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THE BLOODY LANDS

How much should fantasy fiction show? Alex Davis checks his armoury

FANTASTIC REALMS

INTRODUCTION – WELCOME TO THE BATTLEFIELD

While there are many key facets and tropes that distinguish fantasy fiction from other genres – and there’s plenty of debate to be had on what exactly that list is – one of the things that tends to feature in some capacity is a battle or combat element. That could be large-scale conflicts with hundreds or thousands of opponents taking to the field for either side, or lighter, smallerscale skirmishes between individuals or tight-knit groups. And one thing fantasy writers often debate is how much these combative aspects should be truly attempting to capture the doubtless horrible realities of hand-to-hand or weapon-based conflict, and how much is it simply about action and pace? As an author, should you be looking to let the blood flow freely, or focus your efforts in conveying the physical action of the battle in other ways?

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