The Mountains Blood
I opened my wardrobe, and an axe fell out, just missing my toes.
“Goddess of LOVE! Yuck! Why do I have to be Goddess of LOVE? I’ll never get to use my axe when I’m just Goddess of Love.”
Being the Sumerian Goddess of Love doesn’t give Inanna much opportunity to use the weapons in her wardrobe. But then she discovers a mountain which is poisoning the land, which won’t stop growing, and which refuses to bow down to her. None of the other gods have the courage to face it. Can Inanna defeat the mountain?
I wrote this book partly because I was so delighted to find an ancient myth with a real kick-ass heroine, who doesn’t hang about waiting for some muscle-bound boy to come and save her, and partly because so few people know about the earliest written human stories – the cuneiform poetry and songs of the Sumerian myths, and I wanted to share them with as many readers as possible.
Inanna is a brilliant heroine, and I had a great time getting to know her and researching 5000 year old Sumerian culture to retell this amazing old story. And the pictures by Paul Duffield are fantastic. Which is just as well, because you really don’t want to annoy this girl. And calling her ancient isn’t wise either, because she still keeps that axe pretty sharp…
The Mountain’s Blood was shortlisted for the Hackney Short Novel Award 2011.
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