This year I felt the absence of Harry Potter Magical Readathon that Book Roast used to organize. In preparation for a whole new original magical readathon that will be in full swing next year, she prepared an intro for all those who are interested. You can check out Book Roast channel for more of her content HERE and the video announcement for Orilium Magical readathon with explanations and detail HERE.
This is going to be a roleplaying type of a reading challenge where each participant will make a character like for a video game or the usual roleplaying game of Dungeons & Dragons. You have your character sheet with origin and trait details and you will be progressing trough quests and events by reading books that fir given prompts. But for now there is a Novice Path for all participants to get into their characters and get the feel of the game.
Novice Path has a map with six quest sites that offer a prompt for reading a book. Two are a minimum to be able to advance and participate in the next round in spring next year. So, the goal is to read at least two books that fit the prompts and solve the quests that way. As I love challenging myself I will try to read the books for all seven prompts and travel the map for all the quests!
Here are the prompts and my book choices:
Site: Novice Path Entrance
Prompt: Book with a map
Book: Half the World (Shattered Sea #2) by Joe Abercrombie
Site: Ashtorn Tree
Prompt: A book that keeps tempting you or a book on top of your TBR
Book: The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
Site: The Mist of Solitude
Prompt: Standalone book
Book: Les Hirondelles de Kaboul by Yasmina Khadra
Site: Ruin of the Skye
Prompt: Book with ghosts/haunted house or other supernatural elements
Book: The Vampire Lestat (The Vampire Chronicles #2) by Anne Rice
Site: Obsidian Falls
Prompt: Thriller or a mystery book
Book: Kingdom of the Wicked (Kingdom of the Wicked #1)by Kerri Maniscalco
Site: Tower of Rumination
Prompt: Five star prediction
Book: Exit Strategy (The Murderbot Diaries #4) by Martha Wells
Site: Orilium Academy Arc
Prompt: Book with a school setting
Book: The Culling Trials (Shadowspell Academy #1) by K.F. Breene and Shannon Mayer
Other than the Novice Path reading challenge there are also three reading prompts designed for character creation. These can be done anytime by April 2022. when the next part of Orilium reading challenge is set to begin. The prompts are made to choose the background of the character – urban or wild, province of origin out of those provided on the first map and a heritage of the character which is a race the character belongs out of those that were provided trough the lore and materials about the world of Aldia. For all the reading prompts above mentioned there is a rule that each prompt requires a separate book.
Here are my character background prompts and book choices:
Prompt: Book set in a city or town
Book: Darkfever (Fever #1) by Karen Marie Moning
Prompt: Book from an ongoing series
Book: The Crystal of the Wood Elves (Elfes #7) by Nicolas Jarry, Gianluca Maconi, Christina Cox-De Ravel
Prompt: Oldest book I own or have on TBR
Book: Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe
There are some other things that will be linked to character creation and development like being part of a particular guild and Lunar phase at birth that will be introduced later on. Those who wish to try out more than one character can do that as well as they will be reading prompts for each character separately. I am not that ambitious and will be sticking to just one!
How do you like my plans and choices? What choices did you pick?