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» Immortals by Tamora Pierce «

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Young Daine’s knack with horses gets her a job helping the royal horsemistress drive a herd of ponies to Tortall. Soon it becomes clear that Daine’s talent, as much as she struggles to hide it, is downright magical. Horses and other animals not only obey, but listen to her words. Daine, though, will have to learn to trust humans before she can come to terms with her powers, her past, and herself.

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keladryoftortall asked:

about remus; no matter how hard he tried to push it away, to the back corner of his mind and where no one would see, every trudge up the astronomy tower brought an indistinct but powerful anxiety to the pit of his stomach. he told himself it was stupid. it was just the sky, just the moon, just a collection of dust and magic. he usually met hogwarts and its secrets with a heady mixture of avidity and reverence, but astronomy he could never convince himself to love.

keladryoftortall asked:

so i know feminism is hella important, as is feminine-power, but perhaps in the future you can do a series on world wide wizards to watch?? honestly, i would just love to see some masculine-power spreads.

I have considered this, and I did wonder if I might get a question on this. 

I chose to do feminine-identifying wixes because Witch Weekly is a canonical publication which is oft-mentioned, and seems to have a consistently female readership, and seems to largely be about women (see Rita Skeeter’s article on Hermione in the books). I’d feel a lot more comfortable doing a post for masculine-identifying individuals if there was a comparative publication in canon.

If anyone wants to do a series on masculine-identifying wixes then I would happily post it, but I personally find it harder to make and develop male or masculine-identifying characters, so it would be a lot harder for me to do a series on masculine-identifying wixes than feminine. If I get the inspiration to do it then I may, but as-is? It seems unlikely.

I am sorry, and I do know this is unfair, which is why if someone is willing or wants to do their own series, of canon and OC’s or just OC’s, I will happily post it. I just doubt I could easily come up with suitable numbers of OCs and canon characters to do it myself.

I know the magical world is supposed to have gender equality - the whole “once you give someone a wand a lot of the racist/sexist/etc judgements they make can be easily disproven by way of magic” - and I agree that having some similar ones for masculine-identifying wixes would be awesome. But as-is I do not think I can easily do them myself, due to not always being particularly great at making male characters and due to being almost tapped out for ideas with this Witch Weekly series here and the Japanese folklore series I’m doing on themonsterblogofmonsters.

If someone does say they are willing to make and submit a comparative series for masculine-identifying wixes I will be very glad to post them, but unless that happens I’m afraid likelihood is low for a fairly long while.

keladryoftortall asked:

I saw that someone rec'd Tamora Pierce. She's one of my Favorite Authors of All Time (this includes Maggie Stiefvater, Cassie Clare, and Scott Westerfeld). Depending on which series you pick, the stories (and characters) can be somewhat juvenile. But! The people extremely lovable, and the setting is interesting *and* amusing. For a first-time reader of Pierce, I would suggest the series Protector of the Small. That's how I started, anyways.

For the anon looking for fantasy books! Check these out! Thanks for the recs!

keladryoftortall asked:

hi :) so, i love lydia's style, and i want to dress more like her in general. i don't wear many skirts, and dresses take some time to save up for. i was thinking of buying lots of skirts with the back-to-school sales that are coming up, but do you have any advice for tops? i'm rubbish with tops. she seems to favor plain t-shirts / button-ups. but do you have any advice to keep in mind? (oh! i live in the south, so please stuff that wouldn't sweat through easily. it's gross, i know.)

well, to sum up Lydia’s tops, you should get more:

  • button downs - plain, polka dot, embroidered, gingham
  • plain crop tops
  • oversized print tops like check or plaid
  • floral lace blouses

    If you want me to look for something specific, message us again. Hope this helped, good luck.
    - Sani x
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Books more people should read
» Song of the Lioness by Tamora Pierce «

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And so young Alanna of Trebond begins the journey to knighthood. Alanna has always craved the adventure and daring allowed only for boys; her twin brother, Thom, yearns to learn the art of magic. So one day they decide to switch places: Disguised as a girl, Thom heads for the convent; Alanna, pretending to be a boy, is on her way to the castle of King Roald to begin her training as a page. But the road to knighthood is not an easy one. As Alanna masters the skills necessary for battle, she must also learn to control her heart and to discern her enemies from her allies. Filled with swords and sorcery, adventure and intrigue, good and evil, Alanna’s first adventure begins—one that will lead to the fulfillment of her dreams and make her a legend in the land.

