Well I have a suggestion from way out of left field. I read this as a teenager (nearing 60 today) and remember being enthralled by its endless space battles.
Ah, UK. I should have put that together, explains a little. =) All you new UK authors should do a tour in the US together.
Finished The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch. I agree with AmethystOrator's assessment. Very relationship driven but not all that much tension between
Couldn't agree more. It's even easier than 5 years ago (which is when I started self-publishing). Back then print was really all there was. Also, try
To me, realism as applied to fantasy is about characters one can relate to acting in believable ways. Although I'm not a medieval-style lord, I can understand