[DWJ] short complete quest fantasies

Farah Mendlesohn farah.sf at gmail.com
Sun Jun 21 04:15:57 EDT 2009

Please not Terry Brooks! The Sword of Shannara is almost as bad as Eragon.

I'd recommend Prydain even tho it is five books because the first three are
very slim.

But otherwise you are going to have to go back to pre-1975 when quest books
started swelling, and there just aren't that many. They were very popular in
the 19th century but rather faded from view until Tolkien and Lewis revived
them (sword-and-sorcery isn't quite the same thing).

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is the most obvious, but is rather
cosy. The Wizard of Oz lacks the moral growth trajectory.

Maybe Robin McKinley's The Blue Sword?


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