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February 19th, 2018

Elemental Blessings - Sharon Shinn

I just finished Royal Airs, the second book in Sharon Shinn's Elemental Blessings series. One of the central conceits is that everyone is one of five types (torz, coru, hunti, sweela, or elay), which have associated elemental and personality traits. There are about fifty blessings also. They are associated with one of the five elements. When you're born, your parents ask strangers to draw blessings for you - the temples all have a big container which are filled with coins stamped with each blessing. People seeking guidance might draw a coin for the day.

The blessings are basically horoscopes, but they are wrapped by the story (characterization, plot points) and I am so into this worldbuilding and I don't even know why! I kinda want to make an art project to create them. I don't have the materials to do metalworking, or the skills, or the patience lol. I don't think clay would look very good in my inexperienced hands. Maybe cards are the closest I can get, though it doesn't seem as neat.

omg I've just googled and discovered that someone's made coins for sale. The whole set for $20. But alas I do not like the design. I'm very picky...I wish that this series were wildly popular, like HP, and I could pick and choose from many artists' work (though admittedly, I've never bought any HP merch.) I'll keep thinking about how I could make them.

And if it wasn't obvious - I really like these novels! They also have a lot of twists and politicking. I really enjoyed them and could nooot put down Royal Airs on Saturday - the second half of the book kept dropping huge twists.


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