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1. Escaping into a new world — especially if that world is deliciously mindboggling or awash in wonder.
2. Making up crazy names — or trying to decode how to pronounce R’flak’n’shashwack (since he’s the third generation of shashwack’s, you have to put emphasis on the “flak”). That’s a bit of amusement, but there is power in names, and the naming masters layer all sorts of goodies into our subconscious reading minds, making their tales richer and deeper.
3. Experiencing the thrill of abilities and possibilities outside our own. Plunging into the life of a thief being chased across the rooftops in an ancient, magical civilization, becoming a water spirit swept through the tides of breaking underwater worlds, entering a shuttle that will take you to uncharted spaces…
What if, how would, what might…a refrain that drives writers and readers of fantasy deeper into the unending fabric of possibility. How would someone with uncontrolled telepathy function in a society overflowing with surface thoughts? What would it be like to have wings? What if you developed them late in life? How would you compensate? What if you found out that death wasn’t finite? What would you do to bring back a loved one? If you could see the future, would you warn people in peril? So many questions and so many great books to explore answers. 🙂
5. Small monsters and personal magics. The smallest details are sometimes the ones I love best. You can craft or consume the most sprawling of fantasy worlds, but it’s sometimes that one small character detail or fantasy moment that makes the whole thing shine.
What do you love about fantasy worlds, tropes, and characters?
Thanks for having me here today, Lina!
Devastated by the loss of her twin–and consumed by the realization that magic actually exists–art student Ren Crown illegally enrolls in a fantastical university determined to bring her brother back to life. But caught in a time of war, and as a mage with abilities that both sides want to harness and use, Ren finds herself an unwitting pawn in a larger game.
Needing to hide from those who wish to enslave her, Ren gambles everything on her determination to succeed, putting herself in plain sight of those who could capture her. Constantly needing to figure out who to trust–a cold, powerful roommate, a genius magical engineer, the most powerful combat mage of their age, a mysterious muse, a cunning and brilliant tactician, a charming terrorist, an influential politician, or the voice of her brother…the hardest thing may be trusting her own heart.
Barely surviving her first term at college, all Ren wants to do over break is relax and bond with her roommate—not get eaten by a sentient building or attacked on the street. But with increasingly open warfare brewing between the magical factions and Layers of the world, this time, Ren will not fail in making sure everyone she loves stays safe and protected.
That includes doing things like filling her parents’ house with personal art heavily embedded with wards, bubble-wrapping her increasingly imperiled roommate, and even making sure that a certain sexy thorn-in-her-side continues to breathe free air.
Finding herself on duty protecting the entire university alongside campus god Alexander Dare…was not what she’d had in mind.
But this time it’s not only her life on the line. And Ren will do anything to protect those she loves.
Reeling from what the students at Excelsine University are calling “Bloody Tuesday,” Ren is determined to regather her magical family. But the events of the attack were not without multiple costs. Magically broken and exposed, Ren is ripe pickings for multiple factions that want to use and chain her, and the Department is the scariest of the pack.
With only a limited amount of time to save her friend, and confined with the rest of the student body awaiting their fate, Ren stands a mere hairsbreadth from losing her freedom completely with each and every decision she makes.
The rise always proceeds the fall…
After the events of winter term, Ren wants nothing more than to take a deep breath and be normal—spend some time with her friends, maybe enjoy the festival where shifts are continually unleashed to re-sort everything in the magical world, perhaps actually do something about a particular boy…
But the Department has started a sinister and highly effective campaign, one that threatens everything Ren has built. When unexpected faces and betrayal crop up from her past, she must do anything except engage.
But when a terrible secret is revealed, nothing will stop her from unleashing her destiny.
Anne Zoelle has loved books about fantasy, magic, math, wit, and imagination since devouring A Wrinkle in Time, Phantom Tollbooth, Alice in Wonderland, and the Chronicles of Narnia as a child. Split between the midwest and west coast, she writes books for all ages, as well as for furry monsters, sentient libraries, and adventuring aliens.
Anne Zoelle is the pseudonym of a USA Today Bestselling Author. She is currently working on the fourth book in the Ren Crown series.