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Mines of the Minotaur (The Companions Quartet #3)

4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  1,360 ratings  ·  51 reviews
Thirteen-year-old Connie Lionheart is the only Universal Companion, able to communicate with all the mythical creatures hidden in our world. She is the most important member of a secret society sworn to protect the bonds between humans and creatures. But her power brings great responsibility and great danger.
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published May 1st 2008 by Two Lions (first published January 1st 2007)
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May 15, 2013 L rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone
Connie is sick, and now more vulnerable than ever. Her parents have found out about her dealings with the Society and send her to live with her Great Aunt, who hates mythical creatures and left her wood sprite companion to die. Connie is away from family and friends and now Kullervo is controlling her- making her do dangerous things that the Society believes are her doings. Now exiled from mythical contact, Connie finds the Minotaur and all the other creatures that have been abandoned by the Soc...more
Rated 3.5 stars but I'll be generous (since there's dragons... even if they didn't do anything)

This installment provides us with some deep Connie reflection as we quite literally dive into her mind. However, I didn't quite like Connie as much in this book. While I understand that this book is about learning to accept oneself and others, both good and bad, the writing was not as compelling as the previous book.There was, once again, quite a deal of self pity (aka this is like the dreaded 2nd book...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
Mines of the Minotaur (The Companions Quartet #3), 2008, Julia Golding
Characters: Connie Lionheart (11 year old girl), Colin (Col) Clamworthy (11 year old boy), Skylark (A young Pegasus), Evelyn Lionheart (Connie's Aunt), Lavinia Clamworthy (Col's Grandmother), Aneena Nuruddin (Connie's best friend), Jane Benedict (Connie's best friend), Mack Clamworthy (Col's father), Dr. Brock (Society member), Jessica Moss (Society member), Ivor Coddrington (Society member), Shirley Masterson (Society member)...more
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I think this story focuses on accepting all aspects of your life, both good and bad. This is evident in the discovery of the Companions that were banished to the caves, living along because they were wounded, maimed, unwanted. I love Sentinel the Centaur, self-appointed new Guardian to the Universal. It was heart-breaking to see what segregation and shame can turn you into. It was sad that Sentinel’s eye wasn’t able to heal, but I loved that Connie helped them all work together to heal e...more
Miss Clark
Book three of the Companions Quartet. A very slow moving volume. More than anything, it explores the nature and purpose of a Universal and in particular, how Connie must deal with her unique gift and the threat that she poses to everyone because of Kullervo's connection to her. At 13, Connie is raising dangerous storms in her sleep. Afraid to let anyone know that something is working through her unconsciously and wreaking havoc, Connie makes Col, who found her asleep on the shore after creating...more
Aminah G

First off let me say that Mr. Corridington
( however you spell his name) needs to seriously stop hating on Connie! He's been doing that from the start, trying to get her in trouble and expelled her from the society! He got what he deserved! HMPH!

Anyway, Mines of the Minitaur counties Connie's journey as a universal as she faces a dangerous force in her mind that threatens to take over her. But with the help of friends, can Connie find out what's causing her strange behavior? And how can she get...more
Connie is dealing with her battles with Kullervo who has forged a bond with her. He continues to control her as her powers are growing out of control. She is expelled from school and is sent to her Great Aunt. In the process, she runs across a Minotaur. The Minotaur helps her deal with her inner demons and save creatures in the process.

My thoughts:
I am partial to character development. This is the first time that we really get to know Connie. We discover, along with Connie, all of her st...more
I'm baffled. I don't know what to rate this.

It was an okay book. I enjoyed the first two books of the series so I thought I'd read this one. I wasn't disappointed. We explored more of Connie's adventures... or more of lack of adventure. She's been banished from the society because their leader (view spoiler) thought that she was summoning dangerous storms. Really, Connie was never fully conscious when she created those storms, but that didn't

Connie is facing her darkest test yet; Kullervo has forged a bond in her mind, and she can't help but follow his orders when her defenses are at their weakest. It is only with the help of her friends and their companions that she can make it through, and thankfully many come to her aid just as she needs them. Connie and Col are growing up, and a future romance is hinted at but not yet explored. I really enjoyed this one, as Connie was struggling and not everything worked out the way it should. A...more
In another one of my favorite book series, Connie Lionheart is back. Now, she's been expelled from the Society by her enemy, accused of voluntarily summoning storms and trying to kill Col and Dr. Brock. Connie starts a journey deep into her mental labyrinth with a minotaur to find out what is wrong with her. Meanwhile, a windfarm is being built, much to the complaints of the High-Flyers. And, of course, Kullervo is lurking in the shadows, waiting for Connie.

