Tag: fantasy

The Eerie Folktales Behind Iceland’s Natural Wonders

Is Iceland magical to you? It is for a lot of others, as well! I went in 2015 and came back enchanted with the land. I set part of my book, Past Storm and Fire, in this mystical landscape.


Source: The Eerie Folktales Behind Iceland’s Natural Wonders

15 Fantasy Series to Get You Out of Your Sarah J Maas Hangover » Epic Færytales

With the Throne of Glass series wrapping up recently with the epic conclusion, Kingdom of Ash, we’re all in a bit of a book hangover. So here are 15 Fantasy series to get you out of your Maas hangover.

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My own Druid’s Brooch Series is part of this fantastic list (pun intended). And Patrick Rothfuss!

Fantasy and SciFi movies

Fantasy and Scifi Movies

by Christy Nicholas

I don’t claim that this is a comprehensive list, but it’s a list of those I’ve watched and enjoyed.

Fantasy, SF and Historical movies

  • 1984
  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • 300 (Spartans make a stand against the Persions)
  • 9
  • A Clockwork Orange
  • A Man for All Seasons – About Thomas More, who dared to say No to Henry VIII.
  • Across the Universe
  • Akira
  • Aladdin
  • Alexander the Great – Colin Farrell, Angelina Jolie, Val Kilmer
  • Alice in Wonderland (any incarnation)
  • Alien Nation
  • Alien/Prometheus franchise
  • All the Mornings of the World – Gerard Depardieu – a sad story of a cellist in Provence, France
  • Amadeus – Funny/tragic account of Mozart’s life
  • Amazon Women on the Moon
  • Anne of a Thousand Days – Richard Burton as Henry VIII, story of Anne Boleyn
  • Army of Darkness
  • Avatar
  • Back to the Future franchise
  • Barbarella
  • Batman franchise
  • Battlestar Galactica
  • Beau Brummell (James Purefoy, who was Marc Anthony in the above Rome, plays the man who turns the Prince Regent from a fop to a dandy, both fashions of the time)
  • Becoming Jane (life of Jane Austen)
  • Bedazzled
  • Bedknobs and Broomsticks
  • Beetlejuice
  • Being John Malcovich
  • Beowulf movies – Beowulf (1999, 2007), Beowulf and Grendel, Grendel, 13th Warrior
  • Bicentennial Man
  • Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure
  • Blade
  • Blade Runner
  • Boudicca – Alex Kingston, Dr. Corday from ER – a Celtic Queen who sacked London in Roman times
  • Brave
  • Brave New World
  • Braveheart – Mel Gibson in 12th century Scotland
  • Brazil
  • Bridge to Terabithia
  • Bruce Almighty
  • Buck Rogers in the 25th Century
  • Canterbury Ghost
  • Cats & Dogs
  • Charlotte’s Web
  • Charly
  • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
  • City of Ember
  • Clash of the Titans
  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  • Cloud Atlas
  • Cocoon
  • Conan the Barbarian
  • Constantine
  • Contact
  • Coraline
  • Corpse Bride
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  • Cube
  • Dangerous Beauty – courtesans in 15th Century Venice, a true story
  • Death Becomes Her
  • Demolition Man
  • District 9
  • Divergent
  • Dogma
  • Doolittle
  • Strangelove
  • Dracula
  • Dragonheart
  • Dragonslayer
  • Dreamscape
  • Dune
  • Edge of Tomorrow
  • Edward Scissorhands
  • Elizabeth – Queen Elizabeth I first days in power
  • Emma (a Jane Austen book)
  • Ender’s Game
  • Enemy Mine
  • Eragon
  • Escape from New York
  • Escape to Witch Mountain
  • ET
  • Excalibur – King Arthur story
  • Fahrenheit 451
  • Fantasia
  • Field of Dreams
  • Fire in the Sky
  • First Knight – Sean Connery/Richard Gere/Julia Ormond – King Arthur tale, lots of Hollywood on this one
  • Flash Gordon
  • Flatliners
  • Forbidden Planet
  • Frankenstein
  • Frozen
  • Galaxy Quest
  • Gattaca
  • Ghost
  • Ghost in the Shell
  • Ghostbusters! (Who you gonna call?)
  • Gladiator – Russell Crowe, Roman Empire
  • Godzilla franchise
  • Goonies
  • Groundhog Day
