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Prophecy (Antigone: The True Story) (Volume 1) Paperback – December 18, 2015
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About the Author
I write mythological fiction -- my passion for ancient cultures started many years ago and, after studying Classics in university and earning my Master's degree, I am channeling this love into my writing. Prophecy, book 1 in Antigone, The True Story series, is my first published novel. I do most of my writing in Novembers during Nanowrimo and spend the rest of the year editing and reading. I live in BC, Canada with my husband, three kids, and our cat.
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After all, Oedipus Rex is a classic. It’s a foundational work of Western civilization and gives us moderns insight into the ancient Greeks. Rewriting a tragedy of this proportion in the context of a YA novel might be overstepping decorum if not sanity.
I needn’t have worried. McBurnie possesses a great respect for the original story and holds faithfully to all elements of plot, character and setting of the classic tale. However, she adds a few wrinkles to make it enticing for not just a YA market but all readers. It works superbly.
Those dusty Theban values, laws and beliefs are made understandable and credible told through Antigone’s experiences, feelings and sense of betrayal. It also opens the door for more books in the series.
I don’t feel compelled to hold back on any spoilers from the original work. McBurnie lays out Sophocle’s story in a note to readers at the beginning. Let’s face it, one way or another you’ve heard about the Oedipus complex and know the basics of this story, unless you’ve been buried in a pit your entire life.
Confession. I’m a fanatic when it comes to Greek mythology. I’ve read a few books in Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series and find them amusing but light on the connectivity with the Bullfinch myths and Homeric tales I know and love. Not a criticism of the series but just not what I’m looking for. Riordan would probably note that I’m not part of his demographic anyway.
The genius of Prophecy (Antigone: The True Story) is McBurnie’s understanding that this is an amazing tale. No one has to tart it up to improve it. If YA readers thrive on teenage angst, how can any character suffer more than seeing her life, family, and kingdom torn apart by revelations of incest, parental murder, the suicide of her mother and her father blinding himself by plunging sharp things in his eyes.
Sort of makes losing a boyfriend or the theft of a lightning bolt kind of a yawner.
Where McBurnie takes license and makes the story her own is the detective work and revelations that Antigone can tap timeless powers that even the gods fear.
Antigone leaves Thebes with her disgraced and blinded father for what can only be a life without hope. Or is it? The gods, who she revered and now despises, destroyed everything Antigone loved as if it were a game.
Does Antigone have the ability and moxie to take on the gods? I can’t wait for the next in the series to find out.
Disclosure: I received a copy of Prophecy in exchange for an honest review
I liked how the story started with Antigone having a dream about Apollo coming to her in the shape of a snake, basically telling her she is blessed. Although she wants to leave a normal life, she also wants to please her family and the gods. As the story unravels, more and more secrets about her family get revealed, the biggest one towards the end.
I really liked Antigone. She had her own mind and a strong spirit, which is something I love in any heroine or hero. As a princess she has duties her family expects her to follow through like do her embroidery, get to her lessons on time, marry a foreign prince, but that isn't what Antigone wants at all.
I wasn't a fan of the romance between her and Haemon. I'm a tricky one with romance and I just wasn't feeling it, personally. Especially not after the hateful things Haemon said to her once all the secrets of her family were revealed. He apologized for it , but I kept thinking; too little too late, buddy. I also kind of wished more exciting things were happening throughout the story because sometimes I had to tell myself to keep reading, although in the end it wasn't a very long book.
The writing was pretty good, though, and all the mythological aspects were very well-written also. So that was really great for me and probably the more important part of the story, in my opinion.
Overall, Prophecy was a good enough book. It has good and less good aspects (like pretty much every story has). It definitely was an interesting twist on Antigone and her family's story!
The writing was okay. The chapters were too short but that's not something that affects my opinion that much. However, it felt dragged a bit, it was slow to read some moments. It just felt like a slow book for me, not what I was expecting. We read all from one POV, maybe Haemon's POV would be interesting to read.
I have read Antigone's mith, for my literature class and I have to say that I enjoyed it. That gave me some previous knowledge to read this and I could appreciate much more what the author added to the story as her 'touch'. There is all this powers with snake which was pretty cool, let's be honest and different, because from where the story was set she might have chosen some element as superpower, but the author didn't do that.
When the Gods appeared and talked was cool too.
My main problem with the story was how slow it was for me.
I love mythology so I appreciated all the story in those aspects.
Antigone: I wasn't a big fan of her but now I like her a bit more. She is still reckless and sometimes stupid for me.
Haemon: He was sweet! I wish I could have read more of him!
Ismene: She is the good sister, she follows every step and does everything so right. A bit frustrating that might be but that is just her personality. She is the reasonable voice.
I don't feel like I really know the other characters,I just feel like I know Antigone. She can have a great character development and I think all these characters can get their own moment in other books and we get to know them better.
Overall it was an okay book. It has a good world and powers, though as it's a work of fiction it might have other things that make the story more appealing.
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As a lover of greek mythology, well mythology over all, this was such a treat.Read more