WHEN WOMEN RULE AND MEN OBEY THE WORLD'S OLDEST STORY OF TRUE LOVE... Finding Ariadne is a story about a young woman's love for her people, a mother's love for her child, and the love between a man and a woman that is so strong and so true it becomes a legend. In 1465 BC, the island of Crete is Kaphtor, and the people we call Minoans are the Kephti. Ariadne, heir to the Kephti throne, vows to save the lives of Athenian Prince Theseus and thirteen innocent children who have been sent to Kaphtor as human sacrifices to the new Kephti Gods. To save Theseus and the children, Ariadne must find a way to stop violence without using violence or they will die. This is Ariadne's story-a story that has never been told. Return to Kaphtor, to a time when women rule and men obey. Offer flowers to the Holy Earth Mother; take a luxurious Kephti bath; live with the ruling matriarchs in elegant palaces; admire women who wear beautiful gowns, bare their breasts, rouge their lips and nipples. Come dance with the bulls-if you have the courage.
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Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views (10/17) “Finding Ariadne” by Doris Kenney Marcotte is a mesmerizing tale set in 1465 BC on the mythical island of Kaphtor. Ariadne is the daughter of the Minoan Queen Pasiphae. In this version, the peaceful, matriarchal Queen Pasiphae has no love for her daughter, especially after the loss of two beloved sons. She goes into a mental decline when her most favorite son dies, blaming the Athenian king for his death. To get punishment and revenge, Queen Pasiphae orders that the Athenians send fourteen children to be sacrificed every nine years. Ariadne abhors her mother’s vengeance, and believes it goes against everything the Kephti people believe in. To stop these children from being sacrificed in a labyrinth by the Minotaur, Ariadne teams up with Athenian Prince Theseus, a man with whom she has fallen deeply in love. Their path is a very difficult one and they have much to overcome to defeat the people who stand against them. I love Greek Mythology. What made “Finding Ariadne” really stand out is that the author did a clever job of weaving a mix of Greek tales into one story. In this particular tale, she includes the story of the Minotaur, Icarus and Daedalus, just to name a few. This tragedy was brought to life by the vivid scenery and creative dialogue added by Marcotte. I could not put this book down! I started reading during the daylight hours, and when my husband came home from work, he found me sitting in the dark still reading with a reading light. He noted that I had not appeared to move. What made it even worse, was that when I finally finished the last few pages, I felt bereft at having to say goodbye to this couple! “Finding Ariadne” by Doris Kenney Marcotte is a must-read for fans of Greek Mythology. I highly recommend this as a selection for a reader’s group as well as it will stimulate lively discussion. Readers will also enjoy seeing these stories told from a matriarchal perspective. This story awakened my interest in Greek Mythology. After I finished reading I explored the legends of the Greek characters mentioned in these pages. I am looking forward to reading more books by Doris Kenney Marcotte!
Ariadne will one day become the ruler of the Kephti people. She is not happy with the changes taking place under her mother’s rule and worries about the future of her people. This story highlights the wonderment of life and love and the values of honesty and brutality. The author has created a love story filled with the challenges of duty, honor, and the struggles of fulfillment of self and the impacts or our choices on those we love. I really enjoyed reading this book. The author does a good job transporting you back to another time and another culture. Every detail is so explicit; I can’t help but wonder if the author was Ariadne in another life.