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The King Must Die by Mary Renault
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Feb 08, 2011

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bookshelves: historical-fiction, fantasy, magic, reviewed
Recommended for: People who enjoy older sword and sorcery fantasy and historical-fiction
Read from April 20 to May 01, 2011

Mary Renault takes the Greek Legend of Theseus and the Minotaur; combines it with real architectural findings; adds in her own literary skill.. and makes it bigger and better in the telling.

My own telling of the Theseus legend would mostl likely cover half a page. Renault has made it a 350 page adventure that is half historical-fiction and half swords and sorcery fantasy.

The style of thing reminds me a fair bit of Michael Moorcock's Elric series. It's not the ending that counts here, and its not about happily ever after (sorry), it's more of a series of adventures that you can just enjoy for what they are, and then let the hero ride off into the sunset.

I thought it was pretty cool, tho I won't recommend it for everyone. I hope to get onto some of her other books someday, they just happen to be not high enough on my tbr pile.
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