Magic always fascinated me . Not the, 'cut-people-in-half-pull-a-rabbit-out-of-a-hat-someone-call-PETA!' type of magic, but REAL magic: Hearth magic, woodland magic, weather wizards, white witches, spell-craft, sacred rituals, and druids (male AND female druids as it was not exclusively a male domain - but more of that on another blog..
Re-reading The Hobbit filled me with fascination over secret maps, dwarves, trolls, elves and magic rings. But even earlier, and long before JK Rowling introduced a 'port-key', The Magicians Nephew, by C.S Lewis, and prequel to the Narnia books, began the journey of ordinary humans being transported to otherworlds beyond the realm by magic rings!
In 2002, living in London, I grabbed a second-hand copy of Enchanter by Australian author Sara Douglass. I just wanted something to read on the tube but from the first line I was hooked:
'Gorgrael stood in the deserted bedchamber of Gorkenfort Keep, his breath frosting about his tusks in the frigid atmosphere.'
I then read every book of The Axis Trilogy and The Wayfarer Redemption Trilogy.
Fellow Sara Douglass devotees will understand my subsequent desire to:
a) grow wings and be an Icarii
b)be sung to by Stardrifter Sunsoar (disclaimer:this is Chris Helmsworth but picture him with wings and..'nuff said..)
c) read anything written by Sara Douglass.
And thus my fascination with Fantasy Fiction began! So,
What was the first Fantasy Fiction Novel you ever read?