No Need for Heroes

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.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 120 pages
  • 138 x 216 x 14mm | 272g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0192716107
  • 9780192716101

Review Text

A novel based on the fall of the ancient faith of the Great Mother and the rise of the violent cult of the bull-god Taurus - as seen through the eyes of Ariadne, daughter of Minos, ruler of ancient Crete. Here, Ariadne chafes against the confines of the new, bloody patriarchy: Minos glories in sacrificing the flower of Athens' youth to his newly created god; Daedalus and Icarus are time-travelers with a "magic" box that emits deadly electrical impulses; and Theseus is a well-meaning if somewhat boastful hero/jock. SF plus revisionist mythology (with overtones of feminist sensibility) makes for a very busy plot that never quite meshes - the reader's willingness to believe is finally stretched beyond the breaking point by the manner in which Ariadne saves the day. Choppy text, poor binding, and unsatisfyingly one-dimensional all around. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

About Brian Keaney

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

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