Tolkien’s Battle of the Five Armies and War of the Ring and Lewis’ battles against the White Witch set the warlike tone in the early days of the fantasy genre. Not much has change since then. Warfare is still an integral part of many modern fantasy writers’ repartee. Myke Cole, Joe Abercrombie and (of course) George R R Martin are examples of writers currently hitting the complexity of warfare superbly.
Unfortunately they’re a minority. Continue reading