The best selling fantasy book of 2019: Age of Myth by Michael J. Sullivan
As you can see the best selling fantasy book of 2019 so far is no other thanAge of Myth, the first novel of a new six-book series known as The Legends of the First Empire. Age of Myth is written by Michael J. Sullivan, also known for his Riyria Series which has been recommended more than once on Wottaread. This story also takes place in the world of Elan and is set 3,000 years before the Riyria Revelations.
Another best selling fantasy books of 2019
The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates
The Water Dancer is a story about slavery, centering on Hiram Walker, a boy who will run from the only home he has ever known. Even though this title appears in the fantasy list of Amazon, it is mostly a historical fiction novel but it is true that is has some fantasy components.
Percy Jackson boxed set by Rick Riordan
Percy Jackson is a best selling series written by Rick Riordan. This Percy Jackson boxed set includes the five books that compose the series with new cover art and packaged with a special poster. A story for those who love both Greek gods and monsters.
A young witch emerges from a curse to find her world upended in this gripping fantasy of betrayal, vengeance, and self-discovery set in turn-of-the-century France.
The Keeper Chronicles by JA Andrews
Queenland must be saved, but this time its destiny won’t be in the hands of a powerful hero but instead, it will depend on an untrained girl, a bad magician and a man who lives in the past. This pack includes the entire trilogy.
A Little Hatred by Joe Abercrombie
A little Hatred is the first book of The Age of Madness, the new series written by Joe Abercrombie known for The First Law series. If you are looking for grimdark fantasy and witty dialogues, this is for you.
Archangel’s War by Nalini Singh
This is the 12th novel in A Guild Hunter series. In this world, the angels rule over humans and vampires. There is nothing more powerful than the archangels, their beauty is only surpassed by their cruelty.
Uncrowned by Will Wight
The 7th novel in Cradle Series. Sacred artists follow a thousand Paths to power, using their souls to control the forces of the natural world.
Hope you enjoyed this list of 2019 Best Selling Fantasy Books, will you start reading any of these? don’t forget to comment!
The Inheritance Cycle, a young adult high fantasy series written by American author Christopher Paolini. A Bestselling series whose first book, Eragon, had a movie adaptation. However, there was never a sequel, Eragon 2 never saw the light. Why did Eragon film fail? This is what happened to the Eragon film series.
The novels focus on the adventures of a teenage boy named Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, as they struggle to overthrow the evil king Galbatorix. Set in the fictional world of Alagaësia. A book series that has sold over 33.5 million copies worldwide.
But in this article, we are not going to focus on The Inheritance Cycle but on the movie adaptations. A lot of questions to be answered, will there be Eragon 2? why were the sequels not released? or why did Eragon film fail? it’s time to answer all those questions
A bit of info about the Eragon film
Eragon was released as a film in 2006 and was directed by Stefen Fangmeier. The main role was played by Ed Speleers, while the Eragon cast included major stars as Jeremy Irons, Sienna Guillory, Robert Carlyle, Djimon Hounsou. Additionally, Rachel Weisz was the voice of Saphira.
Fox filmed Eragon in locations of Hungary and Slovakia and this movie was covering the events occurring in the first book of The Inheritance Cycle. The two next books in the series, Eldest and Brisingr, were going to be shooted back-to-back; however, as we all know, the Eragon sequels were not filmed.
The film had a budget of $100 million,which is a standard amount for this kind of fantasy movies. The Eragon movie grossed a75 million in the USA and $173.9 million in the rest of the world, grossing $249 million worldwide.
Will Eragon 2 movie be released?
No, this planned franchise was canceled so there are no plans to release Eragon 2. Eragon’s sequels were already programmed but given the bad results of the first Eragon movie, they were not even filmed.
But, where the numbers of the Eragon film that bad? Looks like the movie managed to recoup its budget at least, they why there weren’t any Eragon sequels? Let’s go deeper.
Why did Eragon film fail?
One of the reasons the movie failed is simple: Eragon film was significantly different from the original story. Was this well-received by the book fans and the critics? time for some reviews:
Tomatometer: 16%. So far the lowest score of all the movies we have analyzed.
