Nov 12 2014

Random Post for Fantasy Books with Dragons and Swords that Goth Readers May Like and a Hint of Vanilla

The 12 Greatest Fantasy Books Of The Year


^ That’s a fantastic list to check out. ^


Where might my own current NaNoWriMo project land on this?


The Dagger in the Darkrise, by J Lenni Dorner

The Dagger in the Darkrise sample cover by @JLenniDorner



Why it made the list (or might someday) : It starts out with the main character facing a life-altering choice and dealing with feelings of not fitting in. But what’s really about to change is the whole world. The utopia she grew up in is going to fall. She hoped to inherit a sword– no one ever said it would come at such a terrible cost.


Read if you like: dragons, swords, a just-came-of-age female wielding a sword and living among dragons, a dash of a romance pentagon (triangles only have three sides)


Also read if you were or are goth to some degree, because the main character will feel identifiable.


Diverse factor : Many of the characters “match the vanilla plants that grow only in our kingdom. The shades range from mimicking the fruit pods to extract spilled on leaves.”

vanilla fruit pod

Plot Type :

TRANSFORMATION – plot involves the process of change in the Protagonist as they journey through a stage of life that moves them from one significant character state to another.

SACRIFICE – plot involves the Protagonist taking action(s) that is motivated by a higher purpose (concept) such as love, honor, charity or for the sake of humanity.


And now, just for fun, here’s my impression of me trying to sum up my writing for a query letter:

Funny but true Wizard of Oz summary


If you can’t laugh at your self, you’re doomed!



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  1. I love fantasy. I used to read it exclusively, but then I realized how much other awesome stuff I was missing out on. Now I read sci-fi, contemporary, light romance, historical, Dystopian, paranormal, classical and so many more. There are just too many good books out there, eh?

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    1. I’ve always been a reader of every genre. One never knows what the world has to offer. 🙂
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  2. I used to read more sci-fi when I was younger, but now I read mostly fantasy. Loved the Wizard of Oz description!
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    1. Yeah. That image amused me. I had to find a way to work it in somewhere. Ha ha.

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