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December 15th, 2014, 10:49 AM #1
Espionage in Fantasy
Is there such a thing as a fantasy spy book? John Le Carre in Middle Earth, that sort of thing.
I can't think of any.
The world of Malazan Book of the Fallen would be a great place to have some spies running around foiling each other. I'd love to read an espionage spin-off trilogy. Doubt that will happen though.
Has anyone read a fantasy spy book? Is there an obvious one I'm missing?
December 15th, 2014, 02:05 PM #2
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The Lascar's Dagger by Glenda Larke features a main character who's a spy.
There's some spy action in Lynn Flewelling's Nightrunner series.
Also a bit in Anne Lyle's The Alchemist of Souls (and probably the sequels as well).
December 15th, 2014, 06:43 PM #3
Do you mean secondary world fantasy or fantasy? There are lots of spies scattered about sec world, but fewer ones just about spies. There are quite a few spy ones in contemporary fantasy and some in historical fantasy.
December 15th, 2014, 10:51 PM #4
Coincidentally, I'm reading Robert Jackon Bennett's City of Stairs which sounds like exactly the kind of book you're asking about. Alan Furst was an inspiration and reads like a secondary world fantasy novel set in a Cold War Eastern European city. I'm enjoying it at the moment.