Myths and legends have been an integral part of literature since it was first formed. As long as stories have been told, mankind has sought to embellish and enrich their lives by way of irreverent gods, baleful dragons, knights-errant, and damsels in distress.
In the modern world and in the face of modern literature, it is easy to brush aside fantasy as something of a lesser value, as if a story that requires a supernatural element in order to be told, must be lacking in some other way, but the fact remains that the oldest stories we have, from King Arthur to Beowulf have something of fantasy to them, and even Shakespeare himself deigned to control the actions of gods and fairies by way of his pen.
Of late, fantasy has been embraced especially by fans of Young Adult literature, as can be seen by the rising number of YA series involving witches, wizards, vampires and all forms of heroes, out to save countless dystopias. Despite the popularity, though, there has been no central place created to celebrate the extents YA fantasy has reached.
That is our intent here, to create a place for authors and readers alike to find and share new worlds, just a step beyond our own. To follow Alice down the rabbit hole, take the second star to the right and step through that dresser drawer… only we’ve been all those places before. And there are many, many more waiting to be found if only we know where to look. It’s those little entrances that we seek out here, a glassy pond, a locked door, a hollow tree…
In creating this blog, Isabelle and I are hoping to embrace and announce everything that is new and upcoming in that little world where Young Adult and Fantasy collide. We are very committed to this liminal little genre, and hope to see it grow and flourish as time goes on. We hope that this place can be a part of that. We look forward to spotlighting novels and authors who excite us, and in hearing from you, the all-important reader, as we take this journey together.