We are excited to be part of the Now We Rise Blog Tour to celebrate the release of Tomi Adeyemi’s debut YA fantasy, CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE. Macmillan gave us a task to write a post that relates to the book and to the clan we are in based on this test –>
I got Seer, and I thought it’d be fun to look back at the fantasy genera and give me hopes for the future, and give you a few more YA Fantasy recommendations.
When I used to think fantasy, my mind went to a medieval setting with a bunch of white dudes riding horses fighting with swords. Yes, there are some variations in that, but let’s face it, from Lord of the Rings to Game of Thrones, that basic generalization holds. But thanks to YA, the fantasy landscape is changing.
To me, fantasy is everything from fairy tales to the traditional high fantasy, there’s room for it all in every form that it takes. I think a lot of readers get scared of fantasy because they think of super detailed, massive books that are full of allegory and metaphor. Contemporary fantasy, especially YA fantasy, is really breaking that stereotype and blazing new paths of inclusion, crazy action, heart, and approachability in fantasy.
Children of Blood and Bone is an African based fantasy filled with magic and traditions of Africa. It’s more approachable, it’s accessible, and it brings readers into a whole new fantasy world. To me, the future of fantasy brings readers into exciting new worlds. Worlds that are easily accessible. Worlds that show readers a different side of the world they live in. Asks questions that turn old tales on their heads. Stories that are inclusive and show all aspects of our world, and I’m so excited for it!
Some of my other favorite fantasies that brake the mold are:
Eon & Eona by Alison Goodman: This duology is set in an Asian country and looks at zodiac based system of magic that has lost its way. An unlikely source brings the Dragon Magic back into balance.
These next two series I love because they ask a new question and take a semi-traditional fantasy trope and turn it on its head.
Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse (Shadow & Bone): What if magic has to deal with guns? The Grishaverse is set in a late 19th/early 20th-century Russian inspired fantasy world where guns, not swords, are the weapon of the day. Bardugo weaves just enough Russian flair that it keeps the world based on reality while still braving a new path for fantasy.
Iron Fey Series by Julie Kagawa: How is technology impacting the Fey? The Fey are fueled by our belief in them. We tell their tales and they keep their power. Now that technology has us forgetting the old stories and Iron surrounds us, a deadly combination for Fey, how is that impacting the Courts.
The final two are a fun mix of historical fiction and fantasy. Taking real history and throwing in a little magic.
The Katerina Trilogy (The Gathering Storm) by Robin Bridges: This trilogy is set in Czarist Russia right before the revolution in 1888. The families across Europe are keeping a dark secret that is playing out in the Russian court.
His Fair Assassins Trilogy by Robin LaFevers: This trilogy (but more coming soon!) is set in medieval France during the fight for Britany’s independence in the growing movement to unify France and features three young girls who are being raised at the convent of St. Mortain, the old god of Death, to be assassins and serve as a handmaiden to Death.
I’m excited to see where fantasy goes from here. I’m excited to delve into new cultures, histories, and lore. I’m excited to see what new questions authors ask in regard to old traditions and tales. And I’m excited that YA is leading the way.
They killed my mother. They took our magic. They tried to bury us.
Now we rise.
Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.
But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.
Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.
Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leopanaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers—and her growing feelings for an enemy.