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Julia Golding
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2 Aug 2007 Companions Quartet
Connie has immense power. The trouble is, she doesn't really know how to use it, and nobody in the Society for the Protection of Mythical Beasts has enough knowledge to train her. Only one being understands Connie's potential - the evil shapeshifter Kullervo. Unknown to Connie, he has started infiltrating her dreams, causing her to raise devastating storms in her sleep. Now, when she's awake, the dark side of Connie's power increasingly feels more attractive than the good side.

When Connie's best friend Col discovers what is happening, he begs Connie to seek help. She turns to the Society, the group meant to protect her. But they are terrified by what she tells them and expel her.

Feeling abandoned and scared, Connie hides in an old mine - and finds she is not alone. The mine is full of sick mythical creatures that the Society has forgotten. They are led by the once-proud Minotaur who, having been blinded in a fight, is now a broken soul.
The Minotaur gives Connie the courage to face her demons, and in doing so begins to heal himself. Could it be that Connie and the Minotaur, along with Col and the sick creatures, have the strength to battle Kullervo, while the Society for the Protection of Mythical Beasts stands ineffectually by?


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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; New Ed edition (2 Aug 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192754629
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192754622
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 422,421 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My journey to becoming an author has been a roundabout one, taking in many other careers. I grew up on the edge of Epping Forest and was that dreamy kind of child who was always writing stories. After reading English at Cambridge, I decided to find out as much as I could about the wider world so joined the Foreign Office and served in Poland. My work as a diplomat took me from the high point of town twinning in the Tatra Mountains to the low of inspecting the bottom of a Silesian coal mine.

On leaving Poland, I exchanged diplomacy for academia and took a doctorate in the literature of the English Romantic Period at Oxford. I then joined Oxfam as a lobbyist on conflict issues, campaigning at the UN and with governments to lessen the impact of conflict on civilians living in war zones - a cause about which I still feel very passionate.

Married with three children, I now live in Oxford between two rivers, surrounded by gargoyles, beautiful sandstone buildings and ancient trees.

My first novel, 'The Diamond of Drury Lane', won the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize 2006 and the Nestle Children's Book Prize 2006 (formerly known as the Smarties Prize). I was also chosen by Waterstone's in 2007 as one of their 'Twenty-five authors for the future'. 'Empty Quarter' was longlisted for the Carnegie Award 2009; 'Wolf Cry' in 2010. In the US, 'Secret of the Sirens' won the honor book medal of the Green Earth Book Award.

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[Of Book 1, Secret of the Sirens:] 'I rated this book 5/5 because the story is so brilliant you simply have to read it. I would strongly advise this book so just buy it and read it!!!!!!!! (Jenii, age 10)

This book is the most excellent book I have ever read. (Amazon review)

If you are looking for a book for a child of junior age or above (or their Mum or Dad!) who enjoys fantasy fiction, then this would definitely be a great choice. (Amazon review)

This has all the ingredients of a must-read series (Publishing News)

I really like it - it reminded me of Susan Cooper's Over Sea Under Stone. (Amanda Craig)

Crackles with tension (TES)

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Connie struggles against the thrill of power that the dark side of her gifts gives her --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Control and power 2 Oct 2007
By Wyvernfriend VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
This story is all about power. Connie has a lot of power as a universal. She can talk to any mythical creature, unlike most companions who can only communicate with one, or a certain niche, of creatures. This makes her envied, feared and coveted. She has fought Kullervo and won before, he still wants the control of her powers so he can subdugate humanity and allow mythical creatures the ascendance.

Connie's power is going out of control, or is is, this story is the unravelling of why and how. Connie has to face up to the other members of the Society for the Protection of Mythical Creatures, and their fears as well as her own.