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keladryoftortall asked:

hey your first spotlight link for the week 05/30/2014 - 06/06/2014 changed. for the hpweekly thing. which is awesome, btw.

thank you for notifying me! I’m glad you like it :))

just fyi folks, the links remain the same, the only thing that changes is the username. so, just change the username in the link and it will take you wherever you were planning to go

(if you know the new username, of course, but the blogs i give links to look like they have you basic redirection covered, so)

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» Daughters of the Lioness by Tamora Pierce «

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Alianne is the teenage daughter of the famed Alanna, the first lady knight in Tortall. Young Aly follows in the quieter footsteps of her father, however, delighting in the art of spying. When she is captured and sold as a slave to an exiled royal family in the faraway Copper Islands, it is this skill that makes a difference in a world filled with political intrigue, murderous conspiracy, and warring gods.

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keladryoftortall asked:

Are you talking about ff? Some of the anon messages showed up on my dash, and that's what it sounds like? I think people right it because (a) all fiction is fiction -- an invention of the imagination, and (b) writers can practice with worlds and characters they know very well.

“writers can practice with worlds and characters they know very well.”

No one knows the world better than the person who created it. Therefore, they’re the only person who should be writing it.

keladryoftortall asked:

I think that your analyses are very interesting, but I was led here by your positively lovely commentaries on The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. You write reviews very well (do you do this for money? if not, you definitely 1000% should.) and I was wondering, will you write more in the future? Book reviews, that is. I would love to hear what you have to say.

I’m actually trying to do more reviewy type things! I have two film ones waiting in the wings, and I’ve actually been kicking around a review of Lament and Ballad. There’s also another Raven Cycle thing coming (and maybe a review for DT? I was asked for one once and the idea does appeal) so keep an eye out. It’s a matter of trying to get things sorted out here in LA before I do all this fun side work, but now that we’re pretty well settled, I definitely hope to do so.

(And no, I don’t do this for money. Alas. I am interning for a super cool blog though, and have a little ditty for Catching Fire coming up soon!)

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Books more people should read
» Circle Opens by Tamora Pierce «

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Lady Sandrilene fa Toren knows all about unusual magic - she herself spins and weaves it like thread. But when she witnessed a boy dancing a spell, even she is confounded. To her dismay, Sandry learns that as the mage who discovered the power of the young dancer, she must be his teacher. Before lessons can begin, however, Sandry and her uncle, Duke Vedris, get news of a mysterious murderer stalking a clan of local merchants. The killer employs the strangest magic of all: the ability to reduce essence to nothingness. As the murders mount and the killer grows bolder, Sandry’s teaching takes on a grave purpose. For it becomes clear to everyone that the killings can only be stopped by the combined workings of two people: the young teacher and her even younger student.

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keladryoftortall asked:

dude i love earthsea SO MUCH but i totally understand your reasons. maybe you just don't appreciate the style of writing, which is totally not exclusive to traditional fantasy. so, maybe take a break if you need it, but don't rule out the classics. :)

Definitely not ruling it out!  I’m still planning to finish the series.

The writing doesn’t bother me so much as the vaguely generic feel of the magic system.  Earthsea’s an old book, and Le Guin probably helped to establish some of the tropes I’ve seen over and over again, but I can’t divorce my personal boredom with true names and familiars from my experience with the story.