Fantasy Friday: Elantris, Chapter 5

Previously on Elantris: We learned so many things and Matt mused about zombie sex. Also, Galladon can access the ancient magic of Elantris, so OF COURSE that was the end of the chapter. This week, Sarene and Hrathen cross paths. YEEEEEEESSS. Chapter 5: The gyorn strode into the king’s throne room with the arrogance characteristic…

Alistair and Aria, Part 4

“How did we develop this kind of repertoire?” Alistair laughed. “The night before your seventeenth birthday, and that’s what you have to ask me?” “You said in exchange for a physical present this year that you would tell me the truth about something. I’ve thought about it for a week. I want to know how…

Fantasy Friday: Elantris, Chapter 4

Previously on Elantris: Rebecca revealed some psychological issues via her weird crush on Hrathen, the religious extremist from Fjorden. This week, we’re back to Raoden. He’s having a rough time. Chapter 4: The Elantrian Sarene saw being escorted to the city is currently clawing at the gate, crying. Across the courtyard, Galladon and Raoden wait…

Shower Thoughts

I think one major flaw (among many) in my first book is the failure of Alistair to reveal where he sent Aria when he stole her throne. Once he realized the support Aria was drumming up, what was stopping him from nipping it in the bud by revealing her infertility? Certainly Aria could have created…

Alistair and Aria, Part 3

“We didn’t grow up together,” Aria explained as she practiced her swordsmanship with Valtteri, eldest son of the prince of the Southern Arm. “I only saw him a few times when I was a child, but he was always kind to me. The day my parents died, he asked if I trusted him, and I…

Fantasy Friday: Elantris, Chapter 3

Previously on Elantris: Sarene was engaged to Raoden, but now they’re married because he died. Yeah, their religion is weird. She’s living in Arelon now and is very suspicious of the circumstances surrounding Raoden’s death. Oh my god, you guys. We get to meet my favorite character today. Motherfuckin’ HRATHEN! Chapter 3: Hrathen joins us…

Alistair and Aria, Part 2

Buried in a disused study somewhere in Suvid, a scroll existed in broken, childish handwriting granting Alistair the authority to act as regent to Queen Aria of House Kolenikova until she turned eighteen. He didn’t like to think of that day—the morning he’d killed her parents in self defense, though with a lingering feeling of…

Fantasy Friday: Back Next Week!

Matt and I are taking this week off from recapping Elantris, mostly because I got too caught up with all my creative writing. But also, it’s the holidays, so take your pick on excuses. Chapter 3 is a blast, so be sure to check in with us next Friday! Happy New Year!

Alistair and Aria, Part 1

Aria dreamed of that day often—the fateful day she became queen at eight years old—though she always blocked a few details out. She never saw her parent’s bodies again, nor did she see the blood or remember the fright. Often she would just skip over it, as if her subconscious mind recognized that she was…

Fantasy Friday: Elantris, Chapter 2

Previously on Elantris: a prince is cursed, a dead man named Galladon is too perky, and gross things are gross. I think I forgot to mention last week that Raoden lives in the city built right outside and around Elantris. It becomes relevant later. This week we get to meet Sarene, the second of three…

Fantasy Friday: Elantris, Prologue and Chapter 1

Happy early Friday, and welcome to a new blog feature! Every Friday I’ll be recapping fantasy books that I like (or even don’t like), chapter by chapter. I was partly inspired by an AMAZING blog called Bad Books, Good Times that I’ve followed for a couple years now. Read all of it forever. Matthew and…