Welcome to our All About Sub-Genre Series in which we discuss the ins and outs of various corners of the broader fantasy market.
Today we have guest host Meredith Mansfield to go over the tropes and expectations of Sword & Sorcery.
Sword and Sorcery
Sword and Sorcery is a sub-genre of fantasy that is sometimes confused with Epic Fantasy. In truth, they’re sort of next-door neighbors.
Tolkien’s LORD OF THE RINGS is often cited as the quintessential Epic Fantasy. Frodo goes on a desperate quest to destroy the ring and save the world, expecting to die in the attempt. But Bilbo goes on an adventure, so THE HOBBIT is Sword and Sorcery.
When Sword and Sorcery spawns a series, it’s generally episodic. The characters just go on another quest, which may have no relation to the previous one. Also, perhaps because of the smaller stakes, Sword and Sorcery stories tend to be on the shorter side, often novella length.
That’s not actually unusual. Epic Fantasies can sometimes start with an adventure (Sword and Sorcery) that leads to something more, well, epic. My DUAL MAGICS series, starting with THE SHAMAN’S CURSE, is an example of that. And my stand-alone, FIRE AND EARTH, skirts the border between Sword and Sorcery and Epic Fantasy.
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About Meredith Mansfield:
Professionally, I've been a financial analyst and a visual basic programmer. I also have a paralegal certificate, although I've never worked in that field. It's anybody's guess what I'll be when I grow up. Imagining stories and writing have always been an important part of my life. It's one I've finally could get serious about while I cared for my mother who had Alzheimer's disease.
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