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The King Must Die by Mary Renault
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Sep 12, 11

bookshelves: 2011
Read from August 28 to September 11, 2011

It has been many years since I enjoyed Mary Stewart’s Arthurian trilogy, but The King Must Die reminded me of it. Mary Renault takes the myth of Theseus and makes it plausible; a would-be realistic telling of what might have happened to give life to the legend. Actually, the parallels go a bit further in this case. According to the myth, Theseus doesn’t know his true parentage until he successfully removes his father’s sword from under a stone; sound familiar? In any case, a little misogyny aside, it made for a compelling read. In particular, the chapter detailing the tribute required by Crete of young men and women to be sacrificed to the sacred bull could rival any contemporary dystopian young adult novel.

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