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Harry Potter – all of them.
  • Heavy Metal
  • Hellboy
  • Henry V – Kenneth Brannagh is the English King who wins at Agincourt against the French
  • Herbie the Love Bug (many movies)
  • Hercules
  • High Spirits –
  • Highlander – the entire franchise, except the second movie DOES NOT EXIST
  • Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • Hocus Pocus
  • Hook
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • How to Train your Dragon
  • I Am Legend
  • I, Robot
  • Immortal Beloved (Gary Oldman as Beethoven)
  • Inception
  • Inception
  • Independence Day
  • Innerspace
  • Interstellar
  • Interview with a Vampire series
  • Into the West – a couple young tinker (gypsy) boys find a mystical white horse
  • Ivanhoe – set in 12th England, about crusaders returning from the wars
  • John Carter
  • Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • Jumanji
  • Jurassic Park
  • Kama Sutra (Indian love story)
  • Kat e& Leopold
  • King Arthur Movies –Sword in the Stone, Camelot, Excalibur, First Knight, King Arthur
  • King Kong movies – (1933, 1962, 1976, 2005
  • Kingdom of Heaven – Orlando Bloom – About the Crusades, and fall of Jerusalem to the Muslims
  • Kingsmen
  • Knights of Badassdom
  • Krull
  • Labyrinth
  • Lady Jane – about Jane Grey, who was queen for a few days before Mary took over (daughter of Henry VIII)
  • Ladyhawke – Michelle Pfeiffer, Matthew Broderick, set in medieval times, with magic and revenge.
  • Lara Croft
  • Last Action Hero
  • Last of the Mohicans (Daniel Day-Lewis plays a white man raised by Indians after the French/Indian wars)
  • Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events
  • Life of Pi
  • Lilo & Stitch
  • Logan’s Run
  • Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit – Many incarnations, not just Peter Jackson’s series. Animations with Ralph Bakshi, etc.
  • Lucy
  • Mad Max
  • Mannequin
  • Mary Poppins
  • Mary, Queen of Scots – about Elizabeth I’s cousin, unhappy in love.
  • Memoirs of a Geisha – set in Japan before WWII
  • Men in Black
  • Metropolis
  • Michael – John Travolta is an angel
  • Minority Report
  • Mists of Avalon – miniseries about King Arthur times, mostly from the female/pagan viewpoint
  • Monsters, Inc.
  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail (silliness and fun)
  • Monty Python’s Meaning of Life
  • Brown (Judi Dench plays Queen Victoria, depressed after the death of her husband)
  • Naked Lunch
  • Nanny McPhee
  • Night at the Museum
  • Night of the Comet
  • Pacific Rim
  • Pan’s Labyrinth
  • Paul
  • Pete’s Dragon
  • Phenomenon – John Travolta gets hit on the head
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Planet of the Apes franchise
  • Practical Magic
  • Predator
  • Pride and Prejudice (Colin Firth)
  • Princess Bride (a requirement!)
  • Princess Caraboo (exotic girl found in Edwardian England)
  • Princess Mononoke
  • Queen Margot (16th century Catholic marries protestant prince)
  • Quills (about the Marquis de Sade, with Kate Winslet, Joaquin Phoenix and Geoffrey Rush)
  • Ratatouille
  • Reign of Fire
  • Rob Roy (Liam Neeson – historical character in the 17th Scottish highlands)
  • Robocop
  • Sense and Sensibility (another Jane Austen)
  • Serenity (Firefly)
  • Shakespeare in Love (Gwyneth Paltrow) – Fun in life meets art
  • Short Circuit
  • Shrek
  • Snow White and the Huntsman
  • Solaris
  • Something Wicked This Way Comes
  • Somewhere in Time
  • Song of the Sea
  • Soylent Green
  • Spiderman franchise
  • Star Trek Franchise
  • Star Wars – the entire franchise, despite not wanting the first trilogy to exist
  • Stardust
  • Stargate
  • STarman
  • Starship Troopers
  • Stepford Wives
  • Stuart Little
  • Superman (yes, any of them, I suppose)
  • Tangled
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • Terminator Franchise
