What is Fantasy Creature Friday? It’s a discussion where I will talk about a particular creature every week. And what book or book series I think of when that creature is mentioned. At the end of the post, you will also get to link up your own fantasy creature book reviews and discussions for others to wander through.
This weeks creature is the:
Chimaera are said to be made up of three animals: A lions body and head, a goats head rising out of its back, and a snake in place of its tail. Some accounts say they are part dragon instead of snake. Others still give them bird wings along with the traditional three heads. They can breathe fire, and are believed to be immortal. Most accounts say they are all female. They hatch from eggs like snakes and birds do, though no one knows how they are born.
They are vicious and deadly, but also solitary and not prone to roaming in packs. They are as swift as lions, and their snake head has fangs filled with the deadliest of venoms.
I have read of Chimaera in a few books, including: Uprooted by Naomi Novik, Harry Potter, the Anita Blake series by Laurell K. Hamilton, and The Lightning Theif by Rick Riordan.
Had you heard of Chimaera before? What is your favorite book with a Chimaera in it?