Armchair BEA Day 4: Fictional Worlds + *Giveaway*

Posted May 14, 2016

Day four? How did that happen? Today we are talking all about fictional worlds.



We all know that sometimes, the worlds we love in fiction can be dangerous. Which fictional worlds would you want to live in? Which worlds do you never want to dive into? Which worlds are you content to stay behind the glass, so to speak, rather than wishing to dive through the page? And once you get there, what would you do?

I love a good fictional world. A novel where the world-building is so good you can almost feel it, taste it. You become absorbed in the cultures of the fictional world, the way of life, the politics, the magic, the danger, the customs. Sometimes when I visit a new world I’m just completely in awe of the author.   So let’s take a wee rundown of some of my favourite fictional worlds.

The Way of Kings

Brandon Sanderson’s world, Roshar, in The Stormlight Archive series is absolutely breathtaking. He is one of those authors that leaves me in awe. The level of detail in this world is incredible, and yet not overwhelming. From weapons to the history, from flora and fauna to social rankings – Roshar has it all.

Would I want to live there? No, I’d never survive!


Obviously, I can’t talk about fictional worlds and not mention JRR Tolkien’s Middle Earth. It’s just the most incredible world, with so much detail and variety. It’s stunning.

Would I want to live there?  I could totally live The Shire or Rivendell (during peacetime of course).


Another glaringly obviously addition to this list but Westeros and the surrounding territories is one of my favourite worlds to get lost in. I’ve read the series through twice and I *so* want to read it again but I’m determined to wait for a publication date for Winds of Winter (yes, I know, I’ll probably be old and grey by then!)

Would I want to live there? Erm… yes and no. Yes because, dragons (as long as they were on my side) and no, because, well, that place is lethal!

Shadow and Bone

Leigh Bardugo’s Ravka in which both The Grisha Trilogy and the Six of Crows duology are set. I believe that Bardugo drew inspiration from Russia for this world. As with the other worlds in this list, I can completely visualise it, smell it, taste it, feel it. Her world building is beautiful, her characters are amazing and I cannot say enough good things about these series.

Would I want to live there? No, I’d definitely die in The Fold.


A world where human lands and Fae lands are separated by a magical wall. The Fae lands are split into courts – Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter, Day, Night and Dawn, with each court being ruled by a High Lord. I love this world, the whole concept of it. A Spring court where it is perpetually Spring, just sounds so appealing to me. Sarah J. Maas never fails to immerse me fully in her worlds.

Would I want to live there? I’d love to live somewhere where it’s constantly Spring, but knowing the danger that lurks in this world, I think I’ll just stick to being an outsider looking in.

Ok, so I promised myself I wouldn’t exceed five. I honestly could go on all day. I did do a Top Ten Tuesday with my favourite worlds last year some time so if you want to check that out, click here.

There are times I become so absorbed in a world that when I put the book down and return to reality I can’t stop thinking about it. I find myself thinking in terms of that world. Does this make sense? Does anyone else do that too?

ABEA 16 Giveaway

To celebrate fictional worlds, and Armchair BEA in general, I’m hosting a wee giveaway.  You could win a fantasy book of your choice, up to the value of £10 (pre-orders included). This giveaway is OPEN INTERNATIONALLY as long as The Book Depository ships to your location.

To enter just use the rafflecopter entry form below. You can do as many as the entries as you so wish and some are available daily.

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Good luck!

I’m not sure if I’ll manage to join in tomorrow, so just in case, I wanted to say thank you to you all for stopping by this week! A huge thank you also to the Armchair BEA organisers who have, once again, done a fantastic job.

If you want to join in with Armchair BEA check out this post for all the details on today’s discussions, twitter party and Instagram challenge.