So I’m participating in this week’s Tough Travels meme again – hosted by Nathan of Fantasy Review Barn, this is one great way to explore Fantasyland and create lists, YAY! Don’t forget to go and check out what other participating bloggers have put on their lists – my tbr expands every week because of them! :)
Join us on our quest today because we’re having fun in THE BIG CITY: there has to be somewhere in Fantasyland where everyone comes together. All roads lead to Rome, after all! A place where traders prosper, politicians scheme, and criminals thrive.
Ooh, I love a well-constructed city. I had to decide on epic fantasy only (as in, only fantasy that takes place in a secondary world) because including urban/paranormal fantasy would basically mean enumerating all the major cities in the US and some in the UK and we’d be done with it. Not that I don’t love those – urban/paranormal fantasies are the reason I want to travel to some of those places. Someday soon, I hope! But these would be on my to-go list if I could get there:
- Camorr from The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch. Well! This one made the top of my list easily. I’d have to be armed – heavily – to venture there, though, because thieves and other unsavory characters roam the streets. But I’d love to float down the smelly canals, watching the terraces with alchemically enhanced orange trees, listening to the merchants haggle over their wares. Camorr seems to be inspired by Venice, which is only a 3-hour drive from where I live. It’s a pretty amazing city.
- Imardin from The Black Magician trilogy by Trudi Canvan. Oh, I binge-read this series several years ago and I liked it quite a lot! Not very imaginative but great fun nevertheless. Sonea lives in Imardin, which has a huge slum and then it has this rich part where the nobles live, and a whole section which is reserved for the Magician’s Guild. There’s a lot of running around in secret tunnels which connect much of the city, and the thieves are prosperous there.
- Tronjheim from The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini. I know it’s not exactly a metropolis but this dwarvish city is located inside a mountain so high, even dragons can’t fly into it from the top (the top is hollowed out like a volcano if I remember correctly).
- King’s Landing from The Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin. This is the real deal – it has everything from the palace, the sept, the brothels, the street urchins, the city watch… And it’s really hot and sweltering, so tempers run high and everybody sweats a lot.
- Capitol from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Eh, this one strays from the “epic fantasy” rule a bit but never mind. Capitol is the embodiment of Panem’s corruption. Its inhabitants are spoiled, pampered, and favor really weird fashion choices. The parties are extravagant, the colours bright, but its underbelly is darker than it seems.
Which great city have I missed?
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