crown duels

anonymous asked:

Do you have any recommendations for books like The Queen's Thief series? (thinking of books that were published around the same time, ones that people seem to have grown up reading and I somehow missed out on--though more recently published recs are also welcome!)


Definitely the Pellinor series by Alison Croggon

I loved Tanith Lee’s Claidi Journals series.
Sharon Shinn’s Safe-Keepers series was another one I really liked.

If you look at the women writing fantasy in the early 2000s (and now still): Patricia C. Wrede, Sherwood Smith, Sharon Shinn, Juliet Marillier, you’ll find a lot of good stuff.

Oh god, O.R. Melling’s Chronicles of Faerie were so good.
Ellen Kushner’s Riverside isn’t *technically* YA but the second book–one of the most formative books for young emily–The Privilege of the Sword, hits all the current trappings for a YA novel.

The Queen’s Thief series is pretty much on its own level though.

Some little things I like in the ToG series

This post contains spoilers for the first 4 books!

I wrote this post in the summer and just realised I never posted it?! So here it is now, not including Empire of Storms because I wrote it prior to reading that one.

Throne of Glass:

When Celaena hits the absolute bullseye on the last target, putting Cain in his place.

Chaol running away because Celaena is on her period.

When Celaena eats one and a half pounds of chocolate before breakfast, much to Dorian’s surprise.

When Dorian gets Celaena a puppy for Yulemas, and her thank you kiss on the cheek makes him get all flustered.

When Celaena and Chaol both fall asleep at the Yulemas ceremony.

When Chaol leaves the Yulemas ball because he’s jealous of Dorian dancing with Celaena.

The kiss between Celaena and Dorian, and how happy it makes Celaena feel (she deserves it after all she’s suffered).

This line about Chaol: “She found the rolling earthen hills of the north in his eyes”

Chaol supporting Celaena during the duel with Cain.

Nehemia’s line about Chaol: “That man cares for you more than either of you realise”

The embrace between Chaol and Celaena after the duel.

Crown of Midnight:

The embrace between Chaol and Celaena when she returns from her mission.

The fact that Chaol’s bookshelf is likely organised alphabetically.

When Chaol teases Celaena for snoring, but then walks her back to her room.

Mort the existing brass knocker.

Chaol’s outburst exclaiming that he cares what happens to Celaena.

When Chaol dances with Celaena in the moonlit garden.

Chaol getting Celaena chocolate cake on more than one occasion.

Chaol’s birthday and he and Celaena doing it - especially in the broom closet…

Heir of Fire:

The fact that Manon lives in a cottage. It just amuses me.

That Rowan had “shown as much interest in [Celaena] as he would in a pile of shit on the road”

When the messenger asks Sorscha for the name of her village so Dorian can add it to his personal map.

The fact that Celaena still wears the ring from Chaol.

How Abraxos is victorious against Titus, and claims Manon as she claims him.

Abraxos sniffing the wildflowers. (he’s been entrapped and beaten his whole life, and when he’s finally experiencing fresh air I imagine the smell of flowers must be beautiful)

How Aelin and Rowan “claim” each other.

Rowan and Celaena performing the blood oath in front of Maeve.

Manon saving Petrah in the War Games.

Chaol telling Dorian that he loves him.

Queen of Shadows:

The fact that Abraxos likes watching the stars.

That Lysandra maimed the young Evangeline so she wouldn’t have to endure being a courtesan. And the way that Aelin treats her, giving her a choice for once in her life.

Aelin telling Lysandra she’s her new favourite person simply because she brought chocolate to her apartment.

Aelin’s nickname of “fire-breathing bitch-queen”

Rowan and Aelin’s reunion.

When Rowan wears the oil Arobynn sent for Aelin.

How Lysandra kills Arobynn, finally avenging Wesley’s death.

How Rowan still calls Aelin “princess”.

That Manon lies about killing Aelin and co, and how she sees Dorian within his Valg prison of a body.

Seeing Fleetfoot!

