Abuse and Love in Mirage of Blaze

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In my latest reread in Mirage of Blaze, some thoughts have gelled for me about a perennially troubling aspect of the story: it’s about an abusive relationship, and I absolutely root for the core couple to be together. This goes against all our common wisdom. Leave abusive relationships; that is rule number one. I’ve spent years mentally shunting aside this issue, but I think I’m ready to dive deeper now and explain why I do think Kagetora and Naoe belong together and what that says about real life.

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Arwen Spicer
Arwen Spicer

Arwen Spicer is a science fiction writer and writing teacher raised in the San Fransciso Bay Area, and Northern California will hold her heart forever, even if it turns into a desert. She wrote her doctoral dissertation on ecology in utopian science fiction and is an educator on the concept of workable utopias. Her novel The Hour before Morning was hailed as “A carefully paced, rewarding sci-fi debut” by Kirkus Indie.

Arwen Spicer By Arwen Spicer

Arwen Spicer

Arwen Spicer

Arwen Spicer is a science fiction writer and writing teacher raised in the San Fransciso Bay Area, and Northern California will hold her heart forever, even if it turns into a desert. She wrote her doctoral dissertation on ecology in utopian science fiction and is an educator on the concept of workable utopias. Her novel The Hour before Morning was hailed as “A carefully paced, rewarding sci-fi debut” by Kirkus Indie.

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