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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: #2,185,694 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It took about fifteen years to research the Bronze Age segments of the series, and encompassed rare historical documents, mythology, archaeology, ancient religions, and volcanology.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:
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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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Cheri D. Lasota on November 19, 2011
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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
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mary Ann on October 2, 2012
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I thought this was a brilliant book.

The story of the main characters, their passions, loyalties and fates is set against the background of the concerted attack on matriarchy in Bronze Age Greece, as typified by the ambitions of Poisedon worshipping Mycenae on the wealth and sea power of Ancient Crete, the bastion of Goddess worship.

I was drawn into this from the first, and extremely impressed by the wealth of background knowledge of ancient Knossos and Mycenae.

RA Lochlann is an unobtrusive narrator, but in depicting the defeat of matriarchy, doesn't take refuge behind a stance of 'authorial neutrality' covertly to endorse the brutalities of invading patrirachy; without being a hectoring, authorial presence she nevertheless clearly shows the brutality of her mainland, Poiseden worshipping princes in their attitudes towards women, the shabbiness of their motives in their attrack on Goddess worship (whatever they might say to themselves of 'putting an end to a barbaric custom' in ending the sacrifice of the King for a Year).

There is violence in this story, but it is never gratuitous; erotic intervals too, but they aren't written just to excite the reader but an integral part of the plot. The writing is strong throghout, and the author doesn't flinch in portraying the full bloodiness and violence of the death of The King for a Year any more than she flinches from showing the hostility towards a woman that lies behind an attempted rape.

The characters in this story are complicated, vivid and human, their motivation often realisticlly hidden from themselves. Intriguing symbols decorate the chapter headings, redolent of Ancient Crete.
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3 of 3 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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