The Writer's Complete Fantasy Reference: An Indispensable Compendium of Myth and Magic


(3/5) The title of this book is a little misleading. I do not consider it a complete reference in any way. It is a helpful book; I’m not saying it isn’t. I just did not feel it offered as much as it could have. I read about 2/3 of the book, as a large portion was just reference lists, which is my favorite aspect of the book, given that it is a reference book.

This book uses mostly Middle Ages history to offer ideas to the reader on how they might build their fantasy world, and things to consider to make it feel realistic. It covers everything from religion and politics, to castle life, warfare, and clothing. I did not feel it was very exhaustive, and mostly focuses on English-based inspiration.

I’m glad I bought this book, as it will make a good reference for my bookshelf, I just don’t think it was executed as well as it could have been. Overall, it was kind of a disappointment in that regard. That being said, if you are super new to writing fantasy, you will likely find this book more helpful that I did.

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