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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: #3,017,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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The Year God’s Daughter is a spell-binding story about an ancient civilization steeped in the worship of gods and goddesses. It is a world filled with ritual, blood sacrifices, and danger. In Bronze Age Crete, there are hidden meanings in lightning and thunder, in the rain and sun, in the moon and stars, and everything else that affects the world. and lightning, cause huge upset and anxiety. Rebecca Lochlan has recreated this fascinating world, told through the point of view of Minos Themiste, a priestess, and Aridela, a young woman yearning to live and love beyond the restrictions placed on her by others and their harsh, matriarchal society. She aspires to be queen, but because she is the second daughter, she is relegated to the mountains and begins training as a priestess, a life she detests. Likewise, her elder sister, Iphiboe, who is destined to be queen, equally hates and fears her fate. When Menoetius saves Aridela after she is injured in the bull ring, she is smitten and falls in love with handsome stranger, a man who is supposed to be forbidden to her.

There is plenty to like and plenty to keep one fascinated to the very end. Passion, love, ancient rituals, and a world that truly comes alive every time you turn a page. I love stories of the ancient world, and this definitely hits the mark with a roaring good tale. Definitely recommended. A great read and the best part is that it is the first book of The Child of the Erinyes series.
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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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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. Lochlann has obviously done her homework and knows the era, presenting details of common life and ritual activities. I recommend it to anyone looking for a good read.
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