The Broken Empire: straddling the line between literary fiction and traditional fantasy

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Marc Aplin at Fantasy-Faction has been working on an interview series involving over twenty people, where he asked ‘superfans’ to talk about their favourite fantasy books/authors. He has very kindly asked me to participate and in return I wrote him some very long responses, talking mainly about Mark’s Broken Empire and Red Queen’s War trilogies, and even a little bit about The Red Sister books. With Marc’s permission I’m posting here one of my responses prior to Fantasy-Faction featuring it on their site. All opinions are welcome.

Agnes

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Could you tell us something about the series you think is overlooked or not fully appreciated?

One thing that is often overlooked or just simply not understood is how The Broken Empire sits much closer to literary fiction than traditional fantasy.

In literary fiction characters generally come before the plot. While in fantasy literature we mostly get to know characters based…

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