  • Tess of the D’Urbevilles (depressing story set in England in 19th)
  • The Abyss
  • The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension
  • The Agony and the Ecstasy – Michelangelo = Charlton Heston, with Rex Harrison as the Pope
  • The Andromeda Strain
  • The Andromeda Strain
  • The Black Cauldron
  • The Blood of Heroes
  • The Cell
  • The Chronicles of Narnia – whole franchise (more than just the recent incarnations)
  • The Chronicles of Riddick
  • The Count de Monte Cristo – Not really historical, but based in 17th France, and a well-done movie
  • The Craft
  • The Crow
  • The Dark Crystal
  • The Day After Tomorrow
  • The Emperor’s New Groove
  • The Evil Dead
  • The Fifth Element
  • The Fly
  • The Ghost and Mrs. Muire
  • The Ghost and the Darkness
  • The Golden Child
  • The Golden Compass
  • The Green Mile
  • The Hunger Games
  • The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
  • The Indian in the Cupboard
  • The Island of Dr. Moreau
  • The King’s Whore (Timothy Dalton) – gritty and violent, but very well done
  • The Last Starfighter
  • The Last Unicorn
  • The Last Witch Hunter
  • The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
  • The Lion in Winter – my favorite – Katherine Hepburn/Peter O’Toole/Anthony Hopkins – Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine, parents of Richard the Lionheart, play political games with their children as pawns
  • The Little Mermaid
  • The Little Prince
  • The Lovely Bones
  • The Madness of King George (the king that lost the US)
  • The Matrix Franchise
  • The Messenger – Joan of Arc
  • The Name of the Rose (Sean Connery, Christian Slater) – A 12th century monk tries to solve a murder mystery
  • The Neverending Story
  • The Nightmare before Christmas
  • The Prophecy (creepy Christopher Walken, with Viggo Mortensen as the devil)
  • The Purple Rose of Cairo
  • The Queen (Helen Mirrim, about Elizabeth II during Princess Diana’s death)
  • The Rescuers
  • The Room
  • The Running Man
  • The Secret Garden
  • The Secret of Kells – a delightful animated movie about the Book of Kells, an exquisite illuminated gospel from the 8th century – the kids would probably love this, too. Some scary bits (mean Vikings).
  • The Secret of NIMH
  • The Secret of Roan Inish – a movie about Selkies, mystical creatures that are seals in the water, but humans on land.
  • The Seventh Seal
  • The Seventh Seal
  • The Stand
  • The Sword in the Stone
  • The Time Machine
  • The Time Traveler’s Wife
  • The Truman Show
  • The Village
  • The War of the Worlds
  • The Water Horse
  • The Wind that Shakes the Barley – Also Ireland’s revolution
  • The Wizard of Oz
  • The X Files
  • Thirteenth Warrior – Antonio Banderas is a Muslim who goes and helps Beowulf kill the dragon
  • Thor/Ironman/Avengers
  • THX 1138
  • Time and Again
  • Time Bandits
  • Time Bandits
  • Titan A.E.
  • Total Recall
  • Toy Story
  • Toys
  • Tremors
  • Tron
  • Troy – Has Peter O’Toole, Brad Pitt, Orlando Bloom – flashy but interesting.
  • Twelve Monkeys
  • Twilight Zone Movie
  • Up
  • Valmont (Annette Benning, Colin Firth, 18th century French nobles playing games)
  • Vampire Hunter D
  • Van Helsing
  • Vercingetorix (Druids – UK title) – Christopher Lambert, about Celts vs. Romans
  • Victoria and Albert – about Queen Victoria’s life
  • Videodrome
  • Waking Ned Devine – an old man wins the lottery – and promptly dies. His friends try to collect his winnings. Hilarious.
  • Wall-E
  • Wargames
  • Weird Science
  • Where the Wild Things Are
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit
  • Willow – very early Val Kilmer
  • Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
  • Witches of Eastwick
  • Wizards – Ralph Bakshi!
  • Xanadu
  • X-Men
  • Your Highness
  • Zardoz (beware – Sean Connery in a leather strap thong!)

