Tough Traveling – Necromancy
Nathan over at Fantasy Review Barn is the mastermind of Tough Traveling. What’s Tough Traveling? Pretty much, it’s a weekly feature on Thursdays where we dig around to come up with examples of common tropes in fantasy, using Diana Wynne Jones’ The Tough Guide to Fantasyland as our inspiration and guide. Nathan has invited one and all to join in the fun, so feel free to come up with your own lists and add the link on Nathan’s weekly post, which will also contain (unleash) the next weeks theme. So let the fun begin …
This weeks theme? NECROMANCY
NECROMANCY is, in Fantasyland, the art of raising the dead, and you need to specialized a MAGIC USER to do it.
Oh! Fun one this week 🙂
A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin – Well, if you don’t know who Lady Stoneheart, then you obviously need to read more of the series! You hear complaints about GRRM killing characters, but the one character I was happy to see go reappeared in zombie form. We have the Lord of Light (R’hllor) to thank for that one. But it definitely proves this series is highly unpredictable. Did not see that one coming.
Between Two Fires by Christopher Buehlman – A recent read that I have been gushing about. But I don’t think I mentioned in my review that there is a “religious” sect that can resurrect plague victims to join their cause. And be careful, who you think to be an attractive whore, may just be filled with maggots (and some other stuff to hide the stink). Yum! OK, hopefully I haven’t scared everyone off this book. It is amazing! I swear!
Broken Empire by Mark Lawrence – How could I not include this book? Not only is their The Dead King, but also Chella who loves to hate Jorg. It also adds an interesting dynamic when fighting a foe and realizing any current or future corpses can be raised in your opponents favor!
Pet Semetary by Stephen King – So, you and your son are new to town. Your beloved cat, Winston Churchill (“Church”), is run over and killed. Oh no! But! A friendly neighbor takes you past the Pet Cemetery and buries your cat in an ancient Indian burial ground. Your little kitty shows up the next day!! Oh no! Your son is run over? Well, I guess you do what you did for kitty, right? I am sure it will all work out amazingly well in the King story!