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Why you have to read a fantasy book ?

Fantasy is one of the best genres in literature because it leads us to explore different worlds and situations that couldn’t happen in our daily life. Its plot usually involves witchcraft or magic and takes place on a unique planet or time. This is what identifies this subgenre in the large genre named fiction.

Fantasy readers expect certain things from the books they consume, and we are not talking about common tropes like elves, dwarves, trolls, and dragons; we are referring to much broader elements and general concepts within which you can be as inventive and imaginative as the immensity of the Universe.

So, here I point the most important elements of fantasy literature:

  1. A magical system: This is the main element that sets fantasy fiction apart from other genres: For a story to be considered ‘fantasy’, it needs to contain some sort of magical system, this structure refers to things that occur or exist in the story that do not or cannot exist in our real world. Elements of sorcery, witchcraft, and enchantment; fantastical creatures and elementals; advanced abilities or powers, you name it. An innovative and intriguing magical system is often the key to helping your novel stand out in the saturated fantasy market.
  2. A well-developed universe: In fantasy story creation this process is often referred to as world-building: When you’re writing in this genre, your story takes place in a completely new world and you have to set logic and proper laws to function, like in this world, take gravity law for example. Even if your fantasy is based on Earth, it’s not the Earth we actually know. In order to immerse readers in your world, you must develop your setting thoroughly and thoughtfully.
  3. A cast of complex characters: To sharpen focus and encourage readers empathy, you might consider having one ‘standout’ main character, with which readers will experience the majority of the story. Alternatively, if your story is extra complex and your cast of characters is especially large, you may wish to have more than one ‘standout’ main character. The number of characters a story contains is entirely up to the author. In fantasy, it’s better to have a cast of several main characters, as well as auxiliary characters to create a full world(s) that will allow the reader to understand fully what’s going on in this new universe.
  4. A central conflict: Without this, you have no story at all. This is especially true in fantasy fiction, where the stakes are often higher for your characters and the story usually stretches across multiple books in a series. Inner conflict, small-scale conflict, and large-scale conflict are a few types of conflict in which your characters are up against a powerful external force. While these different conflicts are all important, it’s vital to have an overarching central conflict within your fantasy novel or series.
  5. A power structure/system of government: In every fantasy world, there must be an established power structure that rules and legislate. To work out the world’s system, begin by asking one simple question: who holds the power within this world? It might begin with a single ruler, such as a king or queen in a monarchical government; it might be a high council of magical people; it might be a religious entity. It’s vital to decide who holds the greatest power in this world, working down from there to create a power structure or hierarchy, and deciding where characters fit into the mix.

In “World Shaken: Guardians of the Zodiac I” we can see all these elements in action:

In J.J. Excelsior’s action adventure fantasy, each guardian represents a zodiac sign and each sign has mystical powers. The magical system is organized by the cardinal elements of Earth, Air, Fire and Water. And each Cardinal Element rules over a different path of magic including interplanetary and astrological magic.

Worlds Shaken doesn’t just have one setting, each planet in the solar system is made distinct with its geography and topography. Neptune for example is practically covered in water so the citizens live near or under the seas. Venus is divided by a rural gaseous body in which some people are able to reside its urban cities in the clouds which are the homes of other planetary dwellers. While Pluto would normally be cold, being so far from the Sun’s rays, the scientifically minded Plutonian’s created an artificial sun to warm the atmosphere. World’s Shaken also takes place in larger settings of the Universe and the Cosmos.

Worlds Shaken’s most important characters are the Guardians, figures that rule over their planets and represent their Zodiac signs. Xenobia, for example, is the Highest Pisces that rules over Neptune. Gia is the Highest Aquarius that rules over Uranus. Magnocer is the Highest Scorpio that rules over Pluto.  Azare is the Highest Virgo and Tormod is the Highest Gemini that rule over Mercury. Nefsunsi is the Highest Libra and Atalanta is the Highest Taurus that rule over Venus. Santrista, the Highest Aries holds dominion over Mars. Advilian is the Highest Sagittarius who rules over Jupiter. Saturn, the Highest Capricorn is the leader of Saturn. Mika, the Highest Leo rules the Sun and Serenity, the Highest Cancer rules over the Moon. (Characterization can also be an interesting experience in showing off the author’s knowledge like in this book in which Excelsior matched the character’s Zodiac sign with the proper corresponding celestial body: Cancer with the Moon, Leo with the Sun etc.)

In Worlds Shaken, the characters reflect characteristics associated with their sign. Azare, the Highest Virgo, has traits associated with Virgos such as an intellectual mindset and a rational and composed behavior. The other characters also reflect their astrological personality traits as well.

