by Phillip W Simpson
Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Level: 7 and up
Paperback: 278 pages
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC (September 29, 2015)
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Reimagining the Greek myth of the notorious half man, half beast, this book tells the tale of Asterion the Minotaur, recorded by the famous Roman poet, Ovid. Where shall I start? asked the Minotaur. Ovid made an expansive gesture with both hands, "Where else but the beginning of course" The Minotaur nodded his huge head, his eyes already glazing over with the weight of a thousand year old memories. So begins the story of Asterion as he describes his boyhood in Crete under the cruel hand of his stepfather Minos, adventures with his friend, Theseus, a growing love for the beautiful Phaedra, and what really happened in the labyrinth.
Thank you Andye from readingteen.net for the chance to review this!
I'm a Greek mythology nerd. A lot of people in this generation are Greek mythology dweebs because of the Percy Jackson series (Shoutout to Rick Riordan!).
This book was definitely enjoyable and the author does a good job of making the story interesting while weaving the history of the tale and Ovid into the story.
It starts with Ovid arriving Crete, and quickly becoming introduced to his tour guide, Asterion, otherwise known as the Minotaur. The rest of the story is Asterion telling Ovid about his past and all of the cringe-worthy ways he was mistreated. I swear, people are terrible. My fist wanted to come out to play many times. He was born with horns. So what? That just makes him like Danielle Radcliffe.
The story was really unique and interesting, with a fresh change of perspective to the victim of this Greek epic.
Mythology for the win!!