Six months ago I wrote a post on Slavic mythology book suggestions. The post mentions my love for Thea the Awakening, a 4X strategy and survival game set in a fantasy world built around Slavic mythology. It got me thinking. What if I wrote regular posts pairing books with games? The concept made me both nervous and excited. Nervous because I wouldn’t necessarily call myself a gamer. I game to spend time with my most definitely gamer husband, but I don’t generally game by myself. Excited because when I fall in love with a game, I fall in love hard. Combining my love for books and certain games just seems right.
To start off, I’m going to fawn all over one of my favorite series of all time – Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. It’s a fantasy romance lovers dream full of strong female characters, sweeping romances, and epic world-building. It follows enslaved Celaena Sardothian as she competes against others to become the king’s champion *cough* assassin *cough*. But much more is at stake than at first meets the eye. I love SO MANY things about this series, especially Celaena. Fierce yet vulnerable, brave yet afraid, sassy yet contemplative, she is a multifaceted character. The secondary characters are just as dynamic with engrossing stories of their own. I could write further on its merits (as well as its flaws), but do yourself a favor and read it!
The perfect pairing to the TOG series is without a doubt Divinity: Original Sin. How I feel reading the TOG books is how I feel playing that game – engrossed and wrapped up in a fantastical journey. While the story does not incorporate a built in love story, you can role play it. My husband and I created characters, role playing them meeting and falling in love. While it’s great to play with a significant other, you can also play the scenario solo. All it takes is a little imagination! Even better, the developers of Divinity: Original Sin are creating a sequel to the game with – wait for it – a fey class. Very similar to the fey appearing in the third book of the TOG series…
If you’re looking for a fun way to spend some time this weekend, give these books or games a try. Trust me, you will not regret it.