Thanks, Meradeth, for hosting me and ELIXIR BOUND today. Since fantasy is one of my favorite genres to read and write, I thought I’d share my favorite books in five different fantasy series for teens and kids, count down style! (These series are all really well-known, but in fairness to the three people in the world who may not have read them, I will say my comments might be slightly spoilerish. You’ve been warned!)
5. PROVOST’S DOG series by Tamora Pierce—it’s hard to pick one series of Ms. Pierce’s that would be my favorite, but she is like the mother of teen fantasy writing and had to be here. I went with the most recent series I’ve read, and I’d have to say the first book, TERRIER, is my favorite. There are so many books in the fictional Tortall world that it was a nice change to have this series jump back in time a couple hundred of years. Also loved how it was told in journal entries…Beka’s voice really jumped out at me.
4. PERCY JACKSON series by Rick Riordan—definitely THE LIGHTNING THIEF tops my list. This was such a refreshing foray into fantasy. Percy’s a great character with a spot-on kid voice. Awesome adventures. Crazy creatures. A little education in mythology thrown in there in a total non-school way. Even a really craptastic movie rendition couldn’t ruin this book for me!
3. TWIILGHT series by Stephanie Meyer—the unreleased (and I think still unfinished) MIDNIGHT SUN, basically TWILIGHT from Edward’s point of view. An early version of this was leaked and Ms. Meyer ended up sharing a bunch of it on her website, which is where I read it. Hilarious! Loved seeing the story from Edward’s head…kind of nice to be out of Bella’s head and see if from a different perspective. Amazing how much more humor there was from Edward’s voice vs. Bella’s.
2. NARNIA series by C.S. Lewis—of all the NARNIA books, VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER captured my imagination the most. It also features one of my favorite characters in the oversized rapier-wielding mouse Reepicheep. The end of the journey on the Dawn Treader is so magical. Water turning from salty to sweet. A sea of lilies reaching to the end of the world. Makes me feel all calm inside just thinking about it.
1. HARRY POTTER series by J.K. Rowling—book four, GOBLET OF FIRE. This whole story, but particularly the scene after Harry and Cedric get transported to the graveyard blew me away. So gothic and dark. It really felt like the turning point of the series: before Voldemort got his body back vs. after. (For the record, my favorite movie was part one of book seven, DEATHLY HALLOWS…loved how THE TALE OF THE THREE BROTHERS was done!)
Thanks for letting me share! What are your favorite fantasy series and books?
Elixir Bound blurb:
Katora Kase is next in line to take over as guardian to a secret and powerful healing Elixir. Now she must journey into the wilds of Faway Forest to find the ingredient that gives the Elixir its potency. Even though she has her sister and brother, an old family friend, and the handsome son of a mapmaker as companions, she feels alone.
It is her decision alone whether or not to bind herself to the Elixir to serve and protect it until it chooses a new guardian. The forest hosts many dangers, including wicked beings that will stop at nothing to gain power, but the biggest danger Katora may face is whether or not to open up her heart to love.
Katie L. Carroll began writing at a very sad time in her life after her 16-year-old sister, Kylene, unexpectedly passed away. Since then writing has taken her to many wonderful places, real and imagined. She wrote Elixir Bound and the forthcoming Elixir Saved so Kylene could live on in the pages of a book. Katie is also the author of the picture app The Bedtime Knight and an editor for MuseItUp Publishing. She lives not too far from the beach in a small Connecticut city with her husband and son. For more about Katie, visit her website at www.katielcarroll.com, friend her on Facebook, or follow her on Twitter (@KatieLCarroll).
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