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Review: Godspeaker Book 3 – Hammer of God by Karen Miller

Some of you on Twitter may have seen my over-excited tweet last week while I was still reading Hammer of God. :-) Yep, I love the book!

I read Empress in April 2009 and The Riven Kingdom in September 2009, so yes, it’s taken me some time to get through the series, but one of the strengths, right out of the gate, of this series and of Karen’s writing is that it’s memorable.

In Empress, Karen took us to Mijak, a desert land where their god is worshipped with blood-sacrifices. It’s a land of warriors and priests and slaves, harsh and brutal and beautiful at the same time, and in Mijak Karen introduced us to one the best female lead characters I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading – Hekat. We also met Vortka and Raklion and Nagarak and Zandakar and Dmitrak, but it was Hekat who stole the show.

In The Riven Kingdom, Karen took us to Ethrea and introduced us to Rhian, the only daughter of the ailing King. Rhian soon finds herself scrambling to survive and trying to get support for her own bid to ascend to Ethrea’s throne as its first-ever queen. The Riven Kingdom was a much-needed breath after the emotional and brutal rollercoaster that was Empress and took us to a world more easily understood, but it was as good as Empress was, for different reasons.

Now, in Hammer of God, Karen brings Mijak and Ethrea crashing together, and what a clash it is!

One thing I noticed in Empress and The Riven Kingdom was the type of writing employed – in Empress the sentences were shorter and in many cases, more simply understood; as a reader I was very much thrust into the thought processes and culture of Mijak which made their religion and lives more easily understood – sometimes I would even find myself thinking ‘tcha!’ in response to something stupid or frivolous or something I didn’t agree with. The Riven Kingdom is different again in that the writing and language used is closer to what we’d expect to read, so the novel flows extremely well as Karen introduces new characters and places and events. Hammer of God is a blend of these styles – simple yet elegant, flowing yet fast-paced, brutal and beautiful, too. One of my friends, Justin Germishuys, a fellow writer who has studied language and grammar intensively, is reading Hammer of God now and has said on numerous occasions that Karen Miller is a brilliant writer – I’ll leave it up to him to explain, since I don’t know half the time what he’s talking about when he’s using the technical-grammar terms to describe her writing. ;-) I guess what I’m trying to say is that Karen writes novels that anyone, from any background, can read and enjoy because she doesn’t use complicated sentence structures that’ll have you re-reading paragraphs; everything flows as the characters and their emotions are brought to life and the worlds that Karen creates in these novels were intensely interesting to me, whether I was in Mijak or in Ethrea. :-)

I’ve said before that Karen does characters brilliantly, and if anything, I felt she surpassed herself in Hammer of God. Here we’ve got a young girl, Rhian, having to take a position of leadership under the mos extreme circumstances; here we’ve got a man in a world alien to him who must learn a completely new way of life if he is to survive; here we’ve got a priest who sees the good in everyone but who is forced to oversee and do terrible things in the name of the god he believes in; here we’ve got a toymaker who misses his wife and only wants to make toys but is forced into the spotlight and chosen to wield a power he never believed in; here we have an Empress who believes, to the core of her being, that she is doing what her god wants her to do… Even the psychology behind these characters would be, on their own, interesting, and Karen brings them all beautifully and tragically to life – many times I shook my head, incredulous or stunned and I laughed plenty, too – sometimes because the characters had to laugh or die and I felt I needed it, too. That’s the kind of reaction that Karen managed to elicit from me.

Event-wise and action-wise, Karen went all out in Hammer of God, and no-one was spared a chance to step into danger; I was hectically tense throughout the last ten or so chapters of this novel and the pace kicked up into the stratosphere, so expect not wanting to sleep or work or eat. :-)

There was one culture and character that I didn’t get nearly enough of it was the people of of another great empire, far from Ethrea and Mijak, and the empire’s Emperor – I seriously hope we’ll be meeting these guys again some time! And I have to add, too, that the end of the book made me extremely curious about what would happen in both Ethrea and Mijak; these are two lands and cultures, with all their characters, that I’ll miss!

