Twelve Days of Christmas Book Tag

A Christmas tag inspired by the song. It comes from Lizzie Loves Books, and I was tagged by Sifa Elizabeth. I tag Leslie and anyone else who would like to participate!

A Partridge in a Pear Tree

A Favourite Stand-Alone Book

Phantastes by George MacDonald is a book I’ll just flip open and read.

Phantastes by George MacDonald, A Faerie Romance; mythical and poetic stories of a man's adventures in fairyland and learning who he is, and what it means to be human.

Two Turtle Doves

Fictional OTP/Favorite Ship

I’m not sure I fully understand this one, but Aed and Ninian are two characters I really felt belonged together, and whose relationship I rooted for. Granted, I saw it in more of a platonic light ….

The Last Prince by E.G. Radcliff, dark YA noblebright fantasy, a story with gangs, fae, love, and redemption.

Three French Hens

Favorite Trilogy

The Last Herald-Mage Trilogy by Mercedes Lackey. This one might also qualify for my favourite book ending: I loved the endings for each of these! They were all so perfect! But they’re perfect endings as a trilogy, too, the way the themes and elements in each ending play on and contrast with the others!

Magic's Pawn by Mercedes Lackey, Vanyel Ashkevron, Valdemar, The Last Herald-MageValdemar: The Last Herald-Mage Trilogy, Book Two: epic character-focused fantasyValdemar: The Last Herald-Mage, #3: Magic's Price, a Velgarth novel of Vanyel Ashkevron.

Four Calling Birds

Favorite Fictional Beast/Creature

Dragons! I know they are all over the place in fantasy, but I fell in love with them (the oldest picture I drew and still have is a child’s drawing of two dragons circling a volcano), and I never get tired of them. They never get old, and there are so many kinds!

Five Golden Rings

Show Five Golden Books

I don’t seem to have a whole lot of golden-themed covers, but here goes.

Goldsong by Beth Hudson, YA fantasy with a really wonderful protagonist with a pure heart dealing with complex issues. A bard and a female King.Enter the Whisper by Bruce Coville, originally part one of Dark Whispers; an MG portal fantasy with unicorns! And many other fantastic creatures.Effigest, Tales of the Outlaw Mages #2 by Amy Campbell; a wild west inspired story with asexual cowboys and sugar-loving pegasi!The Dragon's Tongue by C.J. Brightley, A Long-Forgotten Song #2. A dystopican urban fantasy exploring theological themes.Brisingr, The Inheritance Cycle Book Three, by Christopher Paolini. Epic Dragon Rider Saga of Eragon and Saphira. Glaedr's on the cover of this one!

Six Geese a’Laying

Rotten Egg; least favorite book

I won’t say this is my least favorite book: that’s not something I spend a lot of time thinking about, and if I knew which one it was, it almost certainly wouldn’t be this one, by whichever measure I chose to measure that by. But this is a case where I really enjoyed book one (We Hunt the Flame) and then book two, We Free the Stars, just … there were a number of ways it wasn’t that great. So it felt like cracking a rotten egg. A real disappointment.

We Free the Stars by Hafsah Faizal: an arabic-inspired epic fantasy romance.

Seven Swans a’Swimming

Show a Book with Water on the Cover

Look! There’s so much water in this cover! It looks like a perfect place for swans to swim.

It might not be, though.

A Drowned Kingdom by P.L. Stuart, SPFBO 7 semi-finalist, grimdark atlantis retelling. An arrogant, bigoted, egotistical, noble prince is given a chance to learn. Maybe. We'll see. Sometime.

Eight Maids a’Milking

Fictional Food You Do Wish You Could Taste

Hmm. I was thinking about picking Breaker or one of the Outlaw Mages books since I bet Blaise bakes some delicious goodies. But I already show-cased one of those for “Five Golden Rings.” So … maybe Dust of a Moth’s Wing? I’m pretty sure there was at least something in either Dust or one of the later ones I’d be interested in trying. A lot of somethings probably. This series is very heavy on descriptions that are artfully done so they’re quite enriching, and foods and drinks are among the many things described!

Dust of a Moth's Wing by R. Ramey Guerrero. Creature feature epic fantasy with non-traditional fantasy races. Epic series.

Nine Ladies Dancing

Favorite Dance between Two Characters

I’m going to go with Persuader by Amy Campbell. Because I just can’t remember many dances that’ve stood out to me, that I’ve even noticed, and I do remember sort of an awkward dance in this one.

Persuader by Amy Campbell, slice of lie and epic fantasy western with pegasus, asexual cowboy, romance, and political intrigue

Ten Lords a’Leaping

Favorite Book-to-Movie Adaptation

I will be passing on this one, since I do not watch movies!

Eleven Pipers Piping

Favorite Book-to-Movie Soundtrack

I will be passing on this again for much the same reason!

Twelve Drummers Drumming

It’s the end of the song; a favorite book ending

It’s hard to say what my favorite book ending is. I decided to interpret this one to mean “an ending that instantly made you want to read the rest of the book.” And that recently happened with The Blood of a Dragon by Jack Adkins! That last chapter … it made me interested, that is for sure.

The Blood of a Dragon by Jack Adkins: a Dungeons and Dragons-inspired creature feature epic fantasy with awesome characters!

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