‘Death is only the beginning’

Every Thursday The Fantasy Review Barn takes us through various fantasy tropes where we get to display our favourite books with that particular week’s theme. This week at tough travel we’re looking at necromancy

‘NECROMANCY is, in Fantasyland, the art of raising the dead and you need a specialized MAGIC USER to do it.’

As I’ve just read this book – Deadbeat by Jim Butcher.  In this particular edition necromancy is running rife – in fact it’s fairly central to the plot and dark magic is needed to bring back the dead.  There is a very funny scene where Harry practices his own dark magic!

Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs – I can’t remember the first story that we meet the Vampire called William Frost – who is also a necromancer.  Let’s say that Frost is a particularly nasty piece of work and in Frost Burned there’s going to be a showdown!

Chella from the Broken Empire series by Mark Lawrence.  This is necromancy on a massive scale – an army of the undead no less!  And the King of the Dead has plans…

Sauron from Lord of the Rings – also known as The Necromancer of Dol Guldur – I actually thought LoTR wouldn’t make it this week – but then I couldn’t resist!  I’m sure I need say no more!

19 Responses to “‘Death is only the beginning’”

  1. Nathan

    Well someone had to get LOTR on the list. We are going through fantasy tropes here, right?

    • lynnsbooks

      Yes, my mind was a bit of a blank this week – which is stupid really. I kept remembering snippets of things and then couldn’t recall which book or then I’d think of another book but it wouldn’t have necromancy!
      Lynn 😀

  2. Lisa (@TenaciousReader)

    Yay for Chella! 🙂

  3. Bookwraiths

    OMG! Another simple one that I completely overlooked: Sauron. *Slaps himself in the forehead* At least, we both agreed to Mark Lawrence’s undead necromancers. And your other picks are all UF, so I absolutely know nothing about them. I have to start reading some UF, I guess.

    Great list! 🙂

    • lynnsbooks

      No, it’s not a great list this week – I thought I’d have LOADS of necromancers but it didn’t quite work out that way!
      Lynn 😀

  4. Rabindranauth

    Lol, LoTR pretty much has everything, doesn’t it? 😀

    • lynnsbooks

      It would be interesting to see if I can find an example from LoTR for every week! I bet it can be done!
      Lynn 😀

      • Rabindranauth

        You should go for it! 😀

  5. jessicabookworm

    This week Lord of the Rings is the only one of your choices I know. As soon as I saw your theme I thought of Sabriel and Lirael the first two instalments of Garth Nix’s The Old Kingdom series as magic is used to talk and meet the dead…not sure it is necessarily necromancy though. Reminded me I need to read the rest of the series!

    • lynnsbooks

      Yes, that totally works – necromancy is also used to talk and meet the dead – unfortunately I haven’t read Garth Nix otherwise I could have used that one!
      Thanks – should I be looking at reading those do you think?
      Lynn 😀

  6. Mogsy

    Ooh, Dead Beat! See, I knew there was a Harry Dresden book in there somewhere with necromancers, but for the life of me I couldn’t remember which book it was. After more than a dozen books, who can keep track anymore 😛

    • lynnsbooks

      Hahaha, I only knew this because I just literally read it! I’m so useless at remembering anything!
      Lynn 😀

  7. Jessica @ Rabid Reads

    Good call of Frost Burned. I completely forgot about that one. And I’m going to get started on Dresden ANY day now 😉

    • lynnsbooks

      I also came to Dresden late and I won’t deny that the first one didn’t really grab me but then I thought the same think about the Mercy series by Patricia Briggs – the first one defo wasn’t the best. The beauty of being late is that you can chill out and take your time with no horrible wait. The downside is you loose a little of the suspension because when you know there’s like 15 books in a series and you’re only on No.7 or 8 – well, how likely is it that the hero is really in any danger. Still. I like the pros better than the cons.
      Lynn 😀

  8. Danya @ Fine Print

    Ugh, I forgot Sauron…how embarrassing. Great call on the Mercy Briggs book, too! That series has definitely grown on me with time. So many great secondary characters.

    • lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I’m beginning to realise that with a series you can’t really tell with book 1 – I felt exactly the same with the Jim Butcher Dresden files.
      Lynn 😀

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