Tough Traveling – Kings

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? KINGS KINGS come in four kinds: Puppet Kings, Bad Kings, Good Kings (rare), and Long Lost Kings. I’ve been out of the loop for a while, and am excited to jump back in. 🙂 It’s fun coming up with these lists, and I’ve missed it. Wow. This is another week where I’m tempted to do a ASoIaF edition. There’s just so many Kings to choose from!! So I’ll do two lists for each of the 4 types of kings. One ASoIaF, and on one from other series so I don’t bore everyone 🙂 I am going to put a disclaimer that my ASoIaF ones might have spoilers. Read at your…

Tough Traveling – Quest Objects

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? QUEST OBJECTS QUEST OBJECTS can be various, but are quite strictly defined by the Rules. They are: 1. Material Objects. Cups, jewels, orbs, rings, scepters, stones, and swords. 2. Places. Hidden Kingdomes, islands, old ruined cities, stones, temples, valleys and fountains. 3. Persons. Apprentices, hardship, princes. 4. Knowledge. Usually for birthright or magic or both. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline – I don’t care if this is Science Fiction, it is like the ultimate Quest, one that every person alive has dreamed of winning. Within the virtual playground called the OASIS a lottery ticket of sorts is hidden, just waiting for a determined gamer to find their way there….

The Magician King by Lev Grossman
3 Stars , Reviews / July 20, 2014

This book had a slightly different feel to it than The Magicians, at least in some ways. It still has the sarcastic edge to it and the irreverent attitudes that made me love The Magicians. Always a good thing. But Quentin does not seem quite so angsty, and seems to have grown quite self-aware of his needless angst. Also, The Magicians was a coming of age story paired with the story of coming into the world of magic. It was a book of growing up, discovery and the pain that is encountered along the way. This book was a story of Quentin’s quest and Julia’s backstory, intermingled. In The Magician King, we meet back up with Quentin, Julia, Eliot and Janet serving as Kings and Queen of Fillory. It’s a rather posh and very magical but to be honest, somewhat boring life. Eventually, I think Quentin realized this, because, well, he’s Quentin, so he can’t be happy. And it gives him a reason to start pursuing something else. Something less boring because we can’t tell a story that’s boring, now can we? So Quentin begins a journey, during which I think he is coping with loss and is probably still trying to find…