Fantasy Creature Friday – Lamia!

January 30, 2015 Discussions 6

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!

 

So I try not to use the same book or series of books for FCF, but I honestly can’t think of any other books I’ve read that have Lamia in them.

 

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?

 
 


 
 

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6 Responses to “Fantasy Creature Friday – Lamia!”

  1. Lola

    I don’t think I ever heard of a Lamia before reading this post and have never encountered them in a book before. So a Naga is stuck in the half half from, while the Lamia can change between the two forms? I have heard of Naga before.
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    • SilvaraWilde

      Pretty much. And Lamia were created because of a curse, basically. They’re also immortal, which I don’t think the Naga are. Though I could be wrong about that!

    • SilvaraWilde

      I haven’t started that series yet, I used to read her Kushiel series and then fell out of love somewhere around book 4-ish? Don’t remember why, it’s been too long since I read the book that did it for me.

      I’ve been meaning to look into the Agent of Hel books though. Good to know they’re good enough you’re recommending them! And yay! Another Lamia character!

    • SilvaraWilde

      *laughs* Okay, so I have a secret. It’s called “The Element Encyclopedia of Magical Creatures” by John and Caitlin Matthews.

      I have read about most of these creatures prior to doing my Fantasy Creature Friday posts. But remembering so many? Not so much. So I flip through that book until a creature catches my eye, and then I think if I’ve read a book with it in it. If I have, that’s the one I pick to talk about. If I haven’t, I move on to the next until I find one I’ve read about.

      At some point, I’m going to run out of creatures that I’ve read about and have to change FCF a bit to just talk about the creature and ask for book recommendations. Instead of talking about the creature, and a book, and asking for more book recommendations. *grins*

      But hopefully I can get through this year at minimum before I have to do that. And with all the new books I have on my TBR shelf, I might be able to stretch it out longer than that!

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