Dark of the Moon

Author: Tracy Barrett
Pages: 320
Publisher: Harcourt
Format: Hardcover (ARC)
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Summary (from Goodreads): Ariadne is destined to become a goddess of the moon. She leads a lonely life, filled with hours of rigorous training by stern priestesses. Her former friends no longer dare to look at her, much less speak to her. All that she has left are her mother and her beloved, misshapen brother Asterion, who must be held captive below the palace for his own safety.
So when a ship arrives one spring day, bearing a tribute of slaves from Athens, Ariadne sneaks out to meet it. These newcomers don’t know the ways of Krete; perhaps they won’t be afraid of a girl who will someday be a powerful goddess. And indeed she meets Theseus, the son of the king of Athens. Ariadne finds herself drawn to the newcomer, and soon they form a friendship—one that could perhaps become something more.
Yet Theseus is doomed to die as an offering to the Minotaur, that monster beneath the palace—unless he can kill the beast first. And that "monster" is Ariadne’s brother . . .
Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

My Summary: Retold hundreds of times, the story of the Minotaur is one we all know well: A young hero arrives from a far off land, falls in love with the princess, and gets her help in killing the half-man, half-bull monster he's been sent to get eaten by. People swore that the story was true, handed down from generation to generation... and what if it was?
Dark of the Moon tells the story of Ariadne - the princess of the famous myth - and Theseus - the hero who slayed the Minotaur. Ariadne is destined to become She-Who-Is-Goddess - a vessel for the goddess Artemis once a year, while Theseus was sent to Crete by his father to appease his enemy. Told through alternating points of view, Dark of the Moon shows us the 'truth' behind the famous myth, and how things aren't always what they seem.

My Thoughts: I really enjoyed this novel! This retelling of the myth was original and thought-provoking. 

Ariadne and Theseus were great characters - so genuine that I thought they could've been real people at some point in time. Ariadne has lived in her mother's shadow her entire life, surrounded by the mysteries of the Goddess, but after her mother dies unexpectedly, Ariadne is thrust into a role she hardly understands. Theseus himself was raised as a poor fisherman, the laughingstock of his town because he has no father - that is, until he discovers that he is the son of the king of Athens and sets off to meet his father. But things do not go as expected, and minutes after arriving, Theseus is told that he is to be sent to Crete as an offering to the 'monster' - who is in fact just a poor deformed little boy. I loved the way the author revealed how history could have stretched the truth, turning this true story into a more exciting myth - it really made you believe that the story could have been true.

I really liked the way the author worked in the worship of the Goddess, and the way that there was no romance in the story - it was a refreshing break from all the romance in YA lately!

Final Thoughts: This was a great novel. I definitely recommend it to anyone who is a fan of greek mythology and anyone who likes to read the re-tellings of fairy tales and myths.

1 comment:

  1. At first I was confused but then I realized that I was getting Perseus and Theseus mixed up. Now that I'm all straightened out, I'm sure to like this read.


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