Friday, 11 August 2017
Deaths In Fiction
Kossara Vymezal in Poul Anderson's Dominic Flandry series;
Tracy Bond in Ian Fleming's James Bond series;
Mike Havel and Astrid Loring in SM Stirling's Emberverse series.
Such a death, when it does occur, usually happens at or near the end of a volume and is a significant event for the series as a whole. Astrid's death, occurring off stage between chapters, seems to be an exception to this.
Kossara's death should have been expected. We had been told that Flandry would not get the woman that he really wanted and events so far had borne that out. Nevertheless, Kossara's death by violence while addressing the Dennitzan Parliament was devastating.