1. K.M. Weiland says:

    Hey, thanks so much for the shout out! I’m so glad you enjoyed Storming. 🙂

  2. Lauren Beauchamp says:

    I am always a sucker for fairy tale retellings or new fairy tales like Goldstone Wood. Maybe it’s the nostalgia factor that gets me.

    But I try to sample a bit of everything!

    • I think Anne Elisabeth Stengle’s Tales of Goldstone Wood are so inventive! I think she has such a creative imagination, and her language is beautiful. Certainly one of the best in Christian fairytale fantasy as far as I’m concerned.


  3. Kessie says:

    This has become quite an interesting discussion over on Facebook–it’s too bad that none of that leaked over here!

    For myself, I want combinations of ideas that I haven’t seen before, something that makes it fresh. Dragon detective? Yes please! (A Tale of Two Castles) A good guy hero who uses black magic? Yes please! (Black Magic Outlaw series) A Dragon who steals maidens–except the Dragon is actually a wizard who is going all My Fair Lady on the maidens, who graduate to high society afterward? Yes please! (Uprooted)

    I also want moral heroes. And I love guy heroes. Nothing like a vulnerable guy to make a girl’s heart go pit-a-pat, amirite? 😀

    • Excellent comment, Kessie. I wish I’d known about the FB discussion. I love hearing what others find compelling when it comes to reading. Though I hadn’t thought about this before, it does reveal trends, which always fascinate me. I mean, how does a trend get going? They must start from one engaging fresh idea that is not so out there that it’s inaccessible, but then what?

      So “kick-ass” heroines have been the hot thing in YA fantasy for some time now. But I’m thinking the vulnerable guy hero might replace her. 😉


  4. Alex Mellen says:

    I tend to want to read what I grew up reading. My parents introduced me pretty early to Isaac Asimov, Douglas Adams, Star Trek, Star Wars, and the like–lots of sci-fi. Now I’m hooked on sci-fi like the DarkTrench trilogy by Kerry Nietz, the Firebird series by Kathy Tyers, and on parody tales like Hero, Second Class. Strange then, that my recent novel projects have been fantasy, though I read some fantasy too.

What do you think?