“I got very bored with, for lack of a better term, “Grimdark” books — where the hero just stops trying. They realize this is a crappy world and I’m not happy to be here, so I’m going to be the biggest bastard of all time. That was charming at first, but after a while it was just, ugh…. You’re not struggling against the world, you are trying to become part of it, which is not something I’m interested in writing about.”
“One of the reasons that “Game of Thrones” was such a hit was because those of us who were raised on “Dragonlance” were caught completely off guard by it. When Ned Stark was executed we were flipping to the end looking for the spell that would revive him, and it never came.
I feel like Robin Hobb and George R.R. Martin started treating fantasy characters like people — with doubts and desires not to do things. And sometimes absolutely doing the wrong thing! It took me a while to appreciate this, but I spent a lot of the (Farseer) trilogy screaming at Fitz for not wanting to do the right thing. Only later did I realize that Hobb had a reason for that — he actually didn’t want to! He wanted to believe the best in everyone and the world was not too kind to him for it.”
The City Stained Red is already available in eBook and will be released in paperback on Jan. 27.
— Michael Senft