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The Thinara King: A Saga of Ancient Greece (The Child of the Erinyes Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Rebecca Lochlann
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Book Description

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

Category Finalist, Next Generation Indie Book Awards

Goddess Athene's white-hot rage incinerates Callisti and inflames the seas. Crete is left in ruins.

Chrysaleon of Mycenae inherits the crown of an annihilated world.

As death looms closer, he stumbles upon an ancient prophecy foretelling the rise of the Thinara King. This ruler will possess unimaginable power and upend sacred traditions. Commandeering the title could save his life. But it could also destroy everything he has fought to achieve, and create an easy path for the brother he hates to step in and steal it all.

Will love transform him, or will he betray Aridela and defy the obligation of the labyrinth?

The epic Bronze Age tale continues as Athene tests her champions beyond endurance, beyond rescue, beyond salvation.

Editorial Reviews


"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.

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2nd Novel Category Finalist, 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

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  • File Size: 1656 KB
  • Print Length: 298 pages
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  • Publisher: Erinyes Press (May 5, 2012)
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  • Language: English
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning, compulsive read May 22, 2012
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book that swept me away from beginning to end... December 11, 2012
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Adventure into the World of Ancient Crete September 15, 2013
By Dale
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I bought and read The Thinara King after reading the The Year-God's Daughter, Book 1 of The Child of the Erinyes series. These books feature world building at its best.

This book continues Aridela's story. Again, Rebecca Lochlann shows her research and writing abilities. Fantastic.

It's not easy for Aridela with her belief that the goddess, Athene, watches her every move while she faces life-changing challenges both politically and in love. With Athene buckling the earth and destroying Aridela's island, emotional and physical agony, death and war, she grows into a great character. The book is a real page-turner and while you devour the story, you might shed a tear or two but don't let that sway you from journeying into the world of ancient Crete.

I am now going to live in the world of the third book in the Child of Erinyes series In the Moon of Asterion.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The will of the goddess revealed February 5, 2013
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The Thinara King is a strange and wild book. The text reads like the dream of a hallucinating priestess or of someone possessed by the magic of ancient earth gods and goddesses. It stands alone, out of control, waiting to cause shock in the reader at every turn. A testament to the power of this book is that I was unable to stop reading it, even though I am not exactly in tune with the ideas that Rebecca Lochlann is expressing through her vivid and descriptive prose. I fought it all the way, but STILL read on and am now awaiting (with some trepidation) publication of the third book in the series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Action, action, action!! December 16, 2012
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Not particularly well written, story drags
Published 1 month ago by Mommac
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Published 2 months ago by Jane R Woodward
5.0 out of 5 stars good
The story line is very interesting, good book
Published 3 months ago by sese
5.0 out of 5 stars the whole series of these books casts a more realistic ...
the whole series of these books casts a more realistic view of the myths of ancient Crete combined with actual historical events of the time. Read more
Published 3 months ago by chillygirl
3.0 out of 5 stars repetitious
to much mulling over the previous book so I'm hoping the next will be a better read with new story
Published 3 months ago by mamanana
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story
Very nice story. Full of love, hate, envy and everything else. Love the freedom, but the believes are scary. I am already on my third book.
Published 9 months ago by Galaxia Bunch
4.0 out of 5 stars Similar to Hades'Daughter by Sara Douglass
I can't help but draw similarities between "The Troy Game" series by Sara Douglass. Both deal with the Labyrinth and the mistress of the Labyrinth. Read more
Published 18 months ago by J D
4.0 out of 5 stars terThe first one was bet
I don't know what it is about sequels but they always seem to leave you hanging especially when the first one was really good and there is a third one in the works. Read more
Published on December 3, 2012 by L. D. MCSWEENEY
5.0 out of 5 stars A Completely Outstanding Continuation of Aridela's story
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... Read more
Published on October 2, 2012 by Mary Ann
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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. In the spring of 2013 it was utilized as a study guide in an American university, and later was named a B.R.A.G. Medallion honoree. Book Two, "The Thinara King," (A 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards finalist,) continues the saga. Book Three, "In the Moon of Asterion," 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 being polished and edited.

This is a planned six book series, with three currently available. The final three are in various stages of editing and tweaking. (There will also be some fun companion novellas as a side dish.) Update: the first companion novella is now available: "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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