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Middle-aged and elderly heroes in fantasy
« on: March 07, 2021, 12:12:27 AM »
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Re: Middle-aged and elderly heroes in fantasy
« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2021, 04:33:41 AM »
Well, she's only listing five! Can't include anything and everything.  ;D Must admit, that "demon-slaying soccer-mom" book sounds almost amusing enough to get me reading urban fantasy...

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Re: Middle-aged and elderly heroes in fantasy
« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2021, 05:20:37 AM »
Ok where is Cohen?

There is a reason war is a young man's game while you can still attend you cannot really compete as you age.
There are the exceptional few, but it gets harder and harder. You also learn better with experience staying at home enjoying the rewards of your venturing seems a far better bet.

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Re: Middle-aged and elderly heroes in fantasy
« Reply #3 on: March 07, 2021, 07:04:57 AM »
    Well, she's only listing five! Can't include anything and everything.  ;D Must admit, that "demon-slaying soccer-mom" book sounds almost amusing enough to get me reading urban fantasy...

    I think you would miss out on the rivers of London urban fantasy series 😁 I heard it’s quite good and be right up your street.

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    Re: Middle-aged and elderly heroes in fantasy
    « Reply #4 on: March 07, 2021, 09:31:49 AM »
    Vintage in Jen Williams' Winnoying flame series, Wydrin's mum from her Copper cat books (although she only appears in book 3), second eclipse's Ryhart, add Edrin from Cameron's Traitor god.
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    Re: Middle-aged and elderly heroes in fantasy
    « Reply #5 on: March 07, 2021, 10:26:37 AM »
    Well, she's only listing five! Can't include anything and everything.  ;D Must admit, that "demon-slaying soccer-mom" book sounds almost amusing enough to get me reading urban fantasy...

    I think you would miss out on the rivers of London urban fantasy series 😁 I heard it’s quite good and be right up your street.

    Oh yes. And Kate Griffin's Matthew Swift books, and Paul Cornell's Shadow Police, and Maggie Stiefvater's Raven Cycle and Holly Black's Curseworkers... but the last new urban fantasy I actually enjoyed was... hmm. Maybe The Witch Who Came In From The Cold, and that was back in 2016, and it's actually historical so I don't know that it counts as straight up urban fantasy. So maybe instead it's California Bones. My point here being: I don't read a lot of urban fantasy these days, unless I know the series/author, because it often just sort of sounds same-old.

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    « Reply #6 on: March 07, 2021, 11:30:15 AM »
    Barristan Selmy from A Song of Ice and Fire.
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    Re: Middle-aged and elderly heroes in fantasy
    « Reply #7 on: March 07, 2021, 01:47:54 PM »
    And I can't believe no one has mentioned Kings of the Wyld yet! Just for Clay's comments on the aches and pains, his back and joints popping when you move etc...

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    « Reply #8 on: March 07, 2021, 08:10:49 PM »
    And I can't believe no one has mentioned Kings of the Wyld yet! Just for Clay's comments on the aches and pains, his back and joints popping when you move etc...
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    Re: Middle-aged and elderly heroes in fantasy
    « Reply #9 on: March 07, 2021, 10:38:00 PM »
    Are we talking "heroes" as in main characters, or as in "physical adventuring types"?

    Because a lot of these suggestions aren't main characters. But a lot of my favourite older characters are more about wisdom than whacking. For instance, Clara Kalliam (in Daniel Abraham's Dagger and Coin series) is my favourite sort of character - an older woman with a lot of experience and "soft power" who can nevertheless change the shape of the world by playing to her strengths, yet is often overlooked.

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    Re: Middle-aged and elderly heroes in fantasy
    « Reply #10 on: March 08, 2021, 02:56:40 AM »
    Are we talking "heroes" as in main characters, or as in "physical adventuring types"?

    Because a lot of these suggestions aren't main characters. But a lot of my favourite older characters are more about wisdom than whacking. For instance, Clara Kalliam (in Daniel Abraham's Dagger and Coin series) is my favourite sort of character - an older woman with a lot of experience and "soft power" who can nevertheless change the shape of the world by playing to her strengths, yet is often overlooked.
    +1 (actually, +1000!)
    And I remembered, still staying with Abraham, in the last book of the Long price quartet we get the main characters of the first one at an old age, and almost much better for that: much like real people, they're more confident and certain of their abilities, their dos and don'ts
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    Re: Middle-aged and elderly heroes in fantasy
    « Reply #11 on: March 08, 2021, 01:16:20 PM »
    Of course, you can have both wisdom and whacking in an elderly package. Step forwards Cazaril dy Chalion.

    Or Sam Vimes for that matter.
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