My favorite book world

It’s the first Wednesday of the month again, time for a post for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group.


JULY QUESTION: If you could live in any book world, which one would you choose?

MY ANSWER: Most books I know – I read primarily speculative fiction – outline a world that throbs with a strife of some kind. Political intrigues. Wars. Rebellions. Oppressors. I wouldn’t want to live in any of those stories. Frankly, I want to live in a utopia, but alas, almost no speculative fiction novel follows its heroes into a world with no problems.

The most idyllic would be the small country of Welce from Sharon Shinn’s ELEMENTAL BLESSINGS fantasy series. It starts with Troubled Waters and includes 3 other books: Royal Airs, Jeweled Fire, and Unquiet Land. I wouldn’t mind living in Welce. Its ruler is a decent guy. It doesn’t have corporations. It doesn’t involve itself in an armed conflict of any kind. It doesn’t have slavery. It seems relatively peaceful and sort-of democratic – a good place to settle if you’re not ambitious. Which I’m not. So, Welce it is.

Here are the books:

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22 Responses to My favorite book world

  1. You have a winner! Yeah, most fantasy series are not set in a place you’d want to live.

  2. Loni Townsend says:

    Yeah, I’d totally go for living in a peaceful world. Leave the strife for the books!

  3. Thank you for introducing Sharon Shinn to me.

  4. Looks like a great choice. I agree that there are usually big dangers in fantasies and speculative fiction.

  5. Jenni says:

    This sounds like an almost utopian setting. I wonder where the conflict comes from. The last cover, despite its name, looks like I place I would enjoy visiting.
    I’d agree that most fantasy/sci fi are not places you’d want to live!

  6. Jemi Fraser says:

    My TBR list just got longer! I’m not a fan of conflict either – give me peaceful any day!

  7. Denise+Covey says:

    Most fantasy worlds would not be my choice. Wouldn’t we all like to live in Utopia?

  8. C. Lee McKenzie says:

    These books sound fascinating! Great choice, Olga.

  9. jenlanebooks says:

    Ha ha! I like your reasoning for where you want to live. A decent leader sounds tough to find these days.

  10. melissamaygrove says:

    Those covers are stunning! Good choice!

  11. yvettecarol says:

    Welce sounds lovely. I think I could live there, too!

  12. Sonia Dogra says:

    I had no idea about Welce. I don’t read much fantasy or sci-fi , so my book world is pretty real. Welce sounds idyllic.

  13. spunkonastick says:

    I’ve never heard of that series. Thanks for mentioning it.

  14. denizb33 says:

    Ooh, I hadn’t heard of these books before! Off to take a look…

  15. emaginette says:

    Honestly, a magical place that’s mostly peaceful does sound appealing to me too. 🙂

    Anna from elements of emaginette

  16. Damyanti Biswas says:

    Wow, this series of books sounds rather intriguing. Thank you for sharing this 😀

  17. I haven’t heard of that series. It sounds like a great place. They also sound like a great read. Thanks!

  18. Lee Lowery says:

    Ooh – great choice! I agree, most utopian settings have something sinister going on behind the scenes.

  19. jlennidorner says:

    Books added to my TBR!
    Thank you for stopping by my blog on IWSG day. I hope we’ll keep visiting each other.

    J Lenni Dorner (he/him 👨🏽 or 🧑🏽 they/them) ~ Co-host of the #AtoZchallenge, OperationAwesome6 Debut Author Interviewer, Reference& Speculative Fiction Author

  20. Diane Burton says:

    I’m with you, Olga. Give me peace and prosperity.

  21. Beth Camp says:

    I find myself reading a lot more romantic suspense these days to escape reality. Welce sounds like a perfect destination. Thank you for highlighting Sharon Shinn’s work. Now, how about coffee on Granville Island? I sent you a message via your website. Hope to hear from you! Beth

  22. Lynn La Vita says:

    Hi Olga,
    Please excuse my tardy visit.
    I’m thinking the world you described in speculative fiction is very much today’s world. I agree, Welce sounds like a vast improvement; even over today’s stressful world.
    Lynn @

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