Sunday, April 14, 2013

Ten great tales of epic power struggles

At io9, Katharine Trendacosta and Charlie Jane Anders came up with a list of ten great stories of epic power struggles.

One entry on the list:
The Kushiel Saga by Jacqueline Carey

Plenty of fantasy epics involve feuding nobles and endless betrayals and scheming -- but few of them take place in a land where sexuality is celebrated, sacred sex workers are central to the political structure and a super-masochist turns out to be the main savior of the realm. The central concern of the first Kushiel trilogy is who's going to rule over Terre D'Ange, a version of medieval France where everybody worships the groovier son of Jesus, instead of Jesus himself. And as nobles wheel and deal and betray each other, the villainous Melisande Shahrizai plays them off against each other, while getting other, far-off nations involved in her schemes. The politics of the series slowly become more and more global and the scheming more byzantine, as more players get involved. Basically, imagine A Song of Ice and Fire with safewords and happier sex workers.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue