The Book Blurb
There is a beast in the labyrinth… a monster. The people say he is both man and bull; they call him Asterion. Of all Crete’s citizens, only two dare enter his lair. One bears his child. The other sees the Goddess in his eyes. Terrifying yet compelling, the beast offers Crete’s only hope for redemption.
My thoughts …
I read this on the back of book 2, The Thinara King, and once again, enjoyed Rebecca Lochlann’s storytelling. She is a talented writer with a great career ahead of her. I really like the direction the overall story is going and a lot changes in this book. I had a way in my mind that I wanted the story to go, but the author had different ideas (in a good way, that is). I was shocked and angry with some of the characters (Themiste, I’m talking to you) actions and especially, Alexiare, who made me wild and sad. I can’t tell you what that is, but you’ll know what I’m talking about when you read it, and I hope you do read it. I read the excerpt of The Sixth Labyrinth (Book Four, The Child of the Erinyes) look forward to continuing the series.
More about Rebecca Lochlann
Rebecca Lochlann fell in love with the stories and myths of the ancient Greeks and wrote her first story at a very early age, due in part to the children’s book, D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths. She has continued to hone her craft, alongside education, work, marriage, and child rearing. She has owned and operated a successful writing/editing company, and has earned a living in various occupations. As a freelance writer she provided articles on demand for marketing use and teaching seminars, and, for ten years, worked as a bookseller. Now she has joined with Erinyes Press to publish and distributeThe Child of the Erinyes series, mythic fiction beginning in the Bronze Age and winding up in the near future.
The seeds of this series were planted in the seventies, after reading Moon, Moon, by Anne Kent Rush, and Dawn of the Gods, by Jacquetta Hawkes. Two months in Scotland provided invaluable material and insight for the history and setting of what would become the fourth book. About fifteen years altogether were spent researching the Bronze Age segments of the series, and encompassed rare historical documents, mythology, archaeology, ancient writing, ancient religions, and volcanology. For Rebecca, a rather obsessed historian, the research never really ends.
The Year-god’s Daughter, her debut novel: Book One of The Child of the Erinyes Series, made its worldwide debut in November, 2011, and was followed by The Thinara King in May, 2012. In the Moon of Asterion,Book Three, arrived on digital bookshelves in April, 2013: the paperback version arrived on bookshelves in November.
The series continues to burgeon as she splits these hefty books into manageable installments. In the Moon of Asterion wraps up the Bronze Age segment. Then comes The Sixth Labyrinth, the Scots segment, which may well grow into its own trilogy. When the Moon Whispers and Swimming in the Rainbow finalize things. All in all, the series spans nearly 4000 years.
Biggest writing Influences? Patricia A. McKillip, Margaret Atwood, Anita Diamant, Peter S. Beagle, Anne Rice, and Yevgeny Zamyatin, to name a few.
Though she has no conscious memory of living in the settings she writes about, (well, except one: okay, maybe two), she does believe in the ability to find a way through the labyrinth of time if one is determined, and she’s learned that if we keep our eyes and ears open, ancient deities will speak in dreams and visions, gently prompting us to tell their forgotten stories.
Who knows? It could make a difference.
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