Tough Travelling“Tough Traveling” is a weekly Thursday feature created by Nathan at Review Barn where participants make a new list each week based on The Tough Guide to Fantasyland by Diana Wynne Jones. This hilarious little book cheerfully pokes fun at the most prevalent tropes in fantasy. All are welcome to take part, and there is a link up over at his site. Join in any time!

This week’s trope is DEAD GODS

Fantasyland had gods, right?  And now they are dead.  Dead Gods are not forgotten though, often they are still just influential to the land as they were when living.

A surprisingly good show for urban fantasy this week, but overall a shorter list than usual. For some reason the list mojo just wasn’t flowing. I know that there are gods in the Kate Daniels series…but are they dead?! Someone remind me in the comments. But I digress. The gods are dead – long live the gods!

Three Parts DeadThree Parts Dead by Max Gladstone

God is dead! God’s not dead! Wait, who’s dead again?! Kind of hard to keep track in this series. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the legendary God Wars resulted in the deaths of countless gods and goddesses, so the few remaining are especially precious. So what’s a dedicate to do when the spark of the fire god he’s pledged his life to suddenly dies out?

 HoundedHounded by Kevin Hearne
The gods and goddesses are very much alive in the Iron Druid Chronicles, but that doesn’t mean they’re going to stay that way. There are quite a few who have ahem…died…even in the first two books in the series. When they aren’t terrorizing each other or picking the corpses off of battlefields, the lady deities are most likely found in the boudoir of one Atticus O’Sullivan. Oh how the mighty have fallen.
The Amber SpyglassThe Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman
Spoilers!God (aka “the authority”) bites the big one in the series finale, after it’s revealed that he was the first angel who declared himself a deity; it was only after that that he was ultimately viewed as the creator god in many worlds. Kinda makes you wonder what Pullman’s saying there…wink wink. Whatever you think of Pullman’s perspective on religion, you gotta appreciate his willingness to go there.


  1. We have Three Parts Dead in common this week, though I’ve read a couple books of the Iron Druid Chronicles but didn’t remember the dead gods! Or did I leave the series too early, I only read the first two 🙂


    • MaddalenaSpaceandSorcery

    • 7 years ago

    “Three Parts Dead” is so different from the rest of the genre that I greatly enjoyed its weirdness – and I use the term in a positive way. It’s good to see it mentioned often this week! 🙂

    • Lynn Williams

    • 7 years ago

    How could I forget Hounded and the Pullman books! Well done you.
    Lynn 😀

    • bookwraiths

    • 7 years ago

    Great twist on the topic with Hounded. Totally caught me by surprise there. 🙂

  2. I have the next book in Gladstone’s series on my kindle. I can’t wait to continue on.

  3. I’ve been meaning to get “Three Parts Dead”. It sounds very interesting.

    Pullman is a great choice!

  4. I skipped this topic, too 🙁 No inspiration! I’m doing the next week’s Heists and Cons, though, I can feel my list-making mojo returning.

    Anyway, great call with Hounded and Amber Spyglass – I was too young, I think, when I read AS so I don’t really remember what happened, much less any questionable deities.
    But I read Hounded this year – those gods were pretty much all assholes, no? I mean, pretty much EVERYONE is uncool compared to the mighty Atticus…

  5. I could only think of one book for this week and you’ve just pointed out two more I SHOULD have remembered – His Dark Materials and The Iron Druid series. They are great pics and unique as far I’ve seen on lists this week!

  6. I totally forgot about Pullman’s series, that was a good call! And just about everyone that’s read Three Parts Dead included it this week. How could you not??

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