Resurrection In Fiction

Resurrection in Fiction | Liberty Falls Down

Happy Easter everyone! In an attempt to be vaguely topical, I’m going to talk a little about characters who are brought back from the dead.

1. Matthew Swift, A Madness of Angels by Kate Griffin

Sorcerer Matthew Swift is as surprised as anyone to find himself resurrected at the beginning of A Madness of Angels. His finding himself suddenly back from the dead has to do with the fact that when he was killed, he poured his soul into the telephone wires, joining with the Blue Electric Angels that are the spirits of words whispered into the telephone and never received.

The cause of his resurrection is part of the plot, so I won’t spoil exactly how it happens, but his isn’t brought back alone. The Blue Electric Angels are brought with him, making him a completely new kind of magical, and giving him the strange habit of alternately referring to himself as ‘I’ and ‘We’.

Review of A Madness of Angels.

2. Gandalf The Grey, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien

Gandalf the Grey valiantly sacrifices himself to fight off the might Balrog in the mines of Moria. Spoilers, but really, the films have been out for over a decade now, and the books much, much longer than that. So I think it’s acceptable. He beats the beast, but passes from Earthly existence all the same. Only to be brought back later as Gandalf the White.

Gandalf is another of the resurrected characters who comes back as version 2.0 – bigger, better and more badass. No longer grey cloaked, he now is the top of his wizarding order with a cloak of dazzling white. He doesn’t have to be subservient to the evil Saruman, and his strength as a wizard increases, allowing him to be a real force in the fight against Sauron.

3. Harry Potter, Harry Potter Series by j.k. Rowling

Harry’s strange little interlude on the otherworldly version of Kings Cross Station is a result of Harry needing to die to kill off the bit of him that is linked to Voldemort. Fortunately, Harry has the Resurrection Stone. Or had it. I can’t remember when he drops it in the Forbidden Forest to be lost to time. Either way, it’s Dumbledore who says that Harry can choose to live or go on to the next adventure. Harry has a Dark Lord to deal with, so he chooses to live.

Unlike the previous two characters, Harry is largely unchanged, minus his attachment to Voldemort. He’s certainly not more powerful. He’s just a guy who chooses the difficult route of fighting, rather than the easy way out of passing on.

Are there any other characters that resurrect in books you’ve read recently?


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