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  1. Hello everyone, I'm looking for some epic fantasy recommendations by female SFF authors that may not have been so well marketed but are still great to read. My favourite epic fantasy author is J.R.R. Tolkien. Other top favourites include Gormenghast by Mervyn Peake and Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke. I also have a deep reverence for the Earthsea series by Ursula K. Le Guin after my recent reread. Books/series I have tried/read: Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin Riddle-Master by Patricia A. McKillip The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley The Deed of Paksenarrion by Elizabeth Moon The Wars of Light and Shadow by Janny Wurts The Realm of the Elderlings by Robin Hobb Crown of Stars by Kate Elliott Kushiel's Legacy by Jacqueline Carey ASH: A Secret History by Mary Gentle Authors I am aware of but haven't tried yet: Mercedes Lackey Carol Berg C.J. Cherryh Katherine Kerr Barbara Hambly The year 2000 is an arbitrary cutoff just to give an indication that I am looking for older published works. I would be very thankful for any and all recommendations.
  2. Janny Wurts has created something I have seen very few authors do in the fantasy genre and I am in awe of the brilliance and creativity. In the first volume of this 11 book epic fantasy series, Janny builds up an elaborate world, stacked up the history with layers of lore and magic, and laid the ground work for the rest of the series to come. I have also been told by the author that everything I just read has the potential to be turned on its head in many different ways. Not since I have read Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson have I had this much excitement for the novels and revelations to come! Before I get into all the positives of the novel I will need to touch on some of the shortcomings. This book is challenging and not an easy read to get through. Much in the same way as Malazan, you will need to pay close attention to the characters and the history as they will be important down the road. You must also have faith that the author will deliver on the promises laid out in this series. Although I have only read the first book, I have been told by lifelong fans that Janny Wurts delivers on the buildup and promises but she will make you work for it. You will not be spoon fed the answers like a warm piece of apple pie! Please also note that the middle section of this book is very slow at times and plot mainly focuses on travel, political, and the building up of the threats to the land. Slow burns don’t bother me at all but some readers will find this a major deterrent. I want everyone to be prepared of what to expect. Now on to all of the positives with The Curse of the Mistwraith. The story revolves around a prophecy that the land of Athera, which currently exist in a state of eternal fog for the past 500 years, will be vanquished by a prince who wields the powers of light and shadow. The prophecy was half right in that the powers are split into 2 half brothers: Arithon is the Master of Shadow and Lysaer is the Lord of Light. The two brothers are accompanied by the Sorcerer Asandir and his apprentice Dakar sometimes refereed to as the Mad Prophet as it is his prophecy which all hope the brothers will fulfill. Asandir takes on the Gandalf type role of the story as the history, lore, factions, and traditions of Athera are told from his perspective. The plot slowly builds to the last 200 pages where the fireworks start and the plot kicks into hyperdrive. I won’t get into spoilers but I’m just letting it be known that the investment has a great payoff at the end. Janny Wurts writes Curse of the Mistwraith as a high fantasy novel with beautiful and descriptive prose. There will not be info dumps as the tale and histories will be told organically and slowly over the course of the story. Janny also does something very interesting when it comes to switching the character narrative during a chapter. Each chapter is divided into several sections with a new character taking over, but the fun part comes at the end of each chapter. Janny will write 3 short paragraphs detailing an important event taking place in other parts of the world. I found myself referring back to these again and again as you normal expand on that short paragraph in the next chapter. This is a writing technique I have never seen used in this way and it was welcoming to learn something new. Not everything will be answered in this book and the rug will be pulled out from under you (or so I have been told). I had a great time reading the first book in this epic series. Although The Curse of the Mistwraith asks a lot from the reader and I did struggled at times getting through the middle section, the groundwork has been built and I can see great things coming in future novels. I don’t know when, but I will be continuing with this series and I know Janny Wurts will knock this out of the park! Fans of Malazan will enjoy this series and it is one Under the Radar series I am happy to have started. Cheers! 51xh2nkv6NL._SY346_.webp
