Dark of the Moon
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 arr...more
Tracy Barrett's Dark of the Moon lures readers back to the time of ancient Greece. On Krete, Ariadne has spent her whole life being trained to be she who will be Goddess. Her only true companions are her mother, the current Goddess, and her malformed brother, Asterion, who is imprisoned beneath the palace due to his unintentionally violent ways. When a tribute ship of slaves arrives from Athens and delivers Theseus, the son of a king, Ariad...more
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The Dark of the Moon asks the question,what if the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur was one big misinterpretation?
Ariadne is dealing with her loneliness of being one who is destined to become a goddess. Being a person people fear, she is left with only her mother and misshapen bother for company. That is until a ship arrives carrying the tributes from Athens. Including a prince, who doesn't seem to fear her and w...more
Traditionally, the myth of the Minotaur is a pretty straight forward tale that is mostly known for Cretan Princess Ariadne's passionate love for Theseus. She helps her imprisoned enemy to defeat her...more
Ariadne's family are a long line of contacts to the Goddess with Ariadne and her brother being next in line. This take on the Goddess is quite interesting, where she actually inhabits She-Who-Is-Goddess for 3...more
When I first picked it up, I thought "Oh, a myth told in a new way, yay! I love these!" So I initially started off the right foot. But as I read the less and less I cared about Mythology.
What was so terrible about this book to get a one-star?
The author was more focused on the traditions of the Kreten culture, that she repeated information about fifty times over before the climax even devolved.
Also, there was no plot. Nothing really happened, besides her mother...more
What I really want to know though, was how authentic certain parts of their culture were represented in this book. I mean, I can see why t...more
Dark of the Moon by Tracy Barrett plumbs the depth of Greek Mythology, re-spinning the story of the Minotaur into a tale for today’s teens. Fifteen-year-old Ariadne is Krete’s moon goddess in training. Sixteen-year-old Theseus, a misfit in the small village of Troizena, discovers his father is king of Athens. Their fates entwine when Athens sends Theseus to Krete as a royal sacrifice to Ariadne’s brother, the Minotaur. Theseus arrives shortly before...more
In the ancient Krete, teenage Ariadne is in training to become a goddess of the moon, as her mother, mother’s mother and so on have done for centuries. Ariadne, known as She-Who-Will-Be-Goddess, spends most of her life confined in the palace walls, cut off from the world by the fear the people of Krete feel at offending the Goddess. Ariadne takes comfort in the love she feels for her older brother...more
Dark of the Moon’s strength is in its impec...more
I really had a hard time getting into this book. It begins rather slowly and had an overabundance of narrative dialogue that was a little repetitive at times. It didn't re...more
As She-Who-Would-Be-Goddess, Ariadne has led an isolated life on the island of Krete, training much of her life as a priestess,...more
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...more
Ariadne is a soon-to-be goddess. She is very isolated on Crete until a ship from Athens shows up led by Theseus. Theseus is not there to deliver a sacrifice however. He is there to kill the Minotaur. In this story, the Minotaur is a disfigured and very crazy man that is only saved by who his parents are (he al...more
Once I understood the concepts, I thought they were pretty cool. The magic and Ariadne's role in it was interesting. I wasn't sure when the magic was real and when it wasn't, but when it was, it was fascinating.
The book is well-written and descriptive with really good twists. I think I would have liked...more
Growing up, when I read the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur, I always thought Princess Ariadne sounded like an especially insipid damsel in distress. So it was wonderful here to see the story from her point of view, and have her be, not some kind of Xena copycat, but a very real three dimensional character who worries, fears, loves, hopes, mourns, cries, laughs, dances, leads, and makes mistakes.
The story takes turns showing Ariadne and Theseus’s POV, and we see how two teenagers struggle with...more
*sigh* that rant is over. Things like that...more
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 wa...more
Before I say anything else let me just get something off my chest: I loved this book. It is abso-freaking-lutely brilliant and smart and it really re-energised me with such book-excitement the way that only Totally Awesome Books can.
Dark of the Moon is a reimagining of the Greek myth of Theseus, Ariadne and the Minotaur. In Greek mythology, Theseus is a founding-hero of Athens whose adventures before becoming King included the slaying of the inf...more
This myth was never my favorite (hello, where are the horses?), so I think I ma...more
I know I've heard the story of the Minotaur, but it's been long enough that I couldn't tell it to you. I briefly entertained the idea of looking it up for a quick read before getting i...more
This must be a first for me, reading a teen mythology book. Don't get me wrong, I love mythology as much as the next person, but this is the first time I have actually picked up a book like this. So of course, I dived in immediately.
The characters were the best part! Ariadne, Asterion, Theseus, Prokri...more
Dark of the Moon isn't so much focused on the Minotaur myth as it is interested in what sort of story would spur such a myt...more
In this version of the story, the so-called monster is simply a mentally challenged teenage boy named Asterion who must be confined to a ma...more
This book had no love story, no insta love no love triangle. It was really very refre...more
Theseus is a picked-on countr...more
One of the trends in YA literature that I really have begun to warm up to is the trend of fairy-tale or classic story retellings in which an older, more mature story becomes young and fresh again. I find that this always makes for great discussion among friends and readers. When I happened upon this Greek myth retelling, I jumped on it right away because I am a huge fan of myt...more
I've always been fascinated by Greek mythology, so Dark of the Moon landed a spot on my to-read list almost immediately after I first heard of it. When I saw it was one of the longlisted titles for the 2012 YA Bloggers Book Battle, I thought it would be the perfect time for me to finally pick up the book. And while...more
It's funny because not too long ago I read a fabulous article theorizing about the myth of the minotaur and what it really might have been. I mean, sure, you can hold onto the belief that there re...more
The first book I ever read by myself was called Little Bobo and His Blue Jacket. I still have it. I learned to read when I was three, but I know now that this doesn't mean much. My brother didn't really read until he was seven, and now he reads more and re...more