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You know what month it is? DECEMBER! And what does that mean? FANTASY READS!
Perhaps I subconsciously associate surviving the Holiday season with battling dragons, but December has traditionally been a month of favorite fantasy reads. Last year I binged Ilona Andrew’s Kate Daniels series and the year before that, Sarah J. Mass’ Throne of Glass. This year I’ve discovered C.L. Wilson’s Weathermages of Mystral and am now eyeing-up Tairen Soul. So whether you need to escape seriously some snowy weather or need to brush-up on your invisibility powers to escape the Holiday Feast, here are nine seriously great urban and traditional fantasy settings to consider escaping to:
Calberna (The Sea King – Weathermages of Mystral by C.L. Wilson). Calberna is inhabited by a magical clan of seafaring warriors – basically mermaids with legs. Unlike most fantasy settings I’ve read, Calberna is a matriarchal society with lines of succession passing among the powerful female head of households.
Lunwyn (Wildest Dreams – Fantasyland #1 by Kristen Ashley). Lunwyn is as close to Frozen’s Arendale as you can get. It’s an idyllic Winter Wonderland, reminding me of Swiss Ski Chalets and Norwegian fjords. I’ve never experienced winter-world setting before and spent the book wanting to explore the little towns and cities via sleigh.
Velaris (A Court of Myst and Fury – A Court of Thornes and Roses #2 by Sarah J. Mass) A hidden city in the heart of the Night Court also known as the Court of Dreams. The city has a legendary library (complete with a hidden monster in the basement) and flying Illerian warriors. Also – wouldn’t it be kind of cool to explore a city that no one knew about except those who lived there?
Hogwarts (Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling) Not much to say here that hasn’t been said before, but 1) moving staircases, 2) picture inhabited by errr… people?, 3) QUIDDITCH!! There’s probably another five million reasons I like escaping to Hogwarts (and Diagon Alley too!)
The Underground (Burn – Dark in You by Suzanne Wright) Suzanne Wright created a crazy, over-the-top underground Las Vegas (called “The Underground”), full of thrill-seeking diversions for it’s resident demons. There is your typical hotels, restaurants, and shopping malls – but also a rodeo, race track, and underground fighting rings.
The Refuge (Archangel’s Kiss – Guild Hunter #2 by Nalini Singh) The Refuge is the retreat for angles that also houses all angel lore and history.
The Middle of Nowhere? (Warprize – Chronicles of the Warlands #1 by Elizabeth Vaughan) The first few books in the series focus on Xlara, a princess given to fierce Fireland warriors as a Warprize. I loved the nomadic nature of the Firelanders – it’s like Fantasy meets camping!
The Capital (The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins) To be clear, I personally don’t need to spend any time in the arena; however, I’d love to be a fly on the wall in The Capital for a day to see all the over-the-top fashions.
Magic Infested Atlanta (Magic Bites – Kate Daniels by Ilona Andrews) Yes it would be quite annoying for your electronics to constantly die because waves of magic took over the city. However, I do think it would be worth it to check out all the supernatural beings – especially the Vampires and Shifters!