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:

clockwork-prince-by-cassandra-clare Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas Captive Prince by C.S. Pacat

The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima The Hundredth Queen by Emily R. King falling-kingdoms-by-morgan-rhodes

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa   The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen    To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare the-queen-of-blood-by-sarah-beth-durst

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo daughter-of-the-pirate-king-by-tricia-levenseller The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine

<< Dark >>

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

Gathering Darkness by Morgan Rhodes Chase The Dark by Annette Marie Dark Tempest by Annette Marie

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson And I Darken by Kiersten White

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare

<< 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…

The Blood Curse by Annette Marie frostblood-by-elly-blake blood-rose-rebellion-by-rosalyn-eves

anna-dressed-in-blood-by-kendare-blake  The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

<< Shadow >>

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

Shadowsong by S. Jae-Jones The Shadow Weave by Annette Marie Reap The Shadows by Annette Marie

Cloaked in Shadow by Ben Alderson  Shadows on the Moon by Zoë Marriott  lord-of-shadows-by-cassandra-clare

a-gathering-of-shadows-by-v-e-schwab A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

<< 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.

Unleash the Storm by Annette Marie War Storm by Victoria Aveyard Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo Crystal Storm by Morgan Rhodes

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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