The Enchanted Swans

The Enchanted Swans – available now!

Audio first chapter available here – listen now!

Watch me read the first scenes on my YouTube channel!

Winner – Books and Benches Readers’ Choice Book Cover Contest, February 2017

Winner – InD’Tale Magazine Crème de la Cover Contest, May 2017

Winner – Readers’ Favorite Silver Book Award 2017 (Fiction – Fantasy – General)

Finalist – Book Excellence Award 2017 (Fantasy)


Based on the ancient Irish legend of The Children of Lir

In pre-Celtic Ireland, Fionnuala was a fae princess, born to a life of luxury. She knew her duty and loved her family. She missed her mother, who died in childbirth when Fionnuala was but ten years old. Still, she had hopes and dreams of love and a full life.

All her dreams were stolen from her, ripped away in a torrent of envy and magic.

Now she must care for her three brothers while learning to live under an evil curse. Would she find a way to break the spell, or would they remain swans, tethered to three places for nine hundred years?







The Druid’s Brooch Series

The Druid’s Brooch is a family legacy, handed down through countless generations, granting each holder a specific magical power, unique to them.

Follow the stories of these generations.

Watch me read the first scenes on my YouTube channel!

Historical fantasy set in Ireland, 1846 – Book #1

(The rest of the Druid’s Brooch Series is at my publisher’s page HERE)

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When the magical secrets of The Emerald Isle beckon, will she survive answering the call?

Pittsburgh, 1846. Valentia McDowell wishes she could rest. Plagued by nightmares of her grandmother’s mysterious brooch lost in Ireland, the well-off woman grows more troubled when a fire ravages her family’s business. But as she buries herself in the rebuilding efforts, she can’t shake the sense that a powerful inheritance awaits her across the ocean… if she can weather the treacherous journey.

Horrified when the voyage claims her brother’s life and afflicts her with malaria, Valentia believes her grief will be for nothing if she returns from the famine-struck island empty-handed. But as she nears her gran’s birthplace and the last known location of the heirloom, the determined woman draws ever closer to a force beyond her imagination… and a battalion of deadly danger.

Can Valentia uphold a destiny she doesn’t yet understand without losing everyone she loves?

Legacy of Hunger is the sweeping first book in The Druid’s Brooch historical fantasy series. If you like compelling female characters, immersive authenticity, and a dash of magic, then you’ll love Christy Nicholas’s transatlantic quest.

Buy Legacy of Hunger to trace a family treasure today!


Historical fantasy set in Ireland, 1800 – Book #2

(The rest of the Druid’s Brooch Series is at my publisher’s page HERE)

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He gave her a gift. Using it could bring her to madness.

Ireland, 1795. Esme Doherty believes the best of everyone. Despite a drunken father, a bullying twin sister, and a failing farm, the impoverished girl refuses to allow her sunny demeanor to dim. But when her grandfather gives her a magical brooch that enables her to detect lies, she finds her idealism crashing towards a pit of despair.

Wanting only for a family amid the newfound darkness in the world, Esme flees with a trader to seek normalcy in a small village. But after her new neighbors accuse her of witchcraft and she suffers multiple miscarriages, she feels helpless to stand against her fiendish sibling’s designs on her magic…

Can Esme recover from life’s vicious blows before a selfish, jealous woman claims her power?

Legacy of Truth is the bewitching second book in The Druid’s Brooch historical fantasy series. If you like determined heroines, emotional intrigue, and fairy enchantments, then you’ll love Christy Nicholas’s moving struggle.

Buy Legacy of Truth for the consequences of honesty today!

Drunken Druid Awards Shortlist 2016


Historical fantasy set in Ireland and Scotland, 1745 – Book #3

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Irish Traveler Éamonn loves gambling, women, and drinking, not necessarily in that order. But he’s entangled in a true mess when he falls for fiery redhead, Katie. When she’s married to a Scottish Traveler, Éamonn travels to Scotland to find her, with the help of Katie’s sister and cousin, and the magical brooch gifted by his father. Their quest takes them across the Irish Sea to the Isle of Skye, encountering war, betrayal, death. In the end, Éamonn must make his own luck.


Historical fantasy set in Ireland, 1177.  First in the new trilogy! – Book #4

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Prophecy can be dangerous

In 12th century Ireland, Orlagh has been Seer to her king for forty years. He doesn’t want to hear her prophecies of war and destruction, and dismisses her efforts to warn him. Therefore, she is determined to fulfill her own quest: to find a worthy heir for her magical brooch.

In the course of events, she must pass judgment on a thief, escape a Norman war camp, and battle wits with a Fae lord. She receives some prophecy of her own and enlists the help of a grizzled old warrior, who happens to be a long–time friend.



