Historical Fantasy

The Dragon Republic

R.F. Kuang introduced a new genre into my life, historical fantasy, and it is awesome. Coming from the Philippines, a country that has also been colonized by the Japanese and several Westerners – I was able to relate to the historical part of The Poppy War series. Being partial to Fantasy, with its magic systems and amazing characters, I couldn’t pass up the second book in the series, The Dragon Republic.

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Russian Winter Kings

I grew up in a world filled with myth and colonial mentality. My grandmother’s sister always made offerings to the dwarves who lived in her garden. I watched Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs so I had a mental picture of these creatures. They would declare that tikbalangs, a creature with a horse’s head and a man’s body are being wed when it rains on a sunny day. When I later read about centaurs in Greek mythology, I thought it was funny that our magical creatures had the reverse parts of horse and man. I never considered that fantasy worlds were cultural by nature that the land they originated from could determine what the creatures were like or who was good and who was evil. Until I found striking resemblances in these Russian winter kings and the fantasy worlds they lived in.

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