The Year-god's Daughter

The Year-god's Daughter

by Rebecca Lochlann
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Overview

The Year-god's Daughter by Rebecca Lochlann

Award Honoree of the B.R.A.G. Medallion

Book One, "The Child of the Erinyes" series. A new myth from Ancient Greece.

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.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940013625372
Publisher: Erinyes Press
Publication date: 11/01/2011
Series: The Child of the Erinyes , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 348
Sales rank: 102,538
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

In her teens and early twenties, Rebecca Lochlann began envisioning an epic story, a new kind of myth, one built upon the foundation of the Greek classics and continuing through the centuries right up into the present and future.

This has become her life's work, although she didn't exactly intend it to be that way when she started.

"The Child of the Erinyes" series is mythic fantasy fiction, "Loads of testosterone, slaughter, and crazy magic." (And a love story, of course.)

Her goal for the series is to create a new myth: one offering the same flavor and unique magic as the Greek classics, yet written in a way that will appeal to modern readers. A Greek myth merged with historical fantasy...

Rebecca has come to believe that certain rare individuals, either blessed or tortured, voluntarily or involuntarily, are woven by fate or the Immortals into the labyrinth of time, and that deities sometimes speak to us through dreams and visions, gently prompting us to tell their lost stories.

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The Year-god's Daughter 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
susanhoney More than 1 year ago
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.
VRC More than 1 year ago
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.
Fishtail23 More than 1 year ago
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!
Mirella More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
indiebrag More than 1 year ago
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!
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Midu More than 1 year ago
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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