In this bonus episode I talk (ramble a bit?) about Mercedes Lackey and how her first trilogy, Arrows of the Queen, really incorporates the “farm girl leaves home for adventure” trope. Of course, Rolan, the Companion, whisks Talia away from her boring and rough Holderkin life and brings her to the Queen as the Queen’s Own, so while this time the “farm girl” didn’t run away, she was swept away from her life for adventure. Ms. Lackey uses this trope quite effectively, and turns it on its head a bit, with her Companions taking people away from their lives. And I discuss this and why it works so well from a storytelling perspective. I hope.

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