The Year-God's Daughter

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Crete: A place of magic, of mystery, where violence and sacrifice meet courage and hope.
Aridela: Wrapped in legend, beloved of the people. An extraordinary woman who dances with bulls.
The north wind brings a swift ship and two brothers who plot Crete's overthrow. Desire for this woman will propel their long rivalry into hatred so murderous it hurtles all three into an unimaginable future, and sparks the ...
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Overview

Crete: A place of magic, of mystery, where violence and sacrifice meet courage and hope.
Aridela: Wrapped in legend, beloved of the people. An extraordinary woman who dances with bulls.
The north wind brings a swift ship and two brothers who plot Crete's overthrow. Desire for this woman will propel their long rivalry into hatred so murderous it hurtles all three into an unimaginable future, and sparks the immortal rage of the Erinyes.
A woman of keen instinct and unshakeable loyalty. A proud warrior prince and his wounded half-brother. Glory, passion, treachery and conspiracy on the grandest scale.
What seems the end is only the beginning.
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"A collision of destiny and passion from the pen of a true bard." Sulari Gentill, award-winning author of The Rowland Sinclair series and The Hero Trilogy, published by Pantera Press.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780983827702
  • Publisher: Erinyes Press
  • Publication date: 11/10/2011
  • Pages: 348
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

Rebecca Lochlann fell in love with the stories and myths of the ancient Greeks at a very early age. She honed the craft of writing through formal education, marriage, and the rearing of two children. While building the series, she ran a successful writing/editing company, helping authors ready their work for publication and providing hundreds of articles on demand for marketing use and teaching seminars.

"The Child of the Erinyes" series is mythic historical fiction that begins in the Bronze Age and winds up in the near future.

Writing Influences? Patricia A. McKillip, Margaret Atwood, Anita Diamant, Peter S. Beagle, Anne Rice, and Yevgeny Zamyatin, to name a few.

About fifteen years were spent researching the Bronze Age segments of the series, and encompassed rare historical documents, mythology, archaeology, ancient writing, ancient religions, and volcanology. For Rebecca, a rather obsessed historian, the research, the struggle for perfection, never ends.

"The Year-god’s Daughter" is her first novel, and Book One of "The Child of the Erinyes" Series. "The Thinara King" will follow in a few months. All of Rebecca’s books will be published in paperback and eBook forms. The paperback should be ready in November, 2011.

Though she cannot remember actually living in the Bronze Age, the Middle Ages, the Victorian era, and so on, she believes in the ability to find a way through the labyrinth of time, and that deities will sometimes speak to us in dreams and visions, gently prompting us to tell their forgotten stories.

Who knows? It could make a difference.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2012

    Highly recommend!

    This story is set in Crete during the Minoan civilization, a time when women rule the island.

    Each year, men compete to be the consort of the queen. After a year of being pampered and privileged, the Year-god's life is ended during the games that are designed to find his replacement.

    The queen is aging and her eldest daughter must soon take her place, but the youngest daughter, Aridela, seems better suited for the task. Willful, and eager to please the goddess Athene, Aridela secretly enters the bullring and is gravely wounded. At the same time, a young prince from the mainland comes to find a weakness in Crete's defenses so his father might invade the island.

    Aridella is the main character of the story, and we watch as she struggles to reconcile her desire to fulfill what she believes is her true destiny against what is fated for her as the second daughter.

    This is a well-researched novel but, even if you aren't familiar with the myths and mythologies of Ancient Greece, you will be enthralled by this very human story.

    I highly recommend.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 23, 2011

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    Suspenseful Thrill

    Greek Mythology and Greek gods and goddesses and human beings of ancient Greece are the characters in this sensational story which all are magical.

    This story is full of myths, actual truths and excellent details about the history, traditions and the beliefs of the Olympian gods. It is about the royal families and their empires how each one has their own beliefs and laws they all existed by and will die for and compete for dominant authority. There is Crete, which is led by a women' society and it is structured upon the Goddess Athena beliefs of the wisdom of women in authority. These women are powerful and knowledgeable in all skills required to command a strong nation and have survived through many trials but there are foes hiding in the shadows who desire to claim Crete and it's riches they are waiting for the right time to attack.

    This is where powerful warriors come into the plot and add intrigue as they are half/blood brothers and both are competing for the throne and the second lady in waiting of the land. She is a feisty warrior and ambitious to achieve glory for herself and completes amazing feats of courage to challenge herself, her destiny, defiant her mother, the queen¿s laws and tempt her future along with her brave cohorts helping her to be rebellious, risking hers and their own lives to protect her.

    There is a supernatural influence with the oracle and the parties responsible to protect the queen and her family. For the male readers there is bloodshed, fighting and sword battles and other surprising glimpses into the ancient days that are hints of a wicked nature. This is an excellent tale of valor and heroism and a forge into the mystery of the myths of the ancient civilization and their beliefs in their Gods and Goddesses and the devotion they pledged to risk their lives for honor in the afterlife which makes this tale entertaining reading.

    To sum it up; there is conflict, intrigue, suspense and more coming in other books continuing this thrilling story of ancient Greece, traditions, wars, and forsaken love. This story is for women and men as the battle of sexes continue on.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 10, 2011

    A totally engrossing escape into ancient Crete

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 26, 2011

    Unputdownable!!!

    I didn't want the book to end right from the very start! It had me from the first page. the writing was even and masterful, the scenes described were vivid, evocative and colourful and the characters felt real. The pace was just right and I can't wait to read the next book in the series!

    i would highly recommend this book!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2013

    Easily one of the best books I've read! Usually when I read a go

    Easily one of the best books I've read! Usually when I read a good book I find that the second and third books of the series typically degenerate in quality , but this is not the case for "the child of the Erinyes". Each book intertwined perfectly with the last and leaves you aching for more!! I cannot wait for the 4th installment, from what I've read that will be sometime in 2014.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 6, 2013

    We are proud to announce that ¿The Year-God¿s Daughter (The Chil

    We are proud to announce that “The Year-God’s Daughter (The Child of the Erinyes) by Rebecca Lochlann is a B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2014

    Check it out if you like the ancient history of the Mediterranean.

    The description of life on ancient Crete seems to be fairly accurate, I can't say the same for the cult of the bull jumpers since I am not that familiar with it.
    The author hints at the origin of the people of Crete as being from Africa, I have never heard or read about it so I have no opinion on that part.
    All in all the story is entertaining with a hint of real history. I will purchase the 2nd book just to see what becomes of the year-god's daughter and her island.

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  • Posted April 15, 2014

    I read this book in instalments-I don't why, though. I mean it c

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2014

    ORACLE

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