Smite me, O mighty smighter!

“I am Loki, of Asgard, and I am burdened with glorious purpose.”

This week over at the Fantasy Review Barn Nathan is once again taking us Tough Travelling through the tropes of fantasy.  This week –  DEAD GODS

Fantasyland had gods, right?  And now they are dead.  Dead Gods are not forgotten though, often they are still just influential to the land as they were when living.

Beware of spoilers in the text below!

The Godless by Ben Peek – Set in a world where the Gods are dying following war with each other, their bodies now lie beneath the oceans, in the forests and under mountain ranges.

The Gospel of Loki by Joanne Harris – in which ‘Ragnarok’ is brought about by the Gods trying to avoid fate. Told by the trickster Loki.  Few Gods will survive in this retelling of Norse mythology.

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N K Jemisin – in which there was a war of the Gods.  The victor, Itempas,  killed one of the Gods and imprisoned the others in human form.  These enslaved Gods were given to the Arameri people who revered Itempas the most and they now rule over all the other kingdoms, sat on high in the city named Sky.  The enslaved Gods carry out their will and enforce their edicts.

Smiler’s Fair by Rebecca Levine – in which years ago there were two Gods. The Sun and the Moon. Sister and brother. Unfortunately their opinion differed regarding the creation of their servants and as a result they went to war. The Moon died and his servants were driven underground,

Almost dead??

The Max Gladstone books Three Parts Dead and Two Serpents Rise – nothing is ever quite as you imagine in these two books!

The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis- Aslan *sob*

Tis all for me this week – I know there are lots of niggles at the back of my mind with other books just on the tip of my tongue. No doubt I’ll be kicking myself when I see everyone’s entries this week!

22 Responses to “Smite me, O mighty smighter!”

  1. Bob (@beauty_in_ruins)

    Some interesting picks! The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is still on my TBR list, so I couldn’t fairly include it, but I thought about it. 🙂

  2. Tammy

    OK, I guess this topic was easier than I thought:-) The Godless seems to be popular, and you came up with some good choices. I have GOT to read Smiler’s Fair, I keep hearing about it everywhere!

    • lynnsbooks

      I felt like I struggled with it to be honest. I got a few in that popped into my brain in the final hour but I found this one a toughie.
      Lynn 😀

  3. Danya @ Fine Print

    Nice roundup of titles! I struggled this week…there were some niggles in the back of my mind as well but they escaped my grasp. What did you think of The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms? I’m hoping to read it in the next few weeks!

    • lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I liked the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms and I will be interested to see what you make of it.
      Lynn 😀

  4. jessicabookworm

    What an unusual topic?! I can only think of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, as you said, and The Amber Spyglass by Phillip Pullman.

    • lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I should have had the Pullman books. Fail!
      Lynn 😀

  5. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    Intriguing list! But how could it not be seeing that you opened the post with the most mischievous of gods? 🙂

  6. Bookwraiths

    Nice assortment of titles and characters. I thought this would be a rather difficult topic, but you nailed it! 🙂

    • lynnsbooks

      Thanks – I did feel like I struggled a bit with this one.
      Lynn 😀

  7. Jenn

    Ohh, I’m interested in The Gospel of Loki; Gotterdammerung is technically a retelling of Ragnarok as well, so I’m in the mood for norse gods! And everyone loves Loki 🙂

    • lynnsbooks

      If you like Loki I think you will find The Gospel interesting. It’s a humorous sort of collection of stories from his point of view, leading up to Ragnarok. Of course you can’t completely rely on his pov.
      Lynn 😀

  8. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Godless fit this one to a T. And I should have thought of Gospel of Loki, seeing as I just read that one recently 😀

    • lynnsbooks

      Yeah, Godless is appearing on a few lists this week. I did struggle with this one and only came up with a few on the final evening.
      Lynn 😀

  9. Nathan

    Yep. Lots of overlap. I wonder if Gospel of Loki ever made it to our side of the pond. Have to check that out.

    • lynnsbooks

      Ah, I hadn’t realised that Gospel of Loki was released earlier here. I think it must be due out by now though?
      Lynn 😀

  10. mervih

    The Gospel of Loki sounds very interesting so do several other books on these lists. I can’t believe I forgot Aslan!

    • lynnsbooks

      I liked squeezing Aslan on here although it felt a bit naughty as he does return!
      Lynn 😀

  11. Tabitha (Not Yet Read)

    Ooo Smiler’s Fair sounds good, but it’s not in the U.S. yet tho.

    • lynnsbooks

      I enjoyed Smiler’s Fair – it was very unusual to say the least and it surprised me with a lot of the routes it went down.
      Lynn 😀

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