Book 1 was great, book 2 faltered a bit but this made me want to find book 4 and finish the series. I thought it was an interesting look at responsibility and standing up for yourself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars not just for kids 24 May 2009
Format:Paperback
I bought these books for my grandchildren, as they are between 8 and 13 I
thought i'd check who they were suitable for, I have now read the whole series and thoroughly enjoyed them!! They will now be given to the children knowing they will enjoy them as well!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rating 20 Mar 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I rated this book a 5 star because it isn't like most books which start slowly. It went straight into the action which was well described i had it in my head. I loved it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My opinion on mines of the minotaur 1 Mar 2013
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Extremely exiting ,heart stopping and I would recommend it to anyone with an interest in mythical creatures.
By Lewis Grout.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Now HERE we go! 7 Feb 2009
By DJMEC - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I must say that I LOVED the first two books in the series when I read them but then I read this book and thought "NOW the series is REALLY taking off". This book was soo good and the formula changes from the first two books, which I found refreshing. The first two books kind of beat in to you the importance of preserving our environment which is a good message and all but it got a little too much at times. This book seemed to tone down that message a bit and focus more on just the story and the characters development.

If you find the first two books not to your liking just keep reading until you get to this book because it's amazing. I have one friend that gave up after 100 pages of the first book. Then I have a friend who read all of the books and he was skeptical after the first two but agreed that he really liked it after he read this book. Although, I think all 4 books are fantastic! Definitely check them out!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I like her amazaing fantasy series, lively and exciting but the books look overly instructive 12 April 2013
By Didaskalex - Published on Amazon.com
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"Hi ! I absolutely love your book series! I love how Connie is very brave! It would be amazing if there would be any movies about the companions quartet! If possible I would love to be in the movies! ... if there are auditions for Connie!"--Universalreallife
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Mines of the Minotaur opens with Connie Lionheart, calling up a dangerous and violent storm. She is not doing this on her own, and infers that Kullervo, her dark associate is pressing her. Feeling lonely and scared, Connie runs into an abandoned mine where she discovers it is full of injured legendary creatures the Society has forsaken.

Running from this dark spot in her mind, takes Connie into the mines near her town and into the world of damaged mythical creatures who are in hiding, and their leader a damaged Minotaur. Although blinded in a fight, the nameless Minotaur gives Connie the courage to face her dark side, and in so doing begins to heal himself.

Connie, the only universal companion in the Society for Mythical Creatures Protection, has to learn to accept herself, as a whole person, especially the dark and hidden unconscious, heal the damaged creatures, and lead her community. In turn, all of them must learn to trust and accept Connie and work together with her rather than suspect and avoid her.

Dr. Julia Golding masters a lucent, peaceful prose to portray magical and nature upheavals, but delivers a powerful and engaging plot, and concludes in an epic finale. I like her amazaing fantasy series, lively and exciting but the books look overly instructive, on social justice, self awareness, and especially on environmental threats.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spell binding 24 Mar 2013
By Citizen John - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
Ones of my girls is just like Connie although younger. That made the story fun and real. I'm sure we'll read it again at least a couple times. Connie is like a lot of girls that aren't necessarily the most recognized students in the class but have special powers that others don't.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Control and Power 2 Oct 2007
By Wyvernfriend - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This story is all about power. Connie has a lot of power as a universal. She can talk to any mythical creature, unlike most companions who can only communicate with one, or a certain niche, of creatures. This makes her envied, feared and coveted. She has fought Kullervo and won before, he still wants the control of her powers so he can subdugate humanity and allow mythical creatures the ascendance.

Connie's power is going out of control, or is is, this story is the unravelling of why and how. Connie has to face up to the other members of the Society for the Protection of Mythical Creatures, and their fears as well as her own.

Secret of the Sirens (Companions Quartet) (Companions Quartet)was great, The Gorgon's Gaze (The Companions Quartet, Book Two) (Companions Quartet) faltered a bit but this made me want to find The Chimera's Curse (Companions Quest) and finish the series. I thought it was an interesting look at responsibility and standing up for yourself.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my daughter's favorites 29 Sep 2010
By Valaya Gaudet "Prassina" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
My 9-year old daughter absolutely loves this series. She reads the books over and over again. She also enjoys sharing them with her friends and acting out some of the stories. Not only is it fun reading but she has learned a lot about mythology. Talk about killing two birds with one stone! I would highly recommend these books.
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