Epic/Urban Fantasy?

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Re: Epic/Urban Fantasy?

Post by The Researcher » 09 Feb 2017, 06:21

Vampire in Athens by Eva Pohler and The Gatekeeper's son by Eva Pohler are also such kind of books where everything starts as normal ordinary but later on the reader is taken to a world of gods, demigods and vampires. Even the dwellings of Medussa and court of Zeus can be journeyed through these books. :angelic-flying:
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Post by psychopathycathy » 12 Feb 2017, 02:41

I've never really been a huge fan of the urban fantasy genre, so it really depends on the book. I do remember reading Avalon Dreams which I remember being urban fantasy, and I really liked that.

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Post by Insomniac07 » 12 Feb 2017, 09:02

The only book that comes to mind is the Harry Potter series. The books start in modern day London and then shifts to Hogwarts only after a few chapters. So it sort of fits the hybrid category.

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Post by SandraTWP-BRW » 18 Feb 2017, 07:22

I enjoy the whole move from a "real" world to a "fantasy" one. I really enjoy the comparisons that come up, the adjustments that the characters have to make, and the ways their thinking has to shift to accommodate their new-to-them environments.

One of my favorite aspects in this book (Nightlord) is how he uses his advanced scientific knowledge as a foil to his newly acquired magic knowledge and skills in a culture that is a technological "throwback."

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Post by KasieMiehlke » 18 Mar 2017, 14:40

I have read a few books that have this kind of setting. I personally find them enjoyable. The characters must adjust not only to their surroundings but also to a potentially new culture and it helps me remember to not judge a different culture.

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Post by Naval Aulakh » 09 Jul 2017, 03:31

I like the books that provide a mix of epic and urban fantasy but I have not read much books of that style.
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Post by Anjum » 04 Dec 2017, 07:42

I think that it is both epic and urban fantasy.

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Post by Lincolnshirelass » 04 Dec 2017, 08:17

I once read an article by the novelist AS Byatt where she says she can only enjoy fantasies if they take place entirely within a fantasy world, but much as I admire her, I beg to differ. The Narnia books are an obvious example, as is 'Lord Foul's Bane'. Then there is the interesting question of magical realism, taking place in a world that is both real AND fantastical, ie Angela Carter or Isabel Allende.
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Post by inaramid » 15 Dec 2017, 11:57

It doesn't sound so uncommon, particularly when you've been watching too much Japanese anime. It's still different though how books execute it. I do agree with the Narnia suggestion.

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Post by Sakilunamermaid » 06 Apr 2018, 15:16

I've read a few books that have started in this world and ended up elsewhere.
The most recent one I read was Taste by Mary E. Twomey. This book features a girl who is half of earth and half of a whole other species. She travels to a land called Terraway where she becomes their answer for saving the people. The creatures and the rules of the other land are very cool. Seeing how someone can save/ change a world they didn't know existed with a power they have only just discovered is amazing.

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