Historical fantasy set in Ireland, 1114 – Book #5

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Even a soldier cannot fight love

In 12th century Ireland, all Maelan wants is to do his duty to his Chief and maintain his family’s good name. However, his granddaughter Orlagh, is hell bent on wreaking havoc, with no care for the consequences.

When Orlagh falls in love with an itinerant bard, Maelan must rule with an iron fist to keep her from running away. However, her rebellion against his strictures results in disaster and he almost loses her in the same way he lost his beloved wife.

Maelan must make some difficult decisions and bargains with the Fae to save his granddaughter’s life and future. Can he save her happiness as well?



Historical fantasy set in Ireland, 1055 – Book #6

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— Time Heals No Wounds —

In 11th century Ireland, Étaín must hide her pagan magic from her pious Christian priest husband, Airtre. She wants to escape his physical abuse, but she must stay to protect their grandson, Maelan. Over many lifetimes, she has learned how to endure her own pain, but Maelan is young and vulnerable.

When Airtre’s paranoia and jealousy spiral out of control, Étaín has no choice but to escape in the night with little more than the clothing on her back, leaving a trusted friend to protect Maelan.

This is not the first lifetime Étaín has fled, and she knows how to survive. But when her past comes back to haunt her, she must make decisions that may result in disaster for her, her grandson, and everyone she loves.



Historical fantasy set in Ireland, 520 – Book #7

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A daring escape, a brother’s duty, and a tragic mistake.

When Conall’s father died, he made his son promise always to take care of his little sister, Lainn.

Lainn could sing the bees from their hives, and make the morning sun sparkle in the winter with her laughter. Conall loved his sister with all his heart, and would do anything to protect her, even without a promise to his father.

He failed.

Between an abusive step-father, a powerful Faerie Queen, and a maddened Fae Lord, every decision Conall made seemed to be the wrong one. Starvation, imprisonment, madness, and disfigurement plagued them. Even when he tried to follow his heart, it turned to disaster.

Can Conall correct his mistakes and save Lainn’s life and soul? Would it cost him his own?


Historical fantasy set in Ireland, 460 – Book #8

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Fingin had no drive in his life until he finds a half-drowned dog who becomes his best friend. That friend leads him to a cottage where a powerful woman sends him on a quest to find his grandmother. With his dog, Bran, and a donkey, Sean, they embark upon their journey. The problem is, his grandmother no longer seems to exist in this world.

Between falling in with a band of Fianna, nearly drowning in a river, and climbing to the rocky top of Skellig Michael, Fingin had just about had enough of this quest when some magical creatures sent him in the correct direction.

Once he finds his grandmother, he realizes nothing works out as it should have. She is far from what he remembers and even further from what he’d expected. And she entangled in a power struggle of her own and has little time to attend her wayward grandson.

Soon, a battle ensues, and Fingin is caught in the middle. He decisions will have long-term consequences for himself and those he loves.


Historical fantasy set in Ireland, 420.  Final book in the series – Book #9

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Clíodhna has three children and a missing husband, and now finds herself in the middle of growing quarrels with the new church.

When she encounters a strange man in the woods near her house, she discovers a kindred soul, someone to teach her to harness her own innate talents and powers.

At the new church, she develops a friendship with one of the monks, and shares many conversations with him about life, philosophy, and theology. For once, it seems her life is becoming a thing to be savored rather than a thing to simply survive.

Her new teacher, however, clashes with the ideals of the church. Her relationship with the monk is another source of conflict when a new church leader arrives.

A few rash decisions means she must now change her own fate. That means choosing between her happiness—perhaps even her life—and her family. It might be better for all involved if she leaves her children with a trusted friend and disappears into another world.

Can she flee a bad situation, leaving her children to the mercies of fate? Or does she have the power and ability to face the danger herself?

A Druid’s Brooch Short Story

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After his wife dies in childbirth, Turlough decides his children will be better off with their aunt. He leaves in the middle of the night, with only his son, Ruari. Turlough and Ruari travel west to find music, the other true love in Turlough’s life. Unwittingly sleeping under an ancient Faerie stone, they wake up in Faerie. Amidst enchanting music, they almost lose their souls before they escape with their lives. When they return, Turlough finds two years have passed, though he’s only been gone two weeks. His mother is waiting for him with the gift of a magical brooch.