the next weeks theme. So let the fun begin …
This weeks theme? FLYING RIDES
Because honestly? Horses just got boring. (Thanks to author Anne Leonard for the suggestion).
I was tempted to include science fiction, because well, spaceships! But, I decided to limit myself to fantasy and see what I could come up with 🙂 But I did include steampunk, which, well might be kind of science fiction. But whatever, here’s my list!
Kettral from Emperor’s Blades by Brian Staveley
What kind of ride would you give a highly trained team of warriors? A kettral. This huge bird type creature can carry your team, travels fast, and can get to the most inhospitable territories. And added bonus? This thing can fight as well!
Flying Assassin Kite from Grace of Kings by Ken Liu
So, your on the ground in a crowded parade because the King is going by with all his protection. How could an assassin get in and out of here without an issue? Easy. Some type of flying kite that lets him just swoop right in, and then swoop back out. It’s not easy to chase someone airborne from the ground.
Dirigibles in Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger
Your typical floating dirigible, shuttling passengers from one destination to another. Complete with the obligatory goggles.
Hot Air balloon piloted by a stegosaurus from Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman
OK, so a hot air balloon. Big deal you think. BUT…. This is a time traveling hot air balloon. Piloted by a stegosaurus! Beat that!
Dragons from, well all sorts of books
Seriously? I don’t think I need to elaborate here. They can be found in tons of genre books, and often with a passenger.