Fun for Monday: Quick Fire Fantasy Books

Tammy did this tag just the other day and it was too tempting to ignore. It was originally created by Jo The Bookworm Dreamer whose responses, along with Tammy’s, only added to my already-quite-large-enough-thank-you TBR. (Reader problems, eh? *grins hugely*).

Anyway, let’s see Wyrd and Wonder out with a wave and a smile, and some rapid-fire responses to Jo’s prompts …

Wyrd and Wonder: Celebrate the Fantastic 1st to 31st May 2021
Image Credit: Svetlana Alyuk on


5 Star Book:

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What’s that? I’m getting repetitive? Well, I don’t read as fast as some of you and when I like something I do tend to go on and on and on

I don’t think I’ve mentioned yet how much I really enjoyed Carey’s Kushiel’s Dart though. Were it not for the read-along I wouldn’t have picked this up at all (*whispers loudly* “I think there might be sex in this!”), but I’m so glad I did!


Always Going to Recommend:

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Believe it or not I am genuinely trying to use different books for this tag! But I am also always going to recommend Tam Lin by Pamela Dean (naff cover notwithstanding) and A Thousand Nights by E K Johnston (alternative cover shown, which I neeeeed) because they’ve got so much in them that I love.

A book I’ve probably mentioned less here, but that I throw at people regularly (and literally) at work, is Corrag by Susan Fletcher. It’s not really fantasy – Corrag is believed to be a witch, but the book is set in 17th Century Scotland – but Corrag is such a beautiful soul and her view of the world is magical, so here she is.


Own It, But Haven’t Read It Yet:

Seriously? So. Many. Books.

Here are three:

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Would Read Again:

I definitely got read again vibes from Spirits that Walk in Shadow by Nina Kiriki Hoffman so far. I fairly steamed through this unplanned Wyrd and Wonder read and would like to go back and see what, if anything, I missed. It’s pacey, sweet and there’s an animal companion … all good signs. Here’s that glorious cover again:



In Another World:

Let’s go with Ancelsteirre and the Old Kingdom (two for the price of one). And let’s see those glorious Leo and Diane Dillon covers (much-coveted by me, but yet to be found):

The original Abhorsen trilogy (Sabriel, Lirael and Abhorsen) with cover art to Leo and Diana Dillon


Back on Earth:

I can’t actually do a tag without mentioning Walton at least once, so … #sorrynotsorry




Anyone else want to play? Throw down those book covers, let’s see ‘em!




  1. I’m so glad you did this tag! I’m also trying to read Piranesi, I bought a copy but it’s still sitting on my shelves. It’s short so I don’t know why I keep forgetting about it😁

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  2. I’ll have a think about doing this tag, but I’ve recently done another and I like to space them out…

    A handful of these I really should seek out — the Guy Gavriel Kay (but I also have a few of his titles waiting, so maybe not now), the Hobb sequel, and the Dean — but ooh la la, tants de livres

    I repeat the plea I made to Tammy above, you really should read the Clarke. Start it now, you know you should.

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  3. I think you would probably enjoy Piranesi quite a bit! It’s a very odd little book but it’s very good and so completely original! 😀
    And I’m always happy to see someone gush about The Empress of Salt and Fortune because it’s such a precious little story!

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  4. Oooh, read Hobb, read Hobb! (In exchange, I’ve already requested Or What You Will from the library and it’s waiting for me! 😂)
    The Empress of Salt and Fortune also sounds interesting, so I might be tempted… 😀

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    • Sounds like a fair exchange to me! I’ll get on it!
      And Empress is so short, even if you don’t love it (???) you won’t have lost much time. 😁

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  5. […] Lex Lingua closed out the month with a round of Five Star Reads In Five Words. Jessticulates considered three chunky fantasy novels she’d like to read this year. Mayri the BookForager indulged in a round of Quick Fire Fantasy Books. […]

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  6. Another post I was sure I’d commented on! What is going on in my tiny brain.
    Anyway – Susan Fletcher. She’s written some excellent books. I think Corrag was also called Witch Light – which is a book I loved. Assuming it’s the same it’s absolutely beautifully written and if memory serves we’re told the story by the young girl who is captured and imprisoned? I seem to recall that the events that take place in Scotland were based on historic events which gives it an extra something for me.
    Perhaps I should just go and check it’s the same book!
    Lynn 😀

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    • Yes! It’s the same book! (I think I saw that it had been published under another title when I was looking to see what else Fletcher had written, a while ago).
      It’s a favourite of mine. Yes, it’s beautifully written, and yes, set in the 1700s-ish, in Scotland, and yes, telling the story of this imprisoned girl. I love everything about it. It’s a book that left me with so many sensory impressions … very tempted to dig it out and read it again right now! 😀


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