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Today’s prompt for #BEDN is travel. This is something I’d love to do, but don’t have the funds to cart a 6 person family off anywhere particularly exciting. Instead, my travelling tends to be virtual, through the pages of books.
Recently I’ve been all sorts of magical places, some familiar, some new. I read a proof of Tempests and Slaughter, by Tamora Pierce and it reawakened my love of fantasy. These books are fantastic adventure yarns with great, very human, main characters, and huge casts telling stories that expand constantly. This one is a prequel introducing characters in their youth seen in other books. It’s a great introduction to a fantastic author.
After that, I revisited an old friend and took a trip to Earthsea. A Wizard of Earthsea was one of the first fantasy books I ever owned and I love it. The strength of Ursula LeGuin’s writing is that I find something new in it every time I pick it up. There’s a new illustrated version of the whole set just come out, and I’ve got it on my birthday wishlist. I’m not convinced I’ve actually read all of them, but I don’t really mind either way tbh.
Next up, the Black Magician Trilogy by Trudi Canavan. I remember reading at least one of these years ago, but this time I devoured the whole set in about a week, with occasional pauses while searching for second and third in charity shops. I’ve got the first one of the sequel series on order at the library, but it’s taking forever to come in.
While I’m waiting for that, Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan was an absolutely luscious read. The drawback to winning and reading a proof pre publication date is that now I’ve got a very long wait for the sequel! And I really really need to read it.
So, what do you think of my travels? Where do you like to go without leaving your house? (If you want to keep up with my book ramblings, check out my bookstagram account)
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