Aedion calling Rowan “brother” when Rowan thanks him for helping save him.

Lysandra being all ferocious and awesome as a ghost leopard in the sewers.

Chaol and Nesryn being cute at the end.

How Kaltain beat the demon and saved the witches and Elide with her shadowfire.

How Aedion, Dorian and Aelin are reunited in the room ten years since they were children, and how they embark on changing the world together ♥

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FAVOURITE BOOK: So many…. Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith, The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, The Hunger Games (My top four that I will always love)


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endless list of my favorite books: crown duel by sherwood smith (7/?)

“A wager?” I repeated. 

“Yes,” he said, and gave me a slow smile, bright with challenge.

“Stake?” I asked, cautiously. He was still smiling, a odd sort of  smile, hard to define. 

“A kiss.” 

My first reaction was outrage, but then I remembered that I was on my way to Court, and that had to be the kind of thing they did at Court. And if I win I don’t have to collect. I hesitated only a moment longer, lured by the thought of open sky, and speed, and winning.

“Done,” I said.”

audreycritter  asked:

8, 14, 20 :)

Thanks Audrey!

8 : What author would you be most excited to be compared to?

Hmmm probably C.S Lewis for the sake of writing things that move people

14 : Do you have a favorite writing-related quote?

I have no idea who said it, but I really like, “When we read we start at the beginning and continue until the end. When we write we start in the middle and fight our way out.”

I think it describes at least how I write, with my brain usually choosing something in the middle of a story, and the work it takes to get everything else written from there.

20 : What book would you love to see adapted for the big or small screen?

I’d love love love to see Crown Duel/Court Duel by Sherwood Smith as a TV show. It’s got a little bit of everything I love and would make a great mini-series

anonymous asked:

different anon but can you rec me some good high fantasy??? im dying for something good to read over here lmao


The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison: slow moving, internal plot that is so goddamn charming i died at least 17 times listening to the audiobook. 
City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett second world modern high fantasy but it’s sooooo goooood. 
The Killing Moon by N.K. Jemisin honestly read everything by Jemisin. She’s one of the absolute best in high fantasy. 
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir this book was absolutely overhyped but i think it was well deserved. Tahir did classic/predictable tropes well which is literally all that matters in HF. However, that said, if her publisher doesn’t buy more books this series will not have as much of a lasting stay. This needs to be a long series not a short book-and-sequel or trilogy. The book didn’t… really work on its own at all, it worked with the promise of a sequel. 
Prince of Fools by Mark Lawrence Lawrence is really bad when it comes to lady rep in his books but his books are so good. Also he’s got a trilogy about killer nuns coming out soon that will have a female protag so we’ll see how that goes. 
Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence Jorg is the W O R S T he is my terrible awful son and I love him. This is pretty grim!dark in every sense of the genre. 
Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith ok it’s court drama high fantasy but it’s GOOD court drama high fantasy
The Naming by Alison Croggon Croggon is the only YA HF writer whose books emulate classic high fantasy in every sense of the term. Found manuscript style and everything.  
The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas ok this first book is a bit of a clusterfuck in terms of world building but the characters are so endearing and the sequel really fixes all the problems i had with the first book. 

ROBIN HOBB? EVERYTHING BY ROBIN HOBB. Start with Assassin’s Apprentice. Honestly, Robin Hobb is the #goal for me. 

While I haven’t read Cinda Williams’ Chima’s high fantasy series, I’ve heard its great and I believe that because she’s amazing
I also haven’t read Brian Staveley’s Unhewn Throne trilogy but I’ve heard it’s really really good and I believe that. 

Obviously read Garth Nix’s Old Kingdom books if you haven’t.
Obviously my entire internet presence is a testimonial to Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha trilogy (they low key changed my life shh) 
Kristen Cashore’s Graceling realm books are a given. 
Everything Brandon Sanderson writes is pure gold, the man is unreal. 
I love everything by Maria V. Snyder but she can err on the side of commercially predictable. I still love her kind of high fantasy. 

