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Book Review: Fated

Title: Fated Author: Alyson Noel Genre: Fantasy Fiction. Science-Fiction. Review by: Chantelle, LCA Intern for Library HQ Synopsis: Bizarre things have been happening to Daire Santos for most of her life. Animals follow her, crows caw at her, and glowing people materialise out of nowhere. Concerned for her daughter, her mother sends her off to… Continue reading Book Review: Fated

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Book Review: The Girl With No Soul

Title: The Girl With No Soul Author: Morgan Owen Genre: Fantasy Fiction. Review by: Chantelle, LCA Intern for Library HQ Synopsis: Iris has a deep dark secret, one she doesn’t dare spill otherwise the Order will surely chain her up and throw away the key. She’s a girl with a hollow in the place where… Continue reading Book Review: The Girl With No Soul

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Fantasy Series – A Closer Look at the Genre – Part 12

Gunpowder, Gaslamp, Flintlock and Steampunk. By Elaine Patterson, Newbridge Headquarters. Gunpowder Fantasy Gunpowder fantasy is centred on the presence of gunpowder in the story. Consequently, it more or less encompasses flintlock fantasy and more modern guns and gunpowder-related weapons. Magic, fantastical creatures, and other tropes of fantasy are still present in gunpowder fantasy. Magic and… Continue reading Fantasy Series – A Closer Look at the Genre – Part 12

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Fantasy Series – A Closer Look at the Genre – Part 11

Historical, Pre-historic, Classical and Mediaeval. By Elaine Patterson, Newbridge Headquarters. Historical Fantasy This is fantasy that is set in a historical period of the real world and that frequently offers an alternative version of history and where magic or supernatural creatures exist. Historical fantasy is essentially blending the fantasy and historical genres together. The level… Continue reading Fantasy Series – A Closer Look at the Genre – Part 11

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Fantasy Series – A Closer Look at the Genre – Part 10

Romantic, Fantastic Romance, Alternate History and High Historical. By Elaine Patterson, Newbridge Headquarters. Romantic This sub-genre blends both fantasy and romance elements, so relationships are an important part of the plot and the story. The degree of magic, plot, violence and characterisation can be low, but this varies from story to story.  Related fantasy subgenres… Continue reading Fantasy Series – A Closer Look at the Genre – Part 10

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Fantasy Series – A Closer Look at the Genre – Part 9

Fairytales, Mythopoeia, Fantastic Poetry and Fantastique By Elaine Patterson, Newbridge Headquarters. Fairytales Fairytales are a form of fantasy as they are usually set in distant magical worlds where supernatural characters exist. Fairytales in fantasy are expanded and given more back story and many fairytales have been re-written for adults. Due to the lack of specification… Continue reading Fantasy Series – A Closer Look at the Genre – Part 9

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Fantasy Series – A Closer Look at the Genre – Part 8

Celtic, Mythic, Arthurian and Legend Retelling. By Elaine Patterson, Newbridge Headquarters. Celtic Fantasy  This is fantasy that draws on Celtic legends and lore, usually Irish, Welsh or Scottish legends and mythology. Such fantasy is high in magic and magic influences most other story elements. Because characters and plot are vital to the development of Celtic… Continue reading Fantasy Series – A Closer Look at the Genre – Part 8

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Book Review: Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire

Author: Seanan McGuire Title: Rosemary and Rue Genre: Urban Fantasy, Adult Fiction Reviewed by: Aoife Kerr, Leixlip Library October “Toby” Daye has been an outsider from birth. As a changeling who is half human half fae, she has been burned by both sides of her heritage and as a result, has retreated to a “normal”… Continue reading Book Review: Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire

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Fantasy Series – A Closer Look at the Genre – Part 7

Dark, Dying Earth, Gritty and Grimdark Fantasy By Elaine Patterson, Newbridge Headquarters. Dark Fantasy  This sub-genre is a blend of horror and fantasy with a brooding or dark atmosphere, so it aims to unnerve or frighten the reader. The setting tends to be paranormal with supernatural elements such as vampires or werewolves. The magic in… Continue reading Fantasy Series – A Closer Look at the Genre – Part 7

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Book Review: The Seven Sisters by Lucinda Riley

Author: Lucinda Riley Title: The Seven Sisters Genre: Romance, Historical Fiction, Adult Fiction Reviewed by: Aoife Kerr, Leixlip Library Maia D’Apliese and her five sisters gather together at their childhood home, Atlantis- an amazing, secluded castle on the shores of Lake Geneva- having been told that their beloved father, who had adopted them all as… Continue reading Book Review: The Seven Sisters by Lucinda Riley