Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Dark of the Moon 

Barrett, Tracy.  Dark of the Moon.  Boston:Houghton Mifflin, c2011.

This dark story is totally different from Barrett's Sherlock Holmes lighthearted mysteries, but it definitely fits into her imaginative Greek retellings.  In this book, we see the Minotaur through the eyes of his 15-year-old sister Ariadne who loves him despite his monstrosity.  We also meet up with Theseus, who is planning to slay the Minotaur and rule Knossos.  While many details are consistent with Greek legend, there are a lot of details about Ariadne's role as Moon Goddess, which are not for the squeamish.  If you like imaginative re-tellings like this one, Barrett also wrote Stepsister's Tale, a Cinderella story, King of Ithaca, about Homer, and On Etruscan Time about Hector.
Recommended for High School and above.

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