|Date:||December 1st, 2007 05:35 am (UTC)|| |
In terms of fantasy books where you have two sides fighting, and neither one is wrong or right, I'd like to suggest Holly Lisle's 'Talyn', which came out in 2006. It starts off with your two typical fantasy countries locked into a 300 year old war, and then proceeds to have a major character from each land provide insight into the story. Both characters are convinced they are right, that their land is the more just and equal, and... you get the point. Later there's the introduction of a third side, and a critique of colonialism and interference that's like a slap in the face, but I still value the unique qualities of the book. My best friend hated the second half with the evils of colonialism stuff, so it's not for everyone, but I was fascinated by the conflict and later debates between the two main characters about why each of their countries should be ascendant over the other.