WE ARE ALL MONSTERS
Lost in time, shrouded in dark myths of blood and magic, The Door in the Mountain leads to the world of ancient Crete: a place where a beautiful, bitter young princess named Ariadne schemes to imprison her godmarked half-brother deep in the heart of a mountain maze, where a boy named Icarus tries, and fails, to flyand where a slave girl changes the paths of all their lives forever.
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)|
|Age Range:||14 - 12 Years|
About the Author
Caitlin Sweet’s first fantasy novel, A Telling of Stars , was published by Penguin Canada in 2003. Her second, The Silences of Home , was published in 2005. Her one and only short story, “To Play the Game of Men,” was included in Daw’s Ages of Wonder anthology in 2009. Her novel The Pattern Scars , came out from CZP in 2011, and was nominated for Sunburst and Aurora awards, and reviewed to much acclaim in the Huffington Post.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
So, wow. That happened. I hadn’t expected the ending to be so abrupt; hadn’t realized beforehand that it wasn’t the end at all – that “The Door in the Mountain” was only book one, with a sequel to follow. That surprise discovery left me reeling, but I’m glad there will be more. Though the story was strange and dark and often uncomfortable, I find that I am not all opposed to a continuation of the excruciating magic. I picked this book up from the store’s shelf on a whim, because I had book money and this book’s cover was fetching and its premise was Greek mythological. As it turns out, it’s a take on mythology unlike any I’ve encountered before. The idea of everyone (or, well, most everyone) being godmarked – born with special powers (blessings, curses, sometimes combinations of both) from the various deities – was an inventive touch, as were the recreations of such notorious folk as Icarus, the Minotaur, and others. The royal family of Crete was all kinds of messed up, dancing drunkenly back and forth over the line between sympathetic and repulsive. I can’t even imagine what sort of twisted things they’ll get up to in the next book. I expect I shall stare in fascinated, cringing horror. I didn’t fully understand the bond between Chara and Asterion – the enigmatic slave girl and the boy who was both prince and bull – but you know what? I’m okay with that. Loyal friendship is chosen, with or without reason beyond that one heart has determined to love the other. Princess Ariadne might have learned an important thing or two from them, rather than follow in her parents’ venomous footsteps. The book’s over, and doggone it, I wasn’t ready for it to be. You can be sure my eventual purchase of Book 2 will be more than random whim.