Trailer Ç The Year-Gods Daughter (The Child of the Erinyes, #1) PDF by ½ Rebecca Lochlann

Trailer Ç The Year-Gods Daughter (The Child of the Erinyes, #1) PDF by ½ Rebecca Lochlann Book One, The Child Of The Erinyes Series Historical Fantasy With A Love StoryCrete A Place Of Magic, Of Mystery, Where Violence And Sacrifice Meet Courage And HopeAridela Wrapped In Legend, Beloved Of The People An Extraordinary Woman Who Dances With BullsThe 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 ErinyesA 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 Unfortunately what I thought was a great match for me as a reader turned out not to be when it came to The Year God s Daughter The author s style and the main characters did not work for me The author s general writing style tends to leans towards and or wholly embrace purple prose and waxing poetic I grabbed a quote at random The day s heat dissipated and the air turned dewy violet Cheers greeted the glowing half orb as it lifted, white and luminous as gypsum, above a sparkling sea.
ZzzzzAs far as the main characters go, both the female and male leads were rather dramatic in their own way and this is not surprising considering the author s purple prose Though I will say that the apparent attraction and relationship was rather weird considering the age difference he is 17, she is 10 It is noted that the girl does not want to be with the man in the Lochlann takes her reader into the mythic, mystical world of Minoan Crete with vibrancy and power On the island of Crete, known as Kaphtor, a long line of women rule Their male consorts rule for only a year as the Year god and then are sacrificed to bring fertility to the land On the mainland, the Mycenaean kingdoms fight among themselves and look with envy at Crete s greater power and civilization Rival kings yearn to overthrow the Cretan queen and win for themselves Crete s preeminent position in trade and wealth They also worship a male god and hold in distain the goddess who has guarded Crete for generations beyond memory Thus Lochlann sets the central conflict in her opening novel of her Child of the Erin I thought this was a brilliant book The story of the main characters, their passions, loyalties and fates is set against the background of the concerted attack on matriarchy in Bronze Age Greece, as typified by the ambitions of Poisedon worshipping Mycenae on the wealth and sea power of Ancient Crete, the bastion of Goddess worship.
I was drawn into this from the first, and extremely impressed by the wealth of background knowledge of ancient Knossos and Mycenae RA Lochlann is an unobtrusive narrator, but in depicting the defeat of matriarchy, doesn t take refuge behind a stance of authorial neutrality covertly to endorse the brutalities of invading patrirachy without being a hectoring, authorial presence she nevertheless clearly shows the brutality of her mainland, Poiseden worshipping princes in their attitudes towards women, the shabbiness I ve finished this wonderful book and leave it with great regret When s the next one I need it now It isn t often one reads a book these days that totally enthralls one with its powerful description, its sense of being in a bygone and yet oddly familiar age It seems familiar because Rebecca Lochlan s extensive and intensive research and her vivid pictorial imagination has brought to life the period of the Minoan civilisation as if she had truly been alive then It feels so real and makes such sense of all the myths of the Labyrinth, the palaces the cult of the goddess, the whole concept of the Dying King who is reborn as the new Minos At this time of the year Christmastide one recalls how the Celts also saw the old Oak King give way to the new King who kills him and ushers in a New Year and the rising light The Minoan cultur 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 p 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 ador An excellent first novel The fog of history thickens the farther back one looks A story about Bronze Age Crete must necessarily be long on invention, but Lochlan strives to get the religious, technological and cultural foundations of her story right The fantasy elements form an organic whole with the history and romance Only occasionally does too modern speech or action break the spell of the story telling.
So, why the lower rating Because this story does not end it just stops The point of division between this and the next book is at the right place, but she should have given readers a better closure for this story Compare this with the writings of Patrick Rothfuss and Michael J Sullivan, who make each novel a self contained whole, while linking to the works that precede or follow It said the end but it certainly didn t feel like an ending.
The cover art drew me to read the work U 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 Also r Rebecca Lochlann has breathed life into the fascinating world of ancient Crete in this beautifully written book Meticulous research has enabled her to let us experience, rather than see, an exotic land we can no longer visit And the complex characters are presented so vividly that we can t fail to be gripped by the intriguing, unfamiliar action But most impressive is her ability to make us empathize with a lifestyle and beliefs that are so dramatically different from our ownand yet, somehow, feel surprisingly modern in some ways Her skill draws us into that world, and for a time we can allow ourselves to think as the Cretans thought, and understand the headstrong princess Aridela, reluctant acolyte priestess, bull dancer and rebel.
Of course, underlying all the beauty and nobility of a long established culture looms the ominous threat of disaster.

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