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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

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Novel Newcomers: Emily @ Emily Reads Everything

Hi everyone! I’m Emily from Emily Reads Everything ( I’m so excited to be a part of Novel Newcomers today This is such a wonderful event that Nori and Sophi are hosting! I really appreciate being asked to be a part of it. I want to say a huge thank you to Sophi for being patient with me. I signed up and was chose for Novel Newcomers months ago and I lost track of time in the meantime. She was so kind in gently reminding me and helping me come up with a topic.
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My Top 5 Favorite Books based on their World Building

In no particular order…
#5 Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
The magic system in this series is outstanding. Magic users swallow metals and then burn them in their stomachs to create certain actions and reactions. Different types of metals have their own powers and effects. I also love the history of the world. In most fantasy novels, the chosen one is working towards saving the world. Mistborn explores a world where the chosen one has come and this is the world they created.

#4 Kushiel’s Legacy by Jacqueline Carey
This series is not for the faint of heart. This is an adult fantasy series where sex plays a large role in the plot. However, if a little explicit content doesn’t bother you, this series is great. The religion is absolutely fascinating! I love reading about interesting and different belief systems, so this caught my attention right away. In their world, sex and love is holy based on their religious beliefs. The base tenet of their religion is “Love as Thou Wilt”

#3 The Grishaverse by Leigh Bardugo
The magic in this series really fascinates me. Each power has a positive or a negative effect, if you will. If you have power over people lives, you can specialize in either the power to hurt or the power to heal. If you have power over objects, you can either create or destroy. Plus all of the orders of the Grisha have wonderful names. Who wouldn’t want to be a Heartrender or a Tidemaker?

#2 A Song of Ice and Fire by George R R Martin
This series is so wonderfully complicated! There are dozens of different families with different mottos and crests. Every family has an ancient and interwoven history with every other family and to understand the complexities of what’s currently happening in the world you have to know and understand the histories. I love how what happened in the past is still affecting the world of the books. George R R Martin is also a master of the ripple effect. What seems like something inconsequential can end up being pivotal in the end.

#1 The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
If you can’t tell by this list, I’m a sucker for high fantasy. There’s nothing more classic than Tolkien. He’s a master of world building and his books have inspired many, many other fantasy novels. From all the different races (hobbits, trolls, orcs, elves and more) to the different lands and cultures, Tolkien’s world building is some of the best!

If you had to choose, what 5 books would you pick for your favorite world building?

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