For the Waterstones Blog
Modern fiction is constantly moving the parameters of what we call heroism. Our heroes range from the very dark to the light, though increasingly our knights’ shining armour is tarnished. At one extreme is Mark Lawrence’s Jorg from The Broken Empire trilogy, whose behaviour is typically more characteristic of a villain than a hero. At the other extreme are the protagonists from the traditional fantasy epics of David Eddings andTerry Brooks, as well as many young adult series. But there are a large number of heroes in between, whose dubious morals are the result of myriad factors – sometimes mere youth, ignorance, or psychological, physical or emotional hurt.