And it’s Friday again! I can’t believe how well I’ve been doing with keeping up on these memes! And just for saying that, I bet you that I’ll just fail from now on, haha.
Feature & Follow Friday is hosted by Alison Can Read and Parajunkee.com, and you can find all of the details in her most recent Feature & Follow post! But basically, people post in responses to a prompt every week, and then people vote on each others’ posts on that topic. The person with the most votes, is chosen as the next week’s feature!
And this week’s prompt is:
What is your favorite scary story?
I had to take a look at my “read” list to figure this one out. I had a favourite scary story when I was little and living in Austria (which would likely still scare me now), but I cannot remember what it was called or who wrote it for the life of me.
Therefore, I will have to go with…
Bone Doll’s Twin by Lynn Flewelling!
Some of you may have noticed that I included this book in some of my “top ___ books” lists. And that is because it’s one of my favourite stories of all time. I really need to read the 2nd and 3rd books in the trilogy, and soon!
Bone Doll’s Twin also happens to be quite scary. And me being me, I of course read most of this book late at night when I was the only one awake. I was quite terrified at times. But here’s the synopsis before I say more:
Sometimes the price of destiny is higher than anyone imagined….
Dark Magic, Hidden Destiny
For three centuries a divine prophecy and a line of warrior queens protected Skala. But the people grew complacent and Erius, a usurper king, claimed his young half sister’s throne.
Now plague and drought stalk the land, war with Skala’s ancient rival Plenimar drains the country’s lifeblood, and to be born female into the royal line has become a death sentence as the king fights to ensure the succession of his only heir, a son. For King Erius the greatest threat comes from his own line — and from Illior’s faithful, who spread the Oracle’s words to a doubting populace.
As noblewomen young and old perish mysteriously, the king’s nephew — his sister’s only child — grows toward manhood. But unbeknownst to the king or the boy, strange, haunted Tobin is the princess’s daughter, given male form by a dark magic to protect her until she can claim her rightful destiny.
Only Tobin’s noble father, two wizards of Illior, and an outlawed forest witch know the truth. Only they can protect young Tobin from a king’s wrath, a mother’s madness, and the terrifying rage of her brother’s demon spirit, determined to avenge his brutal murder….
This is such a good book! I cannot say it enough. And besides magic, an imaginative and detailed fantasy world, and amazing plot and characters (as well as a little horror), this book also addresses sexuality and gender! It’s just a bundle of goodness. I may have to re-read it now, before I read the next 2 books, because I got myself excited over it while trying to convince you all to read it, haha.
DID YOU PARTICIPATE IN THIS WEEK’S FEATURE & FOLLOW FRIDAY? What’s your favourite scary story? Or do you have multiple favourites? Or do you dislike scary stories altogether?
LET ME KNOW IN THE COMMENTS BELOW!