Each Thursday, our copy of ‘The Tough Guide to Fantasyland’ in hand, we shall tour the mystical countryside looking for adventure and fun (and tropes) from all over fantasy.
This week’s topic is NECROMANCY.
NECROMANCY is, in Fantasyland, the art of raising the dead and you need a specialized MAGIC USER to do it.
Johannes Cabal- Johannes Cabal the Necromancer –Why haven’t more people read this delightful tale? People like trains, carnivals, and Faustian tales right? Mark Lawrence proved with Jorg that completely despicable characters can become very popular; and Cable might be the most unlikeable character I have ever read about.
Fact is Johannes is at a crossroads in this book and the easiest way to get what he needs to continue his..NECROMANCY would be to deal with the devil. So he cuts a deal for one hundred souls to be delivered for requested materials. Watch out, the devil cheats. But so does Johanness. Roaming the country with his magic carnival made for a great read. So go read it. Please?
Chasers of the Wind- Alexey Pohav – There are Walkers, Embers, The Damned, and a few other magical beings. And bringing back the dead seems to be one of the main ways magical people take control of their situation, though I havn’t yet finished the book so you won’t be getting full details here. But necromancy is front and center. There is a war over this stuff in the past, and one brewing in the present.
A couple of cool things to mention. Fish, which are walking corpse grenades covered in shrapnel. And a woman that goes by Typhoid, who can jump in and out of corpses and use them at will. Damn cool.
Acatl– Servant of the Underworld by Aliette de Bodard – Acatl is the High Priest of the Dead in an Aztec empire in which gods and magic are very, very real. He doesn’t just deal with the dead, he is the high priest in charge of dealing with. And talking to their god.
HE TALKS TO THE GOD OF THE UNDERWORLD. Necromancy? He makes other necromancers look like amateurs.
Isyllt Iskaldur – The Drowning City by Amanda Downum – Digging deep here, been a long time since I read it but I know this was a book where necromancy was front and center. Isyllt is a spy looking to fund a terrorist group in the city she infiltrates. Already a unique setup, but add in the fact that the ghosts within the city are front and center and I remember liking this book quite a bit.
Hope no one notices the slightly shorter list than usual, I will be on vacation when this post hits and wrote it quite early, trying to jam it in around everything else. I wanted to add in Three Parts Dead, and Death of a Necromancer, and and and…
Join us next week as we look at NORTHERN BARBARIANS
NORTHERN BARBARIANS dwell in the snowy art behind the northern MOUNTAIN range. They are very barbarous and tend to kill strangers on sight… It is not certain what their females do.
As always thanks for joining, feel free to join along at anytime, and please check out my fellow travelers!