5. Pre-historic – wish list
My number 5 on this list is actually a setting that I haven’t really come across within a fantasy novel before, it has made an appearance i the odd time travelling portion but never the feature. Now I know back in these times communication and technology was simple, therefore a story would be much more difficult to create, but the idea of sporadic nomads, living in caves, foraging of the land and having tremendously terrifying dinosaurs chase you around, to me makes an interesting setting for a story. In my mind, this setting could almost be interesting for the origins of magic, and a story describing how magic was first discovered or a tale about how the dinosaurs are hunted for their properties to enhance their natural abilities.
4. Ancient Greek
Now I feel that this is setting that is featured and done well, within games and films but within the world of reading. After reading The Shadow of the Gods by John Gywnne, and being enchanted by the deep lore within the novel, it has really made me appreciate the potential that a solid and interesting lore can have upon a story. Greece is filled to the brim with gods, religion, sports, weapons, battles, invasions… the list is endless. I feel there is a world of stories that could be written within this setting and I have already read a couple of great books such as Circe and The Gospel of Loki, which are rich in the gods and taking storied from some of the greatest war in history.
3. Modern World
The modern era I have found throughout my reading is the perfect place for magic or a little introduction of the old Norse and Greek gods to use as their playgrounds. Novels such as the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher or the Alex Verus series by Benedict Jacka, both series using modern day cities as their settings, playing on the idea that with all our science and technology, how can we ever still believe in magic? The idea that magic is for only knows who have the talent, and everyone else goes about their business, none the wiser. This combined with a setting that I can be a part off within my own life, adds a very realistic and believable context to a novel, adding a depth that I really appreciate.
2. Norse/viking setting
Norse and viking related stories I feel are popular within modern fantasy – with modern titles such as The Shadow of the Gods or even books on my TBR such as Windborn. The viking era is crammed with action, violence and war; making it a perfect era to craft a novel within. Creating gritty battles and large scale fights is always a winner to grab a readers attention, but mixed in are the inner conflicts and betrayals by each of the warriors clans, only adds to depth within a potential story. The Viking era is also rich in weaponry, the love towards the gods, explorations, boats…the list is almost endless. The varied lore is why Gywnne’s most recent novel was such a huge success; being able to absorb the readers into the world, immersing them as much as possible.
Unfortunately, there is an absence of originality when it comes to my favourite setting within novels. The medieval period is such a massive range of time – diverse in religion, the monarchy, weapons, combat and knights on their stallions charging into the enemy lines. A huge percentage of novels are based within this era in time, and even those novels that aren’t strictly set within this time period are stealing elements which would categorise them within this time. To me their is nothing better than reading about two knights fighting for their honour or an impenetrable keep being opened by a sneaky individual through the sewers. Even with the additional dragons and monsters, they only aid to enrich the wide scale combat that can take place within this setting.