Lots of aspects of the movie were the reason for its failure:
As said before, one of the main aspects, why this film flopped, was because the plot was drastically different from the book. This implied not showing major events of the books, excluding some races such as the dwarfs. Also, some minor issues that for some reasons were changed in the adaptation such as Sapphira’s scales being blue, Arya not looking like an elf…
The special effects were not good either, not for a movie released in 2006 at least. Let’s not forget that Jurassic Park was released more than a decade before Eragon and still the T-Rex looks way more real than Saphira.
As a result, the movie was not well received by both fans and critics and the sequels were canceled. True, the movie seemed to recoup its production budget, but let’s not forget marketing and distribution costs are not included in such numbers, so maybe such thing plus the bad reception made the producers made such a drastic decision as canceling Eragon films.
Will Eragon movie be remade?
It has been speculated more than once that Eragon will have a reboot, Christopher Paolini was also asked about his thoughts to redo the Eragon movie and start a new franchise, these were his words:
If I knew, I’d tell you. Let’s just say there have been a few inklings of interest in Hollywood, but Hollywood being Hollywood, it could be a long time before we get a reboot. Or it could happen tomorrow.
Also, he said that if Eragon had a reboot he would retain some control over the direction of the movie:
You bet. I would write the script, produce, etc. (Assuming my other projects let me the time, of course.)
So, Is it possible that Eragon films will be rebooted? Seems so, but this will depend on Hollywood studios.
How does the author Christopher Paolini feel about the Eragon film?
Christopher Paolini said the following about his feelings regarding the film of Eragon:
“Heh. Well, I’m glad it was made, since so few books ever get made into movies, and it introduced millions of new readers to the Inheritance Cycle. That said, the movie reflects the studio and the director’s view of the story, whereas the books reflect mine, and everyone is free to enjoy them on their own merits.” See full answer in his blog.
Seems like we discovered the reason behind Eragon’s film failure! Do you want Eragon to be rebooted? comment and say hi! If you like to know about other movie adaptation that went wrong, check what happened to Percy Jackson’s adaptation.
Hello wottareaders! today we are interviewing John Bierce, author of Mage Errant series. Need magic? this is the series you are looking for then! Let`s know more about John Bierce and his books:
Who is John Bierce, not the writer, the man. What can you tell us about you?
I’m a huge nerd. I cannot get enough science fiction and fantasy in my life. I’m also a huge science and history buff, pun fan (though I’m bad at making them), environmentalist, and a truly terrible cook. I also have an excellent mustache (think Lemmy from Motorhead or Union general Ambrose Burnside) and a nonzero quantity of tattoos.
Where are you from? Has your Country influenced your stories somehow?
I was born in Kansas, smack-dab in the middle of the United States. I don’t think that there’s any way to escape the places you live affecting your stories- even down to a level as fundamental as your word-choice and language. But… I’m not really actively drawing inspiration from the United States or Kansas- there are so many other places and cultures that I want to explore other than, you know, Midwestern American. My Jewish roots, for instance, or the history of the Indian Ocean Spice Trade, or geology, are all way more interesting to me as an author.
Writers are such for different reasons, which was your thing that made you decide you wanted to become a professional writer?
So this is a little weird, but reading Stephen King’s Misery in late middle school/ early high school. I’m not a masochist, so it might seem a little weird that a novel about an author being kidnapped and tortured would inspire me to become a writer, but it was really the first time I ever heard an author talk about their writing, their process, their lifestyle, etc. It really struck a chord in me, and it just grew stronger over time. I went down a lot of false starts on the way- I thought I wanted to be a high school english teacher, then a historian of medieval Europe, then a historian of the intellectual development of Europe, then a geologist (which, if I hadn’t made it as an author, would have actually played out- my geology degree is so close to completion. Being a research scientist is one of the only other careers I could see myself being happy doing.)
Any non-book related hobbies you want to share with us?
I study science and history pretty devotedly! I mean, I guess those are pretty book related, though. Hmm. I love to hike, camp, swim, travel, and… well, read a lot. Books are a huge part of my life.
One book, one movie, one song, one food, one sport and one videogame?
Book: Terry Pratchett’s Small Gods;
Movie: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy;
Song: Queen’s Don’t Stop Me Now;
Sport: ōllamaliztli ( The Mesoamerican ballgame also known as pok-ta-pok);
Videogame: Baldur’s Gate 2: Shadows of Amn.
