Over the last year I’ve made it my mission to get back into reading, be it through physical books, kindle books or even audiobooks. When I was younger, I was an avid reader, at least for my level of reading I was. I mainly enjoyed fantasy/horror books. Some of the books that shaped my reading childhood include The Demonata series by Darren Shan, a 10 book collection of over the top gory horror books no kid should really read, but I loved it. His Dark Materialstrilogy is a classic that lives on and will never grow old, Phillip Pullman is a master story teller and the worlds he creates are sometimes more real than the one we live in! Other series worth a mention include A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Spiderwick Chroniclesand many Charlie Higson books.
As I grew up, I did read more adult oriented books despite my love for the young adolescent fantasy genre. Some memorable books from my teen-hood include The Alchemist, a book I believe absolutely everyone should read at some point in their lives, The Curious Incident of The Dog in The Night-Timeand The Story of Edgar Sawtelle.
Over the last year I’ve ready plenty of self-help books, a topic I think I’ll leave for another post, and the best fiction book I’ve ready has to be Children of Timeby Adrian Tchaikovsky. Children of Timetakes science fiction, biology and war and blends it into a powerful, moving story that makes you question what it means to be human.
Now, at present I am reading the hardback physical book The Priory Of The Orange Tree, a new epic fantasy novel likened to Game of Thronesand Lord of the Ringsin its ability to create a massive fantasy world with complex characters. I am only 50 pages into this mammoth 800+ page books, but already I find myself absorbed into the world and the (currently) all female characters. Not only is the storytelling fantastic but the descriptive writing is phenomenal with sentences that blew me away with their creativity and beauty. The author, Samantha Shannon, is definitely a writer to watch and admire having produced this epic fantasy novel.
As I read on, I will post more about this book and what it has to offer, but for now I am limited in what I can say. I found out about this book through a sponsored post on Instagram, and seeing the awe-inspiring artwork drew me in to find out more. The cover artwork, done by artist Ivan Belikov, really grabs your attention and forces you to find out more about what this novel has to offer.
Looking into Ivan Belikov, I discovered his other illustrations which are unique and show incredible attention to detail. I’ve linked a few below so you can view his work in all its glory.