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Orcus vs. the Maiar [Dec. 18th, 2006|11:04 am]
Religious Themes in the Shows We Love


So I have a question.
Does anyone know of any fantasy lit/fic/anything that involves actual *religions* in the setting, as opposed to relatively stand-alone gods?
A setting in which all the gods are one big pantheon doesn't quite count. I'm looking for something that could potentially involved *differen* religions/pantheons/whatever going head-to-head.
The only example I can think of is Small Gods by Terry Pratchett, in which the violent god Om wants his followers to destroy the worshippers of all other gods.
Any thoughts?

[User Picture]From: bastardsnow
2006-12-18 04:32 pm (UTC)
There's a fantasy trilogy by a guy named Anselm Audley. It's called the "Aquasilva" trilogy, and it definitely deals with religion, and more than one if I recall correctly. I've only read the first book, Heresy, and it was okay. The writing isn't what you'd call stellar, but the story's pretty good. Not entirely sure if that's what you're looking for, but i hope it helps.
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[User Picture]From: hermionesviolin
2006-12-18 05:02 pm (UTC)
Sharon Shinn's Archangel books?
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[User Picture]From: willowgreen
2006-12-18 09:54 pm (UTC)
"The Curse of Chalion" and its sequels, by Lois McMaster Bujold. "Curse" is the best, though.
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[User Picture]From: missmurchison
2006-12-19 04:09 am (UTC)
I was just about to rec that!
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[User Picture]From: shadowscast
2007-03-14 12:37 am (UTC)
Hi! I hope it's not to late to chime in with a response; I was just wandering through the Church of Joss to see what's up!

In George R.R. Martin's epic fantasy series "A Song of Fire and Ice," there are several religions which don't exactly correspond to any real-world versions, and religion does seem to be important in the setting.
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[User Picture]From: totallypinkrock
2007-03-14 01:41 am (UTC)
Awesome, thanks! I'm actually trying to write a fantasy series that prominently features warring religions... i'll check out mr. martin's stuff. thanks!
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[User Picture]From: harmonyfb
2010-07-15 02:55 pm (UTC)
This is a very old post, but I've been reading a new series by Kevin Anderson which is focused on religious conflict within a world, and thought you might be interested.

The first novel is The Edge of the World and the second (newly-published) is The Map of All Things. The third (due next year) will be titled The Key to Creation.

They are about an ongoing religious war between two continents, whose countries and religions were founded by two sons of God (Ondun). Aiden founded Terra, and Urec founded Uraba. Thousands of years later, the conflict between their worshipers spills out into a contest to reach the mystical land where Ondun is said to dwell. While it starts out like a straightforward novel where everything mystical is easily explainable, it veers off into fantasy. Sea dragons are real. Sympathetic magic is real. The ourobouros encircling the world? Real. The only downside is that the religious hierarchy of both religions is portrayed as wholly corrupt and irredeemable, but for all that, it's an absorbing read.
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