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"What a wonderful mythic tale--different time and place, but certainly reminiscent of Marion Zimmer Bradley's Mists of Avalon." Valya Dudycz Lupescu, author of The Silence of Trees, published by Wolfsword Press.

"This series is my new addiction. Lochlann is a meticulous writer, and I predict that the outpouring of accolades she is already receiving from her readers will give her a well-deserved boost onto the best-seller lists." Melissa Conway, author of Xenofreak Nation, The Gossamer Sphere and Selfsame.

"Every element is perfection, every emotion raw, every character fully fleshed." Cheri Lasota, author of Artemis Rising, published by Spirehouse.

"Lochlann weaves raw passion and black betrayal into an epic tale of destiny--a master storyteller at the height of her powers." Sulari Gentill, author of The Rowland Sinclair series and The Hero Trilogy, published by Pantera Press.

From the Author

Rebecca Lochlann has had a lifelong interest in the myths and history of the ancient Mediterranean. She studied a myriad of subjects in school and beyond, and has had many eclectic careers. She lives with her husband in the American West. Visit her at

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  • File Size: 1648 KB
  • Print Length: 298 pages
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  • Publisher: Erinyes Press (May 5, 2012)
  • Publication Date: May 5, 2012
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  • Language: English
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"The Child of the Erinyes" series is mythic fantasy, "Loads of testosterone, slaughter, and crazy magic" (with a love story, of course.)

"The Year-god's Daughter" is Rebecca Lochlann's debut novel: Book One of "The Child of the Erinyes" series. It has been utilized as a study guide in an American university, named a B.R.A.G. Medallion honoree, and was awarded finalist status in the Chaucer Historical Fiction awards. Book Two, "The Thinara King," a First Place Winner in the Chaucer Historical Fiction Awards (Ancient History Category), and a Next Generation Indie Book Awards finalist, continues the saga. Book Three, "In the Moon of Asterion," (named "Squawk of the Year" by a top reviewer at Booksquawk Book Reviews), wraps up the Bronze Age segment of the series and leads into Book Four ("The Sixth Labyrinth"), set in the Victorian era. "The Sixth Labyrinth" is on the editor's desk.

Three of the planned six book series are currently available. The other three are in various stages of editing, along with companion novellas, also under construction. Update: the first companion novella is now available: Book 3.5, "The Moon Casts a Spell" is set on the isle of Barra, in the Outer Hebrides, in the mid-1800s.

Lochlann, a lifelong fan of the classic Greek myths, began envisioning a new epic story very early on, one launching from the foundation of the classics and continuing through the centuries right up into the present and future.

It has become her life's work, though she didn't exactly intend it to be that way when she started.

It took about fifteen years to research the Bronze Age segments of the series, and encompassed rare historical documents, mythology, archaeology, ancient religions, and volcanology. She found it necessary to immerse herself in historical facts (such facts as we have) as well as mythology, in order to create a believable ancient world touched with illusion and fancy.

She has always suspected that certain rare individuals, either blessed or tortured, voluntarily or involuntarily, are woven by fate or the Immortals into the labyrinth of time, and that deities sometimes speak to us through dreams and visions, gently prompting us to tell their lost stories.

Who knows? It could make a difference.

More information can be found, and she can be reached, at her website:
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Format: Paperback
I couldn't wait to go on holiday and read this next part of Rebecca Lochlan's series The Child of the Erinyes. I knew The Thinara King wouldn't fail me. And it didn't. I forgot about lengthy waits in boring airports, tinny voices on intercoms and any other distraction as I became totally lost in an ancient and at times terrifyingly brutal world. Aridela, the heroine, is a brave, strong woman with a sense of purpose and mission and yet a tender, loving woman also. She and all the other characters are very real people, they leap to life through these pages. I love them all, feel I know them.

