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Keepers of the Labyrinth

3.45  ·  Rating details ·  243 Ratings  ·  57 Reviews
Lilith Bennette runs at midnight. She scales walls in the dark and climbs without a harness. She hopes that if she follows exactly in the steps of her strong air force pilot mother, she’ll somehow figure out the mystery of her mother’s death—and the reason why her necklace of Greek symbols has been missing ever since.

So when Lil is invited to Crete for a Future Leaders Int
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published August 25th 2015 by Philomel Books
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Laurie Balderson yes, the material is suitable, but if it's action they are looking for, this might not be the one. Nothing happens for 1/3 of the book.

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Erin Moulton
Oct 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I finally got to sit down and listen to the audiobook version, and I am so pleased. Elizabeth is a VOICE NINJA. I was really worried about all the accents, but she seems to handle the accents and the voices quite seamlessly. Lots of fun!
Sep 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars...rounded up to a 4 since it held my interest well enough.

Lilith Bennette is invited to Crete for a Future Leaders International conference, the same conference that her mother had attended years ago. Lil is still reeling from her mothers death and trying to make sense of what happened and why. She also is plagued with worry about her mother's necklace of Greek symbols, which had been missing ever since. She hopes that by attending the conference and walking in her mother's footsteps,
Lisa Mandina
Jun 17, 2015 rated it liked it
First, thanks to the author, Erin E. Moulton, as well as her publisher, Philomel Books, for sending me an advanced readers copy of this title to review. I got a little behind, and didn't get started and finished till this past weekend, and the book came out on Tuesday. I was ready to do a review on Tuesday, but then my time got away again, crazy busy stuff at school, so I am a couple days late with my review. I am very glad to share my thoughts on this one, as I'm sure there are many out there w ...more
Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Keepers of the Labyrinth is an interesting read because of its take on Greek Mythology but the slow beginning and choppy writing may take away from the enjoyment.

Opening Sentence: The wind blew in from the Aegean and swept toward the Libyan Sea.

The Review:

I was really excited to read Keepers of the Labyrinth because I really love Greek Mythology and I couldn’t wait to see how the Minotaur and the Labyrinth would play out in modern day. My on
Nov 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book was absolutely amazing!!! The author is Erin E. Moulton and it just came out this year. This book is about a girl named Lilith Bennette who runs at night, scales walls, and climbs without fear. She wants to follow in her mom's footsteps and become an air force pilot like her mom to find out the mystery of her mom's death, and the reason why her necklace of Greek symbols has been missing ever since. So when Lil gets invited to Crete for a Future Leaders International conference, the sam ...more
Jun 17, 2015 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars!


Keepers of the Labyrinth is ponderously paced. The first hundred pages are a bore. I was introduced to characters that I don't really care about and an ominous backstory on Lil. Overall, the chapters plod through in a very stale manner.

Yet, there is some originality to the plot. I thought it was quite clever how each dorm had a mythological backstory. And I quite liked the incorporation of the point of view from the antagonist side. However, I felt the characters were flat and
Couldn't get into this one.
Maya White-Lurie
Aug 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
Good action and interesting premise, but the writing is uneven. Some parts border on poetic, but others are chaotic and choppy to the point of confusion. Also, the characters are all flat.
Jul 16, 2017 rated it liked it
I picked this book up because I love Greek mythology and am always thirsty for more. I read everything I can get my hands on. This book was interesting, but the pace was slow, and then suddenly extremely fast. I felt like I couldn't get my breath while reading, felt hurried and panicked as I turned the pages. These sensations had nothing to do with what was happening on the pages, so the pacing kind of ruined the experience for me, but it was still a stunning idea with a fun ending. I loved how ...more
Mary Ann
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Mythology is a passion of mine and this was a wonderful way to look at myths in a whole different way. The four young woman each have faults which makes them very human and makes the story the much more dimensional. The ending did leave room for a sequel so we'll wait and see.
Aug 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
I liked the theory behind the myth. I found it an enjoyable read. It was easy to read and follow. There is a lot of energy in the latter part of the book. I have been interested in the Minoan culture for awhile and found this aspect rather interesting.
Beth Wilkie
Jun 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Loved this fantasy set in plain sight! With realistic characters and a depth of Greek mythology it gave me plenty of curiosity to pursue over the summer!
Mar 18, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction-fantasy
The author had an interesting idea about the reality behind Greek mythology but apparently thought the only way to get it in print was to make it a massive info dump at the end of a bad Indiana Jones knockoff. The characters are all completely flat, especially the villains. Why even bother writing chapters about them if you aren't going to flesh out the characters or provide much (any really) insight into their motivations? And why is there a leadership conference that gives girls scholarships b ...more
Lily V
Mar 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a really good book. I sugest this book to anyone who likes a good mystery book and those who like the Percy Jackson series. Lillith is a likable character along with her friends.
Kristie Elston
Originally reviewed at Dark Faerie Tales:

