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 MESSIAHS
If the world needs saving who are you going to call? Perhaps there is someone out there destined to save everything? It sounds like you need…a Messiah. (Thanks Rabindranauth for the topic).
This was surprisingly easy. I could have kept going. Someday we may repeat some of these topics that have so many options. That or Wendy is going to have to come up with some at triple the pace =)
Major Bhaajan – Undercity by Catherine Asaro – I started my review of this one with ‘Holy Messiah syndrome, Batman’ so this was a book that immediately came to mind for me. Granted, Bhaajan is a benevolent leader of all of four hundred people (which is like triple what she thinks is making up a huge underground economy, let’s just say I had some issues with the numbers this book tried to pass around).
Bhaajan is a former dust rat who made it big but was brought back home by an investigation. It is during this that she starts single handedly changing their place in society; up to an including how they see themselves. The meanest of the mean will lay down weapons for her and walk away from old feuds (turn the other cheek?). And she shall be raised from dust…
Bright Star – Malice by John Gwynne – The whole book revolves around the prophesy of a messiah called the Bright Star. And it was pretty good, if not pretty predictable once you realize there is also a Dark Star prophesy. Hmm, wonder where this is going?
Look at that, Valor, the sequel, is out and I missed it. I will have to rectify that in the near future.
Paul –Dune – Blah blah blah CLASSIC, blah blah blah Ok that was kind of cool , blah blah blah the entire second half of this book is the rise of the world’s most boring messiah. What happened to the cool polical book we started with?
Katniss – Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins– Went back on forth on this one. Really she is more of revolutionary leader a la Washington or Castro (bet you never thought to see those two put in the same sentence). No real religious association. BUT, counting it anyway because so many of these folk heroes are damn near worshiped, Katniss included. I say if you get a huge amount of followers who are trying to imitate your life and worship it as the ideal a messiah you be.
Ansurimbor Kellhus – Prince of Nothing by R. Scott Bakker – Maybe a tiny bit spoilery but not really. This book set itself up for this superhuman man of awesome to completely take over a crusade and eventually, everything.
Ansurimbor can read faces so well he may as well be omnipotent, is so smart that he takes on the most difficult gnosis based magic with ease, and can make anyone follow him. Oh, and he even got his own crusifiction, though his was on a wheel, leading to a holy symbol to be associated with him based on what he was strapped to and left for dead.
That One Guy – Moontide Quartet by David Hair- In the background of this story is an older story about the creation of the Ascendent, a group of people who followed this now dead prophet. They make up the most powerful of the mages, with each generation below them progressively less powerful – the magic truly is in the blood.
The problem? I am horrible with names and flipping through this 800 page book is proving to not work so well this late at night. BUT HE IS IN THERE! And he is very interesting, I swear.
Join as next week as we look at PETS
Everybody needs somebody to love. And the best companionship doesn’t always come from the same sentient group, does it? Be it furry or scaled, large or small, sometimes an animal companion is the best thing a person can have. (Thank you to my wife for this week’s topic).
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