INTERVIEW: Elizabeth Moon, author of “Mercenary’s Honor”

Elizabeth Moon, author of “Mercenary’s Honor,” discuss the background of her story in this exclusive interview featured on SF Signal:

“Mercenary’s Honor” takes place in the world which you created in the Deed of Paksenarrion trilogy. For the uninitiated among our readers, would you care to expand a bit on that world and the way it works?

EM: It’s a complex world with many different political entities, from mercantile city-states to a theocracy, with various kinds of feudal or semi-feudal states in between. Different cultures, different religions, different racial origins, different systems of magic, different levels of technology–and that’s just among the humans. (The non-humans don’t come into this particular story.)

“Mercenary’s Honor” is set in the continental south some decades before the events in the Deed of Paksenarrion. Here, city states are loosely connected by a sort of “common market” agreement, and hire mercenaries for fixed terms of employment to do whatever fighting they want done. War is more common in the south than the north, but the north provides most of the mercenary soldiers. The closest historical model would be the mercenary companies in what is now northern Italy (then warring city states) in the 13th-14th centuries. Three of the characters in this story appear in the novels, older and wiser.

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