I saw Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes do this tag, and couldn’t resist doing it myself! Bree Hill originally created this tag as the Get to Know the Romance Reader Tag, and The Book Pusher adapted it for fantasy readers.
1. What is your fantasy origin story? (The first fantasy novel you read)
I read a lot of animal stories as a child and came to fantasy a little later, so the earliest fantasy stories I can remember are the Ladybird versions of Rapunzel and Rumpelstiltskin. I read and loved Roald Dahl’s The Magic Finger when I was little, too!
2. If you could be the hero/heroine in a fantasy novel, who would be the author and what’s one trope you’d insist be in the story?
I want to be in a fantasy of manners story as written by Gail Carriger, because I know I can trust her to give me a happy ending and there’ll no doubt be some laughs along the way, and I think I’d love to see Carriger’s play on the chosen one – simply because I can imagine her chosen one not being the right one.
3. What is a fantasy you’ve read this year, that you want more people to read?
The Sword of Kaigen by M.L. Wang is fantastic, but I’ve also loved The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow, The Kingdom of Copper by S.A Chakraborty, Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray, The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden and The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo.
4. What is your favourite fantasy subgenre? What subgenre have you not read much from?
I think my favourite is the traditional sword and sorcery tales, but there are so many subgenres I love. Grimdark is probably the subgenre I read the least from – it’s just too depressing for me!
5. Who is one of your auto-buy fantasy authors?
Silvia Moreno-Garcia. I love her work!
6. How do you typically find fantasy recommendations? (Goodreads, Youtube, Podcasts, Instagram..)
Mostly through my fellow bloggers (thank you!) and Booktube.
7. What is an upcoming fantasy release you’re excited for?
I can’t wait to get my hands on The Empire of Gold by S.A Chakraborty!
8. What is one misconception about fantasy you would like to lay to rest?
That it’s pale, male and stale. Fantasy is an incredibly diverse genre and, now more than ever, there are so many people writing within the genre and writing different kinds of fantasy. Every year I see more and more African and Asian-inspired fantasy being published, and I read a lot more fantasy written by women than men.
Sure, George R.R. Martin and Patrick Rothfuss and Brandon Sanderson (all authors I haven’t read yet) are loved for a reason, but authors like Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Naomi Novik, Zen Cho, Robin Hobb, Rebecca Roanhorse, S.A Chakraborty, Alix E. Harrow, Grace Draven, T. Kingfisher, Gail Carriger, Katherine Addison, Seanan McGuire, Stephanie Burgis, Marie Brennan, Juliet Marillier, Amy Rose Capetta, Madeline Miller and so many others are also wonderful!
9. If someone had never read a fantasy before and asked you to recommend the first 3 books that come to mind as places to start, what would those recommendations be?
10. Who is the most recent fantasy reading content creator you came across that you’d like to shoutout?
I very recently discovered Molly @ Bi Bookish Babe, thanks to the lovely shout outs she put together for other bloggers, and I’m planning to get lost in her blog posts this weekend! All of the blogs I’ve tagged below, though (and so many others) are all blogs you should be following.