But, yeah, you will notice everything I rec is either…. like classic HF, adult HF or relatively well known YA HF……… 


something about this hecks me up: so kaiba spends almost the entirety of battle city declaring that this is HIS tournament and HE’S going to win and HE’S going to reclaim his dueling crown from yuugi, and all that ancient egyptian stuff and all those people dropping into comas after those weird duels are all secondary concerns to him, like mokuba is clearly concerned for seto’s well-being when it comes to card games… and then seto loses battle city, puts away his cards (locks them up), because his realest, truest dream is building amusement parks for children and card games get in the way of that i MEAN. I JUST!!!!! [shoves my fist into my mouth]. like. this kid lived and breathed duel monsters, not just duel monsters but winning duel monsters, being the ~*b e s t  e v e r*~ at duel monsters, and it doesn’t happen. and he finally has juuust enough maturity to be like “okay. time to put these away. i’m going to focus on making some sad children really happy instead”

chaosbrinker  asked:

Hi, could i ask for advice on world building? Im trying to make a homebrew campaing

Sorry it took me a bit to answer this - it’s been a busy week and weekend!

I’ll preface this all by saying that I don’t claim to be an expert on anything, and there are lots and lots of other resources out there, which I’ll link to at the end of this post.


You’ll need to ask yourself some questions first.

  • Do I want the game to be sandbox-y or more directly driven?

A sandbox game in which your players don’t have a lot of rhyme or reason beyond just exploring can be a lot of fun. But there’s different ways to run sandbox. On the one hand, you can let your player backstories and their suggestions, what they want to see, influence the world they’re discovering. On the other, you can come up with a really detailed world setting that they’ll uncover as they go. Both require a lot of work, but in different ways. In the first, you’ll need to be ready to improv your descriptions of places. In the second, you’ll need to come up with a lot of stuff ahead of time but be ready to be flexible.

Now, in a more directly driven campaign, you probably want to have most of your world stuff at least marginally laid out, that way you’re prepared for wherever the players want to go.

  • Where do I start?

This one is harder. There’s no one way to world build! Some people like to start with the map (check out this online map maker and this cool way to randomize your map), while others prefer to flesh out what they want the theme/mystery/problem-goal of the campaign to be first. Both are great!

To use my own campaign as an example, I knew from the start that I wanted there to be a central mystery for the PCs - in this case, a magical disease that turns people into animals within a year of contracting it, and all afflicted are sent across a massive chasm into a place known only as “The Wilds”. It was a premise inspired by the books Graceling and Fire by Kristin Cashore.

Side note: Draw from the sorts of stories that you enjoy! If you want it to be an epic quest, look at Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, King Arthur, Night Angel, etc etc etc. If you want it to be more of a stealthy heist type thing, or a diplomatic campaign, check out Antman, Montmorency, Crown Duel, Dangerous Liasons, etc etc etc. Whatever story hook you want to go with, finding inspiration in existing media is a great way to start. You can also check out plot generators such as this one.

  • I’ve got my story hook. Now what?

Why are your players here in this campaign? This is the fun part. You get to think about how the problem/mystery that exists came to exist. How does it affect the world and the people in that world? What other problems exist? What’s the racial makeup of the world, if that is important? What’s the political climate?

Again using my Tenara campaign as an example, we can answer these questions.

1. How did the Beast Curse come to exist?

Legend says it was delivered by one of the gods who are now long-forgotten, but others are of the belief that it’s a mutated form of magic.

2. How does it affect the world and the people in it?

Cursed folks are reviled to the point that most families will turn in their own kin. They are quarantined in special prisons until the monthly caravan takes them to the Gate at the chasm to send them into the Wilds. Each country provides a guard for the Gate and it’s a lifetime job. There are people who DO have sympathy for the cursed, so they’ve formed a sort of protest resistance group. Etc etc etc.

