Hades' Daughter (Troy Game Series #1)

Hades' Daughter (Troy Game Series #1)

by Sara Douglass
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Hades' Daughter 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
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Jasmyn9 More than 1 year ago
This was the second attempt at this book - the first being when I was a teenager and I just couldn't get through it.  This time was totally different.  A very complex and compelling story taking us back to the days of the ancient Greek gods.  With the fall of the ancient Labyrinth, evil is unleashed on the Greek world and civilization quickly crumbles.  Far away on the coast of what will one day be England, one small outpost thrives with the Mistress of the Labyrinth as it's leader.  Calling out to her partner, the Kingman, she sets in motion a devastating series of events that will either lead the world into the light, or destroy it forever. While at times the complex storyline made the book drag a little - every sentence had a reason for being there, you just might not realize it yet.  Definitely not a book for those wanting a quick run through a fantasy land, this book requires a bit of concentration - but it's well worth the effort.  About half way through things just started falling into place and I had a hard time putting it down.
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The idea behind the 4 book series is extremely original. This first book is kind of a downer when it comes to one of the main characters, but the book is still really good. I recommend reading it, as long as you are going to read all 4 books.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked up this book because I had read the WayFarer Redemption series and loved it. The fact that this book centured around a Greek Myth made me even more interested, but once I read the book, I felt rather... Scared? Not scared as you would feel with a horror story, but scared as in 'wow, this might not end up the way I thought'. The book gives the feel that everything will turn out badly, though you must read it to continue with the series and it is well-written.
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ive enjoyed everything ive read by her. (threshold wasnt on the same level as her other work though)
Guest More than 1 year ago
Brutus, Cornelia, Genvissa, Loth, Coel, Og, Mag...WOW! They have been chosen to participate in this intricate and glorious dance of intrigue and power and to rebuild the ancient city of Troy and the Labyrinth that lies within, but are drawn into an endless eternity of rebirth and betrayal. Sara Douglass brings together the components of good fantasy and the mythology of the Greeks themselves to create a story worthy of the highest honors! I submit to you a challenge: enter the world of the Labyrinth and see what truly lies at its center...
Guest More than 1 year ago
I initially ordered 12 books online and luckily for me Hades' Daughter was the first one to arrive. As soon as I opened the book I was pulled right into the story. I finished the book a couple of days later and the first thing I did was run to Barnes and Noble, which lucky for me is right down the street from my house, and I bought God's Concubine (which is the sequel)and I am in the process of reading it now. I hope you enjoy the trilogy as much I am!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm not usually a fan of fantasy novels, but this one worked for me because it was grounded in ancient Greek culture and the earth religions of prehistoric Britain, where most of the story takes place. Ms. Douglass has crafted a plot involving the highly-prized control of something called The Game, whose purpose is somewhat murky but which involves the labyrinth most often associated with the Theseus legend. The story moves right along and is compelling, though occasionally it descends to bodice-ripper level (including the time-honored Young Attractive Married Couple Who Hate Each Other from the Start, not to mention the Throbbing Body Part here and there). It is hard to like most of the characters - Brutus is an arrogant lunkhead, Cornelia weeps through most of the book, and Genvissa is just plain one mean woman. Some of the minor characters may fare better with most readers. In spite of its shortcomings, this book is a page-turner; I confess to anticipating (with guilty pleasure) Part Two of the trilogy.
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Hades' Daughter by Sara Douglass is the first of the four book series: The Troy Game. The story takes place in the Late Bronze Age, about 1100 BC. There are quick flashes to 1939 in London, where the Game will come to its conclusion. The main characters in this story are: Genvissa (sixth daughter-heir of Ariadne and the MagaLlan of Llangarlia), Brutus (leader of the Trojans), Membricus (Brutus' former lover and now his adviser), Asterion (the murdered Minotaur, half-brother to Ariadne), Cornelia, (Brutus' wife, and the central character of the entire series), Corineus (Brutus' captain), Coel (a Llangarlian mystic and warrior), Loth (a strange, enigmatic Llangarlian man), Aerne (Gormagog of Llangarlia), and Mag (Mother Goddess of Llangarlia). Having absolutely loved Sara Douglass' previous series, The Wayfarer Redemption, I was excited to start reading this book. Unlike her previous books which were pure fantasy, this book mixes fantasy with historical persons and occurrences. The story revolves around the volatile relationship between Brutus and his sixteen year old wife, Cornelia, and his obsession not only with rebuilding the Trojan Empire in what will become England, but with the black witch Genvissa. Hades' Daughter has a plethora of interesting characters and the storyline is intriguing. Sara Douglass weaves a magical tale of deception, longing, disappointment, and magic that brings this story to life. In the beginning of the story, I had a hard time figuring out who I was supposed to like, in other words, the hero, and who I wasn't supposed to like, the villain. At first I thought Brutus was supposed to be the hero. That didn't last long. Cornelia, on the other hand, was a spoiled princess who soon hated Brutus and everything he does to her. Later in the story, she falls in love with him even though he has spurned her. At this point, I no longer liked the weak-willed Cornelia. So, I was again at a loss of who I was supposed to be cheering for. Maybe all of this will help Cornelia be a stronger person so she can later defeat Genivissa. This was the only issue issue I had with the story. Overall, Hades' Daughter by Sara Douglass is a good read and I found the historical references quite stimulating. 
harstan More than 1 year ago
Approximately in 1000 BC, Athens annually sends tributes to Crete to include sacrifices to Asterion the Minotaur. This year¿s tribute includes Thesus, the son of the Athenian King, but he plans to beat the Labyrinth¿s monster. He gains the love of Ariadne, daughter of the Crete monarch and the Mistress of the Labyrinth. She betrays her heritage to abet her lover who defeats Asterion. Later, he deserts his pregnant wife leaving her abandoned on an island to birth a daughter while Thesus takes up with Ariadne¿s sister. Outraged, a proud Ariadne seeks revenge by destroying the fabric of the Game, the divine magic that holds the world together. One hundred years later, Brutus, former ruler of fallen Troy, seeks a different throne. He seemingly triumphs aided by the Goddess Artemis, a survivor of Ariadne¿s opening gamut of a century ago. However, Ariadne, calling herself Genvissa, sees Brutus as a useful lackey because the avaricious brute is too cocky to see beyond his own superego. Through him, she sets in motion act two of her Troy Game vengeance. Though at times wordy and one subplot (occurs in 1939) does not tie back to the ancient theme (clarity in future novels?), readers will appreciate the scope and characterization of the opening saga in Sara Douglass¿ vast historical fantasy. The key two elements to this delightful epic tale are the flawed and contemptible lead characters and the two prime ancient eras vividly alive due to rich texturing interwoven into the plot. Fans will definitely want to read HADES¿ DAUGHTER and the sequels as Ms. Douglass clearly has game. Harriet Klausner