Stuff You Like: Fires of the Faithful

Want to read about a magical lesbian violinist in alt-history Italy? Then Sursum Ursa has just the book for you. Happy (belated) World Book Day!

About Sursum Ursa

Ursa presents Stuff You Like, where fangirls + analysis + awesome examples of media = good times for all.


  1. Mm, it’s nice to see a world of magic where it’s claimed by some people in-universe that this or that magic is tied to a given faith or deity not actually trying to frame that as proof or disproof for any higher powers in that setting.

    The magic exists, that much is provable, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that any of the belief systems that associate their god with it are themselves proven right.

    Or in other words, just because the priest can cast cleansing light on undead, doesn’t mean it was his patron god that gave him that power.

  2. the notorious white moth

    A work of fiction where more than one religion exists that isn’t trying to force it down the audience’s throat that either all or all save one are unambiguously evil? I was starting to think such a thing couldn’t exist!

  3. This reminds me a bit of how blood magic works in Vampire: The Requiem (particularly in 2nd edition). On the one hand, you have the Lancea et Sanctum, the “Christian” vampire faction, claiming that they’re special because they have Theban Sorcery, ritual magic that they say indicates God’s favor. But on the other hand, you have the “pagan” faction, the Circle of the Crone, who also have their own blood magic, the Cruac. Both of these work to marvelous effect, and the only reason other vampires can’t use them is because the secrets are carefully guarded by their respective factions, not because they lack faith.

  4. My favourite book would have to be “Good Omens” by Neil Gaiman and the late Sir Terry Pratchett (though written before he was Sir Terry – or late, obviously). It has a view of religion where it’s mostly just noise we make up to justify what we were going to do anyway and that people would be better off if Heaven and Hell would just leave us alone (I guess that’s what you get when two atheists write about religion). It is also hilariously funny!

  5. Moviemantweeter1999

    I don’t know exactly what my favorite book is but I’m obsessed with diary of a wimpy kid books and the perc Jackson book series and basically anything by Rick Riordan(the author of Percy Jackson book series). I also love Stephen King as my new favorite author. The first book oi read of his was firestarter and then I checked out some of his other books at my high school library but didn’t really finish them which next time I go into the horror section of my school I am determined to read one of his books I check out fully.

  6. My favourite book has to be Mirror Dance by Lois McMaster Bujold, though you really shouldn’t start reading The Vorkosigan Saga there, and it’s difficult to describe in a way that isn’t spoilery for earlier titles in the series.

    Start with The Warrior’s Apprentice, work chronologically in universe order, at some point – I’d say probably somewhere after Labyrinth but before Diplomatic Immunity, go back and read Shards of Honour and Barrayar in that order and back to back, and Falling Free. (Actually you get Falling Free in the right order if you go with the omnibus editions by in universe chronology starting with The Warrior’s Apprentice so that’s the best way of reading the series until you’re caught up, just remember to go back and read Shards of Honour and Barrayar at some point (As Cordelia’s Honour), and I’d put that in about the same place but it’s not quite as critical as reading Falling Free before Diplomatic immunity and after Labyrinth imo)

  7. Favourite Book, eh? For now it’s This Present Darkness by Frank Peretti.

  8. What, there are still people who read books? I felt like such a fossil when I wrote my novels, but now I find there might actually be people willing to read them.

  9. Dean Koontz’s Odd Tomas series

  10. my favorite book of all times is Artefacts of Power by Maggie Furey

Leave a Reply