Tough Traveling is a weekly feature, created and hosted by Nathan at the Fantasy Review Barn, in which participants come up with a list of books that follow the fantasy tropes that can be found in Diana Wynne Jones’ The Tough Guide to Fantasyland. Each week, Nathan picks a new subject. This week’s topic, in honor of Independence Day, is:
INDEPENDENCE BATTLES: The good fight. Casting off the chains of tyranny! No one in fantasyland refuses the call of the good fight. And what fight is more important in fantasyland than FREEDOM?
A short list from me this week, and all of these books are recent reads and so I didn’t have to think too hard to come up with this list, LOL!
Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine. I loved this book, I mean it’s about books, how could a book-lover not love it? There are several fights for independence in this story, including a battle between the English city of Oxford and the citizens of Wales. But the main conflict involves our young protagonists, studying at The Great Library in Alexandria in the hopes of securing a future position there. It doesn’t take long for them to uncover what the Great Library is really trying to do: suppress the freedom of its citizens by only allowing them to read “approved” material. A battle ensues. Just a small one, it’s nothing really:-)
Armada by Ernest Cline. This book was crazy! My review will be up in a couple of weeks, but in the meantime, Armada fits this week’s theme perfectly. The world is about to be invaded by aliens, and they aren’t anything like E.T. They are the bad kind of aliens, with laser blasters and cool space ships and…wait a second, I feel like I’m in a video game! In any case, it’s up to our fearless teenaged protagonists to save the day.
The Rebirths of Tao by Wesley Chu. This is another great example of alien invasion, one with many layers. There are actually two groups of aliens competing against each other, waging their wars on earth. One wants to live in harmony with humans, but the other wants to destroy us. This last book in the Tao series brings the humans and both types of aliens together in an epic battle.
Uprooted by Naomi Novik. If you’re a lover of fantasy, and you haven’t read Uprooted yet, you really should get on that. Novik brings us a terrible battle between the people of Dvernik and the Wood, an encroaching, magical forest that is intent on destroying the villages around it. Stopping it is a hell of a battle! All the townspeople want is to be free of the terrible things that come from the wood. And you won’t know how it all turns out until you read the book.
I’m sure there are tons of other great examples of Independence Battles! What would you choose?