Everybody knows the ancient Greek myth of the Minotaur…or do they? In Dark of the Moon, Tracy Barrett flips the story on its head and lends the tale a new perspective. The main players are all in place, but their motivations and roles in the story are quite different from the tale taught in schools. In this version, Ariadne is She Who Will Be Goddess, a priestess of the moon as her mother was before her. She lives a lonely and isolated life in Krete, a revered and avoided figure who spends most of her days in the company of her monstrously deformed brother Asterion, who lives as a captive beneath the palace for safety reasons.
Despite her esteemed holy status, Ariadne is not a happy girl and might trade everything away for the chance to be different. Might her wishes come true in the form of Theseus, the handsome prince who arrives as part of the Athenian tribute to Krete? Because he doesn’t shy away from Ariadne as the others do, she may just have found a friend, as well as a way out of her responsibilities as priestess. Complications soon arise, though, when her mother dies suddenly and Ariadne is forced to take over as She Who is Goddess. With the harvest festival approaching, it is up to her to follow the sacred rituals, even if it might mean the death of her new friend or her brother. How will Ariadne be able to make the right choice without betraying the Minos or hurting those she loves? Mythology buffs will especially like this fascinating reimagining of the Minotaur myth. Ages 13 and up 320 pages
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