All in all, Hammer of God is an excellent climax to a really interesting and intriguing series – cool magic, deep religious and political thoughts and discussions, and larger-than-life characters that really make you look at yourself and what you think and believe.

I’m giving Hammer of God an air-punching 9 / 10, and the Godspeaker series an excellent 8 / 10 – the trilogy is complete so you can read all the books in one go, no waiting for more volumes!


Check out Karen’s website here and click this link to read excerpts of all the novels; to order your copies of Hammer of God, use the following links: Amazon US, Amazon UK and Exclusive Books (South Africa).

Also, you guys in the UK are in for a treat! Karen will be at Forbidden Planet this coming Saturday (October 30th), along with NK Jemisin! Check out this link for more info.

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Posted by on October 25, 2010 in Reviews

 

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LunaCon, Supernatural and The Reluctant Mage

Hey everyone, I hope you’ve all been well and reading awesome book! :-) I thought I’d poke my head in and spread some news about various things. :-)

First up, Peter V Brett, Chris Evans, Jonathan Maberry and plenty of other authors will be at LunaCon 2010, New York’s oldest SFF Convention. :-)

Check out Pete’s post for details: LunaCon 2010. It’s coming up this weekend, so there’s plenty of time to get your schedules changed, modified, etc to attend. :-)

Next up, Karen Miller offers her thoughts on Supernatural Season 5 – quite a lacklustre season, in my opinion, but Karen is much more eloquent about these things than I am. :-) Karen has also showed off the Aus-cover to The Reluctant Mage, which I have stolen for your viewing pleasure. :-) The cover art was done by Greg Bridges.

As always, and until the next post,

Be EPIC!

 
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Posted by on March 15, 2010 in Announcements

 

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Review: Godspeaker Bk 2 – The Riven Kingdom by Karen Miller

I know, I know, this post has been a long time coming! :-) It’s been damn busy these past few weeks, and the chances to update the blog have been few and far between, but I’m back, and I’ve got some great content coming up in the coming weeks. :-)

Back to the review!

The second book in the Godspeaker trilogy really took me by surprise, I’ll admit that freely. In the first book, we met Hekat, a feisty and completely single-minded young slave girl who knows she is meant for more than the life she was born into; the book takes us through Hekat’s rise to power, introducing many memorable characters and showcasing a unique, interesting world, beautiful in even its harshness and brutality. One of the things that Karen did extremely well in Empress was immerse us in Hekat’s world, even going so far as to change her writing style to match how the people of Mijak spoke and expressed themselves.

Now, in The Riven Kingdom, we are taken to a new land, Ethrea. Ethrea is the kind of land we know from other fantasy worlds, a kingdom with a monarchy and ruling class. But Karen once again works her magic, and instead of the dreary, I’ve-read-about-a-place-like-this-before kingdom, Ethrea reveals itself to be just as wonderful and unique as Mijak! So, thanks for that, Karen! :-)

In Ethrea, we meet a whole host of new characters – Rhian, Dexterity, Ursa, a surprise character who’s presence throws more than a spanner in the works, and a bunch of others that together make Ethrea as alive as Mijak was made with the characters we got to know there. :-)

Karen also bravely brings in the question of religion, showing not only how destructive it can be but also how it can bring people together. She also does this in a way that wont tread on anyone’s toes, and might just enlighten the few that need a good wake-up call. Good on ya, Karen!

There’s plenty more to enjoy though; Karen’s descriptions of Ethrea paint the scenery vividly, and she does so with an economy of words that many authors can learn from. What’s also interesting is the detail of Ethrea as a world – as you read deeper you realize that you’re not reading about a familiar world, but a world that is slightly skewed, subtly changed, making it an exciting place to set the tale.