  3. Prince Lysaer, having been made a fool of at Merior, is out for revenge against his half-brother and the shadow prince Arithon. Lysaer and his warhost of allies will have to travel through the mountains of Vastmark for his revenge while still being under the gaes of the Mistwraith. Arithon has plans of his own to stop the invading forces and not every encounter will end at the tip of a sword. The stage is set for the ultimate battle of wits, might, alliances, and betrayals. The investments you put into this series are starting to be paid back in spades with plenty more to come. I have been told this by Janny on several different occasions and I am going full speed ahead until the end. This will be a spoiler free review, but I will be speaking on certain scenes from the first two novels. Let me state from the beginning that Ships of Merior (book 2) and Warhost of Vastmark were originally published as one complete novel, but eventually split in two at a great stopping point. It would be better for you as the reader to jump straight to Warhost upon the completion of Ships of Merior. It is almost impossible to discuss this series without going into spoilers as perceptions and theories you might have made when completing the first two works will be changed drastically by the end of this book. Characters both primary and secondary will shift their motives, desires, and will only grow on you throughout the story. Small details will come to the forefront in a big way while never feeling too overwhelming. The bigger scope of the Fellowship as well as the Koriani will come into focus and their presence will be felt on both sides of the conflict. I can’t speak enough about how much I enjoyed the writing of this series. Janny is a magician with the pen as the layers of this world are being woven together seamlessly and with the utmost care. You don’t come across works of this magnitude often but when you do, they are a sight to behold! Character development is where Janny’s words really shine and Warhost is a prime example of this. Multiple times through the course of this novel, my emotions and theories about certain characters were tossed out the window with my heart on my sleeve. I won’t go into everyone, but I would like to talk about two characters who really jumped off the page. The first one is Talith, brother to commander Diegan and wife of Prince Lysaer. Talith was not a character that moved the needle in any direction when I first read about her, but by the end she will be a forever on my radar. This was not done in one big scene but slowly and methodically over the entire novel. The gears in my head will continue to turn until I revisit this world again. The other character I wish to discuss is Tharrick. Once a guard at the s’Brydon Armory, Tharrick was flogged and beaten by the s’Brydon brothers after Arithon set fire to the place killing seven people. Tharrick vowed revenge on the shadow prince and that is where his story begins in Warhost. Tharrick starts as a character driven by vengeance to one of the most complex and determined characters I have come across in a fantasy novel. There is so much more beneath the gruff exterior if you can just peel back the layers. No one will be able to guess his story arc and where he will end up but Janny will not steer you wrong. Lysaer is driven by the compulsion of the Mistwraith to rid the world of magic influence and he is not afraid to accomplish his task with death and destruction. Arithon is driven by a desire to avoid bloodshed and to bring peace to the lands by other means. These two opposing forces will meet at center stage and it is interesting to see how some tactics may need to be changed before the end. You will experience some of the most shocking and emotionally driven moments in any fantasy book with this series. With seven books left on my plate to be all caught up with the War of Light and Shadow, I have a lot of catching up to do. With Janny as my guide, this will be a series for the ages and one I will revisit for ages to come! Cheers!
  4. https://spotifyanchor-web.app.link/e/BGJkDzkZZvb It's my honor and privilege to welcome Janny Wurts to my podcast. Janny is the international best seller author of over 20 books and offers her insight on the industry, science, and the creation of her 11 book epic. This has been a long time coming and I hope you enjoy our conversation!
  5. Hello everyone, Links to SPOILER discussions on other YouTube channels/podcasts for each of the books in The Wars of Light and Shadow series by Janny Wurts @JannyWurts will be posted here. Many of these discussions feature Ms Wurts herself! Ongoing readalongs (2022/2023-) - 1) @angiethebookaholic, Blaise, @P.L. Stuart - 2) @PhilipChase, @ACriticalDragon, @TheFantasyNuttwork, @Johanna - 3) Our very own readalong on the Page Chewing forum hosted by @Steve with discussions starting April 2023 - The links to spoiler discussions from 1) and 2) will be posted here.
  6. Hello everyone, This post is to share general NON-SPOILER links and resources for WoLaS by Ms Janny Wurts @JannyWurts, an epic fantasy series like no other. Hopefully this will also help readers who are on the fence decide if they want to give the series a try. 1) The most important resource is to Ms Wurts' website https://paravia.com/JannyWurts/books/wolas-00-series.php where there is also a link to the paravia wiki which contains detailed summaries of the books. The series, consisting of 11 books, is divided into arcs. These arcs are explained in detail as follows: wolas-series.pdf (Note the symmetry in the 1-2-5-2-1 arc structure 😄) 2) A reddit post providing a detailed overview of the series: https://www.reddit.com/r/Fantasy/comments/kqge2v/the_wars_of_light_and_shadow_an_overview/ 3) Video resources discussing the series including words from Ms Wurts herself: a) A dedicated non-spoiler discussion on WoLaS as a whole: b) An interview with Ms Janny Wurts by our very own @Steve and Mr P L Stuart @P.L. Stuartwhere WoLaS is mentioned in detail along with her other works: There are many resources available. Really looking forward to the readalong from April 2023 (please join if you can)! 😄 Please do share your (non-spoiler) thoughts and additional resources, if any, here if you have read the series/are in the process of reading the series.
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