[DWJ] short complete quest fantasies
eh at electrichedgehog.net
Sun Jun 21 03:56:30 EDT 2009
On Saturday 20 June 2009, Alina wrote:
> What about the Riddlemaster trilogy by Patricia McKillip?
It'saspendidtrilogyandeverybodyshouldreaditbut .... deborah asked
>> a Boy (who is potentially a girl) leaves his humble beginnings,
Tick, for some value of "humble". (Morgon is the Prince of Hed,
but that seems to be more of an honourary title.)
>> gathers together a troop of Companions,
Well, not really; his friends don't become a "troop", I'd say, and
they don't wander around en-masse with him.
>> hits every place on the Map,
Pretty much; tick.
>> and defeats the Dark Lord.
There's no Dark Lord. There are Bad Guys but no Dark Lord. 
I think it would make a good /contrast/ with the Epic Fantasy
Quest stereotype, but Deborah has Dark Lord for that.
 One could construct a different interpretation in which there
/is/ a Dark Lord, but if you were to do so, he wins, not loses.
"No-one here is exactly what he appears." G'kar, /Babylon 5/
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