All in all, this wasn’t as amazing as Empress (amazing in terms of worldbuilding, religion, etc) but it’s still an excellent, solid read that makes an invaluable addition to the Godspeaker trilogy; it’s clear that events are in motion that’ll shake the worlds of Hekat and Rhian to the core, and I’m looking forward to the conclusion, Hammer of God. :-)

7/10

The Riven Kingdom UK

To get more info on Karen and her work, check out her site here, and order your copies – for those in the US, those in the UK and those in SA.

The Riven Kingdom is published in SA by Penguin Books SA.

 
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Posted by on September 8, 2009 in Reviews

 

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Just a quick post to tell you…

… that I’ve been busybusybusy at work so haven’t had much time to do any browsing or blogging, sorry guys and girls!! :-(

But I’ve got some good stuff coming up! :-)

I’m pushing to finish Karen Miller’s The Riven Kingdom, Book 2 in the Godspeaker Trilogy, (got about 200 pages left, give or take) so I’ll have a review for you on Wednesday or Thursday. :-) I’ll also be posting another Review-Spotlight, this time on Paul Hoffman’s The Left Hand of God. :-)

And then there’ll be a post coming up spotlighting a cool new site with some awesome product – trust me, you may just find yourself ordering because it’s just too damn cool to pass up! :-)

Anyway, that’s me! :-)

Be EPIC!

 
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Posted by on August 17, 2009 in Announcements

 

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Review: Godspeaker Book 1: Empress – Karen Miller

As I confessed to Karen herself a while ago, I have something to confess to you all, too: Empress was the first book by Karen I’ve ever read. Sure I’ve read the prologues to Empress, The Riven Kingdom and to both of Mage-books, but Empress was the first. And why did I start with Empress and not The Innocent Mage? Well, I didn’t have The Innocent Mage at the time, only The Riven Kingdom, and Empress ended up being the first book I ran into. And I’m glad, because after I finish the Godspeaker series (of which Empress is the first book), I can get into her Mage-books and experience Karen’s raw talent. And trust me on this, Karen is a born storyteller!

Empress begins with Hekat, and ends with Hekat. Who is Hekat? She is a slave girl, a she-brat who is useless to her father because he needs sons to work, and when Traders come through their village, he sells Hekat to them, pushing her along the first steps of a journey that will make her the most powerful person in the land of Mijak.

The greatest aspect of this book is the voice Karen uses to tell the tale. Mijak is a land of slaves, warlords and godspeakers (holy men who are called to divine the wants of a brutal deity) and there is very little space for anything else than what the god has made known as your purpose. Only the high godspeakers of Mijak’s various territories are learned men, and perhaps Traders; if it is not in your purpose to learn how to read or write, you are not taught. Slaves are only taught to increase their value when it comes time to sell them, and warriors are taught to kill, warlords to direct that killing.

As Hekat makes her way through Mijak, she learns that Mijak is divided into territories controlled by various warlords and that these warlords do not get along; but Hekat is lucky and is taken to the greenest, biggest Mijaki city, Et-Raklion.

As Karen spins this tale for us, the characters live, and not only because they are so unique in temperament, personality, quirks and outlook. They also live because they don’t speak like lords and ladies or street urchins or smart-mouth youths. They are, by and large, primitive, and do is their way of life; this all is brought home by the voice Karen uses – there are no ‘big’ words, to hints of technology, to eloquently spoken philosophical concepts or sciences that can be learned. These people live to serve the god.

The action is great and suitable – the violence is brutal, and characters are put into positions where they make choices about themselves that no sane person would… at least, no sane person who did not know of the god. And yet, even through this violent lifestyle, there are those, too, who remain good, although the ‘bad’ guys are some of the coolest you might ever get to know. I say ‘bad’ because there aren’t really any bad guys. There are zealots, yes, who will do anything to serve the god as they were taught, and there are those who are so desperate to hold onto what they have, even though it is meager, because it is all they have. Some take power freely, others are born to it. But every character serves a purpose, driving the story forward in their own unique way, bringing a richness to the tale that only the best in the business of writing can match.

