With a quick movement, Igraine jumped onto the lion’s mossy paw, clambered from there to its mane, and sat down among the stony locks of hair curling around its muzzle.
“Do please help Albert, books,” said Sir Lamorak. “It’s only for a few days.”
“He mustn’t leaf through us!” said a fat red book.
“Or dog-ear the pages!” grumbled another. “No bookmarks, and always a civil tone of voice, if you please.”
-Igraine the Brave by Cornelia Funke
Igraine comes from a magical family, but she would much rather follow in her grandfather’s footsteps and become a knight. Opportunity to test her mettle arrives when a magical mix-up makes it impossible for Igraine’s parents to protect their castle home and its enchanted inhabitants from a terrible neighbor and his evil knight.
The castle was not large; it had only a single tower, which leaned over sideways, and the walls weren’t much more than two feet thick, but Igraine thought it was the most beautiful castle in the world.
I may have bit off more than I could chew in July, but I certainly had fun mowing down on these books!
Some of my favorite fantasy reads. A lot of these writers have heavily influenced my ideas of what a good book should be. Imaginative folklore and compelling villains. Worlds that unfold as beautifully as if they’re characters instead of places. Heroes and heroines who believe in themselves and put their talents to good use. Friendships that melt your heart, and humor that keeps you coming back when you need a good laugh.
Question of the Day: What are your favorite fantasy books to recommend to friends?
You make peace with one sister only to declare war on the other. It’s always like that with peace, isn’t it? Always to someone’s detriment, already sowing the seed for the next war.
-The Petrified Flesh by Cornelia Funke
Books have to be heavy because they’ve got whole worlds inside them.