Wildwood by Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis was published in paperback in the UK on March 7th and here's a summary from Amazon to tell you what it's all about:
When her baby brother is kidnapped by crows, Prue McKeel begins an adventure that will take her and her friend Curtis way beyond her hometown and deep into the Impassable Wilderness. There they uncover a secret world in the midst of violent upheaval, a world full of warring creatures, peace-loving mystics and powerful figures with the darkest intentions. What begins as a rescue mission becomes something much bigger as the two friends find themselves entwined in a struggle for the very freedom of this wilderness. A wilderness the locals call Wildwood. Wildwood is a spellbinding tale full of wonder, danger and magic.
So, because Wildwood is about fantasy and fantastical lands, and because I love stories and worlds like this, I've compiled a list of my favourite fantasy lands. I'd love to visit or live in every one of these places, especially Middle-earth!
My Favourite Fantasy Lands
I've been a bit obsessed with Middle-earth and its many inhabitants ever since I first watched Lord of the Rings in 2001, aged fourteen. Twelve years later I still want to live there, meet Bilbo and Frodo and make smoke-ring ships with Gandalf (even though I don't smoke, it looks cool to do that while looking out over the Shire). I'd probably even agree to help them in their quest to destroy the One Ring, though I'd prefer a role that doesn't involve giant spiders. To me, Middle-earth is the best fantasy location, and I get a magical feeling every time I revisit it, whether it be in book or movie form. Also, I REALLY want to live in a Hobbit-hole. My LEGO replica just isn't good enough.
Which fantasy places would you live to visit or relocate to? Let me know in the comments and don't forget to pick up a copy of Wildwood!