Even Mijak is rich in personality and detail, though the detail doesn’t overwhelm. We are shown a way of life that might have happened for us, or could still happen. The worldbuilding in Empress is deep and layered, serving to spice the story instead of cover it in icing, and when we are eventually told a portion of the Mijaki’s history it’s almost as if we knew, anyway, because of the way Karen layers the information.

And at its core, Empress is also a cautionary tale, a warning that all of us should take to heart. It is about getting exactly what you want, and then losing your humanity because of it. It’s about believing in a higher power so blindly that your life has no meaning without it and you lose the knowledge of who you are. It’s about trying so desperately to live up to ideals that others have pressed upon you that you forget you have desires for yourself and your future. It’s about using power to fulfill yourself, about using religion to subdue and enslave instead of allowing it to bring enlightenment.

And much, much more. All in all, Empress was an invigorating, enlightening read. I looked at the world with eyes that saw and understood a bit more, and I travelled to a far away land that terrified and beguiled me. And I understood that Karen Miller is going to be a long-time force in fantasy because she’s one of those writers that doesn’t lose sight of the humanity in any situation. A great, great read!

9/10

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Check out Karen’s website here for extra info on all her novels,check out her LiveJournal here for some daily insight about the writing-life, and order your Amazon UK copy here! :-)

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Posted by on April 3, 2009 in Reviews

 

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I’m a Winner!! :-)

I was boared, checking out the blogs I usually go to, and saw the good news: I won the autographed copy of The Temporal Void that Pat was giving away over at the Hotlist! :-) So it’s gonna be Peter V Brett’s The Painted Man, Phillip Palmer’s Debatable Space and Peter F Hamilton’s The Temporal Void, all autographed, that are getting pride of place on my bookshelf!! :-) (Excuse me while I jump up and down a bit). :-)

Also, check out Liz’s review of The Painted Man here: http://myfavouritebooks.blogspot.com/2008/09/painted-man-peter-v-brett.html

Trust Liz, Graeme and myself: the book is excellent! So stop procrastinating and buy it! :-)

Anyway, still reading The Name of The Wind, and when I’m done with that, I’ll be reading Greg Egan’s Incandescence and C.C Humphreys’ Vlad: The Last Confession, as well as John Meaney’s Dark Blood. Plus there’ll be more interviews soon! :-)

Also, follow this link over to Karen Miller’s page where you’ll be able to get more info on her Rogue Agent series, which begins with The Accidental Sorcerer, and you’ll be able to read an extract. :-) Here’s the link:

http://www.karenmiller.net/books.cfm?series=6&book=30

 

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Posted by on September 21, 2008 in Announcements

 

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An Interview with Karen Miller

 

Karen Miller

Karen Miller

 

 

 

 

First off, welcome to the South African SFF-reading public, Karen, and thank you for doing this interview! :-)

A: Thanks so much for asking me! I’m told you’ve got a vibrant and enthusiastic SFF fan base in lovely South Africa, and I’m thrilled to be a small part of it.

 

 

Would you please tell us a bit about yourself?

A: Well, I’m a hybrid Australian/Canadian/Brit, so solid gold Commonwealth all the way through. Born in Vancouver, you see, with an Oz father and a Brit mother. Only child. Living in Sydney. Writing full-time, after years of bouncing around in various jobs. I worked with horses professionally, in customer service, in publishing, in local government as a PR officer, I was a college lecturer in English and Business Communications and had my own sff/mystery bookshop for six years, before selling my first fantasy novels. I’ve got a BA in Communications and an MA in Children’s Literature. I act and direct at my local community theatre. I’ve written a children’s play, and had it performed professionally in New Zealand. Right now my life is consumed by various book deadlines, so I’m very very boring. J

 

 

You’ve completed your Kingmaker, Kingbreaker (though, as I understand it, you’re not finished with it yet. :-)) series and the first novel in your Godspeaker series is selling all over the world: can you please give us introductions of both series’ for those readers who have not yet picked up your books?

