Friday, 20 May 2011

Dark of the Moon by Tracy Barrett

Ariadne is destined to become a goddess of the moon. She leads a lonely life, finding companionship only with her beloved, misshapen brother, Asterion, who must be held captive below the palace for his own safety.

Then a ship arrives bearing a tribute of slaves from Athens, and Ariadne meets Theseus, the son of the king of Athens. Ariadne finds herself drawn to the newcomer, and soon they form a friendship—one that could perhaps become something more.

But Theseus is doomed to die as an offering to the minotaur, that monster beneath the palace—unless he can kill the beast first. And that "monster" is Ariadne’s brother . . .

Release Date 19th September 2011

Very well written story with some interesting takes on Greek mythology. I liked Ariadne and her relationship with her brother. While everyone sees him as a monster, he's still just Ariadne's big brother. She spends time with him and brings him gifts when everyone else would just ignore him.

Ariadne's family are a long line of contacts to the Goddess with Ariadne and her brother being next in line. This take on the Goddess is quite interesting, where she actually inhabits She-Who-Is-Goddess for 3 days of the year so she can get down to business with her husband, who's also inhabiting a member of the town, and hopefully bear a child.

Theseus is an alright character but I didn't love him or anything. He's confused by how things work in Knossos and gets talked into trying to overthrow the leaders and become King. The thing I like most about him is the way he treats Asterion, he likes him. He doesn't treat him like a monster.

I enjoyed this book so I'll definitely be looking for a sequel, I don't know if there is one but I'm hoping.

Book Depository: Dark Of The Moon
Amazon UK: Dark of the Moon

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