Today's novel is high fantasy. It's the story of an elf named Arina, a band of friends, their quest for an all-powerful scroll, and a prophecy that might save them all. The author's use of language immediately sets a semi-formal tone (as used in legends and mythology) and transports us into her world. Here's one example:
Dema was an elf of small stature, her bright yellow eyes shining like stars. She wore a loose-fitting tunic made of a special material only elves knew how to make. On her hip was a belt, holding a sharp sword as well as a dagger.
(1) The name, Dema, is perfect, conjuring earth-spirits and fairies; (2) "stature," instead of height or size, is more formal; (3) yellow eyes/like stars helps us envision a non-human character; (4) she carries weapons, which gives us a clue about the world she lives in.
Word choice is critical, and good writers choose their words carefully. In today's novel, precise and poetic language not only tells the story, but builds the world.
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