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Help finding a book trilogy about magic monks/wizards and an evil empire/kingdom

When I was a kid, I read a trilogy of fantasy novels that I've forgotten the name of. It's about a boy who lives on an island. His father, while doesn't hate him, is disappointed in the boy compared ...
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fantasy books besides LOTR, Harry Potter, Christopher Paolini's books, Dune Franchise (sci-fi) [on hold]

I am looking for fantasy books besides some of the good books I have had the privilege to read. Are there any other such classics, 400, 500+ pages and an entire alternate sort of universes created. If ...
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Spanish language fantasy movie: world seen from the movie projection room of the three Fates

Once back when TV went by radio waves I was watching late at night and saw the very end of a Spanish-language fantasy film where a man was (apparently) watching what was going on in the world while ...
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Young adult novel with a forest in it

A young adult book with a green cover where a young girl is in a futuristic world (touch screens in the school she attended) and feels different and some how she runs away to a forest. I remember ...
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What is the earliest instance of an “Adventurers' Guild” in fiction?

What is the earliest instance of an "Adventurers' Guild" in fiction? It doesn't have to be called an 'Adventurers' Guild', but the basic requirements are: It's a organization that expands and has ...
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Book Identification: a man and two women on a journey to fulfill some sort of prophecy about the end of the world

This is an older fantasy book I read 10-15 years ago-ish. My recollections of it are vague, but I recall it had a medieval-ish setting, and was told from the point of view of a man who is joined on a ...
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What is the first instance where Familiars are called Familiars?

What is the oldest instance of magical familiars being used by witches in fiction, and also called familiars, or a cognate? For example, an English novel having familiars and calling them 'familiars', ...
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Are there any classic fantasy type comic series? (with dwarves, magic, etc) [closed]

I'm starting to get into comics and am reading some of the big ones, marvel, dc and I've seen the fantasy world in Grimm Fairy Tales. But I was expecting to be able to find something like a classic ...
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Are there any sample of elvish-like civilization being in their prime time [closed]

In a lot of SF and Fantasy work, there is a civilization being elven archetype. I mean, civilization being in their fall, once powerful and full of magic or technology or sometimes both, now dying ...
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Which fantasy novel contains the “order of the foot”?

I'm looking for a book that I once read where wizards were divided into different factions. One of those faction had a foot as a banner and they provide the source (e.g. the magic) that the other ...
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Looking for title of a series of books about a wizard who travels to the future

I'm looking for the title of a particular book in a series. What I remember is that it was a series of books. The first book in the series had a powerful wizard who travels to the future and finds ...
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Fantasy book where a young prince becomes a mage

I've been looking for this book for ages now. When I was younger (11-12 years old, so the early 2000s) I once read a story where a young boy, who may have been either a young prince or a squire of ...
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Fantasy book where main protagonists are brothers. One a warrior, the other a mage.

It has been quite a while, but I remember being enthralled. I do remember one other thing about the book--the mage brother was physically weak and had to be helped around by the warrior brother. I ...
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Is there a place I can go to see the most science fiction and/or fantasy books sold of all time?

From the wikipedia article on Stephen R. Donaldson and his "The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever": The Chronicles were originally published as two trilogies of novels between 1977 ...
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Looking for a fantasy novel featuring a war, two distinct sides, and possibly the colour green/jade?

This was a book I read when I was about 13, around the year 2002. I borrowed it from the school library at the time and really enjoyed the story (at least, I think I remember enjoying it). I've marked ...
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Looking for a YA book about a girl pulled through a mirror by her soulmate

My daughter is looking for a YA or maybe kids book that she read about a normal girl who one day notices a boy looking back at her through a mirror and then he pulls her through into another world ...
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What was the origin of the idea that dragons can take human form?

Everything I knew of dragons as a child involves them being huge lizard-like beings, usually with wings. Most fairy tales and popular fantasy works (such as the Hobbit) follow that pattern. I've ...
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Name of book- Girl fights Evil Sorceror Uncle who killed her father the king?

Read a book review over 10 years ago. Maybe 2003 -2004. Found it interesting. Wanted to read book but could not remember name. Story was about a princess whose Uncle killed her father to usurp the ...
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What was Bolas trying to do with the mana absorbed from the Conflux?

In the Magic: The Gathering book "Alara Unbroken attempts absorb the Conflux--a massive amount of mama created from a planar catastrophe--in an attempt to regain his former power levels. He succeeds ...
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Magic leaves “smudges” and a sorceress becomes a book

I could use some help identifying a book I read some time in the last year or so. The book goes between two different stories: 1) A student of magic finds a book in a cave that turns out to be a ...
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“Must fantasy be stupid?” by Pereslegin [closed]

In his essay “The Back Story to the Last Ring-bearer” Kirill Eskov refers to a work by Pereslegin about errors in fantasy worlds. It sounded interesting, so I followed the link to “Must fantasy be ...
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Can Sources become Witchers?

Theoretically, could a Source go through the process that creates Witchers, survive, and retain their full magical potential? If so, could it actually increase their magical potential? Are their any ...
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What is earliest version of a “horcrux”? [duplicate]

I just realized a few days ago that Sauron's One Ring is kind-of like a horcrux, in that Sauron can't ever be totally destroyed as long as the One Ring exists. That set me to wondering: did Tolkien ...
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Film ID: 70s, basement, female, frozen man… or something

This is either a movie or television production, can't remember which. The likely production date is sometime in the 1970s. My memory is very brief. Time has probably distorted it. In a suspense ...
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Bringing spare horses when you have to “ride hard?” [closed]

How does this trope make any sense? I've been re-reading the Sword of Truth series, and numerous times they mention that they need "6 horses. We're going to ride hard and need the spares." How does ...
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Fantasy novel series with paraplegic protagonist

I am looking for a fantasy book where the main character travels back and forth between Earth and his world and they watch him like he is on TV. He gets stabbed in the stomach and in the second book ...
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80's children's fantasy book with a cat on the cover

Trying to remember the title/author of a book that had a cat on the cover, with some planets or moons in the background. Borrowed it from my elementary school library in the 80's. The main character ...
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Young adult fantasy series from 80s about a girl transported to a different reality?