You announced on your blog that you are now a full time novelist, congratulations! How has your life changed after this?
Well, I got to quit my awful dayjob as a grocery store greeter, which was pretty amazing. I’ve actually been able to afford to go to the doctor for the first time in years, which is pretty nice.
Most excitingly, I’m about to go digital nomad- I can write anywhere so long as I have a laptop, so I’m just going to start traveling full time. It’s honestly cheaper to travel the world full time than to rent in a West Coast American city if you do it right. First stop, Thailand! (I love Thai food so much.)
Your series, Mage Errant, is a story full of magic. Which is your favorite magic trick ever? And magician?
Honestly, it’s any magic trick you do for babies. Endlessly adorable reactions. And magician… I don’t have a favorite real life magician (most stage magic isn’t really my thing), but for favorite fictional mage, I’d have to say Ged, from Ursula K. LeGuin’s Earthsea series. Or maybe Rincewind, from Terry Pratchett’s Discworld.
I’d like to know about your first steps, the very first day you decided to become a professional writer, what made you do it?
I already mentioned how I was first inspired to dream about becoming a writer (Stephen King’s Misery) but the day I started working on Into the Labyrinth, well… I’d been trying to break into the comic book industry for a few years now, and I’d reached a really frustrating spot with that- things were going really slow there, I wasn’t currently in school, my freelance writing work had dried up and I’d had to pick up aforementioned awful dayjob as a grocery store greeter (it was like getting paid to be in timeout, I swear). One day, I ran out of the wizard school books I was reading to keep myself distracted, and, well, I decided I needed to write one. I then proceeded to marathon write the entire book at nights and on the weekend, basically not having a social life until it was done. The rest is history.
Do you have any ritual for writing? any kind of habit or goals to achieve every day?
I aim for 3k words per day. On a really good day, I sometimes do two or three times that many words, but that’s not super common.
Do you take real people you know and put them in your stories?
Not directly, but many of my characters are influenced by people I know.
What are you writing right now?
Mostly just doing editing on Mage Errant 3 and prepping it for release. Getting ready to start writing a standalone epidemiological fantasy novel soon, though! Then after that, on to Mage Errant 4.
If you had to define yourself just using one sentence of your novels, which one would be?
I honestly don’t know.
Which would you say was your best and your worst moments as a writer?
Hah, this question is giving me massive impostor syndrome. Uh… I’d say my best moments involve fans reaching out to tell me how much they enjoy my series. It still feels weird to hear, but really good. My worst moment… I had a friend end our friendship over my novels. It was pretty awful, but, well, someone who isn’t happy for your successes really isn’t that good of a friend in the first place.
Mage Errant Book 1
Mage Errant Book 2
This series narrates the story of Hugh of Emblin, a guy who can barely cast any spell, his life changes drastically when a mage chooses him as an apprentice. This is a world of magic and wizards, what makes your series special and unique?
I’m especially proud of my magic system- I put a lot of work into it, and I think it’s a pretty solid one. Makes for some wonderful action sequences, and it’s extremely versatile. Special or unique, though… I dunno. I wasn’t trying to have the most original series ever (it wouldn’t have been a magic school series in that case), I was just trying to write a solid, enjoyable story.
A magic school, wizards… Will Harry Potter fans find in this series a great alternative?
Well, I certainly don’t want to replace Harry Potter- I love it far too much for that- but I think that the heavy influence of Harry Potter on Mage Errant will mean that quite a few Potter fans will enjoy Mage Errant.
The second book in the series, Jewel of the Endless Erg, is a great follow up in the series. Lots of new elements: pirates, monsters and a dragon queen! Is this the perfect summer for Hugh?
Oh, definitely not. Hugh’s perfect summer would involve lots of lazing about and hanging with his friends, with absolutely nothing resembling an adventure.
How long do we have to wait for more of Hugh and his friends? Any idea when the third book of the series will be released?
Book 3, A Traitor in Skyhold, will be out August 20th, alongside the combined audiobook publisher’s pack for books 1 & 2. (Narrated by Ralph Lister.)
