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The Fantasy Tropes Book Tag

I saw this on Amanda @ Literary Weaponry and I’m always up for a fantasy book tag so I’m giving it a go.


  • Mention the creator ( one’s peculiar )
  • Answer the questions
  • Tag as many people as you like

1 – The Lost Princess – A book/series you lost interest in halfway through.


Probably, the Illuminae series. I thought the first book was decent but I thought it took too long to really get going so I decided to give the other two books a miss.

2 – The Knight in Shining Armour – A hyped book/series you were swept up by.

The Folk of the Air series. It was definitely worth all the hype. The faerie world was fascinating and Jude is a stupendous main character.

3 – The Wise Old Wizard – An author who amazes you with his/her writing.

across the green grass fields

The writing in the Wayward Children series is consistently good. Unless she’s trying too hard to sound like an author writing 50 years ago, Seanan McGuire’s writing style is something to envy.

4 – The Maiden in Distress – An undervalued character you wished had a bigger storyline.


Grace was really underused as a character. She had so much more potential to mentor Marianne and just needed more page time in general.

5 – The Magical Sword –  A magical item/ability you wish authors used less.

obliviate gif

The memory spell. Specifically, the memory spell when it’s used as a get-out-of-consequences free card or to maintain the status quo just because. I don’t mind when a memory spell can go wrong if someone isn’t careful or if the person forgetting is given the choice to forget or live with the knowledge forever (like in The Beautiful) but I don’t like it when it’s used in place of a potentially character developing plotline.

6 – The Mindless Villain – A phrase you cannot help but roll your eyes at.

you won't get away with this

Especially, when it’s followed by ‘I already have’. Everyone knows this is something characters only say when they’re backed into a corner and hoping someone else is going to stop the villain. Sometimes, they inadvertently give the villain advance warning that back-up is coming, further reducing the chances that justice will be served. Can anyone name a single time when a villain was genuinely scared by this line? I didn’t think so.

Better to stay quiet, figure out a new strategy and save your zingers for when the villain is the one who’s cornered. Like this one (and, for the record, I’ve never watched Line of Duty so apologies if I’m using this in the wrong context):

no one makes mugs

7 – The Untamed Dragon –  A magical creature you wish you had as a pet.

northern lights snow

Does the physical manifestation of a soul count? Because the one magical creature I want more than any other is a daemon.

8 – The Chosen One – A book/series you will always root for.

No, I will not stop harping on about the Winternight trilogy!

I tag anyone who’s always up for a fantasy book tag!

I hope to see you again very soon.

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