Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Exploring New Genres | I Read A High Fantasy Book


A couple of weeks ago I shared an introduction post for my participation in the 'Exploring New Genres' blog hop, in which I spoke about my want to read a high fantasy book, as well a couple of reasons why I was hesitant to explore this genre of books more. Well, today I'm here to say: I finished a high fantasy book, and loved it!!

In this post I'll be sharing some thoughts on the book I picked - The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson (Book 1 of the Mistborn series) - and also talking a bit about where I hope to go from here.

THOUGHTS ON THE FINAL EMPIRE
Intially I was going to share my thoughts on this book as I would typically review a book, however I don't want to wholly review here as I would like to review the series as a whole when I do complete it. So, having said that, I thought I'd share a couple of things I did enjoy about The Final Empire.

Brandon Sanderson has created a detailed world in The Final Empire, with an interesting hierarchy and a magic system that makes use of metals. Both of these elements require a lot of depth and knowledge, even before adding in the vast cast of characters, however Brandon Sanderson writes in such an easy and accessible way. The characters were all varied, especially the crew in which main protagonist, Vin, ends up working with. I really liked Vin as a main character, especially how she progressed throughout the book and the way in which certain plot elements altered her at times. The plot itself is quite a simple premise, but is so well written, with a moment or two that left me surprised. All in all I found The Final Empire to be a really solid start to a series.

MOVING FORWARD WITH FANTASY FICTION
As noted above, the book I have just reviewed is the first in a series, and I definitely intend to finish said series (I'm thinking before the end of the year). Not only do I hope to complete this series, I'm keen to read more books written by Brandon Sanderson that are set in the Cosmere universe.

Continuing (& completing) a series is something I often struggle with, and have come to learn that I do best when picking up a series that is already fully published... Which is why I hope to pick up some other series I have been wanting to try for a while - I have a pretty long list to pick from, but I definitely want to get to The Lord of the Rings series, and The Hobbit, in the new year. My husband and I have been rewatching the films this autumn, so that combined with this blog hop & such a positive experience with a book set in a fantastical world, I now know that I can get lost in a fictional world, without being entirely confused. Haha!

Don't get me wrong, the reasons why I've been hesitant to pick up high fantasy fiction before still stand - I am often put off by the size of the books, the fact that they're in a series, the concentration & focus to keep up with the characters and world building - however, I know from experience that I can overcome those bookish worries in order to read some truly amazing stories... I just need to get out of my comfort zone a little, push myself in terms of reading, and know that whilst I do enjoy these types of books, I can't read the same as other books I pick up (more concentration required, typically needing to focus solely on that one book as opposed to reading all over the place with more than a handful of books on the go at one time - but this is something I'm working on in general; more focused reading).
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Participating in this blog hop has been a lot of fun, and again I'll leave below the links to the other lovely bloggers who also took part.

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If you have a favourite fantasy series that you've read & would recommend, I'd love to hear about it in the comments.
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  1. I’m glad you liked it! I also struggle with finishing big books and series. I tried reading this one and didn’t finish it because it’s a big book in a series. :)

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  2. Fantasy is one of my favourite genres, but be warned: the LOTR movies are way better than the books. At least, I think so. The books were a royal slog to get through and The Hobbit wasn't any better.

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    1. Interesting...! I will take note of that for sure - thanks!

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