The further you are from something the smaller it gets until at last you can cover it with an outstretched hand and then a thumb and then finally not see it at all.
The further I get from the Broken Empire trilogy the smaller my description of it gets. Currently I'm at the thumb. Small doesn't mean inaccurate. There's a clarity in condensing.
Imagine how you would describe what The Broken Empire is about.
Here's how I do it:
It's about the anger he feels.
It's not about where it comes from, it's just about that raw, broken anger. What it does to him, how it feels, how he fights it, how he uses it, and where it goes in the end.