Looking for a series I read when I was in middle school 20-25 years ago. All I remember is a girl visiting an older man on her way home from school is accidentally transported to a different reality. ...
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What is the origin of steampunk theme usually seen in movies and video games? [duplicate]

I have seen few movies and played few video games with steam punk theme. Usually these movies or games have modern day gadgets but with different looks. Most of time with steam engines, gears and ...
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Book identification - towns separated by energy storm [duplicate]

Towns/cities are surrounded by a kind of swirling & confusing energy storm or field. In my mind's eye it was blue/purple in color. The towns/inhabited regions are in bubbles of normal ...
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Did Tolkien popularize the generic description of a wizard?

Nowadays when we think of a wizard, the most common image we conjure up is: A wise old man with a long white beard Dressed in a long cloak and pointy hat (usually same colour as even old men have ...
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What are the origins of “Dwarf Tossing” in fantasy fiction?

Where did the idea of 'Dwarf Tossing' come from in fantasy? I am pretty sure I first came across it in Blood Bowl and it famously happened to Gimli in the Two Towers film adaptation. But it feels ...
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What's the Original example of the common fantastical trope of Dwarf vs Elf?

Related this another recent question What's the original fictional (including) mythological example of Elves and Dwarves being set up as rival races? Is this a trope that first made it's appearance ...
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Technology decreases in fiction [closed]

I find that a very common concept in fantasy fiction is the fact that human (I am using the word to also include humanoids) acchievements are decreasing over time. Usually, some sort of glorious ...
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Is there any particular aspect differentiating feminist and non-feminist work in sci-fi/fantasy? [closed]

How does a work in sci-fi and fantasy qualify as a feminist or otherwise? Should gender based questions be part of the work and having only strong female character isn't sufficient? Case in point ...
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In Lone Wolf, why does 7 and 13 signify everlasting death in life, and evil power respectively?

According to Lone Wolf wiki: Vashna, also known as Darklord Vashna, was the leader of the Darklords and their most powerful member. ... ... The number ninety one was that of Vashna which he ...
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Looking for a short story of a medieval town where wishes were granted unintentionally

A friend just pointed me here after I asked this on Facebook. I haven't had any luck there, so hopefully a more dedicated forum might help track it down. :) This has been bugging me for about 20 ...
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Real-World Origin of Avrupa(n) and Hijer(o) in Patricia C. Wrede's 'Frontier Magic' Series?

In this alternate history/reality fantasy series, set in a Frontier North America with magic, there are 3 main magical theory systems mentioned - Aphrikan, Avrupan and Hijero-Cathayan. Aphrican magic ...
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“The Enchanted” 1984 - confused by the plot

I watched the film The Enchanted last night randomly and unless I misunderstood something in the film, how and more importantly why did the strange family that lives in the woods turn into humans? It ...
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What is the origin of the vampire's drudge?

I have recently come across the idea of a vampire's drudge: a slave to do a vampire's bidding. However, I have not been able to find the origin of it. In fact, the only references to it I am able to ...
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Is there an encyclopedic book of fantastic materials?

I do not believe this to be a list-type question, surely only one or at most two such books have ever been written. I am searching for a book somewhat in the vein of Barlowe's Guide to ...
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Looking for a Trio based Fantasy series for Children [closed]

I'm looking for a Trio based Fantasy Series for Children, please help. It is based on Harry Potter like theme, not very old – released after Harry Potter. It's a fantasy series, featuring three ...
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Worst Sci Fi / Future Fantasy Cliches [closed]

I am creating a futuristic fantasy setting for my latest novel. In your opinion what are the most over used cliches that I should avoid when creating the setting? Many thanks.
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A Blessing of Unicorns?

According to Penny Arcade, A group of Unicorns is called "A Blessing Of Unicorns" Where was that stated? Why was it really called a blessing? ..was Gabe spot on?
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What's the difference between faries and pixies? [closed]

I am struggling to find a difference? I honestly do not know a difference, I have tried all kinds of folklore books. Tell me a difference?
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Do authors ever create conflicting canon to irk fussy fans? [closed]

I know that this site is the haven for anyone who loves to dig deep into their favorite Sci-Fi and Fantasy. Even for a new visitor, from scrolling through this site shows that there's an awful lot ...
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Help with title of an old Japanese anime about a quest involving magical creatures?

When I was young (so this was about 30 years ago) I saw this cartoon about a character (I don't even remember if it was a young man or woman) who was sent on a quest. I think he or she had to defeat ...
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Is there a relationship between Stanley Steamer and any business?

Stanley Steamer received his name in 'Dragon on a Pedestal (1985)' having previously been the Gap Dragon. I recall becoming aware of Stanley the Dragon about the same time I became aware of television ...
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How large are the layers of the nine hells in the Forgotten Realms?

I recently read about the structure of the nine hells or 'Baator' in the Forgotten Realms setting. I was wondering how large each of the different layers actually are. I mean, are they endless or are ...
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Is there a substance like phraxdust in the real world or other fantasy writings?

Most stories will have similar weapons, aliens, space travel etc, but in The Edge Chronicles there is a substance called phraxdust that can purify water when mixed with contaminated liquids. I have ...