Worlds Shaken’s conflicts are primarily “person vs. nature” and “person vs. person.” The “person vs. nature” conflicts emerge because the planets are in the grips of some crisis that disrupts the traditional order of things. For example, on Saturn, the rings are missing and this loss causes disruptions in the planet’s atmosphere that leads to the citizens succumbing to various psychological disorders such as depression, anxiety, and psychotic breaks.

The “person vs. person” conflicts in Worlds Shaken occur because the Guardians don’t get along with each other. This is revealed in moments such as when the hot-headed Santrista, irate over a perceived slight and suspicious towards the recently promoted Namur, fights with and flattens him during one of their earliest encounters.

In Worlds Shaken, the Guardians act as both spiritual and political leaders towards their worlds. This is seen in various moments where the leaders care for their people during the crises that affect their worlds. Xenobia tries to clean the oil drenched waters and provides shelter to them in times of trouble.

Fantasy novels also contain threats to the power structure revealing larger conflicts that affect not only the characters but their whole society. In World Shaken, this particularly prominent on Uranus when a neophyte leader who is uncertain about his skills, rises up to govern a fragile and dying planet.

The best stories, fantasy and otherwise, often explore man’s unique capacity for deceit—especially self-deceit and demonstrate—a humble respect for the limits of human understanding. This is usually considered the most cerebral and least violent of the suspense genres.

The best stories, fantasy and otherwise, often explore man’s unique capacity for deceit—especially self-deceit and demonstrate—a humble respect for the limits of human understanding. This is usually considered the most cerebral and least violent of the suspense genres.

We all have a few literary blind spots, those novels we’ve heard about or that everyone tells us are classics, but for whatever reason, we just haven’t reading. When it comes to classic fantasy books, it is sort of understandable. We’re in the middle of a boom in great fantasy at the moment with authors both paying homage to fantasy has been and reimagining what it could be. But even the best of today’s fantasy stand on the shoulder of giants.

Here we spot some classic fantasy novel:

1)The Annotated Sword of Shannara(TERRY BROOKS): More than 40 years after its initial release, “The Sword of Shannara” stands as one of the defining pillars of epic fantasy. “The Sword of Shannara” the first in The Sword of Shannara Trilogy, spawned a series of multiple novels which are beloved by readers all over the world. With Sword, Terry Brooks introduced readers to Shea Ohmsford, a half-elf who may very well be the key to pushing back the forces of darkness that threaten to envelop the world.

2) The Dragonbone Chair(TAD WILLIAMS): With The Dragonbone Chair, Tad Williams introduced readers to the incredible fantasy world of Osten Ard. His beloved, internationally bestselling series Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn inspired a generation of modern fantasy writers with this amazing plot: A war fueled by the powers of dark sorcery is about to engulf the peaceful land of Osten Ard—for Prester John, the High King who lies dying, and with his death, the Storm King, the undead ruler of the elf-like Sithi, seizes the chance to regain his lost realm through a pact with the newly ascended king. Knowing the consequences of this bargain, the king’s younger brother joins with a small, scattered group of scholars, the League of the Scroll, to confront the true danger threatening Osten Ard.

3)Mama Day(GLORIA NAYLOR): On the island of Willow Springs, off the Georgia coast, the powers of healer Mama Day are tested by her great niece, Cocoa, a stubbornly emancipated woman endangered by the island’s darker forces. A powerful generational saga tender and suspenseful flooded with magic and common sense.

4) A Wizard of Earthsea (URSULA K. LE GUIN): This coming-of-age tale cemented Ursula K. Le Guin as one of the most imaginative and influential voices of fantasy fiction in the latter half of the twentieth century. Building on the structure of the traditional epic, Le Guin nonetheless challenged the basic preconceptions of what a fantasy novel could be and introduced a subversive classic that would prove to be a wellspring for modern fantasy fiction.

5) The Last Unicorn (PETER S. BEAGLE): The Last Unicorn is both a classic adventure and a powerful meditation on grief and loss centering in a unicorn who discovers all the joy and sorrow that the world has to offer, even as extinction looms.

Why we read to fantasy book:

Fantasy books can open doors to other realms or worlds. Some can be like the world that we live in, along with the knowledge that we already hold and mix in fantastic elements into it, while others build entirely new worlds, settings, and ideas for their characters. Well-written fantasy books are also capable of bringing its readers to worlds beyond the realm of their imaginations, and showing them things that they would not believe.

The defining characteristic of Epic Fantasy is the delineation of lines of good versus evil. Probably the most popular current series to use as an example of epic Fantasy is J.J EXCELSIOR World Shaken: Guardians of the Zodiac. The series revolves around good versus evil. World Shaken series gives a unique look at how ingenuity, intellect, and mythical powers can be harnessed to create a better present and future for all.

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