3. What other problems exist?

Partly because of the curse and partly for other reasons, the whole peninsula that holds these five countries is quickly becoming overpopulated. People aren’t leaving, so they build to the sky and deep in the earth and tensions are high is such a crowded place. There’s a country locked in a perpetual civil war. There’s a country whose queen is 12 because her mother was deposed for trying to build an army of the Cursed, and no one really knows what happened to her or the army. A cult of one of the forgotten gods has arisen with a twisted take on the god’s message.

4. What’s the racial makeup of the world?

Fairly diverse, but humans, elves, dwarves, gnomes, and halflings are more prominent in certain areas than others, and nearly all extra-planar or unusual races come from the Southern Isles.

5. What’s the political climate?

The countries keep to the themselves and aren’t currently experiencing a lot of conflict outside of their own borders, but with the population increasing everywhere, things are primed for change.

As you can see, just having that campaign hook really helped me flesh out the setting of my world.

A side note: when I say ‘world’, I mean the setting for the campaign, which could be a single country or city, or group of provinces. You don’t have to flesh out a whole globe in order to world build your setting. Only flesh out what you need to start, and add to it as you go.

  • That’s great, but what about what the world is really like?

Now that you’ve got a good idea of what you want the hook of the campaign to be, you can flesh out aesthetically what a lot of the world is like. Ask yourself questions about these topics for each distinct area of your world.

- environment. What is the land like? Is it fertile? Barren? A desert, swamp, forest, mountain, volcano, plains, cave system, sea, etc etc etc? What is the climate like? Humid, arid, cold, hot, temperate, etc?

- culture. What languages are spoken? What’s the architecture like? How do people dress? Is it wealthy or poor, urban or rural? What type of art is common here? What professions? How do they treat outsiders?

- religion. Does it factor in at all? How many gods are there? What do they represent? What are their worshippers like? 

- government. Who rules, and do they rule well? Is it an oligarchy, theocracy, monarchy, democracy, etc? How are problems handled? Is there a law for everything, or do the people enforce natural law? Where is the law written and complaints addressed?

- military. How well is each country defended? Is there a military draft? Who leads the military? Why does each country have a military or town guard?

- magic. How common is it? Are magic schools open to anyone? Is there any discrimination between the types of magic users, for instance wizards and sorcerers or an arcane caster and a divine caster? How much do the people rely on magic?

- creatures. What sorts of animals or magical creatures exist? Is the place close to the fey realms? Is it close to the underdark? Does Hell or Heaven or the Abyss take a particular interest in it? If so, why?

- political and social climate. How do different countries/races/classes interact? How do they treat foreigners vs. natives?

- any other details. If there’s anything additional you want to add that didn’t fit neatly in any of these categories, go ahead and add it!

There are tons of other little details you can ask yourself about, and plenty of resources to help you with fleshing them all out. The biggest piece of advice I can give you is to ask why. Why is the world the way it is? Why is that ruler corrupt? Why is that pantheon of gods so invested in a particular sea town? Why is the climate suddenly changing from dry to monsoon? Why is that wizard school trying to take power? Why are the countries at war? Why do the people/NPCs care, and why will the party care?

I really hope this helps, and please do keep in mind that there’s no one way to world build. If you have an aesthetic idea for a society of elves that live on the coastline and are seafarers and that’s you’re jumping off point, that is totally fine! You can always come back to the bullet list of why.

So, to recap:

  • remember that world doesn’t have to mean the whole globe
  • ask yourself what type of game you’d like to run
  • ask yourself what the plot hook to kick off the campaign will be
  • ask yourself about the aesthetic details: environment, culture, religion, government, military, magic, creatures, political and social climate, any other details.
  • keep asking why until you’ve fleshed out the details you need to run the first couple sessions
  • keep adding to the world as time goes on

If you have any other questions, please feel free to ask! Happy worldbuilding!

littlereditalian  asked:

Hi! I followed you because of Tamora Pierce stuff and I always see you blogging about books so I was wondering what you would recommend reading?

