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
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
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
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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 ...more
Instead of portraying Ariadne as a love torn princess who gives up everything to help Theseus fight the Minotaur, she is a high priestess devoted to the Goddess during the last days when the island of Crete was a matriarchal society. Theseus, instead of being the jerk who abandons Ariadne after she's helped him, is more complex. He's one of many of the Athenian king's illegitimate sons who is basically given to Minos ...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
Switching narrators from Ariadne to Theseus, the reader gets to see how fate conspired to make their paths cross. A ...more
The idea of Ariadne as the daughter of Minos and a priestess (also known here as “Goddess-to-be”) is a really fascinating spin on the old tale, along with Minotauros as her brother having to be kept underground because he’s developmentally delayed/a dangerous to others is controversial to be sure, but it all works really well. This ...more
This is the perfect example of taking a well-known tale and turning it into something new, while still remaining true to the original roots. It’s clear the author knew the myth inside and out, a ...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
I did like the story, and I appreciate how she took the legend and made it different, while still pulling elements from the original story.
However, the ending felt a little anti-climatic. The character arcs wrap up very quickly, and I wish that there would've been more time for that. The "antagonists" also doesn't appear to get ...more
Quick & Dirty: Good story for people who like mythology! This novel retells Theseus’s myth in a way that’s historically plausible, and brings the ancient world of Krete alive to do it.
Opening Sentence: It isn’t true what they say about my brother–that he ate those children.
Barrett’s novel weaves a more realistic, historically plausible tale of the Minotaur, she wrote it well and grounded everything in an ancient context. As an obsessive m ...more
Tonight is the new moon and I dance."
With these words opens Dark of The Moon by Tracy Barrett, a wonderfully realistic and emotionally riveting retelling of the Minotaur myth. Those with inquiring minds, interested in discovering what actu ...more
The myth of the labyrinth and the minotaur has always been a favorite of mine, which is why it is embarrassing to admit that I have never read The King Must Die by Mary Renault. It is, after all, supposed to be the quintessential novelization of Theseus. I think I have built my expectations of it so high I'm afraid to read it in case it doesn't live up. I did intend to read it before I read Dark of the Moon by Tracy Barrett., but then I saw Dark of the Moon sitting so enti ...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
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
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
While this is the myth of the minotaur retold, it barely featured him at all. There was little development of his character, while I would've liked to see more interaction between him and Ariadne. The story didn't excite me, which is what I look for in books (wheth ...more
This book had no love story, no insta love no love triangle. It was really very refre ...more
I also like how the book is based get culture such a Greece. There were awesome names of many people, even the story line is filled with lots of drama, action, fighting, et ...more
This is not that at all. And honestly, I loved that. Instead it was two characters that shared a bond. They certainly care for each other, but its not love. And it was totally believable.
I rooted for both characters. For Ariadne, who struggled to prove herse ...more
So I read Anna of Byzantium in middle school and remember really loving it. But Dark of the Moon is so much more complex than that—-it seriously takes a look at known rituals and culture and shows how the myth of the Minotaur really came to be.
This writing is wonderful and truly what historical fiction should be. It’s a well researched, inventive examination of stories we already know from school. It’s deeply expressive and cinematic and just really enjoyable. Plus it got me ...more
|What's the Name o...: SOLVED. Suffocated princess, hero arrives on ships to present slaves as gift for king, princess's brother is misshapen, hero is sent to kill the beast beneath the castle? or a garden maze. minotaur theme. [s]||3||12||Mar 16, 2018 05:09PM|