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But the truth is deadly. Analiese is a descendant of the God of Death, known as a Riser, with the power to raise the dead and control them. Finding out she has hidden powers? Cool. Finding out she turns corpses into killers? No, thank you.
Now the trail plants her and Marek in the middle of a war between gods who apparently want to raise an army of the Risen, and Analiese must figure out how to save the world—from herself.
The Gods and Goddesses in ANALIESE RISING by Brenda Drake
Mythologies have always intrigued me, and writing a story filled with them was a blast. There are several gods and goddesses from the many mythologies around the world in Analiese Rising. It was fun writing a modern spin to their personalities. To keep this post short, I’ll only talk about ten of my favorites. Though, all of them are. If they weren’t, they wouldn’t have made it into the book. So here they are, ten of the gods and goddesses from Analiese Rising.
- Sidapa comes from Philippine mythology. He’s the god of death. In the novel, he doesn’t have his power anymore. He’s in love with the Bulan and sees him only during the full moon when the other god can come down to earth. He loves make up and fashion and has all the arrogance to go with his impeccable style.
- Oyá is from African She’s an Orisha of winds, lightning, and violent storms, death, and rebirth. She’s a kick butt goddess, and she makes a grand entrance into the story.
- Lugh comes from the Irish mythology. He’s a trickster god. There’s hardly nothing he can’t do. He has so many powers and magical items. I decided to explore his more trickster side, which was tons of fun to create.
- Thor aka Bjorn—do I need to tell you about him? Okay, I will anyway. He’s the hammer-wielding Norse god who can control lightning and thunder. In my novel, he goes by one of his many aliases, Bjorn.
- Inanna, the ancient Mesopotamian goddess associated with love, beauty, war, and political power, keeps Ares on his toes. She’s a powerful goddess and doesn’t let others walk over her. She poses as an owner of a matching making company.
- Horus is a sky god in ancient Egyptian mythology. He’s associated with the falcon. Analiese first runs into him as her Uber driver.
- Ares is the Greek god of war. He’s arrogant and an instigator. Of course he is.
- Bastet, the Egyptian goddess of protection, used to be worshipped as a lion form before becoming a cat. She’s been involved with Analiese’s family for centuries.
- Pazuzu is the Babylonian demon god. He’s the demon that possessed the little girl in The Omen. I have to say it creeped me out writing him. He dresses in a trench coat, is unkempt, and looks menacing, as all demons do. Or do they?
- Janus is the Roman god of beginnings, transitions, doorways and passages, endings, and time. In the novel,he protects the entrance into a creepy catacomb filled with skeletons used as art that Analiese and Marek must enter to search for a clue left behind by Marek’s grandfather.
And there we have it, ten of my favorite gods and goddesses from Analiese Rising. Who are your favorites from the mythologies around the world?
42 thoughts on “YA Scavenger Hunt”
The book I am currently reading- or rather rereading- is Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone. I have the illustrated version now and so I’m reading it and admiring the gorgeous artwork throughout. Thanks for the chance! All the books this year for YASH have sounded incredible!
I love the illustrated Harry Potter books! I’m taking my daughter to Harry Potter World for her 11th birthday (barring any of the now typical craziness), so we’ve been reading the books together.
I am currently re-reading Halloween Horrors: Spine-tingling Stories for the Scariest Night of the Year. I’m trying to get into the mindset of Halloween, 1) because of everything that’s going on in the world and Halloween is my favorite holiday so it comforts me, and 2) because it’s been well into the 90’s in the lovely state of Florida for the past few days so I’m not getting the fall feeling right now.
Halloween is my favorite holiday, too. I just put up all our decorations the other day.
Reading an ARC of Brazen In Blue by Miles. Need to read Butcher’s Battleground this weekend.
Oooh, let me know if Battleground lives up to the hype.
I’m currently listening to A Reckless Note by Lisa Renee Jones
Love audiobooks 🙂
Hi!!! Thank you so much for this opportunity:) I’m currently reading By a Thread by Lucy Score
You’re welcome! I haven’t seen that one, I’ll have to check it out.
I am currently reading two: Anger is a Gift by Mark Oshiro and Witches and Wedding Cake by Bailey Cates.
I’m for sure adding Anger is a Gift to my TBR list.
………A Handkerchief for Kade by Amy Bellows. It’s an MM book which is a little embarassing to admit I read (but like my sister mom and sisters friend all love MM books too AND they’re all embarassed to admit it so both things are like A Thing) but you asked so there you go. maybe one day MM books won’t have a stigma to be embarrased by, IDK. Some people make fun of dime store trashy romance novels as well though so…..
I’ve had several M/M writers come through my writers group. Some of the best world building I’ve ever seen was by Adrienne Wilder, and Michael Rupured makes excellent use of historical settings.
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Im currently trying to get through Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer. Its been difficult with my busy lifestyle though!
I haven’t gotten around to picking that one up, but I need to.
I’m reading Undead and Unwed by MaryJAnice DAvidson
Ooh, I’ll have to check that one out.
I’m currently reading The Dragons of Nova by Elise Kova.
I haven’t seen that one. I’ll have to check it out.
I am re-reading the Kingdom Keepers series by Ridley Pearson.
I don’t reread as much as I used to since ebooks came about.
I have 3 lol. I’m currently rereading Eclipse, reading an ebook A Lady’s Guide to Etiquette and Murder by Dianne Freeman and listening to A Court of Wings and Ruin
Wow! That’s quite a list! I can never read more than one book at once.
How to save an undead life
That sounds like something I should read.
Hello! Thanks for being a part of YASH! I’m currently reading Reawakened by Colleen Houck!
You’re welcome! Colleen is the best.
I’m reading Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo 🙂
I’ll have to check that out
I’m currently reading: audio – We Didn’t Ask for This by Adi Alsaid, How the Scoundrel Seduces by Sabrina Jeffries, Well Played by Jen DeLuca and ebook: Monstrum by Kat Ross.
Another multi-reader! I don’t know how you guys do it. I can’t read more than one book at once.
Analiese Rising sounds awesome! It reminds me of my book.
Kokopelli is a legendary supernatural creature that features as a fertility deity in the stories, myths and legends of the different Southwest tribes of Native American Indians, notably the Hopi and the Zuni. Even though that’s my tribe, that’s my favorite mythology to go with the list.
Thank you for taking part in YASH. I wish this weren’t the last one.
You Beneath Your Skin By Damyanti Biswas has been the best book I’ve read in 2020 so far.
I also really enjoyed Van Helsing Academy by Stacey O’Neale and Not Guilty by C. Lee McKenzie.
I’m currently reading Midnight Sun.
I’m super excited about the YA query contest Pass or Pages at Operation Awesome this October.
Good luck on your query contest, your book sounds fantastic 🙂
I’m currently reading Legonborn.
I haven’t heard of that one, I’ll have to check it out
Thanks for participating in YASH! I’m curently reading Call it what you want by Brigid Kemmerer
You’re welcome! Thanks for dropping by!
I’m currently readying Call it what you will by Brigid Kemmerer!
I’m reading Fire by Kristen Cashore
Ooh, I enjoyed that one. Kristen Cashore is great.