A: No, the KK series isn’t finished yet. I’m just about to start on the first of a two-part sequel, which will be followed up by a standalone prequel, and then the story will be told. The Godspeaker trilogy is a complete story … but there is one character in it whose life might be looked at in more detail sometime down the track. I ended up becoming very fond of and intrigued by him.

The Kingmaker, Kingbreaker duology (The Innocent Mage/Innocence Lost aka The Awakened Mage) is the story of two men from very different worlds, who become friends and join forces to defeat a terrible evil that’s been secretly hanging over their idyllic kingdom for hundreds of years. Asher, the youngest in a large family of fishermen, realises he’s got little future where he is, so he travels to the kingdom’s capital to find work and raise enough money to strike out on his own. In doing so, he crosses paths with the king’s son, who is in his own way as much of an outsider as Asher. Gar’s people have a monopoly on magic, and the king wields the most important magic of all, that keeps the kingdom isolated and safe. But Gar is crippled, and can’t do magic, so he has more in common with Asher than with his own people. Complicating matters is the fact that a clandestine group of people have been watching for Asher’s arrival for centuries, since they believe he’s the key to saving the kingdom from the evil that’s waiting to engulf them. All these lives tangle up with each other, leading to a great deal of drama.

As for the sequel, I ain’t telling! J

The Godspeaker trilogy is set in a completely different world. Bk 1, Empress aka Empress of Mijak, is the story of one powerless girl’s journey to adulthood and unparalleled power … and how that power changes her, and the world she inhabits. It’s also the story of her best friend, a fellow former slave, and how important he is to both her, and world events, and her sons, who struggle with having her as a mother. It’s the story of Hekat, who’ll not be ruled by anyone but her dark god. Bk 2, The Riven Kingdom, takes the reader to a new country, Ethrea, where another  young woman, Rhian, is also faced with harsh choices regarding her future and her birthright … and where an important character from Bk 1 becomes an integral part of her life as she battles her church and secular enemies to secure the crown that is rightfully hers. Bk 3, The Hammer of God, sees Rhian struggling to maintain control and deal with the looming threat presented by Hekat and her all-conquering army. Rhian and her people are all that stand between Hekat and the world’s destruction … but Ethrea has so many troubles of its own.

Also, since I’m not sure if you’re aware of it, I’ll shamelessly mention that I’ve got a new series that’s already started releasing in Australia, and is coming out elsewhere in the English-speaking world in Jan 09, under the pen name K. E. Mills. That’s the Rogue Agent series. It’s fantasy too, but it’s a series of stand-alone adventures with continuing characters, and it’s set against a slightly more modern background than my other work. Think the flavour of late Victorian/early Edwardian England. I’m just polishing Bk 2 now. Bk 1, The Accidental Sorcerer, tells the story of a hapless young wizard named Gerald Dunwoody who can’t manage to keep a job. After his most recent career disaster he takes a position as royal court wizard to a foreign king … and very soon realises he’s jumped from the frying pan into an inferno. His best friends are an ensorcelled bird named Reg and a genius wizard named Monk, and when he teams up with the king’s overworked sister Melissande, in an attempt to avert a war, his life takes some very interesting turns. 

 

 

What were the themes that you wanted to explore with Kingmaker, Kingbreaker and Godspeaker?

A: In the KK series, I’m exploring the themes of friendship, betrayal, loss and sacrifice. Of secrets, and the damage they can do even when they’re necessary. In the Godspeaker trilogy, I’m dealing with the impact of religion on a culture, and how belief can be a power for good, and for evil. I’m looking at how people without power can react to getting power, how power can be used and abused, how people with power can be warped or enriched by it. I’m also looking at the power of family, how at the end of the day — no matter how much worldly power we may or may not wield — so often it comes down to who we love, and how we are loved, and what we do with the love that’s inside us. And I’ll add, still shamelessly plugging J that in the Rogue Agent series I also examine friendship, and loyalty, and power, and how doing the right thing often isn’t the same as doing the easy thing … and how good people sometimes do bad things for the greater good, and how that changes them and the world they live in and the people they care about.