Quick & Dirty: Keepers of the Labyrinth is an interesting read because of its take on Greek Mythology but the slow beginning and choppy writing may take away from the enjoyment.

The Review:

I was really excited to read Keepers of the Labyrinth because I really love Greek Mythology and I couldn’t wait to see how the Minotaur and the Labyrinth would play out in modern day. My only problem with this book was how lon
Tim Gordon
Oct 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
It's not that this was a bad book by any means, I just wasn't for me.

Here's my overall summary. First, start with Percy Jackson. Next, remove the lightheartedness of that series. Finally, replace the Greek gods with people who formed cults a few thousand years ago and pretended they were Greek gods.

That, in a nutshell, is this book.

Rather than write this out in my typical essay format, let me just touch on specifics that bothered me:

(1) The intro. Had I not been listening to this as my commute s
Jan 18, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya-and-kids
middle and upper grades - skews younger, few mild cusswords at end
third person POV
no AR test but only just published
? appears to be start of a series
contemporary / adventure

Lil is still reeling from the apparent suicide of her mother when she attends a Youth Leadership Conference in Crete. She is intrigued because she has a photo of her mother and one of the counselors, and she sees symbols that were on her mother's necklace (which disappeared when she died). The girls are divided into 4 teams o
Oct 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-books
"Min Zeis Aplos. Zeis Tolmira. Don't just live. Live Boldly." These are the words that Lil’s mother lived by before she died. Her mother’s death has been a mystery to Lil and her farther ever since the night Lil found her lifeless body.
Lil hopes to find answers to this mystery in Crete at the Future Leaders International conference, the same conference her mom attended years ago. But things in Melios Manor are not what they seem.

All of a sudden Lil and her new friends find themselves in a whirlw
Apr 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
There's a lot to love about Moulton's latest book, Keepers of the Labyrinth. It's a book featuring four strong female lead characters. It's also a book that follows a smart, strong, and inquisitive young woman as she works to discover the mystery behind her mother's death. Did I mention that it's set in Crete?! The setting is marvelous; close your eyes and you can see the verdant hills and smell all that delicious food. Add in a harrowing adventure that brings the girls through the actual labyri ...more
Laurie Balderson
Aug 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Moulton, Erin E.
Keepers of the Labyrinth
2015. 304pp. $17.99 hc. Philomel/Penguin Putnam, Inc. 978-0-399-1645-9. Grades 7 and up.
Lilith (Lil) Bennette does not believe for a minute that her strong, dynamic mother took her own life, but Lil knows that she has to get to the truth. When an invitation arrives from Crete for a Future Leaders International Conference, the same one that her mother attended in her teens, Lil believes she may have a way to uncover some of her mother’s secrets. What Lil a
Nicole Monk
Oct 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
To be honest, I wasn’t expecting much from Keepers of the Labyrinth. I should also be honest and state that I’m not a big fan of the Percy Jackson series. (I cannot pinpoint why, I love a lot of fantasy, but I have not been able to get into those).

