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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?