Tuesday, December 18, 2012
CSFF Blog Tour Day 2: Starflower
I did receive the book (for free as part of the CSFF Blog Tour) a while ago but not so long ago it doesn't still resonate. I actually stumbled across a big reason that I appreciate Starflower, and fantasy in general, just recently.
I've been listening to the Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin recently, which is inspired the hit HBO show Game of Thrones. It is epic and the world is incredibly deep and multifaceted. It is a fantasy in the fact that it is set in a different world with knights and kings and queens. There is some magic, though very low key, just as some of the creatures are low-key. There are no elves or fairies, but there are giants and dragons and shape-shifters and other creatures.
But there is one key element that sets the Song of Ice and Fire from typical fantasy like Starflower. It is too real.
When I was a child I loved fantasy because the knights were brave and chivalrous. Good always won in the end. Most times it looked like evil had the upper hand, but then when all seemed lost, good triumphed. As I grew older I learned that knights were often pretty evil and many times did some pretty bad things. I learned good does not always win. These facts made me love fantasy all the more.
Fantasy has been my escape from reality. Now that I am near the end of the third book in that series, I am really appreciative of the escape of Starflower. It's an escape I may have to take soon when I rise from the blood and betrayal found in Martin's world. Stengl's world is a wonderful place to visit.
Take a look at Anne Stengl's blog and her Facebook page.
Check out what the others on the CSFF Blog Tour are saying:
Meagan @ Blooming with Books
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Rachel Starr Thomson