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"Lochlann has a great flair for sensory detail and fills her novel with such a wealth of sights, sounds, smells and flavors that the reader feels absolutely immersed in the world of ancient Crete from the first page." Historical Novel Review, January 7, 2012

"Full of historical flavour, mystery and imagery. You can hear the crowds, taste the dust, feel the gore of the bull's horns. Wonderful, lyrical prose, worthy of ancient Greek myth." Cas Peace, author of King's Envoy, published by Rhemalda Publishing

"You have translated words, ideas, poetry, character, myth into an alchemic wonder, a dazzling novel of the ancient world, and are a fit heir to the great mantle of such writers as Mary Renault, Scott O'Dell and Robert Graves, and even, dare I say it, the goddess herself." M.M. Bennetts, author of May, 1812 and Of Honest Fame: Diiarts.

"A difficult subject risen to with an imagination at the height of its powers. I have a vivid memory of my trip to Mycenae and you gave back to those broken stones all their lost life and colour."  Violet Wells, author of Ponte Santa Trinita and Burnt Ochre

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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.
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Product Details

  • Series: Child of the Erinyes
  • Paperback: 372 pages
  • Publisher: Erinyes Press (November 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983827702
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983827702
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,245,804 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 a "Squawk of the Year" read by Melissa Conway, 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 being polished and edited.

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.

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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Cheri D. Lasota on November 19, 2011
Format: Paperback
From the first chapter, The Year-god's Daughter blew me away. Lochlann's vivid attention to detail, extensive research, and striking writing style all move to invoke in the reader a visceral and emotional response to the characters' desires, successes and failures. This is a rich, sensual world the reader stumbles into. It's like stepping through the veil of time to discover a people and a culture that feel so familiar they could be your ancient ancestors.

The story will entice you--a life-and-death struggle for power and love and the torment of wanting and not having. These are universal tribulations that Lochlann explores here, and despite the distance of time and page, the reader will find their own desires and longings reflecting back at them through the beautiful words that Lochlann weaves.

I'd highly recommend this novel to anyone who adores mythology, coming-of-age stories, and historicals. Beautiful, beautiful stuff.
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Book lover on December 1, 2011
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It isn't often one reads a book these days that totally enthralls one with its powerful description, its sense of being in a bygone and yet oddly familiar age. It seems familiar because Rebecca Lochlan's extensive and intensive research and her vivid pictorial imagination has brought to life the period of the Minoan civilisation as if she had truly been alive then. It feels so real and makes such sense of all the myths of the Labyrinth, the 'palaces' the cult of the goddess, the whole concept of the Dying King who is reborn as the new Minos. At this time of the year (Christmastide) one recalls how the Celts also saw the old Oak King give way to the new King who kills him and ushers in a New Year and the rising light. The Minoan culture is is a period I have also researched for a more modern story - but I take my hat off to Rebecca. She lives and breathes her period and it feels incredibly real. I love all the characters, comprehend their thoughts and feelings, it's so easy to relate to them despite the fact they 'lived' so long ago. Now I long to know where they will lead us in The Thinara King. At the end of YGD we are given a stunning first chapter to this next book as a tantalising taster to new adventures.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Jetpack on July 23, 2012
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I've really struggled with this one.

The author is easily one of the best writers I have ever read. Period. She has brought Crete and the Mycenean Greeks to life in a brilliant manner. The writing is lush, and the world is extremely believable.

However, the more I read, the more I hate the main characters. Menoetius is an emotional coward. He knows what he needs to do, but doesn't have the courage to do it. Chrysaleon has no redeeming qualities. He's a bully, rapist and a general piece of ****. Aridela is a spoiled little girl who forgets far too easily. Though, at least you can argue that she's being magically influenced. The minor characters are much more decent, Selene and the Minos especially standing out.

So, I averaged wonderful writing and truly unlikable characters to a 3 star rating. Tack on 8 additional books that apparently take us to the modern world, and the hint that Chrysaleon and Aridela are the lovers throughout time, and I just can't put myself through continuing. I would happily read anything else in the time setting, but just not these characters.

I picked it up when it was free. Just under 5,600 locations long.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By PD Allen on November 22, 2011
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This book is beautiful and lyrical. It is quite an achievement: an historical novel with all the mythic wonder of the best fantasy. The narrative is richly textured, breathing vitality and passion into the characters and the ancient world they inhabit. Once read, it will be difficult to look upon the ruins of Crete without hearing the breath of this drama.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mary Josefina Cade on December 31, 2012
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I started reading this book imagining that worship of the goddess Athene would be wild and free and self expressive. A very mistaken idea. Rebecca Lochlan describes a society bound by ritual and ruled by a queen and her priestesses who are constantly searching for signs of approval from the goddess. Natural phenomena, such as thunder and lightning, cause huge upset and anxiety. Everyone struggles to find the hidden meaning in every event. I completely believed in Bronze Age Crete as recreated by Rebecca Lochlan.

As I read on, enthralled, I also recognised familiar behaviour patterns in the priestesses and especially in Minos Themiste. The stern demands of the goddess reminded me of the enclosed and almost completely feminine world I experienced as a child and teenager in a convent boarding school. The same wildly magnified emotions, the same intense relationship with an unseen and often angry presence who had to be placated through offerings, rituals and sacrifices, are all brilliantly described. This meant that the book had an extra powerful effect on me. I adored and identified with Aridela and felt angry with Minos Themiste and her repressive plans.

The clash between Aridela's desire to live and love in her own way and the call of duty form the essential dynamic of the story. The author also conveys the focused passion of obsessive love, feelings that become overwhelming in a time and place with so few other distractions. And the bull dancing...... Wonderful.
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