Biblical Epic Fantasy by Brian Godawa
There is a book in the Bible where God’s name is nowhere to be found: Esther. Some say it was because God withheld his presence for a time, others say he was secretly working behind the scenes to accomplish his purposes. There was another time that God was hidden: In the period after the Great Flood before Abraham.Gilgamesh Immortal is a story of that time period.
Gilgamesh Immortal tells a tale of the greatest king of ancient Mesopotamia shortly after the Flood, the mighty ruler Gilgamesh, king of Uruk. He is a giant, born of god and man who oppresses his people for his own power and glory. But when a Wild Man named Enkidu comes to town he is the only one mighty enough to stand up to Gilgamesh and put him in his place.
Enkidu’s simple but strong character impresses Gilgamesh and the two become best of friends. But Gilgamesh longs for immortality, so they embark on a quest for eternal life that takes them from a giant’s forest, to the mountain of the gods, to the Path of the Sun in the Underworld, and ultimately to a distant magical island to find the one man granted divine favor during the flood: Noah.
Gilgamesh Immortal is an adaptation of the oldest written hero story in history. And yet it is timeless in its universal themes of friendship, courage, purpose, the pursuit of immortality and the meaning of life.
Chronicles of the Nephilim is written in the mythic genre of The Lord of the Rings and Narnia, blending fantasy and mythopoeia with history to retell the Biblical narrative with a fresh perspective, while staying true to the original spirit of the story.
The giant king of Uruk, referred to as “the Mighty Bull on the Rampage” and “the Scion of Uruk.” He is two-thirds god, one-third man and at nine feet tall, is a mighty warrior-king. No man is his equal in combat or in hunger for women. That is why he oppresses his people to satisfy his eternal longing for immortality. When he meets his equal in Enkidu, a mighty Wild-Born, he begins to see the value of moral character as it resides in his new Right Hand and best friend. He takes Enkidu with him on his quest for fame, glory, and ultimately eternal life, only to face the penultimate challenges of battling gods, monsters, death, the Underworld and the meaninglessness of life. What he finds will change the world forever.
Wild-Born of the Steppe. When he is discovered he is living as an animal among the wild with long hair all over his body and a fierce intent to stop hunters from capturing his animal brethren. When a hunter discovers him, he seduces him into human civilization with the wiles of a harlot. Enkidu discovers his human side of reason and embraces civilization, only to discover that King Gilgamesh is treating his city more barbarically than wild animals. Enkidu is an uncomplicated man of high moral character because of his lack of political guile. He challenges Gilgamesh to live a more upright life of honor, friendship, integrity, and loyalty. But he will soon face his own challenge of meaning and purpose in a godless world of death and despair.
Shamhat the harlot is a hierodule or sacred temple prostitute. She is taken on a hunter’s trip only to be offered as a means of seducing and taming the “Wild-Born” Enkidu. But when she does so, they fall in love and Enkidu’s pure unconditional love for her transforms her into a wife of high regard and station in Uruk. But will their love survive the long journeys away that her beloved Enkidu must take with the king in their fruitless quest for immortality?
The mighty Guardian of the Great Cedar Forest in Lebanon that surrounds Mount Hermon, the cosmic mountain of the gods. He is a huge Rephaim giant, about twenty feet tall, twice the size of Gilgamesh. He lives in a mammoth cedar palace at the entranceway to the mountain of the gods and he does not like humans trespassing in his territory. So when Gilgamesh and his group of warriors show up trying to cut down Humbaba’s precious living cedars, he becomes the fierce and brutal warrior that earned him the name, “Humbaba the Terrible.” And he has a secret that could shatter Gilgamesh’s relationship with his trusted Right Hand, Enkidu of the Steppe.
The goddess of sex and war, and patron deity of Uruk. She is volatile, sexually insatiable, and diabolically cunning. She has been rejected by the assembly of the gods, so she throws a wrench in their machinations with her own plans of subterfuge. And the heart of those plans is to seduce Gilgamesh into her cobra’s den, not merely with the fulfillment of his every depraved desire, but with power beyond his comprehension. There is only one problem that stands in her way, the god Ninurta who has become the personal guardian of Gilgamesh and probably the only one powerful and skilled enough to equal Ishtar’s proven superiority in battle. And their tension is rising to lead to an inevitable climactic showdown.
The hunter god of vegetation and of storm. Ninurta is a huge muscular god who has been commissioned to watch over Gilgamesh for the sake of the plans of the gods for him. Ninurta is the opposite of Ishtar. He is quiet, reserved, and stays in the shadows out of sight. He is an impediment to Ishtar’s plans of controlling Gilgamesh and understands her cunning mind too well to be outwitted by her. He is the only god who can equal Ishtar’s fighting skill and power, and that rivalry is building up, ready to explode in a fury of carnage.
Goddess mother of Gilgamesh, who resides in the temple complex as a high priestess of Shamash the sun god. She is known as “Lady Wild Cow” of Uruk. She has devoted her life to the glory of her son and will do anything to make sure that he achieves his due greatness. She also holds the secret that could destroy Gilgamesh and his quest for immortality. And when Ishtar discovers Ninsun’s secret, she sets on a ruthless course to expose Ninsun and ruin Gilgamesh. Ishtar will then execute Ninsun when she is done with her. But Ninurta is ordered by Gilgamesh to watch over Ninsun, which results in a hostile rivalry that could end up destroying everything Ninsun believes in.
The ale-wife of a tavern on the shores of the South Sea. She is a mysterious beautiful woman that Gilgamesh stumbles upon in his search for Noah the Faraway. She holds the secret of where to find him, but she’s also barred the doors to her tavern because she has seen Gilgamesh from afar and knows he’s trouble. She’s skilled enough with a bow to protect herself and is ready to unleash upon Gilgamesh at the right moment. Her problem is that she finds herself strangely attracted to the giant king’s charismatic presence.
Urshanabi & the Stone Ones
The boatman for Noah. He is a scrawny skeletal man with a little pot belly from drinking too much of Shiduri’s beer. He is an insufferable slave owner of the Stone Ones, huge oarsmen made of stone, but animated by magic spells. They are like big dumb mindless automatons upon whom he vents his misery to do his bidding. He is the only man who knows how to get to the mystical island of Dilmun, the Land of the Living, where Noah and his wife Emzara reside. Unfortunately, only he can navigate the perilous “Waters of Death” that surround the island and will kill any living man who touches a single drop of water.
Noah & Emzara
The hero of the novel, Noah Primeval, now over nine hundred years old. Noah and his wife begin this new story settling the land with their sons after the Flood. But a horrible atrocity happens to Emzara and they are forced to deal with their shame by leaving their area and going across the sea to a distant magical island, Dilmun, the Land of the Living. Gilgamesh learns that Noah and his wife are the only humans that the gods ever granted eternal life. So if he can only find Noah the Distant and Faraway, maybe he can divine Noah’s secret of immortality for his own benefit.