Mythological Mondays is a feature I created to spotlight books brimming with--you guessed it--mythology! I adore this sub-genre and can't wait to share my love with all of my fellow bookworms! This feature isn't just focused on novel reviews; it may also include interviews, looks at original mythological tales, etc. Please feel free to do this with me! If you guys ever do a mythological feature and want to join this and snag my lovely mermaid, I would LOVE to see the feature. Leave a comment for us all to see! It doesn’t have to be Greek mythology, or even mythology per say. It can be mermaids, unicorns, or heck, even fairy tales (because I’m too lazy to do a separate fairy tale feature…). It doesn’t even have to be every Monday. I’m sure there will be Mondays when I skip, too...like, uh, recently?^^;;;
LOSS is the third book in Jackie Morse Kessler's Riders of the Apocalypse quartet, though you don't need to pick up the previous two novels in order to read it. The book officially comes out tomorrow and Jackie has been running a blog tour all month. Come back to A Backwards Story this Saturday for an interview with Pestilence, my review of LOSS, and a special giveaway stop!
Today, I wanted to point out some of the awesome mythology unique to LOSS. It delves much more into the world of fantasy and lore than its two predecessors did. For example, the White Rider was King Mita when he still walked Earth as a man. King Mita, of course, is the real person, while the legend he left behind was a man named King Midas. The legend states that the king turned everything he touched to gold. In reality, he was able to balance life and death, health and sickness after a plague left his kingdom devastated.
Another fun mythological component was the addition of the Robin Hood lore. The White Rider thinks he can escape his role in bringing on the end of the world by hiding in the Greenwood as Robert Hode after seeing the man succumb to sickness.
I loved seeing the "reality" of tales we still tell now and the way they were infused so completely into the backstory of the White Rider. It was amazing and not someplace I was expecting Kessler to take us, but I'm so glad she went there!
Kessler weaves other tales into the White Rider's life as well, creating a layer story as a teenager named Billy dives into the Conqueror's memoies in order to escape picking up the mantle of Pestilence. Plus, of course, the whole series is centered around the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, which is a supremely cool concept in and of itself.
Come back on Saturday for a full review!