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The Shadow of the Minotaur Paperback – 14 Oct 2012
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We meet friends the children made in Atlantis (the first Shadow from the Past book). This cleverly gives continuity to the series. As usual, the story moves along at a good pace and there are plenty of grizzly bits and cliff hangers to keep the young, and not so young, readers guessing. And once again, heroic Max comes to the rescue.
There is a map of Ancient Crete and a pronunciation guide of Greek names. Both helpful additions to the story and there’s plenty of hints for more stories to come. I’m sure that the many fans of the Shadows from the Past series will be delighted. Wendy Leighton-Porter is a writer who can bring Ancient History alive and make it entertaining as well.
The second in the series picks up from The Shadow of Atlantis and sends Jemima, Joe and Charlie (and Max) off to a ship travelling from Athens to Crete. It's just over a year since they visited Atlantis, and there is a delightful meeting, or should I say reunion, with the family they persuaded to flee from Atlantis before it was too late. The first half of the book is an interesting mix of holidaying and news gathering, with an underlying issue of the sacrifice to the Minotaur of the Athenian young people, who were on the ship they arrived on.
Suddenly it gets serious, and our heroes are at the entrance to the labyrinth where the Minotaur awaits his dinner, i.e. a human sacrifice or several. Theseus seems not quite the hero we read of in the myths. The story twists and turns much like the labyrinth and continues to do so right to the end.
I found this to be very much a book of two halves - one light and enjoyable, the other adventurous, exciting and sometimes unexpected. Maybe setting up the story works well with the more touristic approach, but I couldn't wait to get to the action. However, as one who holds the memory of those buildings and painted walls of the palace at Knossos from a very early history lesson, I found it deeply satisfying to be transported there by Ms Leighton-Porter's excellent and detailed descriptions.
It is a book rich with a magical departed culture, and an exciting encounter with a truly horrible monster. Fortunately our heroes (male, female and feline) live to adventure another day. Where next? I'm looking forward to the Trojan Horse!
Joe is terribly seasick and Max is disgusted as the kids have set up a bucket for a loo with a curtain for themselves but what about him?! Theseus befriends them on the boat and they tell him what he needs to do when he gets to Crete. He thinks they have been sent by Zeus. This time Charlie has brought his digital camera but will all work out as planned? The camera comes in VERY handy at one point but I guarantee you won't guess what for!
Imagine the children's surprise when they land at Amnisos and see a familiar face! No, it is not their parents! What happens when King Minos discovers Ariadne down by the entrance to the labyrinth on the night that the Athenians are going to be fed to the minotaur and banishes her to her room and orders that she not be allowed out? Who is going to unlock the door not only for the Athenians but also Joe, Jemima and Charlie who are going to help Theseus?
A gripping adventure and yes, it does have some blood and gore due to the nature of the story! Please note that if you are adverse to your children reading about people consuming alcohol then this book does have a scene where Theseus and his comrades are drinking and Theseus does get drunk and even more big headed. He does apologise for his arrogance and behavior the following day.
Although I recommend starting with the first book in the series, The Shadow of Atlantis, this story is a stand-alone and you, the reader, will be told a little of what happened in the first book so that you are not in the dark. Well-written combining some Greek mythology along with a fun adventure, helping kids to learn in a fun way.
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