 

 

What have you found to be the best way of relaxing during or between projects? Have you ever wanted to just pull your hair out and demand more hours in the day from the universe? :-)

A: Right now, there’s not a whole lot of time between projects! Mainly because things kind of snowballed in a major way and I find myself surrounded by various deadlines. So the free time thing is a bit moot just now.  I read outside the genre, in mystery and crime mainly, to rest my brain, and I watch a lot of TV drama on DVD. I’d go mad without getting my regular story fix, but after a day full of words I find reading quite hard. So, like I say, I catch up on performance drama instead and a smidgen of reality TV. Dexter, Deadwood, Criminal Minds, The West Wing, Stargate Atlantis, Battlestar Galactica, NCIS, Numbers, Top Chef, Project Runway, Master Chef, The Closer … just a few off the top of my head. J

 

 

You did some German longsword training a while back; how did that go? :-)

A: I loved it. I had to stop, because on top of all the work I was directing a play earlier this year and something had to give. I hope to get back to it from scratch next year, because it was a lot of fun and useful for the work, as well.

 

 

With such an explosion of authors coming out of Australia (both in SFF and out of it), what do you think contributed to putting Australian authors on the map?

A: I honestly don’t know for sure. I mean, I think we’ve always had talent; it was just a question of getting noticed outside our own very small pond. And thanks to the great work from HarperCollins Voyager in Australia in putting our books in front of foreign publishers, the markets in other countries, especially the UK and the US, have seen that our stories translate well into their cultures.

It also helps that the overseas publishers, like Orbit (my UK/US publisher) have been so willing to give outsiders a go. I mean, at the end of the day the only thing that matters is the story — where it comes from isn’t the point — but still, publishing is a competitive business and choosing foreign over homegrown authors can ruffle feathers.  I know how much it means to me that my work was selected by an overseas publisher to reach a wider world audience — and I think other Aussie authors feel the same way. Very blessed.

I mean, Australia’s a funny place. Like America, we were a British colony, so there’s that link between our three nations. And even though we’re still part of the commonwealth we’re very independent. We’re a pushy nation that runs around the world all over the place having a go at things. Every time you turn around you’ll find an Aussie, in just about every country you can think of. We’re there. And we’re pretty easy to get along with, on the whole. So there’s a freshness and a courage and a sense of humour in our outlook that I think comes through in the work. We’re young and we’re feisty and we have an energy in our national psyche that perhaps informs our writing, too. That’s all I can think of!

 

 

You’ve been on many book tours and have had to sign many books: is there any tour that stands out in particular, one that you really enjoyed?

Well, I honestly haven’t done that many … *g* but wherever I go, I just like talking to readers. That’s the buzz for me. There are so many, many wonderful books out there to read. I mean, if it’s a signing for me, well, I sign my books, but I love to talk about the books that I love, the authors that I love. The best thing about being a reader is that you can read many many many more books in a year than any one author can write. So you’re spoiled for choice. And sharing my love of reading with other readers is the best thing of all, and that’s what getting out to signings and conventions gives me a chance to do. 

 

 

With fantasy changing as a genre and the emphasis turning to grittier, un-formulaic storylines, what do you feel began this shift, and do you see it as a good or a bad thing?

I don’t know that it’s changing, as such. I might say that it’s expanding. The tent is getting bigger, which means there’s much more room for different flavours of fantasy — and I say that’s a great thing. If you go back a few years, to the early explosion of fantasy fiction, when the most prominent names were David Eddings and Terry Brooks and Raymond Feist, leading on from the Tolkien style of fiction, basically you were looking at epic heroic storytelling and that seemed to define the genre. Not that I would describe those authors as being formulaic — I think they were the early explorers of the field, laying down the groundwork that then allowed other writers to come along after them and push the boundaries.

