In this article, debut author D. Barkley Briggs talks about what draws him to fantasy:
This is the power of speculative fiction. This is the power of fantasy: to capture the mind, to both focus and liberate the emotional, imaginative faculties, to form real and symbolic connections, to viscerally associate yourself with a magical, desirable, grand-scaled life.
He goes into greater detail of what he means in a follow-up post.
The Book of Names thrums of the author's dedication to exploring those fantasy connections while never once bopping the reader on the head and saying: "This is what I want you to get."
Here's a brief introduction to the novel:
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