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!

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