It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these!
To celebrate Charon’s Gold being up for preorder, today we’ll look at one of the main song’s from its playlist: the RIAYA feat. John Mark McMillan cover of Bjork’s “Hunter” (which you may recognize from the Terminator: Dark Fate trailer).
Given the end of Yampellec’s Idol, Charon’s Gold probably seems like it’s a very dark book. And it absolutely is, but at its core I think it’s also a book about hope. That said, yes, Livi is in a very different place than she has been previously–she’s not doing the work because she’s been hired to.
She is driven by her own mission now.
If travel is searching
And home has been found
I’m not stopping
There’s one particular scene I wrote directly to this song–Livi accepting the sacrifices made for her mission, running through the night (it’s in slow-mo in my head), intent on her destination, trusting coverfire to keep her safe while enemies surround her, diving into the unknown.
I’m going hunting
I’m the Hunter
Bring back the good
But in addition to that, it’s very much the overall book’s theme song (the same way “In the End” was for YI). Even while it may not line up with Bjork’s original meaning (lol), this dark epic cover version speaks to obsession and drive and trying to restore something thought lost–the solitary and lonely, single-minded, move-heaven-and-earth-for-family journey Livi is capable of.
Charon’s Gold is now up for preorder.