Fantasy Series I Love with Battle

True, there are several books I love with some uprising or some battle. But, what if this time I only mention just one genre? Fantasy is a genre we expect it in, particularly those with some kind of quest it in it or a story of good vs evil. So, what are some of those fantasy books?

Harry Potter

Well, this is one of those “good vs evil” series. As well as a lot of challenges and trails- particularly for our main trio. Whenever something tends to happen at Hogwarts, our Golden Trio usually is involved. Harry’s best friends are Ron and Hermione (so these three make up the main trio). You truly see a quest unfold in the final book- hunting for those Horcruxes (the key to destroying Voldermort), and its where the actual Battle happens.

The Hobbit/Lord of the Rings

Yes, this series and HP share a number of things in common. But they still are so different from each other. The Hobbit in many ways is a prequel to Lord of the Rings. Both are quests and both have a hobbit as our protagonist. Plus, a different kind of quest- as in one is a quest to reclaim the dwarves homeland, and one is quest to destroy the One Ring.

Battle of the Five Armies- this is part of The Hobbit

Battle of Helm’s Deep- this is part of The Two Towers (the 2nd Lord of the Rings)

The Major Battle- part of The Return of the King (the 3rd of the Rings); this is the biggest battle in ALL of Lord of the Rings. Sauron’s army is full of several orcs (the only problem is fight terribly) and the kind of weapons they have is terrifying. At least the good guys are full of hope, and some can fight well (as in our major characters), but outnumbered- at least Aragorn, Gimli, and Legolas were able to recruit new members.

Chronicles of Narnia

Why do I feel like in MOST fantasy battles that the good guys are way outnumbered?? Happened in Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and Narnia—-but eventually got extra help.

Winter Scenes I Love in Books

It is a well-known fact that Christmas is my favorite holiday. I am surprised to say that I have NOT yet mentioned any of my favorite Christmas moment in books. Some of these scenes repeat throughout their series or throughout the individual book.

Nevermoor Christmas

Christmas in the City of Nevermoor is amazing. The battle between the Yule Queen and Saint Nicholas is pretty magical—–everyone is usually supporting one over the other. The Yule Queen supporters are usually wearing green while the Saint Nicholas supporters wear red. On Christmas Day, one of them brings a blanket of snow while the other brings a stocking of presents. Found in more than one of the books.

Hogwarts

Who wouldn’t love Christmas at Hogwarts? Being a magical school, the Great Hall is very festive, along with the House Dormitories. For Harry, it really is his first time truly experiencing Christmas- being with friends and receiving gifts. Christmas is pretty magical there- Harry is there with Ron, one of his two best friends during the first two years.

Who gives Harry presents on Christmas? Ron, Hermione, Mrs. Weasley and Hagrid. Those are some of the first people, who are treating him well. Ron and Hermione are his best friends while Mrs. Weasley is treating him like her son. Hagrid is another friend of Harry’s, who is one of the first ones to take him away from the Dursleys and accept him for who he is.

Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe

Due to taking place in a snowy landscape, it makes perfect sense to include this book. The White Witch cursed Narnia to be in an eternal Winter—-meaning no ice skating or even Christmas. It is just the landscape of Winter that makes it a perfect scene of Christmas. But with the arrival of Lucy, Edmund, Susan, and Peter, hope comes and we start feeling Christmas. The moment when they meet Santa, Winter starts to melt. He gives them tools to help in the near future- Peter (a sword and shield), Susan (bow and arrow), and Lucy (dagger and healing potion)

Spinning Silver

True, I struggle with retellings, but this was an exception. What convinced me to want to read this book was previously reading Uprooted, another Naomi Novik book. In addition, the summary blurb even convinced me. I kinda of forgot what I loved for its wintry scenes, but I still loved it.

Tale of the Cattail Forest- my book

True, my novel may not exactly have a Christmas or Winter scene, but I know how beautiful it can be. That is based on the fact that Fairy Frogs are naturally gifted in the arts and have a number of celebrations during the year. Those celebrations help all the Fairy Frogs show many of their talents at once. Usually ends up being some of their best. Some of them have to work together- look at the singers, performers, and dancers—–usually figuring out some performance.

They spend a lot of time showing Christmas spirit- lasts a pretty long time (probably from November to the end of December). Those who are the most invested in their craft are expected to have something pretty special- that is pretty rare- Sparkle happened to be one of them. Part of the celebration happens in the big treehouse and part down at the Gazebo. So much can be said about this.

Favorite Genres in Books

Reading is incredible. It, like the musical theatre world, is an escape. It takes you the world of characters and tells a story. I thought I loved mystery, classics, and fantasy exactly- but last week I realized something- only two of those stood out. They are the ones I read the most. I realized those genres are classics and fantasy.

Classics:

  • Yes, I am a millennial who loves classics. It is hard to describe why I love classics. A Christmas Carol, Nicholas Nickleby, David Copperfield, Great Expectations, Tale of Two Cities, Oliver Twist, Don Quixote, Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Les Misérables are classics I do love. Some of my favorite classics fall in the category of fantasy/mythology, which are the Illiad and Odyssey- fell in love with them in high school. I fell in love with A Christmas Carol before college as well. In particular, I am drawn to Romanticism- the style Dickens and Hugo write in. When I think of classics, I think of books that are at least 100 years old.

Fantasy:

  • I love the made-up worlds of Fantasy- Narnia, Middle Earth, Hogwarts, etc…. are some of the main reasons why I love fantasy. The worlds do not always need to be as expansive- think about My Cattail Forest- it isn’t that big as opposed to Narnia. You have wizards, witches, elves, hobbits, and other made-up creatures/beasts such my Fairy Frogs. Even humans are part of fantasy as well. That is one of the fun sides of them. Their are these quests/journeys that they go on. Fantasy does include Fairy Tales as well. There is not as much reality in Fantasy as other types of genres- that is the fun of them. Fantasy requires a lot of imagination- for a lot of it. I fell in love with fantasy in elementary school. I love fantasy series and books such as Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Narnia, and Uprooted.