How Would YOU Die in a Fantasy Novel?
You! Yes, you! You, well-read connoisseur of fantastical novels and speculative fiction. Is your search history filled with phrases like Top Ten Saddest Anime Deaths? Don’t worry. Us too.
But what about your tragic ending? Fantasy authors are experts at conjuring a convoluted demise. Have you ever wondered how you’d make your exit if you were dropped in a fantasy novel?
Wonder no more! Simply click and discover, for we have developed a tool to forecast your dramatic downfall, with curated book recommendations to match!
Knifed by a Volatile Shadow
Wow. Other people have enemies, but you’ve got enemies enemies. Someone’s sent a shadow to do you a murder most foul, and they got you too. Real good.
In Holly Black’s Book of Night, shadows are a source of magic. Practitioners can stitch shadows with parts of themselves, or someone else, and with these new-hewn tools, dispense with all kinds of shady (heh) deeds.
Based on your answers, we conclude that your dramatique fantasy novel demise lies in the umbral hands of one such mission-sent shadow. So concludes our quiz, and also your life! But you should absolutely check out Book of Night, and try again for a new death and book rec 😎
Literally Consumed by the Past
We’ve got this saying: “It’s in the past!” The intended meaning being, of course, that bygones are bygones. The past is behind us! But here’s a more sinister reading: Something dwells in the past. Something mobile and breathing and hungry.
Maybe you just couldn’t move on. Maybe you let yourself get dragged back to places you swore you’d left behind forever. Well, now you’re stuck there forever, because the past has reached into the present and stolen your future.
Gobbled you up.
But wait! You’re not actually stuck there forever! If you want an easy escape, take our quiz again for a new death. Also, absolutely check out Just Like Home by Sarah Gailey for a haunting thriller about monsters from the past and nightmares in the present. And okay, okay, Just Like Home isn’t a fantasy novel, but it does straddle that dreamlike line between reality and the unreal with unsettling balance, and deserves a mention here.
Silenced by Your Own Snark
Incredible. Your knife-sharp wit literally drew someone into drawing their knives. You really put the dead in deadpan, huh? You never could resist a little joke here, a sarcastic comment there, and now someone’s finally had enough of your piercing wit and gone and pierced you with something sharper.
The finale to your life’s performance is over so fast, you almost miss your exit bow (that of course turns into a headfirst tumble off-stage). But hark! Even in death, you motivate! You inspire! And though you may never know who exactly did a devious backstab on you, that just makes this moment even more about you. Congratulations on the best death a career jokester could ever hope for <3
All of this to say, you’re a perfect match for the quick-witted and barb-tongued Kinch Na Shannack, the titular miscreant in Christopher Buehlman’s epicly fantastical The Blacktongue Thief. Check it out! And then take the quiz again! Die again! You only live once but can die as many times as you take this quiz!
Eliminated for the Good of the Realm
In life, you were many things: Willful, actionable, and this is the big one—the reason they came for you, in the end: dangerous.
It’s not your fault, really. The world is harsh, so you became harsh for the chance to live. These are the edicts of survival, and though they are ultimately responsible for your death, living differently would have dealt you the same result sooner.
You consorted with powers that the world forgot and levied forces forbidden by the rich and privileged. In the final confrontation, warriors and magi met you with mixed fear and apprehension, but also respect.
Long did you clash in combat, and when you fell, even those tasked with morbidly concluding the story of you understood the tragedy of your premature ending. Yes, this downfall ensures the continuance of the realm, but poses also a question: What if the realm that made you a danger deserved your fate, instead?
So! How do you feel about that? Love cool fantastical powers, mortal combat, moral quandaries, and political intrigue? Check out Daughter of Redwinter by Ed McDonald!
Sacrificed as a Pawn in the Wars of Gods and Mortals
It’s difficult being a person, and that’s a statement that’s true on a number of levels. At the most basic: it’s hard to roll out of bed, to do work, and all the little upkeep obligations we all have. But pulling back a bit, we exist at the beck and whim of forces much larger than us, be they political, environmental, cosmological, or some deathly cocktail or origins.
In the end, intrigue got the better of you. Doesn’t matter to what degree you were involved—someone looked at you, and said “Pawn to E5.” in pursuit of an unknown goal. Gods and competing forces do not take note of your demise, only continue their game.
So what now? Well, a few things. First, you simply must check out Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn Saga, a story of gods, plots, and magic practitioners who enact their craft by consuming precious (and not so precious) metals. Secondly, play again for another death, if you like! We’ve got tragic endings for every mood >: )
What’s the scariest place in the whole dang world?
Fun! You’re going on a grand quest, and the ancient prophecy allows for a plus-one! Who’s coming with you?
Quick! Assign your adventure a soundtrack:
Put on your most badass outfit. Give us the gist of your style.
Let’s confront your mortality. How do you feel about the inevitability of death?
What are your dreams for the world you leave behind?
Ah! Someone’s picking a fight! What’s your combat philosophy?