I have to link to this series of posts on Helen Lowe’s blog, because she’s asking some fantastic questions and generating a great discussion! Basically the issue is: do you think war is an integral part of epic fantasy? Ie, in stories that have that ‘epic’ feel to them, where whole societies change over the course of the tale, do you think war is an inevitable consequence or corollary to the action?
My feeling is, no. But the discussion is interesting and worth a peek.
…And just as an aside, if you read Helen’s blog from this morning, you might find out some rather wonderful news about ‘Tymon’s Flight’ which I haven’t yet announced here. Ahem. 🙂