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The Year-Gods Daughter (The Child of the Erinyes, #1) summary The Year-Gods Daughter (The Child of the Erinyes, #1) , series The Year-Gods Daughter (The Child of the Erinyes, #1) , book The Year-Gods Daughter (The Child of the Erinyes, #1) , pdf The Year-Gods Daughter (The Child of the Erinyes, #1) , The Year-Gods Daughter (The Child of the Erinyes, #1) bbb178cf14 Book One, The Child Of The Erinyes Series Historical Fantasy With A Love Story.Crete A Place Of Magic, Of Mystery, Where Violence And Sacrifice Meet Courage And Hope.Aridela Wrapped In Legend, Beloved Of The People An Extraordinary Woman Who Dances With Bulls.The North Wind Brings A Swift Ship And Two Brothers Who Plot Crete S Overthrow Desire For This Woman Will Propel Their Long Rivalry Into Hatred So Murderous It Hurtles All Three Into An Unimaginable Future, And Sparks The Immortal Rage Of The Erinyes.A Woman Of Keen Instinct And Unshakeable Loyalty A Proud Warrior Prince And His Wounded Half Brother Glory, Passion, Treachery And Conspiracy On The Grandest Scale What Seems The End Is Only The Beginning


10 thoughts on “The Year-Gods Daughter (The Child of the Erinyes, #1)

  1. says:

    Set amongst the mystery of the Minoan Labyrinth and the heart pounding thrill of the bull dancing ring, The Year God s Daughter is the first volume of The Child of the Erinyes, a sweeping epic of a series spanning time from the Bronze Age to the near future In Rebecca Lochlann s first novel, we are introduced to Aridela, a young priestess and princess and to the mysteries of Athene, the inscrutable goddess whose hand guides Aridela s fate Aridela is the youngest daughter of the queen of Kaphtor Crete She was born under portentious circumstances and has grown up revered and pampered in her mother s palace She is headstrong and strangely wise for her age, seemingly born to rule yet her meek elder sister Iphibo is the heir to Kaphtor, and Aridela is pledged to a life of celibacy and service to the goddess Athene.This novel, being the first in a long series, is largely set up for events to come yet The Year God s Daughter is packed with plenty of action As the groundwork is being laid for the rest of the series, the reader follows Aridela through her coming of age and follows, too, the lives of the people she touches, whose fates are altered by contact with this young woman chosen by Athene Iphibo , Themiste the high priestess, Selene the foreign warrior woman, Lycus the bull dancer, and fascinating characters are subtly moved like pawns on a game board by Aridela s unknowing influence Most notable on the list of characters entwined with Aridela are Menoetius and Chrysaleon, half brothers and sons of the king of Mycenae They are sent on a mission by their power hungry father to discern Kaphtor s weaknesses so that Mycenae might take control of the rich island nation But both brothers soon find themselves in love with Aridela and at one another s throats The depth of historical information in this novel will delight fans of the genre A surprising amount of history and archaeology has been slipped unobtrusively into the narrative Lochlann has clearly done an astounding amount of research into her historical setting and culture, yet she never overwhelms the reader with specifics, nor does she lecture The conveyance of historical facts and archaeological tidbits feels very natural, woven deftly into the dialogs and thoughts of her intriguing cast of characters.The primary strength of this book is the writing itself, which I can only describe as sumptuous Lochlann has a great flair for sensory detail and fills her novel with such a wealth of sights, sounds, smells, and flavors that the reader feels absolutely immersed in the world of ancient Crete from the first page Reading The Year God s Daughter is a delicious experience seldom have I read a historical novel with such a well drawn setting, and the fact that this book is independently published makes the feat all the remarkable The rare grammatical gaffe occasionally pulled me out of the tale, but never for than a moment and while I often found myself wishing I understood some characters motives better, I have to assume that, since this is the first in a series with extreme scope, will be made clear as the series progresses In any case, the luscious sensory prose was than enough to keep me reading, and has left me eagerly awaiting the next installment.Note A free copy of this novel was provided in exchange for an honest review.


  2. says:

    I read this book in instalments I don t why, though I mean it captured my interest completely and I actually cringed at Aridela s each childish mistake which means I actually felt something for the character However, I still took my time finishing it None of the male characters seemed even remotely likeable and Aridela s feelings for them would seem odd, if not for the importance she and the rest of that world puts on dreams, portents and religion.Really liked the descriptions of places and the rituals were done beautifully, as was the portrayal of the contrast between Crete and the places who deified males If you like being immersed into other cultures through amazing writing, this is the book for you Also reviewed at ShelfariBNBLBSWPLIMEFB


  3. says:

