What is Fantasy Creature Friday? It’s a discussion where I will talk about a particular creature every week. And what book or book series I think of when that creature is mentioned. At the end of the post, you will also get to link up your own fantasy creature book reviews and discussions for others to wander through.
Thanks to Anya at On Star Ships And Dragon Wings for letting me borrow her ‘link your blog’ idea. She does a giveaway every Friday where you can win ARC’s and link up your reviews/discussions/giveaways. You should totally check it out after you’re done here!
This weeks creature is the:
Dryads are female tree nymphs. They live in trees and protect them. If their tree dies, so does the dryad, and if the dryad is hurt, the tree reflects that as well. They have very long lives, since they share their lifespan with the tree itself. Humans don’t see them much as they are shy, but if you approach their tree with intent to harm it, the dryad will come out to protect her tree.
They look like humans in shape, with subtle differences depending on what kind of tree they belong to. Being tree spirits, they have no solid form and cannot be captured. However, threatening harm to their tree is one way they can be coerced to do the bidding of evil creatures and humans.
I’ve read about dryads in a number of books, including the Narnia series, 13 Treasures, and Xanth. What is your favorite book with dryads in it? Had you heard of dryads before?