7 January 2011


The thing I love about fantasy books is that nothing is impossible – new lands and different creatures exist, strange languages are spoken, and unusual foods are eaten. Your imagination can run wild creating the images of all these new things in your mind.

Some of my favourite fantasy books include: Garth Nix’s ‘Sabriel’ trilogy, Trudi Canavan’s ‘Magician Apprentice’ trilogy and Jim Butcher’s ‘Furies of Calderon’. I just love the different worlds created in these stories.

Based on another book blogger's post (that sadly I can't find their post to link to), which featured a beautiful, fantastical image of a settlement in the Middle East, I decided to find some inspiration that already exists around us. We’ve been blessed with some beautiful natural sights and wonders, which I think would make a perfect setting for a fantasy story.

Grand Canyon, USA

Chocolate Hills, Philippines


If you were to write a fantasy story, what kind of landscapes or natural settings would you feature?


Cristina said...

oh my, those are beautiful.. those chocolate hills? Unreal!

Heather said...

I love creating fantasy worlds! It's part of the fun! The jungle is probably my favorite place. A lot of my YA fantasy takes place there.

Anonymous said...

Those are gorgeous pictures! The Chinese hills are phenomenally beautiful.

Jamie Gibbs (Mithril Wisdom) said...

I agree with Kelly, the Chinese landscape is awesome! Canavan's world is really well crafted too, one of my favourites.

Most of my stories are based on Celtic themes, so I just take the mountains and valleys around me as inspiration. People tend to forget the rural beauty of the UK, but it can look pretty damn magical.

Hannah Mariska said...

Some of the scenery around Brecon Beacons, with the waterfalls, is pretty amazing!

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