A fantasy author is just another name for one who has a foot within the borders of Faerie
Hall of Fantasy
- The Spirit of Tolkien
- Types of Fantasy
- The Nine Magics
- I am Ian E.S. Adler
- The Bookshelf
- Hidden Gems
- Song Triad
- Riddle Mastery
- Heroine Archetypes
- Champions of Light
- The Role and Proper Usage of Magic Thingamajigs
- GRRM the Anti-Tolkien
- Rumors of the Wheel
- Race in Fantasy
- The Power of Names
- LGBTQIA+ in Fantasy
- Here Be Dragons
- The Final Lesson
- The History (& Golden Age) of Fantasy
- Fantasy Book Tiers
- Artist vs. the Art
- Magic vs. Mental Illness
- How to make your own System of Magic
- Golden Sun
- Contact Me?
- The Cynnahu Saga
- Winds Untamed
Saturday, May 28, 2022
Just started Sword-Born, volume five of the Novels of Tiger and Del by Jennifer Roberson
Wednesday, May 25, 2022
I just finished Sword-Breaker, volume four of the Novels of Tiger and Del by Jennifer Roberson.
Tuesday, May 17, 2022
Editorial Review of The Last War (The Cynnahu Saga Book 1)
My book, The Last War, just got its first Editorial Review courtesy of Self-Publishing Review (SPR)! Naturally I paid them for the review, but the Five Star rating was their choice, their judgement, entirely.
"A fantasy novel replete with magic, lore, and epic stakes, The Last War by Ian E.S. Adler is a classic questing adventure in the richly imagined world of Nim-Semalf. The Order of mages and the entire archipelago they protect faces invasion by the naga, catapulting five unlikely companions into the fiery crucible of destiny. Amidst ancient riddles, embattled dragon shrines, fearless storm swords, and the mysterious motives of Archmages, the fast-moving plot is enthralling, as is this new realm taking shape before readers' eyes. Built on an elaborate mythology and supported by a classic fantasy plot of ultimate victory vs. complete annihilation, this first book in The Cynnahu Saga is a knockout start to a new series." – Self-Publishing Review (SPR)
Sunday, May 15, 2022
Mugglenet - Using Fantasy Literature to Cope With Mental Illness and Addiction
I typically avoid posting other people's, other Fantasy website's, posts when possible, but this is important as it ties in with much that I have said in the past regarding the power of Fantasy literature and its potential to positively impact the real world. It led the literary charge against the cross-eyed monster that is sexism, shows worlds without human racial stereotypes, and is now among the vanguard against the blind monster that is homophobia along with all other anti-LGBTG+ sentiments. Yet, as the great J.R.R. Tolkien says, "Fantasy is escapist, and that is its glory. If a soldier is imprisoned by the enemy, don't we consider it his duty to escape?...If we value the freedom of mind and soul, if we're partisans of liberty, then it's our plain duty to escape, and to take as many people with us as we can!" Hence it is that selfsame escapism, as described by this (linked) article on Mugglenet, that can aid those with mental health issues: "Mental health problems and addiction often go hand-in-hand to cause a variety of difficulties. But a growing movement towards comprehensive mental health care has helped to shape this world in many ways. Some people struggling with mental health concerns and addiction can turn to fantasy literature like Harry Potter to help them overcome their issues. Here are a few reasons why this is such a powerful movement that may be the right option for you."
I highly recommend reading the rest of the piece, as it affirms not only the power of the genre but, also and naturally, another Tolkien quote: "I have claimed that Escape is one of the main functions of fairy-stories, and since I do not disapprove of them, it is plain that I do not accept the tone of scorn or pity with which “Escape” is now so often used: a tone for which the uses of the word outside literary criticism give no warrant at all. Why should a man be scorned if, finding himself in prison, he tries to get out and go home? Or if, when he cannot do so, he thinks and talks about other topics than jailers and prison-walls? The world outside has not become less real because the prisoner cannot see it. In using escape in this way the critics have chosen the wrong word, and, what is more, they are confusing, not always by sincere error, the Escape of the Prisoner with the Flight of the Deserter."
Is there not an
argument that for the mentally ill the prison is their own minds? I am
far from an expert, but if such is the case as it seems to be then it
makes perfect sense that, for some, the way to escape that prison is via
the most escapist of literature that is the Fantastic. The same goes
with addicts, who may be inspired by the courage of the characters as
they face terrors undreamt of, purest agony both mental and physical yet
against all odds come out on top to find love, hope, and healing.
Sunday, May 8, 2022
I just started Sword-Breaker, volume four of the Novels of Tiger and Del by Jennifer Roberson
Saturday, May 7, 2022
I just finished Sword-Maker
Wednesday, May 4, 2022
A while back I wrote three posts on Dragons and then a page combining them. However, for some reason it only just occurred to me that I left out a not uncommon sub-species of Dragon.
– having learned something from death itself and/or whatever mistake or mishap killed them (okay, maybe mishap is too light a word seeing as Dragons very rarely die accidentally, but I am sure you get the point). I guess one could also technically include Bone/Zombie Dragons in this category, but I do not since they are no different from regular mindless undead things and last only as long as their rotting flesh and bones do. What do Ghost/Spirit Dragons breathe? Typically pale, ghostly fire of course. What did you expect, ectoplasm?