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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 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 and folklore, including elves, dwarves, minotaurs, hobgoblins, and undead horrors. From the windy forests where elves and healers dwell to the misty coastal fortresses of Paladins and the towering libraries of Mages, each mysterious region comes alive in Ben Boos’s extraordinary art and descriptive text. Filled with exquisite detail on every page, this is an absorbing and inspiring fantasy experience not to be missed.


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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 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 and folklore, including elves, dwarves, minotaurs, hobgoblins, and undead horrors. From the windy forests where elves and healers dwell to the misty coastal fortresses of Paladins and the towering libraries of Mages, each mysterious region comes alive in Ben Boos’s extraordinary art and descriptive text. Filled with exquisite detail on every page, this is an absorbing and inspiring fantasy experience not to be missed.

30 review for Fantasy: An Artist's Realm

  1. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    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...

  2. 4 out of 5

    Travis

    A book that I stumbled across in the library system. I recognized the style from the author's Swords: An Artist's Devotion and decided it could be worth checking out for the art. The art is quite good, and it has a more varied and complete description of the material than I felt Swords had. Like so many other fantasy works, this one manages to be unique in its details, but completely generic in its overall feel; it is also heavily colored by D&D, either directly or through its impact on other gam A book that I stumbled across in the library system. I recognized the style from the author's Swords: An Artist's Devotion and decided it could be worth checking out for the art. The art is quite good, and it has a more varied and complete description of the material than I felt Swords had. Like so many other fantasy works, this one manages to be unique in its details, but completely generic in its overall feel; it is also heavily colored by D&D, either directly or through its impact on other game settings and fantasy in general. Nonetheless, it is rather charming and feels like it could be used as the basis for an RPG campaign. I particularly enjoy the map, a scenic overview style with cities and other details picked out in larger-than-life detail; and I like how the rest of the book interacts with the map, reusing these illustrations or parts of them to orient the grand tour it describes.

  3. 4 out of 5

    BrocheAroe

    It is definitely an illustrated book, but for the older reader, 7 or 8 and up, all the way through to adults. Ben Boos has created a whole new world (stop singing the Aladdin song, right. now.) with this illustrated fantasy. Welcome to New Perigord, a land full of elves, dwarves, minotaurs, hobgoblins, and much more; scary and mystical, the detail of this land will leave you breathless and inspired to dream up a world of your own.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Zach

    beautiful artwork that deserves praise. Ben Boos depicts his fantasy world perfectly and I just loved flipping through the pages discovering more and more about New Perigord. A great book for fantasy lovers but Ben Boos also makes his world unique so it stands out from the rest. This book inspired me Greatly. If you like dragons, Hobgoblins and elves then this book is a must have.

  5. 5 out of 5

    K.T. Katzmann

    A beautifully illustrated book of elves, paladins, undead, minotaurs . . . Wait a second. I think I know what this is. This is looking familiar. Yeah, there's definitely some deja vu going on. It's on the tip of my four-sider . . . 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 ro A beautifully illustrated book of elves, paladins, undead, minotaurs . . . Wait a second. I think I know what this is. This is looking familiar. Yeah, there's definitely some deja vu going on. It's on the tip of my four-sider . . . 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 funny dice. Well played, Ben Boos. I just ordered your book off of Amazon. After all, who else will take care of my kid's education?

  6. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    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 dice creating 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 dice creating group stories with friends, but I'm sure I spent much more time studying the pictures in the books, savoring the flavor text, and spinning them into back stories and extensions in my mind. Many days I didn't even remember walking my after-school paper route because my mind had been for the most part preoccupied with my imaginings. My first thought when I thumbed through Fantasy: An Artist's Realm, an impression that was only reinforced by the actual reading, was that it was a role-playing game manual without the game. There are no rules or statistics or mechanics, there is just the toolbox of story ingredients. While it's very derivative (but, then most fantasy is), it lays out the groundwork for all kinds of creative adventures. This is great fuel for young imaginations, and I'm sure readers will spend many hours dwelling in New Perigord, first immersing themselves in the framework Boos has provided, then using that as a launching pad for their own new worlds.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Madigan Mirza

    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 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 effect with line drawings set against a faux-parchment background. Boos owes a heavy debt to Tolkien, particularly in his treatment of dwarves, elves, goblins and dragons. The book is written in a style halfway between travel guide and history book, outlining the classes, races, and monsters of New Perigord. There are several requisite maps, of course, including a double fold-out spread of the entire realm, which stretches from mountain ranges to the coast, encompassing human cities, elven woods, minotaur lands, a necropolis, ruins and deserts. In many ways, Fantasy: An Artist's Realm, seems so much like a Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying handbook, all it lacks are stats tables and a few gameplay rules. An enterprising game master could certainly draw inspiration from this book to create a campaign. I'll definitely be putting this book in the hands of reluctant readers who will find the non-linear encyclopedic text and highly visual nature of the work appealing and worth poring over.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Erica

    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. 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. I would totally recommend this one. It was a fast read, that was fun to read and filled with awesome pictures!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

    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 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. Moreover, the author encourages the reader to experiment with writing or drawing his/her own fantasy world. In this way, it is a good gift for children and adults...just plain fun to read!

  10. 4 out of 5

    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. 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.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ellie

    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.

  12. 4 out of 5

    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. 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.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Beverly

    Absolutely outstanding illustrations of the fantasy lands of Boos's imagination Absolutely outstanding illustrations of the fantasy lands of Boos's imagination

  14. 4 out of 5

    Denise

    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. 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.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Darth

    Fucking fantastic!! Beautiful and imaginative and totally captivating.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Carmen

    Beautiful artwork. Complex fantasy world reminiscent of D&D.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Dennis

    it's beautiful. a browser's delight, though I imagine most fantasy fans will start at the very beginning and savor every page. it's beautiful. a browser's delight, though I imagine most fantasy fans will start at the very beginning and savor every page.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    Beautiful, but with very little substance.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jennybeast

    Very D&D take on fantasy realms, but the art is excellent, and I appreciate the minotaur race as a cool difference. Fun!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Rosalia

  21. 4 out of 5

    Steven Wu

  22. 4 out of 5

    Donalyn

  23. 5 out of 5

    Chris

  24. 4 out of 5

    Joanne

  25. 5 out of 5

    Arkman

  26. 4 out of 5

    Wolfwing

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lissa

  28. 5 out of 5

    Marc *Dark Reader of the Woods*

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jaclyn Ho

  30. 5 out of 5

    Candice

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