ah! okay yes you have come to the right place for book recs

(this got really long so. apologies if you were expecting something a little more succinct)

  • The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater - do you like horses? water horses? murderous water horses? congrats this book is for you. (you should read it anyway, even if you don’t like murderous water horses, it’s got a celtic vibe and it’s so so good)
  • The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater - do you like dead welsh kings? prep school boys? a girl who takes no shit from said prep school boys? weird magic? books that feel a bit like a fever dream? yes? good. read this series. it’s fantastic and painful and the last book comes out in… april?? who knows.
  • The Young Wizards series by Diane Duane - If you’re looking for something longer-running with more science and aliens (but not “traditional” aliens), this is the way to go. There’s a lot of sadness and a lot of serious topics, but also a lot of fun. This is a series I’ve loved since I was in middle school and it’s held up to the test of time.
  • Anything by Brandon Sanderson - he has yet to disappoint me
    • Mistborn - if you like long epic series with cool metal-based magic and tragic heroes and politics and rebellion!
    • The Stormlight Archive - if you like extremely long epic series with cool stormlight-based magic and politics and war
    • The Reckoners - if you like evil superheroes and post-apocalyptic situations and complete and utter dorks.
    • Warbreaker - if you like talking swords and reluctant gods and weird breath-based magic
  • American Gods by Neil Gaiman - if you like being creeped the fuck out and also religion/mythology and you aren’t too squeamish.
  • Stardust by Neil Gaimen - if you like adorable idiot children and fallen stars and curses and…sky pirates?
  • The Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede - if you like dragons and princesses who chose their own destiny and hysterical chapter titles and dishwater-as-weaponry (just. you have to read it. it’s light and funny and incredible)
  • The Amelia Peabody series by Elizabeth Peters - if you want something with more history and less magic and more unreliable narrators and master criminals this is the best. Egyptology plays a big role and the character dynamics over the series as a whole are amazing and sometimes the mysteries are a little. weird. but that’s okay because the characters are the main thing.
  • The Pern books by Anne McCaffery - this series as a whole is. a lot. it’s far from perfect but there are dragons! and fire lizards! and people riding dragons! and politics and science (which shows up more in later books, but it’s like. fantasy based on science fiction? so cool, so much my kind of thing)
    • I recommend starting with the Harper Hall trilogy (Dragonsong, Dragonsinger, Dragondrums) or the original trilogy (Dragonflight, Dragonquest, The White Dragon).
  • The Bartimaeus series by Jonathan Stroud - sarcastic djinn and magicians and the best use of footnotes I have ever seen in a work of fiction. So good.
  • Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman - everyone should read this book (except perhaps conservative christians. they might not find it amusing. but then again maybe they would? who knows.)
  • The Queen’s Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner- if you like sarcastic little shits and political intrigue this may be the series for you
  • The Old Kingdom/Abhorsen books by Garth Nix- necromancy and clairvoyance and free magic spirits, this series is one of my all time favorites
  • Honorable mention to other books I liked a lot but wouldn’t recommend to everyone OR am too lazy to come up with a blurb for
    • Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones (Howl is so. much.)
    • The Secret History by Donna Tartt (murder and elitism and more murder)
    • ASOIAF by GRRM (really long, hard to get into, really politics heavy, much better than the TV show)
    • Jane Eyre (pretty self explanatory)
    • Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke (very very heavy on the social commentary and super long, but I loved it)
    • Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith (not perfect but middle school me loved it)
    • Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell (if you want to cRY)
    • Graceling by Kristin Cashore
    • any Thursday Next book by Jasper Fforde (disclaimer: I’ve heard bits and pieces of most of these books on CD but I’ve never actually read a whole one straight through. however. they are hysterically funny and so so ridiculous)
    • The Wrinkle in Time books by Madeline L’Engle (so important to tiny second grade me)
    • Abarat by Clive Barker (so weird but so good. I love it but I know it’s not for everyone)
    • The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker (super good)

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