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Fantasy: An Artist's Realm

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Immerse yourself in the sovereignty of New Perigord, brought to majestic life through the artistry of Ben Boos, celebrated creator of Swords.

Imaginative people have always longed to experience a world more magical, more adventurous, more enchanted than our own. In this lavish volume, Ben Boos welcomes us to a land of his own creation, a land replete with beings of fantasy
Hardcover, 96 pages
Published October 26th 2010 by Candlewick Press (first published October 12th 2010)
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this was an odd little book, it felt like it went along with a role playing game and i was wondering where my dodecahedron die was but it was neat, i love his illustrations and his passion for his work. i wish there was more stuff for each race but i can understand that this was quite the undertaking...
Madigan McGillicuddy
I loved Swords: An Artist's Devotion, a 2008 debut offering by Ben Boos, and am delighted to see him return with this new volume. Boos, a former graphic designer for video games such as Diablo II, brings his artistic skill and love of ornate detail to this follow-up, a highly illustrated "guide" to the land of New Perigord. Medievalist settings draw on fantasy tropes such as walled cities, arboreal dwellings and heavily armored adventurers. Full color digital illustrations alternate to pleasing ...more
One thing I really regret is getting rid of my old Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Deities & Demigods book, because I learned a lot of world mythology and religion from it. Yes, there were numbers and rules and such to make things work with the game, but there were also bits of stories and personalities and lore as ingredients to create epic fantastical tales. It was a book of building blocks, as were all of the game's rulebooks. The core D&D experience was sitting around a table with di ...more
This is written by a true fan of Dungeons and Dragons lore. More importantly, it is a great gift for young people who want to learn what to call, for example, dwarven mining implements or common fairy folk. The book is based on a unique world created by the writer, but he provides detailed illustrations and glossary-style illustrated reference pages regarding many creatures, spirits, and aspects of fantasy literature. It's a great gift because it fuels the imagination with its pictures and terms ...more
This book was so cool! I am a huge fan of anything fantastical, and this book is filled to the brim with everything you can imagine about fantasy. I would definitely recommend this one for anyone who loves fantasy.

The pictures in this one was a lot of fun. They had so much detail. There was so much variety too, from beautiful scenery to pictures of knives.

The writing was a lot of fun too. The descriptions about the different creatures were fun and it had a very fun, almost lilting quality to it.
Hannah Cobb
Ever wanted to set out on a quest and meet elves, dwarves, dragons, and other magical folk? Though technically this lovely book is fiction, it reads like a traveller's guide to a foreign land--a foreign, fantastical land. Any child interested in the Lord of the Rings or Narnia will love the intricate worldbuilding--and the accompanying artwork--in this book.
Wonderful illustrations. Information on a huge variety of fantasy creatures, people, and weapons. Good broad introduction to fantasy stuff, though maybe not the best for in-depth research. Grades 5 to 7.
Beth O'Connell
The artwork in this is so beautiful! The beautifully realized fantasy setting would be a great place for a story. I wish someone would do something like this for the Avalon role-playing game that I'm in.
So I let my inner uber dork spread it's wings for a short bit with this one. It's an introduction to a world that is simmilar to Lord of the Rings or DDR. The artwork is great.
it's beautiful. a browser's delight, though I imagine most fantasy fans will start at the very beginning and savor every page.
Absolutely outstanding illustrations of the fantasy lands of Boos's imagination
Dec 12, 2013 Carmen rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fantasy fans
Shelves: fantasy, children, fiction
Beautiful artwork. Complex fantasy world reminiscent of D&D.
Beautiful, but with very little substance.
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The son of an Artist, Ben Boos was born in 1971, into a world filled with paint and art. He compulsively doodled his way through seven years of study at San Jose State University, while wandering the world and absorbing art history. He then put his head full of ideas to work as a video game developer, in his native state of California. Working for Blizzard North for over seven years, and then with ...more
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