    Lochlann takes her reader into the mythic, mystical world of Minoan Crete with vibrancy and power On the island of Crete, known as Kaphtor, a long line of women rule Their male consorts rule for only a year as the Year god and then are sacrificed to bring fertility to the land On the mainland, the Mycenaean kingdoms fight among themselves and look with envy at Crete s greater power and civilization Rival kings yearn to overthrow the Cretan queen and win for themselves Crete s preeminent position in trade and wealth They also worship a male god and hold in distain the goddess who has guarded Crete for generations beyond memory Thus Lochlann sets the central conflict in her opening novel of her Child of the Erinyes series, which in its eight books spans 4000 years from the Bronze Age to modern times as it follows the lives of two men and a woman who are reborn seven times through history The Year god s daughter of the title is Aridela, the youngest daughter of Crete s queen She has been sheltered and pampered, and her rebellious streak has been allowed to flourish Lochlann gives her coming of age story rich depth as Aridela confronts threats and challenges both from within her royal world and from the princes of the mainland who circle around her and her family as they try to deceive, seduce and attack their way into supremacy Sometimes they become entangled in their own snares as Aridela seduces in return Aridela has goddess sent dreams and speaks prophecies that reveal the fate of herself and her culture, but they are hard to interpret and even harder to obey Two half brothers from the mainland will influence the course of her life and force her to make lethal choices As each choice presents unintended consequences, Aridela must grow and adapt to them Family members both on Crete and the mainland, love each other, but when fate does not dole out the talents and gifts in equal measure, and siblings must watch the least suited child take the place they covet, then deep and impossible jealousies and conflicts wrench apart these families This mythic world is an ideal place to watch such dramatic family tensions play out Lochlann s rich language draws her reader into the story from the first sentences, invoking all of the senses The bull was so much bigger than she expected His pitiless eyes sucked her breath away The musky stench of his body obliterated the stands, the screaming audience, even the crushing hammer of heat Lochlann uses precise details in abundance to bring to life long ago Knossos She puts us inside the palace in a variety of ways, such as revealing what decorated the walls, Frescoes of flitting swallows, high marsh grasses, monkeys, ibex, lilies, and of course, grazing bulls, surrounded them on all sides Here were hazy mountains with plumes of smoke at their summits, bees rising from carcasses, and peasants holding offerings They passed painted seas and leaping fish Even the ceiling of this fantastic place was part of the nature scene, the colors as fresh and bright as if created that morning We see and hear the women of the royal court, Disks sewn into the women s skirts chimed as they walked, a soothing sound mostly lost beneath giggling and gossip The women fluttering around her were curled, oiled, and gilded Their tight bodices made their breasts protrude like proud trophies The Year God s Daughter succeeds in bringing to life a very distant world and capturing a heady blend of archaeology, legend, myth and fantasy.


  4. says:

    I thought this was a brilliant book The story of the main characters, their passions, loyalties and fates is set against the background of the concerted attack on matriarchy in Bronze Age Greece, as typified by the ambitions of Poisedon worshipping Mycenae on the wealth and sea power of Ancient Crete, the bastion of Goddess worship.I was drawn into this from the first, and extremely impressed by the wealth of background knowledge of ancient Knossos and Mycenae RA Lochlann is an unobtrusive narrator, but in depicting the defeat of matriarchy, doesn t take refuge behind a stance of authorial neutrality covertly to endorse the brutalities of invading patrirachy without being a hectoring, authorial presence she nevertheless clearly shows the brutality of her mainland, Poiseden worshipping princes in their attitudes towards women, the shabbiness of their motives in their attrack on Goddess worship whatever they might say to themselves of putting an end to a barbaric custom in ending the sacrifice of the King for a Year.There is violence in this story, but it is never gratuitous erotic intervals too, but they aren t written just to excite the reader but an integral part of the plot The writing is strong throghout, and the author doesn t flinch in portraying the full bloodiness and violence of the death of The King for a Year any than she flinches from showing the hostility towards a woman that lies behind an attempted rape.The characters in this story are complicated, vivid and human, their motivation often realisticlly hidden from themselves Intriguing symbols decorate the chapter headings, redolent of Ancient Crete All the archetypical factors for a story of epic grandeur are here, conquest, ambition, conflicted loyalties, love, betrayal permeate the story.Aridela, impulsive, recklessly brave, warm hearted, sensual, idealistic, impatient of the wisdom of her elders is a lovable heroine Her first love, Menoetius is a truly tragic figure,as warped internally by his subegation to his brutal half brother as he is scarred externally by the attack from the lioness Chryseleon, hateful in his arrogance and dishonesty, impelled my reluctant respect through the force of his courage, but I hope for his come uppance later in the story.


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    Unfortunately what I thought was a great match for me as a reader turned out not to be when it came to The Year God s Daughter The author s style and the main characters did not work for me The author s general writing style tends to leans towards and or wholly embrace purple prose and waxing poetic I grabbed a quote at random The day s heat dissipated and the air turned dewy violet Cheers greeted the glowing half orb as it lifted, white and luminous as gypsum, above a sparkling sea.ZzzzzAs far as the main characters go, both the female and male leads were rather dramatic in their own way and this is not surprising considering the author s purple prose Though I will say that the apparent attraction and relationship was rather weird considering the age difference he is 17, she is 10 It is noted that the girl does not want to be with the man in the usual fashion, but the relationship is borderline at best This quote just about did me in when it came to the book Tears obscured the courtyard She d never felt so abused by life It wasn t the first time she d questioned Goddess Athene s wisdom For as long as she could remember, she d known she would make a better queen than her sister, but the accident of being born second destined her to life as a common priestess, buried in the sacred caves Now her perfect partner, he who adored the Lady as much as she, the only living male she would ever love, had abandoned her for Selene Athene, my Mother, why do you punish me SHE IS TEN Her perfect partner, and the only living male she would ever love Oh, please Let s not pull back on the drama at any point or anything Ugh, ridiculousness.


