The Year-God's Daughter: A Saga of Ancient Greece

The Year-God's Daughter: A Saga of Ancient Greece

by Rebecca Lochlann

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ISBN-13: 9780983827702
Publisher: Erinyes Press
Publication date: 11/08/2011
Series: Child of the Erinyes , #1
Pages: 356
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.79(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

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The Year-God's Daughter: A Saga of Ancient Greece 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 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.
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.
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!
CheriLasota on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
From the first chapter, The Year-god's Daughter blew me away. Lochlann's vivid attention to detail, extensive research, and striking writing style all move to invoke in the reader a visceral and emotional response to the characters' desires, successes and failures. This is a rich, sensual world the reader stumbles into. It's like stepping through the veil of time to discover a people and a culture that feel so familiar they could be your ancient ancestors. The story will entice you--a life-and-death struggle for power and love and the torment of wanting and not having. These are universal tribulations that Lochlann explores here, and despite the distance of time and page, the reader will find their own desires and longings reflecting back at them through the beautiful words that Lochlann weaves.I'd highly recommend this novel to anyone who adores mythology, coming-of-age stories, and historicals. Beautiful, beautiful stuff.
bookgirlokc on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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vrchristensen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Aridela 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. Aridela'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 Aridela. 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.
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!