Saturday, April 18, 2020

Six stunning fantasies for nature lovers

Emily B. Martin splits her time between working as a park ranger and an author/illustrator, resulting in her characteristic eco-fantasy adventures. An avid hiker and explorer, her experiences as a ranger help inform the characters and worlds she creates on paper.

When not patrolling places like Yellowstone, the Great Smoky Mountains, or Philmont Scout Ranch, she lives in South Carolina with her husband, Will, and two daughters, Lucy and Amelia.

Martin's new novel, due out in May 2020, is Sunshield.

At she tagged six stunning eco-fantasies for nature lovers, including:
Circe by Madeline Miller

Circe is the companion to The Song of Achilles, but it’s easily read as a standalone (although… you should totally read Achilles too). Not only are Miller’s two Greek mythology novels wrenching, vivid works, but they’re thick with elemental spirits and deities. Follow Circe, disgraced daughter of Helios, god of the sun, as she hones her skills in herbalism and witchcraft among the beasts and wilderness of Aeaea. Venture with her as she shapes the fates of gods and men with her draughts and spells. Lovers of the classics will appreciate all the entwining threads of familiar deities and heroes, while tired climate crusaders can fulfill their dreams of running away to a remote island and becoming a fearsome witch.

Great for: Fans of myths, monsters, and the ability to turn enemies into swine.
Read about another entry on the list.

Circe is among Allison Pataki's top six books that feature strong female voices, Pam Grossman's thirteen stories about strong women with magical powers, Kris Waldherr's nine top books inspired by mythology, Katharine Duckett's eight novels that reexamine literature from the margins, and Steph Posts' thirteen top novels set in the world of myth.

--Marshal Zeringue