Last year I read and fell in love with KING OF ITHAKA (read my review here) which was so much different than a retelling of a myth. And this is what I loved about it. There's something about taking the myths and twisting them up that hits the right note for me. Like this newest one from Tracy Barrett...
DARK OF THE MOON by Tracy Barrett (Harcourt, September 20, 2011)
It's funny because not too long ago I read a fabulous article theorizing about the myth of the minotaur and what it really might have been. I mean, sure, you can hold onto the belief that there really was a scary monster eating teens. Or you can open your mind and try to come up with a rational explanation, which is what Tracy did in DARK OF THE MOON.
So what did I love about this book? Let's start with the mythology. Yes, there was still death and crazy god rituals. It was sprinkled in enough to keep me hooked. Next, there was the character of Theseus. I kind of loved that he was so not perfect. From his motivation to his mistakes, he's totally deserving of the hero status he achieves. And the last thing I'll point out is the monster. Because yes, there is a monster. But he's not all that bad (even though he might kill people).
I definitely recommend DARK OF THE MOON for fans of mythology, girls or boys alike.
Source of book: From publisher by request
Ariadne is destined to become a goddess of the moon. She leads a lonely life, filled with hours of rigorous training by stern priestesses. Her former friends no longer dare to look at her, much less speak to her. All that she has left are her mother and her beloved, misshapen brother Asterion, who must be held captive below the palace for his own safety.
So when a ship arrives one spring day, bearing a tribute of slaves from Athens, Ariadne sneaks out to meet it. These newcomers don’t know the ways of Krete; perhaps they won’t be afraid of a girl who will someday be a powerful goddess. And indeed she 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.
Yet 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 . . .