Thursday, 20 September 2018

Exploring New Genres | Introduction (Blog Hop)

Today I'm taking part in a bookish blog hop, hosted by Charlotte of Wonderfully Bookish. The Exploring New Genres Blog Hop is all about inviting us as readers to do as the title says - explore new genres. Having a reading comfort zone is pretty common, and a lovely place to be enveloped in when picking up your next read, however I am a firm believer in stepping beyond that boundary every now and again, and challenging yourself with books (& genres) that you perhaps otherwise wouldn't.

High Fantasy/Epic Fantasy

When I decided to take part in this blog hop, I knew straight away which genre I would pick: fantasy. However, I'm stepping further into this genre by picking a subgenre within the realms of fantasy fiction - high fantasy. Bearing in mind that I'm no fantasy expert, I believe high fantasy to be a book (or series) that is set in a world entirely different to our own, with magical elements and characters being on a quest or journey of some kind. Upon looking into high fantasy a bit more, I have learnt that some readers of the fantasy genre would say high fantasy and epic fantasy are interchangeable - again, no fantasy expert, so don't quote me on that!

I have read a fantasy book in my lifetime, so this isn't an entirely new to me genre, however I will admit to being intimidated by high fantasy books - especially those with entire new worlds, an abundance of characters to keep track of, chunky in length, and not to mention the fact that these books also tend to be part of a series. 

So, I'm definitely using this blog hop to challenge myself!

I will admit though, the handful of times I have read fantasy fiction novels, I have come away with a pretty positive reading experience. This is why I'm taking part in this blog hop, and challenging myself, because I want to read more fantasy books, and I do want to complete some series.

The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson (Book 1 of the Mistborn series)

There are a number of amazing fantasy writers out there, with Brandon Sanderson being one I hear a lot of praise surrounding. Brandon Sanderson has quite the backlist of books, which is pretty intimidating in itself! He has an entire universe in which a number of his books are set. Something else Brandon Sanderson has is a super helpful author website, with some great information for someone like me - although I am only just starting out with his writing, I do predict that this won't be my one and only Brandon Sanderson reading experience. 

After much research, I ultimately decided on a series within that universe I told you about - Cosmere (note: not all of his books are set within said universe) - and am starting my Brandon Sanderson journey with the Mistborn series. Of all his titles, I felt the most intrigued by this one, and drawn to the synopsis.

Synopsis in short: 
In a world where ash falls from the sky, and the mist dominates the night, and evil cloaks the land and stifles all life. The future of the empire rests on the shoulders of a troublemaker and his young apprentice. Together, can they fill the world with colour once more?

Synopsis in long:

For a thousand years, the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years, the Lord Ruler reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Every attempted revolt has failed miserably. 

A new kind of uprising is being planned, one that depends on the cunning of a brilliant criminal mastermind and the courage of an unlikely heroine, a Skaa street urchin, who must learn to master Allomancy, the power of a mistborn. 

I'm really looking forward to getting stuck into this book (& series as a whole), and am excited to see how Brandon Sanderson builds this world. I will be following up this introduction post once I have completed The Final Empire, with some thoughts on my experience as a whole, and sharing about where I plan to go from here in terms of reading fantasy fiction. 

With this being a blog hop, there are some other lovely bloggers taking part also, with links to their blogs below.

We all have different genres that we hope to try, so be sure to check them out and share any book recommendations you may have. Also, I'm all ears for any more fantasy recommendations - some standalones would be nice. 


  1. I 100% agree that I've always been intimidated by high fantasy books, especially if they're huge like a lot of them seem to be! The book you've chosen sounds so good though! I can't wait to read your review :)

    1. They are all so long - but I suppose they have to be when packing in entire new worlds. Haha! This year I've really embraced chunksters (as I used to not read some books solely based on page count... Terrible, I know!), so I'm hoping that helps with my exploration into fantasy fiction.

    2. I totally can relate to you guys! I tend to stay away from high fantasy because I am not a fan of long series of books, and I also find it quite hard reading long books. I've done the same thing in the past where I have avoided larger books because I tend to think "how many average sized books could I enjoy in the time it would take me to read this one?"

      I hope you enjoy this book, it is a chunker so best of luck! I'm so thrilled to be taking part in this with you all.


    3. Haha, I know exactly what you mean. I've braved a few 600+ page books this year and breezed through them, so I'm hoping that continues! Enjoy your urban fantasy reads!

  2. I've been a fantasy reader since my early 20s (I'm 36 now) and some of the best fantasies that I've read are by Jacqueline Carey and Terry Goodkind. Brandon Sanderson's books are okay, but many of them are over-hyped (in my opinion). The first book by Sanderson that I read was Elantris and I believe that's his only standalone book. It was a bit slow to start, but I enjoyed the middle and ending immensely.

    1. Ooo… I will have to look into this authors - thanks for the rec!

      I saw that Elantris was a standalone, and was tempted to pick that up, but decided on starting this series instead.

      Thanks for sharing your experience with Brandon Sanderson, and I will for sure look into the other two authors mentioned.

  3. Ooh, this blog hop is a cool idea. I hope you like your book! I actually tried to read The Final Empire and couldn’t finish it because high fantasy is always a struggle for me.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

    1. I know, right?!

      I think one of the problems that can arise with high fantasy is the fact that you have to really get enveloped in the world being built.

      Ahh, I see - I'm just over 100 pages in The Final Empire and am quite enjoying it so far.

  4. This looks really fun! My fall TBR is already exploding so I'm going to skip this time even though it sounds very intriguing, but I hope you enjoy your selection :)

    1. Thank you, Christine!

      I can totally relate to the TBR exploding - yesterday I was piling together the books I hope to read next month and had the realisation that I definitely wasn't going to be able to read them all. Sad times... Ha!


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