Wishsong of Shannara

Book: By Terry Brooks Inciting Incident: Brin’s Plotline: Brin, who has the power to wield magic by singing, agrees to accompany the druid Allanon deep into the Eastlands to destroy a book of evil magic that is corrupting the land. Jair’s Plotline: Jair is captured by the gnome tracker, Slanter, who demands to know why […]

Tower Lord Anthony Ryan

Tower Lord

Book: By Anthony Ryan. Inciting Event: Frentis: The woman, who has mind-slaved Frentis into helping with her murders, kills an old gifted man and drinks his blood, which gives her the ability to cast fire. Vaelin: The king names Vaelin Tower Lord of the Northern Reaches, basically exiling him to the frontier, from where his […]

Men at Arms Terry Pratchett

Men at Arms

Book: By Terry Pratchett. Inciting Event: When the Assassins’ Guild blows up, the Watch—including Captain Vimes and Corporal Carrot—arrive to investigate. They realize something important has been stolen from a display case, but they don’t yet know what it is. Everything up until this moment is set-up, both for the characters (new members of the […]

Heartless Anne Elisabeth Stengl


Book: by Anne Elisabeth Stengl. Inciting Event: Aethalbald, prince of the mysterious kingdom of Farthestshore, arrives in Parumvir at the head of an unforgettable band of Faeries from the Far World. He declares his love for Princess Una and proposes marriage to her. Una, however, finds Aethalbald stodgy and boring and refuses his offer. Aethalbald remains […]

As Old As Time Liz Braswell

As Old as Time

Inciting Event: Philippe the horse comes back to Belle’s house, but her father is missing. Belle looks for him and arrives at Beast’s castle. In the parallel story about Belle’s parents, Maurice and Rosalind get married. Both the stories—the “present” about Belle and the Beast and the “past” about Belle’s mother/Belle’s birth/Beast’s creation—are engaged nearly […]

Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson


Book: By Brandon Sanderson. Inciting Event: After being sent in her sister’s place to an arranged marriage with a neighboring kingdom’s God King, Siri enters the king’s chambers for the first time and spends the night kneeling on the floor until the king finally leaves in the morning. Meanwhile, her sister Vivenna comes to “rescue” […]

Fellowship of the Ring JRR Tolkien Lord of the Rings

The Fellowship of the Ring

Book: By J.R.R. Tolkien. Inciting Event: Bilbo Baggins uses a magic ring to vanish while giving a speech at his birthday party. He heads for Rivendell, the last Homely House, leaving his possessions to his heir Frodo. First Plot Point: Gandalf the Grey reveals to Frodo that the ring is, in fact, the One Ring […]

The Lies of Locke Lamorra Scott Lynch

The Lies of Locke Lamora

Book: By Scott Lynch Inciting Event: Master thief Locke engineers a meeting with his mark, the wealthy Don Salvara. This is the start of the story and the start of the scam conflict, and, as such, it’s positioned exactly right at the 12% mark. However, as it turns out, this is not actually the main […]

Worlds Unseen by Rachel Starr Thomson

Worlds Unseen

Book: By Rachel Starr Thomson Inciting Event: When Maggie accepts a request from dying Dan Seaton to take the scroll to Jarin Huss, she becomes involved in the main conflict of the story. First Plot Point: Maggie is attacked by a death hound while staying in an inn and is rescued by Nicholas Fisher. First […]

The Hobbit JRR Tolkien

The Hobbit

Book: By J.R.R. Tolkien. Inciting Event: The dwarves tell Bilbo they want him to come with them. He is frightened by the idea, but at last gives in to his adventurous side. First Plot Point: The company sets out on their journey. First Pinch Point: Bilbo’s first taste of danger, an encounter with three hungry […]