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Product Details

  • Series: Child of the Erinyes
  • Paperback: 348 pages
  • Publisher: Erinyes Press (November 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983827702
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983827702
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,039,459 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

From the Author

Winner of the B.R.A.G. Medallion Award.

Utilized as a university class study guide, spring 2013.

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While growing up, Rebecca Lochlann began envisioning an epic story, a new kind of myth, one built upon the foundation of the Greek classics and continuing through the centuries right up into the present and future.

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

"The Child of the Erinyes" series is historical mythic fantasy, "Loads of testosterone, slaughter, and crazy magic" (with a love story, of course.)

It took about fifteen years to research the Bronze Age segments of the series, and encompassed rare historical documents, mythology, archaeology, ancient religions, and volcanology.

"The Year-god's Daughter" is her 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"), which is in the works.

Rebecca has always believed 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: http://rebeccalochlann.com
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Aridella's birth herald's a time of change, but those who love her are determined to protect her.
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This book is rich with detail and poetic imagery.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Book lover on December 1, 2011
Format: Paperback
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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11 of 12 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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By PD Allen on November 22, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
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 Reader Christensen on December 10, 2011
Format: Paperback
Aridella is meant to be a priestess, to save herself for no man, and to become an oracle, dedicating her life to Athena. Only she doesn't want to.

Iphoebe is a princess, destined to become the next queen, to carry on the royal line, to marry and to sacrifice her husband to the Year-god. Only she doesn't want to.

Aridella's birth herald's a time of change, but those who love her are determined to protect her. In protecting her, are they not defying the Goddess's will? All that they understand and think they know is challenged when the sons of the Mycenean king come to call, with aspirations for the Cretan throne, and for Aridella. Can they have both? And what happens when their year is up? Will they even survive to be the conquerors they are determined to be. And, of course, there can be only one.

It's been a long time since I was so engrossed in a book. From beginning to end it was an absolute page-turner. Ms. Lochlan's research must be extensive, as her representation of ancient Crete was vivid and convincing. Each setting was painted in just enough detail to place me within the scene without ever feeling heavy handed. Her action scenes were written with precision, as though she'd fought in them herself. Her characters are believable and easy to empathise with, even poor Iphoebe, the shrinking violet of a crowned princess. The plot is anything but predictable, and as a series, the question asked above, have not yet been answered. I'm anxious to read the follow-up. I know I won't be disappointed. This was a really great read, absolutely transported me to another time and place. I love it when a book can do that.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midu on April 15, 2014
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I read this book in instalments-I don't why, though. I mean it captured my interest completely and I actually cringed at Aridela's each childish mistake which means I actually felt something for the character. However, I still took my time finishing it.

None of the male characters seemed even remotely likeable and Aridela's feelings for them would seem odd, if not for the importance she (and the rest of that world) puts on dreams, portents and "religion".

Really liked the descriptions of places and the rituals were done beautifully, as was the portrayal of the contrast between Crete and the places who deified males.

If you like being immersed into other cultures through amazing writing, this is the book for you!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alione Murray on April 14, 2014
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I couldn't put this book down. I regretted when I have to stop to do other things. I'm crazy to read the 2nd book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Barbara A. Mattison on January 10, 2014
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First book i have read from this author and I was not disappointed. Just bought books 2 and 3 of this series. Cant wait to start the next one.
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