There are some truly moving and exquisitely written passages, scenes and ideas in this book. The author describes vividly and brilliantly a cataclysmic period of change in which the passive, gentle. tribal, matriarchal society of ancient days gave way to the brutal, war-faring rise of the outgoing, masculine patriarchy. The first sacrificed the individual for the good of the whole, the latter sacrificed the whole for the power and rise of the individual. Lochlan charts this change and its enslaving, degrading effect upon womankind as representatives of the Great Feminine, (whom she names Athena, a primal goddess, not the one later to be sujugated by the new masculine gods of the Greeks) She sees women no longer revered for their divine, cthonic powers but forced to be no more than slaves and vessels for the seed of men. In contrast we see the sheer naked power of Mother Earth herself, rising as if in a fury of volcanic, deluging madness - yet in truth merely fulfilling her own immutable laws regardless of the human beings clinging to her surface or the effects her unstoppable power will have on the course of civilisations.

There is such depth and power to these books. I feel they will become classics.
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In one word...Unputdownable!! It took me about 2 and a half days to read and I can't wait for the third book in the series to come out!

The characters are believable, flawed and yet I felt very sympathetic to their plight and pain, I wanted them to succeed. The book is well researched and very well written. It flows smoothly and doesn't feel too laden with historical, academic facts - I felt I was in a very particular time and place, and that is no easy feat to achieve!! The pace is perfect - neither too fast nor too slow. The story is evocative and sparks all sorts of emotions in the reader (Ah, Menoetius! *sigh*!!!) and yet, manages to keep them in balance.

I loved Rebecca Lochlann's mixture of visions and dreams with reality. They were done in a very masterful way, which made them both believable and their own sort of reality, and I also thought the way the three main characters' world have been intertwined was very skilfully done. I can't wait to see how their lives unravel and continue to influence each other unravel in the next books.

I look forward to book no.# 3 - 'In the Moon of Asterion' and can't wait for it to be published. I would highly recommend this book for lovers of historical fiction, adventure and love!
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Wow! Talk about an action-packed book.

The follow-up to The Year-God's Daughter, The Thinara King starts with a the volcanic island of Thera erupts. Was this a natural disaster, or have Aridela and Chrysaleon done something to anger the goddess Athene? The uncertainties and the adventure continue as the Kaphtor royal family struggles to hold their fragmented population together, and to rebuild what was lost. With Kaphtor weakened, the rich and powerful island is ripe for the plucking -- not by Idomeneus, the father of Chrysaleon and Menoetius, but by a much crueler and more sinister enemy.

The reader is carried along on a rush of action that will satisfy even the most easily bored reader. Lochlann doesn't shirk from subjecting her cast of well-drawn characters to a list of atrocities and surprise deaths that would make George R. R. Martin proud. Her depiction of ancient Crete, a place ruled by superstition and religious fervor, is entirely believable as historical fiction. This book lacks (only slightly) the lovely poetic prose, the sensual description found in The Year-God's Daughter, but it more than makes up with its nonstop intrigue and tension.

I with-held one star for two reasons. Themiste's repetition of prophecy occasionally felt like my hand was being held -- like I, the reader, was being carefully reminded of important events. Lochlann's writing and world-building are more than ample on their own to keep a reader fully engaged; the exposition wasn't necessary, but may have been with a less competent writer at the helm. In places it felt as if Lochlann didn't fully trust her own skill as a writer, when she certainly has nothing to fear in that regard.

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This is briliantly researched and full of evocative, strong writing.
It continues the story of the attack on the matriarchal society of ancient Crete by the patriarchal mainland, around which is woven the story of Aridela, daughter of the Queen of Crete, and the two blood brothers who are bound to her.

The author recounts scenes of intrigue, love, happiness, terrible devastation and dismal atrocities with perfect control; as before, it is a tragic story of confliting loyalties, divided motives, passionate love and sorry betrayals.
As I have said in my review of 'The Year God's Daugher' I find the characterisation in this series very telling; when the disasterous volcanic eruption hits, and then when war breaks out, and various of the characters I had got to know are killed, I felt a sense of desolation.

Aridela herself is subjected to a misery that nearly breaks her spirit; but she is brave and motivated by honour, and this brings her through; that and the devotion of some of her supporters. But there is a lot of joyfulness, and celebration of life in this novel, and when circumstances render that impossible at parts of the story, there are acts of heroism so that the reader remains optimistic about human potential.

There is no authorial intrusion, but as before, we are left in no doubt of the terrible price that humanity pays if one half of the people are enslaved by the other.

The wealth of historical detail in this brings back Bronze Age Crete astonishingly to life; the landscape, the lifestyle, the customs, the very scents and sounds.
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