Meet Finn. The first, as far as I know, 13 year old boy to read Dar Tania. Courtesy of his mom, Em, they were kind enough to post a review on Kindle. I did not intend for Forsaken Isles stories for a Young Adult audience. But, because I began playing and reading fantasy when I was 8, it makes sense to me that there would be imaginative youth out there with a rich inner world in their mind's eye. There is a certain set of fantasy tropes I have put a lot of effort into avoiding... and they predominate YA writing.
Some trope examples:
- An unassuming/immature teen whose only redeeming quality is a sense of wonder OR frustration with something about their life
- Secondary characters who have it all figured out and keep the main character firmly on the rails of the plot
- Villains obsessed with some hidden "special something" that only the main character has; this is a way to prolong the reveal as a plot twist. It creates a climax long before the actual climax
...and then Amazon's review algorithm noted that the mother had friended me on Facebook and decided to not allow the review to stand.