Hello Wottareaders! In this article, we are talking about Ender’s Game written by the American author Orson Scott Card. This book is known, among other things, for being a suggested reading for many military organizations, why? Let’s find out here: Ender’s Game: all you need to know.
What is Ender’s Game about?
The first book in the series, Ender’s Game, is a military science fiction novel that takes place in Earth’s future, in this our world is threatened by alien beings known as the buggers due to their insectoid form. The Earth has had already two invasion attempts by these creatures, humankind has to be prepared for the third invasion. As a result, a Battle School is created so the most gifted children can develop their abilities and eventually become commanders capable of defeating their invaders in the next conflict.
This book narrates the story of Ender, a gifted eleven-year-old boy with exceptional abilities that will grant him to join this Battle School and put his capacities to the test: he will face isolation, stress, and violence.
The next books in the series expand this story, providing new insights through the point of view of other characters and also telling events that happened before and after the third invasion.
Why is Ender’s Game so famous?
The book is written in a YA style, it tells the journey of a boy, Ender, who learns about the world and faces bullying and fighting authority In order to follow one’s beliefs somehow it makes you feel empathy for the main character. Also, Ender’s Game has a philosophical tone, with lots of intellectual references that make it more appealing.
As mentioned before, it is a suggested reading for military
organizations like the United State Marine Corps because this book gives a lot
of military lessons and leadership just as getting an understanding of when to
delegate and use the abilities of each member of your team, and of course setting
an strategy in order to defeat your enemy
Which Ender’s Game books are worth reading?
Ender’s Game series is composed of eighteen novels. The latest one, The Hive, was published on June 11, 2019, and belongs to the Formic Wars series. Ender’s Game saga is divided into different series, each of them narrating events related to war and military training. Together they are known as the Enderverse. Let’s know a bit more about the diverse sagas that compose this series:
This series begins with the first books of the series, the title that gives the name to the entire saga. Ender series is composed of six novels which tell the story of Ender.
Shadow saga series tell the same events as the Ender series, but this time told from the perspective of Bean, the best friend of Ender. This series has a more political tone, providing so a different approach and at the same time, it is more fast-paced than the original series.
This series is unfinished. The next novel, Shadows Alive, has no release date.
This series covers the events occurring in the First and Second Formic Wars. As a result, these events take place before Ender’s Game series. This series is written by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston.
This series is also unfinished. The next novel, The Queens, has no release date.
This is a new sequel of Ender’s Game. Only one book has been published of this series, Children of the Fleet. This series focuses on the Battle School once the third Invasion has been avoided.
Which of these books are a must read?
Aside from the first book in the series, you should at least read Speaker for the Dead which is the second book in Ender series and also its direct sequel.
The rest of the novels are also good sci-fi books, but these two are mandatory if you want to enjoy Ender’s journey.
to bear in mind while reading the rest of the books is that this series has a
different tone and style depending on the book.
In what order should I read Ender’s Game?
Given that there are different series in the Enderverse some of them being parallel to the original work and also having more that one sequel series and prequels it makes you wonder what is the best order to read the Enderverse. In this case, there are two popular approaches to read this series: chronological order and published order.
Here is how to read Ender’s Game series in punblished order:
Ender’s Game has been banned in some public schools in the United States due to the violence and offensive language.
The movie adaptation: Ender’s film
Ender’s Game movie adaptation was filmed on February 27, 2012, in New Orleans, Lousiana. The movie is an adaptation of the first novels in the series, Ender’s Game. Originally, it was planned that the movie included events of its parallel novel, Ender Shadow, therefore showing elements of both novels but this was not so after the script was purchased by Lionsgate.
The role of Ender was played by Asa Butterfield, while Harrison Ford as Colonel Hyrum Graff. The film had a budget of $110–115 millionand grossed $125.5 million. This movie adaptation has a score of 51/100 on Metacritic.
Will they make Ender’s Game 2?
No, there are no announcements about making Ender’s Game 2. In 2013 the actor who played Bean, Aramis Knight, said there was a script for Ender’s Shadow but the movie was never filmed. So, no, Ender’s Game film has not a sequel.
Hello there! just a quick post to welcome you all. In this webpage I will write about books, mostly about fiction and medieval fantasy books but since I consider myself a book devourer I know I will end up writing about other genres for sure.