No Need for Heroes

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Ariadne was trapped, trapped by her own father, the cruel King Minos of Crete; trapped by the mysterious strangers from another world, Daedalus and Icarus; and trapped by her would-be rescuer, Prince Theseus of Athens. Appalled by the blood-letting in the Labyrinth and the evil worship of the Bull-God that Minos encourages, she helps Theseus escape after his bid to slay the monster. But then she begins to fight for her own freedom when she is forced to marry the Prince, a man she does not even like. Suddenly nothing is more important to her. In the end, Ariadne has her own way; Theseus is a hero of the old type, but she proves that perhaps, after all, there is no need for heroes.
In this compelling and fast-moving story, Brian Keaney has retold the myth of the Minotaur from Ariadne's point of view (also introducing science fiction elements to the story). In so doing, he has written a surprisingly contemporary novel about relationships and social forces that at the same time has magic and enchantment in it.

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BRIAN KEANEY, author of Don't Hang About, lives in the East End of London in England.

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Grade 6-8-- Ariadne is unforgettably realized in this contemporary retelling of the myth of the Minotaur. Devoted to the worship of the Great Mother despite its eclipse by the new male cult of the Bull, Ariadne finds her life increasingly circumscribed. Clever but impatient, she rejects her mad father Minos' violent and domineering ways. He has betrothed her to a pompous imbecile, and she has also to cope with her thoroughly nasty little sister, Phaedra. (By contrast, in Bernard Evslin's The Minotaur Chelsea House, 1987 Ariadne is no more admirable than the rest of her family.) The arrival of Daedalus and Icarus--from another time, with some anachronistic technology--complicates matters. Far from providing a heroic solution, Theseus is merely a further complication for Ariadne to handle, proving the truth of the title for her. Ariadne is convincing and the conflicts real; the story is at once inventive and faithful to the outlines of the myth, and the writing is lively. The contrast between Magna Mater and Bull provides a cultural context to make the feminism credible. Consistently involving, Keaney's book would make a good lead-in to Renault's novels. --Patricia Dooley, University of Washington, Seattle
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