The king must die / Mary Renault.

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  • Additional Information
    • Edition:
      1st Vintage Books ed.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: An adaptation of the legend of Theseus who masters the art of bull leaping and slays the Minotaur in the process of fulfilling his destiny
    • Notes:
      Bibliography: p. [339]
    • ISBN:
      0394751043 : PAP
    • LCCN:
      86046178
    • Accession Number:
      fay.213520

Reviews

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Renault is one of the masters of historical fiction, and echoes of her work reverberate in Miller's. Both authors seem to stop time with their gripping and unfolding stories and invite readers to step inside their created worlds (although Renault reads a bit more leisurely), and both set their tales in vivid landscapes rich in detail, myth, and culture. Both manage the mythic background beautifully-so well, in fact, that each makes readers question which aspects of the story are fiction and which are history. In this first of a two-part story, Renault tells of Theseus and his battle with the Minotaur. She begins with the young Theseus uncovering the identity of his father and traces his story through the labyrinth (the rest of his tale is taken up in The Bull from the Sea). Readers who enjoy Renault should also be pointed to her books on Alexander the Great (Fire from Heaven, The Persian Boy, and Funeral Games). -"RA Crossroads" LJ Reviews 4/5/2012 (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.