Publication Date: September 19th, 2011
Harcourt Children’s Books
Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Dark of the Moon focuses on the legend of Minotaur; a half-beast, half-human brother of Ariadne.
This book is intricate, with characters that you’d need first hand knowledge of. I had a hard time keeping up with everyone’s gods and goddesses, religious practices and who belongs to which, for lack of a better word, tribe. I had a hard time following the story line period. I was bombarded with a whole slew of characters that I felt I had to have a refresher course just to understand what their roles were.
I’m going to be completely honest and say that I have no idea who Minotaur is. I’ve never read of his myth at all and therefore, I must say that I had a difficult time reading and understanding this book.
I did love Ariadne’s love and affection for Asterion (her brother). Often times, the scenes played out poignantly as I pictured a delicate girl taking care of the beast in the palace’s dungeons.
If you’re looking for romance, you won’t find it here. Incidentally, I feel like I should start questioning my intelligence should I read The Goddest Test and actually like it. But we all know reading is subjective. And I’m a romance reader first before anything else. Does that make this book bad? Well, no. In fact, if I were into Mythology retelling sans the aspect of romance, I think I would have loved this book. The author’s creativeness about the subject made this book multi-dimensional. She wrote about legends, religion and the importance of family. I’m just sorry I didn’t like it as much as I would have.
This book was written well, and those who are fans of Greek Mythology retelling would absolutely love this book. But it really wasn’t for me. I am not sure if I should rate it. I neither like it nor hate it.