This was another great book that took...more
not as much action and adventure but happily not as much protect the environment litany... this one was more... more. definitely written for a middle school or younger crowd I couldn't help but hope for romance like a ya novel.
I haven't read the earlier two books yet (I couldn't find them in the library), but I still found the concepts in the book fascinating. My favorite part was the beginning, when Connie summoned the horses from the ocean in the middle of the tempest. Then they talked about different magical creatures that had bonded with people which I thought was a pretty cool idea, kinda promoting having pets or animal companions, only with magical creatures. Kinda makes me wish the creatures were real.
Really good book! I read couldn't put it down; literally (unless i had to!!!). Great book now I only need to read 2 and 1 in the series ;D
I'm starting to like this series more as it progresses. The characters and their relationships become more complex as the series progresses, and the themes become darker. This is particularly true of this volume, in which the protagonist must come to terms with the fact that everyone, including she, holds darkness within the "labyrinth" of her mind, and that she must not only lean on others to navigate this darkness, but allow them in (quite literally in this book's plot) so that they can fend o...more
I really liked the twist in this story. These twists keep each installment from being the same and the characters grow some. I appreciate the environmental message as well - though I can see where some young adults could get turned off by it depending on their age and how they see global warming.
I've read this series twice now and I would have to say that this book and the 4th book(The Chimeras Curse) are my favorite books in the series. Though the 1st(Secret Of the Sirens) and the 2nd( The Gorgons Gaze) are really good too! The books in the series in general are all good.
Connie has mysteriously been summoning storms and when Mr. Coddrington finds out he bans her from the society. She can't see any of her friends and discovers other creatures in need who say they need her help. Somehow she has to return to the society and save the hurt companions.
Sep 04, 2013 Derpy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who've read the 2 first books
It's really good, as the third book. It's quite dark and angsty, and you really start to doubt a lot of Things you've read in the other books. Is everyone in the society really as they say? It's a fantastic book, and the action scenes keep you captured for a long time. It's amazing.
This series is surprising me! I started reading them based on a recommendation from a friend. Each book gets a bit weirder and better. So far, this one is my favorite. Very unique premise and definitely not anything out right now is like it. All of them are pretty quick reads.
Kimberly Wood
Sep 20, 2011 Kimberly Wood is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I just started this book yesterday, September 19, 2011, monday. It's the 3rd of the series of The Companions Quartet, the first 2 being "The Secrets of the Sirens," and "The Gorgon's Gaze." Enjoyed the first 2. Might buy the series.
Madison Brown
I think this is my favorite of this series so far. I love caves and mines and the Minatour was awesome. It was good to see everyone rally for Connie and there was some insight to some of the creatures that we haven't seen yet.
Kiersten Robertson
I still really like Julia Golding's books. Connie is getting into more and more adventure and excitment as this series goes on! I really like this idea about modern times crossed with mytical creatures.
Third in this series, I was glad to see that the story didn't stagnate and that the characters are evolving. I cannot wait for my son to finish Harry Potter. I think he'll really enjoy this series too.
Yet again a wonderful book to read. I can never say a bad thing about Julia Golding's books. But for the fact that they have to end. You just want to read and read and never finish.
I love this series. I've read it now the third time and it still hasn't lost its fascination. Now i start the last book.
Not quite as strong as the first two, and the adults are becoming frustratingly stupid, but the story is still enjoyable.
Really good! I am loving this series the more I read it. I wish there was another book on Connie and col after the fourth.
Liked this book too. Many things happen. New characters and conflicts. Great Aunts and Uncles, Dragons and such.. :D
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Julia Golding grew up on the edge of Epping Forest. After reading English at Cambridge, she joined the Foreign Office and served in Poland.

On leaving Poland, she exchanged diplomacy for academia and took a doctorate in the literature of the English Romantic Period at Oxford. She then joined Oxfam as a lobbyist on conflict issues, campaigning at the UN and with governments to lessen the impact of c...more
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