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Fantasy: An Artist's Realm

4.07  ·  Rating Details  ·  76 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
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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Aug 22, 2011 Erica rated it it was amazing
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.
K.T. Katzmann
Apr 13, 2016 K.T. Katzmann rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Gamer Parents, Kids Who Love Fantasy, Polearms Fans
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A beautifully illustrated book of elves, paladins, undead, minotaurs . . .

Wait a second. I think I know what this is.

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This is looking familiar.

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Yeah, there's definitely some deja vu going on.

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It's on the tip of my four-sider . . .

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Got it! That's a dead giveaway. This is Dungeons & Dragons!

This is a huge primer for kids to understand a D&D world! You give this to pour over between seven to ten, and they'll instantly understand what Mommy and Daddy are talking about when they're rolling f
Jan 05, 2011 Emily rated it liked it
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
Jun 16, 2011 Madigan McGillicuddy rated it it was amazing
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
May 02, 2011 Chris rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, j, fantasy, picture, guys-read
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
Jun 19, 2016 Tarina rated it it was amazing
Fucking fantastic!! Beautiful and imaginative and totally captivating.
Hannah Cobb
Feb 29, 2012 Hannah Cobb rated it really liked it
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.
Dec 16, 2010 Ellie rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ya, school-age
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
Mar 08, 2012 Beth O'Connell rated it liked it
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.
Jul 05, 2015 Denise rated it really liked it
Shelves: self-chosen
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.
Mar 16, 2011 Dennis rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic, fantasy
it's beautiful. a browser's delight, though I imagine most fantasy fans will start at the very beginning and savor every page.
Feb 07, 2012 Beverly rated it it was amazing
Shelves: a-fantasy
Absolutely outstanding illustrations of the fantasy lands of Boos's imagination
Apr 28, 2015 Carmen rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fantasy fans
Beautiful artwork. Complex fantasy world reminiscent of D&D.
Nov 18, 2010 Emily rated it liked it
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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