Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Year God's Daughter: A Saga of Ancient Greece by Rebecca Lochlann


Back Cover Blurb

Award Honoree of the B.R.A.G. Medallion for outstanding fiction.


Book one, The Child of the Erinyes series. 
A new myth from Ancient Greece. 

Step into the Bronze Age. . . . 

Crete: A place of magic, of mystery, where violence and sacrifice meet courage and hope. 

Aridela: Wrapped in legend, beloved of the people. An extraordinary woman who dances with bulls. 

The north wind brings a swift ship and two brothers who plot Crete's overthrow. Desire for this woman will propel their long rivalry into hatred so murderous it hurtles all three into an unimaginable future, and sparks the immortal rage of the Erinyes. 

A woman of keen instinct and unshakeable loyalty. A proud warrior prince and his wounded half-brother. Glory, passion, treachery and conspiracy on the grandest scale. 

What seems the end is only the beginning.


Review
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The Year God’s Daughter is a spell-binding story about an ancient civilization steeped in the worship of gods and goddesses. It is a world filled with ritual, blood sacrifices, and danger. In Bronze Age Crete, there are hidden meanings in lightning and thunder, in the rain and sun, in the moon and stars, and everything else that affects the world. and lightning, cause huge upset and anxiety. Rebecca Lochlan has recreated this fascinating world, told through the point of view of Minos Themiste, a priestess, and Aridela, a young woman yearning to live and love beyond the restrictions placed on her by others and their harsh, matriarchal society. She aspires to be queen, but because she is the second daughter, she is relegated to the mountains and begins training as a priestess, a life she detests. Likewise, her elder sister, Iphiboe, who isdestined to be queen, equally hates and fears her fate. When Menoetius saves Aridela after she is injured in the bull ring, she is smitten and falls in love with handsome stranger, a man who is supposed to be forbidden to her.

There is plenty to like and plenty to keep one fascinated to the very end. Passion, love, ancient rituals, and a world that truly comes alive every time you turn a page. I love stories of the ancient world, and this definitely hits the mark with a roaring good tale. Definitely recommended. A great read and the best part is that it is the first book of The Child of the Erinyes series.

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