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.
Thanks to Anya at On Star Ships And Dragon Wings for letting me borrow her ‘link your blog’ idea. She does a giveaway every Friday where you can win ARC’s and link up your reviews/discussions/giveaways. You should totally check it out after you’re done here!
This weeks creature is the:
Lamia are half human and half snake. They are true immortals, and can change from looking fully human, to being a half-and-half form similar to Naga. Lamia are poisonous, and have retractable fangs that can be used either to kill you with their poison, or inject you with a transformative substance that will change you into a Lamia. They can speak to snakes as well as humans. In Circus of the Damned, Melanie is the last Lamia on Earth, as far as she or anyone else knows.
In mythology, Lamia is Zeus’ mistress, which angers Hera and causes her to kill all of Lamia’s children. Hera then transforms Lamia herself into a monster that hunts and devours other peoples children. Other versions have Hera stealing Lamia’s children, and Lamia losing her mind from grief. She then steals other children and devours them because she is envious that these mothers still have children when she does not.
Have you read any books with Lamia in them? I had never heard of this creature before reading the Anita Blake books, so it would be neat to read about them in other works. Had you heard of Lamia before?