And while some authors continue to work in the epic heroic field — George RR Martin and Brian Ruckley, for example, with Brandon Sanderson and Patrick Rothfuss as well — you’ve also got writers like Robin Hobb, who writes uniquely personal fantasy set against wide cultural backdrops, and Kate Elliott, who certainly writes epic fantasy but without the same emphasis on bloody battles, and KJ Parker, who again keeps things character-driven, as does Glenda Larke. And then you look at the explosion of urban fantasy, which is largely driven by female authors and a female readership, in which the central characters are women. I think that’s been an important development, because for so long women haven’t had a strong voice in speculative fiction. Even now, far more men are writing the epic heroic stuff, perhaps because there’s a mistaken assumption that women either don’t like or can’t write the tough battle stuff, the violence. Which makes me laugh, really, because some of those urban fantasies don’t pull any punches at all.

Standing back from that, I think there’s certainly been a shift with regards to grittiness, and I think that reflects the times we live in, which are for many of us darker and more dangerous than our remembered childhoods. As an example, I’d point to the difference between the original Battlestar Galactica series, and Ronald D Moore’s (in my opinion, brilliantly) re-imagined version that’s currently screening. The original BSG seems fluffy and insubstantial, compared to the updated series. But that reflects a change in cultural mood, I think. And possibly the same thing has happened in the literary world. Readers are demanding, and enjoying, more politically and culturally complex works. Not everything that’s being published is that complex, of course, some stuff out there is just a damned good romp. But that’s wonderful, and that’s what I’m happy about. Like I say, the tent has grown bigger and there’s room for everyone. The only danger I see is that publishers, needing to make money, might make the mistake of focusing only on one flavour of fantasy … and when tastes shift again, as they will, they always do, publishing is cyclical, if they’ve not been clever they’ll not have enough books of a different flavour to keep the machine moving.

At the end of the day, if you tell a great story honestly, with passion, I believe it’ll find a home. Provided we remember to honour and respect all the flavours of the fantasy genre, and their readers, I think our chosen field of fiction will continue to prosper and grow.

 

 

Finally, how it felt to have been called up and asked to contribute to A Galaxy Far, Far Away?

A: To say that I am humbled, awed and terrified to be writing in the Star Wars universe is about the biggest understatement of the year. I saw the original Star Wars at the movies, in 1977. I was still in high school, and a firm geeky sci-fi fan. All these years later I still remember the feeling of seeing the rebel ship, then the Star Destroyer, flying over our heads. I think I knew, on some deep level, that I’d just seen something very important. And, in all seriousness, the film changed my life. The people I met, the things I did, the dreams I pursued, because of Star Wars, have shaped me and influenced me and truly blessed me. And now I’ve been given this incredible chance to play in that world, to play with those characters … I’m beside myself. Terrified, as I say, because as a fan myself I know just how passionate and dedicated and protective fans are about Star Wars. But so happy. Especially since I’m playing in the prequel era, and I really love that era. I love the nobility and the tragedy and angst and the foreshadowed doom of the last days … which probably says I’m a whacko broad, but there you are. J  I know there are people who love to groan and complain about the prequel films, but I honestly enjoy them. There’s so much wonderful character work in there. To me, they’ve been a great gift. I can only hope that the stories I’m telling do justice to the world that George Lucas created, and gave us.

 

 

Thank you, Karen, for giving up some of your time for this interview, and for the wonderful worlds and characters you’ve taken us too and shared with us! :-)

A: You’re more than welcome. Thanks to you, and to the readers, without whom I wouldn’t get to be having so much fun.

 

 

 

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Posted by on September 11, 2008 in Interviews

 

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