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The Year-God's Daughter (Child of the Erinyes) Paperback – November 10, 2011
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"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
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 rebeccalochlann.com
More About the Author
"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: rebeccalochlann.com
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's seemingly rare to find original story these days, but Lochlann has done it here with her work, "The Year-Good's Daughter. Read morePublished 7 months ago by mavaldellon
A remarkable history lesson. The war between patriarchal and matriarchal society's. The characters are well defined, the history is absolutely remarkable the result of immaculate... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent story, compelling and driven forward by the story. If you know something about ancient Greece, you will get much more out of it, but the story can stand alone. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Kameel Nasr
I really enjoyed this book. I've always been interested in mythology, as far back as grade school. The story was incredibly engrossing, and I can't wait to read the rest of the... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Janice Wood
I don't know a lot about ancient history, but the author seems comfortable with the world she has created. Read morePublished 12 months ago by JW
Reading this work was a struggle. The characters and the sequence of events were somewhat unbelievable. Lachlan may be a good researcher, but she can improve as a storyteller.Published 13 months ago by Jim Barentine
Well written and researched. Engaging story line. As an anthropologist, I really love Ancient History stories that have depth and meaning. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Jimi C. Phillips