Risingshadow has had an opportunity to interview Kameron Hurley about The Worldbreaker Saga.

About Kameron Hurley:

Kameron Hurley is the author of The Stars are Legion and the essay collection The Geek Feminist Revolution, as well as the award-winning God’s War Trilogy and The Worldbreaker Saga. Hurley has won the Hugo Award, Locus Award, Kitschy Award, and Sydney J. Bounds Award for Best Newcomer. She was also a finalist for the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the Nebula Award, and the Gemmell Morningstar Award. Her short fiction has appeared in Popular Science MagazineLightspeed Magazine, and many anthologies. Hurley has also written for The Atlantic, Entertainment Weekly, The Village Voice, LA Weekly, Bitch Magazine, and Locus Magazine.

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About The Worldbreaker Saga:

1. The Mirror Empire

From the award-winning author of God’s War comes a stunning new series...

On the eve of a recurring catastrophic event known to extinguish nations and reshape continents, a troubled orphan evades death and slavery to uncover her own bloody past... while a world goes to war with itself.

In the frozen kingdom of Saiduan, invaders from another realm are decimating whole cities, leaving behind nothing but ash and ruin. As the dark star of the cataclysm rises, an illegitimate ruler is tasked with holding together a country fractured by civil war, a precocious young fighter is asked to betray his family and a half-Dhai general must choose between the eradication of her father’s people or loyalty to her alien Empress.

Through tense alliances and devastating betrayal, the Dhai and their allies attempt to hold against a seemingly unstoppable force as enemy nations prepare for a coming together of worlds as old as the universe itself.

In the end, one world will rise – and many will perish.

2. The Empire Ascendant

Loyalties are tested when worlds collide...

Every two thousand years, the dark star Oma appears in the sky, bringing with it a tide of death and destruction. And those who survive must contend with friends and enemies newly imbued with violent powers. The kingdom of Saiduan already lies in ruin, decimated by invaders from another world who share the faces of those they seek to destroy.

Now the nation of Dhai is under siege by the same force. Their only hope for survival lies in the hands of an illegitimate ruler and a scullery maid with a powerful – but unpredictable – magic. As the foreign Empire spreads across the world like a disease, one of their former allies takes up her Empress’s sword again to unseat them, and two enslaved scholars begin a treacherous journey home with a long-lost secret that they hope is the key to the Empire’s undoing.

But when the enemy shares your own face, who can be trusted?

In this devastating sequel to The Mirror Empire, Kameron Hurley transports us back to a land of blood mages and sentient plants, dark magic, and warfare on a scale that spans worlds.

3. The Broken Heavens

The bloodsoaked conclusion to Kameron Hurley's epic fantasy masterpiece - the Worldbreaker Saga - is unleashed.

The Dhai nation has broken apart under the onslaught of the Tai Mora, invaders from a parallel world. With the Dhai in retreat, Kirana, leader of the Tai Mora, establishes a base in Oma's temple and instructs her astrologers to discover how they can use the ancient holy place to close the way between worlds.

With the connected worlds ravaged by war and Oma ascendant, only one world can survive. Who will be sacrificed, and who will be saved, when the heavens finally break?


Could you tell us something about yourself in your own words?

I drink a lot. I like dogs. I spend most of my time writing and watching murder shows.

Your latest novel, The Broken Heavens, is the conclusion to The Worldbreaker Saga. Could you tell us something about this novel without spoilers?

The Broken Heavens is the final book in the Worldbreaker trilogy, which follows the stories of five very different people thrust to the center of an ancient recurring event where multiple versions of other worlds try to annihilate each other.   

What inspired you to write The Worldbreaker Saga?

I've been working on versions of this world since I was nineteen or twenty. I'm a huge fan of the "alternate universe" episodes that various pieces of science fiction television create, and I enjoyed the first couple of seasons of Fringe, which gave me an easy comp title for the series when I was pitching it. Thematically, the idea that the bad guys are "us" and we are fighting ourselves is a pretty relevant mood.

The novels in The Worldbreaker Saga have been praised for positive LGBTQ+ representation and SyFy Wire has included them in their "14 of the Queerest SFF Novels of the Last Decade" list. What kind of LGBTQ+ characters can readers find in this series?

I'm not going to make a laundry list here, but: lots of kinds.

Are the LGBTQ+ characters an integral part of the story arc?

Pretty much everyone is gay, so yes. 

The Worldbreaker Saga combines elements of science fiction and fantasy in an innovative and intriguing way. Did you find it challenging to combine them?

Not really. I understand that genre categories primarily exist as marketing categories. "If you liked book X you might like this other book in the same section!" But as we know as readers, genre markers tend to be very broad as well. I aspire to write "Kameron Hurley books" and cultivate a readership that's interested in many of the same things I am. I write what interests me, and that means I draw from within many genres, not just science fiction, fantasy, and horror, but literary fiction, mysteries, and thrillers too. All of these contain tropes and structures that can help me tell stories in the best way possible.

Because the world of The Worldbreaker Saga is fascinatingly complex, did you have to do a lot of research when you began to write the novels?

Yes. Though the most important work was simply keeping track of everyone and everything in the books, which meant having an assistant who could constantly update the series wiki.

When you were writing The Worldbreaker Saga, what was the most rewarding part of the writing process?

Being finished! And working on my next project, a near-future thriller called Losing Gravity that I pitch as Killing Eve meets Die Hard, in space.

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