The Fantasy Tropes Book Tag

I found this tag at And On She Reads and it seemed like a fun little tag to go through. Sometimes bookish tags are just fun little windows into your own personal bookish world! It is just sitting and pondering the books you’ve read or that are on your TBR that could fit each prompt. It is also relaxing which is a high priority this time of year. Fantasy has also been my favorite genre for years and I’ve made it well known that I love me a good trope. So, let’s take a dive into those tropes and see what we see.


  • Mention the creator ( one’s peculiar )
  • Answer the questions
  • Tag as many people as you like

1 – The Lost Princess – A book/series you lost interest in halfway through.

I realized after the second book that the Ash Princess Trilogy by Laura Sebastian just isn’t for me. I got swept up in hype, a pretty cover, and heavy backing by the publisher and went in expecting miracles. Well, I got through the second book because I realized that it was just another overhyped series in the YA fantasy saga.

2 – The Knight in Shining Armour – A hyped book/series you were swept up by.

I’m about to be a lemming, but, From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I stumbled upon the first book of the series while idly scrolling recent book releases one day and from there I have been sucked into the delightful genre that is new adult fantasy romance. Blood and Ash sucked me in and I’ve reread it several times since its release. Love it.

3 – The Wise Old Wizard – An author who amazes you with his/her writing.

One name really stands out in my mind for this. S.A. Chakraborty who wrote the City of Brass trilogy. The way she brought that world to life and made every character, every scene, every moment so unique and vibrant. Those books are simply magnificent and if you haven’t read them I cannot recommend them enough.

4 – The Maiden in Distress – An undervalued character you wished had a bigger storyline.

Nothing is really coming to mind for this. Of course I love good characters in a book but I don’t focus so much on them as the overall story so I can’t say that a certain background of secondary character has made much of a particular impact on me.

5 – The Magical Sword –  A magical item/ability you wish authors used less.

Sitting here, I can’t really come up with a magical item or ability that I dislike. I live for those tropes. Instead I’ll give you a retelling/inspiration that I am absolutely sick of. Arthurian legends. As a youngster I loved all of that King Arthur stuff but now? I am thoroughly tired of it. I don’t want to see another Guinevere or Arthur sitting on my shelf…unless it is Once & Future which gets a free pass because it took the legend to an entirely new level.

6 – The Mindless Villain – A phrase you cannot help but roll your eyes at.

Pick up any of Sarah J. Maas’ books, turn any of them to a random page, pick a phrase. It is that one, whichever that one is. Velvet wrapped steel is the one glaring most in my mind at the moment. Don’t get me wrong, I will still absolutely read it and devour the story but, man, those repeat cliche phases are bountiful.

7 – The Untamed Dragon –  A magical creature you wish you had as a pet.

I don’t need dragons or pegasus or unicorns. What I need is Mephi from The Bone Shard Daughter. If you don’t know who Mephi is you should go read that book because I would kill for that magnificent, loyal creature.

8 – The Chosen One – A book/series you will always root for.

I started this blog years ago talking about The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon. That series now has it’s forth book released and I love it just as much now as I did back in 2013. I will always root for Paige and Warden and the fascinating cast of characters Shannon has created.

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That is it for The Fantasy Tropes Book Tag! I always enjoy doing these things so if this seems to be one you’d enjoy, consider yourself tagged.

Happy reading!

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