Queen of Darkness, Shadows, Storm AND Blood — Frequently Used Words in Fantasy Titles {Top Ten Tuesday}

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Welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday!

Let’s be honest: fantasy titles are not always super creative or innovative. It’s why there are so many random fantasy title generators available. Does it mean I love them any less? Heck no. But, it is fun to see how many books titles you can get with the same words. I didn’t even have to look far for this. I just opened my media library, typed in a commonly used fantasy word and *poof* I have so many books already available.

Here are my picks for five of the most frequently used words in fantasy:

<< Royalty >>

We really do love royalty, don’t we? Kings and queens, princes and princesses, they are everywhere. And I’m not gonna lie, I love me some books about royalty, so chances are if a title has one of these words in them, I’m very likely to pick them up. Case in point:

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
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The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
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Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas
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Captive Prince by C.S. Pacat
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The Hundredth Queen by Emily R. King
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falling-kingdoms-by-morgan-rhodes
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The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
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To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
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Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare
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the-queen-of-blood-by-sarah-beth-durst
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daughter-of-the-pirate-king-by-tricia-levenseller
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The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine
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<< Dark >>

Add a touch of menace to your book title, and make it sound a lot more… well… dark.

Chase The Dark by Annette Marie
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Dark Tempest by Annette Marie
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The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson
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And I Darken by Kiersten White
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The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
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Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare
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<< Blood >>

Just like ‘dark’, nothing adds menace to a book title as much as a little bit of ‘blood’. Seriously, what is up with the word ‘blood’ in titles? None of these are even vampire books…

frostblood-by-elly-blake
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blood-rose-rebellion-by-rosalyn-eves
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The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan
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Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor
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<< Shadow >>

Shadows are great. They are almost always around, they protect you from the sun AND they look great in a book title.

The Shadow Weave by Annette Marie
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Reap The Shadows by Annette Marie
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Shadows on the Moon by Zoë Marriott
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lord-of-shadows-by-cassandra-clare
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A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess
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Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
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<< Storm >>

If all else fails, use the word ‘storm’ to predict that a lot is going to go down in this book. You have been prepared.

War Storm by Victoria Aveyard
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Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas
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Crystal Storm by Morgan Rhodes
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Do you have any other examples of book titles with these frequently used words? what’s your favorite?

12 thoughts on “Queen of Darkness, Shadows, Storm AND Blood — Frequently Used Words in Fantasy Titles {Top Ten Tuesday}

  1. Greg says:

    Ooh nice topic. I like royalty too but who knew it was used SO much? And lol about “dark” and “blood”- that kinda makes you wonder ha ha! And I do like “storm” in a title, I must admit!
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  2. SE White says:

    Haha yes, royalty is way overused. But it interests me immediately to read about a queen or kingdom! The stakes seem so much higher when it’s an entire country, I guess. Great list!

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