Anyways, this book definitely surpassed my expectations. I only gave it four stars because it did take me a bit to get into it, but that was just the necessary set up of getting all the girls there. Once in Crete, the story really picked up and I thoro
Jun 03, 2015 rated it liked it
*Received an advanced copy from FirstReads Giveaway*

I think this book makes for an interesting read. However for this YA, I'd recommend it to the younger YA audience, perhaps in middle school?

Since I was young, I've always had a fascination with Greek mythology so I was excited to see a YA book incorporate that with adventure. This book not only incorporates Greek mythology, but it gives an interesting twist to the backgrounds and stories of some of the prominent Greek mythological characters.
Aug 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s, fantasy
This is an exciting adventure story featuring strong women and a mix of mythology, art, and science. Lilith Bennette is having a hard time getting over her mother's death, and an even harder time believing that it was a suicide. When she finds a picture indicating that her mother had attended a Future Leader's conference on Crete, she accepts the invitation to go in the hopes of finding some answers. What she finds, though, is a lot more than answers. Her mother had been part of a secret society ...more
Sep 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Lillith Bennette travels to Crete for a Future Leaders International conference, ready to discover how to make her own mark on the world. She is also curious to learn more about her deceased mother, who was part of the sponsoring organization. This action-packed adventure incorporates Greek mythology, a young girl's mourning, secrets, and deepening friendships.

Like Moulton's other books, the characters are believable and relational, here focused on the relationships between four young women who
Meryle Zusman
Apr 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Firstly, I am not a fan of the YA genre, but this book caught me up from beginning to end. Perhaps it was the subject matter - Greek mythology, always an interest of mine. Perhaps it was the strong female heroine, with a very real background and faults. Or maybe it was the adventure/puzzle occurring as the story proceeds to the secrets of the labyrinth itself.
Lovely writing, sometimes lyrical in tone. Interesting, fast-paced story full of action and intrigue. Well-imagined and detailed setting
Mark Buxton
Sep 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
The plot is based on Greek myths, but the author adds a unique twist. This book describes the origin of the myths as being based on humans who actually existed. The plot reads more like an adventure than a fantasy story. It often hints at supernatural powers and characters, but everything can be explained by science. So far. The mentors are guardians of archives that hold the secret to immortality. Another unique aspect of this book is that all of the main characters are females. The four mentor ...more
Oct 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a page turner! Keepers of the Labyrinth is an exciting and sometimes deliciously dark adventure starring four teen girls. The main character, Lilith, is smart and strong willed, but complex - not always perfect. Her three compatriots are diverse and each has unique skills and character traits that drive the story. It is set on the island of Crete and the descriptions of the setting make you feel like you're there, gazing over an olive grove. The band of villains is creepy and intriguing ...more
Dec 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
An interesting start to a new series. Lilith (or Lil) has been selected to go to a future leaders conference. It is located on the island of Crete, and she hopes it might lead to some answers about her recently deceased mother. A series of challenges lead her into the Labyrinth and the secrets of her mother's past.

There are four friends in this story, hailing from three countries and each with different strengths. There are, of course, bad guys, and they are somewhat easily overcome. I wish the
Oct 12, 2015 rated it liked it
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Nov 23, 2015 rated it it was ok
Finally finished. Was just okay. Liz heads to camp. It turns out it's actually a camp looking for the next 4 keepers of the labyrinth - a historian (Charlotte), inventor (Syndey), artist (Katrina) and protector (Liz). Liz's mom was one and died for the cause. They end up taking a series of tests to decide who the next should be. Ends with the four of them being initiated into the sisterhood. A lot of Greek mythology.
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Erin E. Moulton is the author of FLUTTER(Penguin, 2011), TRACING STARS(Penguin, 2012), CHASING THE MILKY WAY(Penguin, 2014), and KEEPERS OF THE LABYRINTH (Penguin, 2015). She is also editor of the forthcoming anthology THINGS WE HAVEN'T SAID (Zest, 2017). Her books have been selected and nominated for national and state award lists, such as the Amelia Bloomer list, the Kentucky Bluegrass Master Li ...more
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