This is the time of year we reflect on what we are grateful for, so I asked the authors of the Enchanted Inkpot which fantasy book they are thankful for. The answers are below!
Just one? Okay--Patrick Ness and the Chaos Walking Trilogy, The knife of Never Letting Go, The Ask and the Answer, Monsters of Men. (I still managed to pick three).
One fantasy novel I'm thankful for is Patricia McKillip's Riddle of Stars Trilogy. I'm not sure which book it was in, but these were the books that, through the sheer power of the way she used language, convinced me that I could shapeshift into a tree. In my head, I knew that of course it was impossible, but in my heart I absolutely knew that people could do this. And I was in my late 20's when I read those books. Worth being thankful for.
Shelley Moore Thomas:
As for me, I am thankful for The Search For WandLa by Tony DiTerlizzi. It was my favorite fantasy read of the year because of the incredible world building, the awesome characters, and the mind-blowing twist that I did NOT see coming. Well, done, Tony! I find myself thinking about this book again and again. There is such a timeless quality to this sci-fi fantasy that I am sure kids will be loving it for years to come.
A Wizard of Earthsea. I read it when I was eleven, and it helped me decided what kind of person I wanted to become.
The fantasy book I'm most thankful for is THE SILMARILLION by J. R. R. Tolkien. It's an amazing introduction to the history of Middle Earth, and I poured over it back when the LOTRs movies were coming out. I immersed myself so deep into the world and I loved it. And then, one day, I had a eureka moment. It dawned on me that I was spending a ton of time in a world someone else had created when, instead, I could be creating worlds of my own. So I started writing and haven't stopped.
Myself? I’m thankful for THE LION THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE. That was the book that made me feel like another world did exist and was within my reach, a place where I could be special. It got my imagination working, and I’m pretty sure that’s why I do what I do today.
What about you? Which book are you most thankful for and why?