  6. says:

    Aridella is meant to be a priestess, to save herself for no man, and to become an oracle, dedicating her life to Athena Only she doesn t want to Iphoebe is a princess, destined to become the next queen, to carry on the royal line, to marry and to sacrifice her husband to the Year god Only she doesn t want to Aridella s birth herald s a time of change, but those who love her are determined to protect her In protecting her, are they not defying the Goddess s will All that they understand and think they know is challenged when the sons of the Mycenean king come to call, with aspirations for the Cretan throne, and for Aridella Can they have both And what happens when their year is up Will they even survive to be the conquerors they are determined to be And, of course, there can be only one.It s been a long time since I was so engrossed in a book From beginning to end it was an absolute page turner Ms Lochlan s research must be extensive, as her representation of ancient Crete was vivid and convincing Each setting was painted in just enough detail to place me within the scene without ever feeling heavy handed Her action scenes were written with precision, as though she d fought in them herself Her characters are believable and easy to empathise with, even poor Iphoebe, the shrinking violet of a crowned princess The plot is anything but predictable, and as a series, the question asked above, have not yet been answered I m anxious to read the follow up I know I won t be disappointed This was a really great read, absolutely transported me to another time and place I love it when a book can do that.


  7. says:

    I ve finished this wonderful book and leave it with great regret When s the next one I need it now It isn t often one reads a book these days that totally enthralls one with its powerful description, its sense of being in a bygone and yet oddly familiar age It seems familiar because Rebecca Lochlan s extensive and intensive research and her vivid pictorial imagination has brought to life the period of the Minoan civilisation as if she had truly been alive then It feels so real and makes such sense of all the myths of the Labyrinth, the palaces the cult of the goddess, the whole concept of the Dying King who is reborn as the new Minos At this time of the year Christmastide one recalls how the Celts also saw the old Oak King give way to the new King who kills him and ushers in a New Year and the rising light The Minoan culture is is a period I have also researched for a modern story but I take my hat off to Rebecca She lives and breathes her period and it feels incredibly real I love all the characters, comprehend their thoughts and feelings, it s so easy to relate to them despite the fact they lived so long ago Now I long to know where they will lead us in The Thinara King At the end of YGD we are given a stunning first chapter to this next book as a tantalising taster to new adventures The Year god s Daughter


  8. says:

    From the first chapter, The Year god s Daughter blew me away Lochlann s vivid attention to detail, extensive research, and striking writing style all move to invoke in the reader a visceral and emotional response to the characters desires, successes and failures This is a rich, sensual world the reader stumbles into It s like stepping through the veil of time to discover a people and a culture that feel so familiar they could be your ancient ancestors The story will entice you a life and death struggle for power and love and the torment of wanting and not having These are universal tribulations that Lochlann explores here, and despite the distance of time and page, the reader will find their own desires and longings reflecting back at them through the beautiful words that Lochlann weaves.I d highly recommend this novel to anyone who adores mythology, coming of age stories, and historicals Beautiful, beautiful stuff.


  9. says:

    An excellent first novel The fog of history thickens the farther back one looks A story about Bronze Age Crete must necessarily be long on invention, but Lochlan strives to get the religious, technological and cultural foundations of her story right The fantasy elements form an organic whole with the history and romance Only occasionally does too modern speech or action break the spell of the story telling.So, why the lower rating Because this story does not end it just stops The point of division between this and the next book is at the right place, but she should have given readers a better closure for this story Compare this with the writings of Patrick Rothfuss and Michael J Sullivan, who make each novel a self contained whole, while linking to the works that precede or follow It said the end but it certainly didn t feel like an ending.The cover art drew me to read the work Unfortunately, Lochlan did not identify the sculpture featured.A good read.


  10. says:

    Rebecca Lochlann has breathed life into the fascinating world of ancient Crete in this beautifully written book Meticulous research has enabled her to let us experience, rather than see, an exotic land we can no longer visit And the complex characters are presented so vividly that we can t fail to be gripped by the intriguing, unfamiliar action But most impressive is her ability to make us empathize with a lifestyle and beliefs that are so dramatically different from our ownand yet, somehow, feel surprisingly modern in some ways Her skill draws us into that world, and for a time we can allow ourselves to think as the Cretans thought, and understand the headstrong princess Aridela, reluctant acolyte priestess, bull dancer and rebel.Of course, underlying all the beauty and nobility of a long established culture looms the ominous threat of disaster.


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