Friday, October 18, 2019

Buried Deep, by Naomi Novik

★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(Greek Myth Pastiche) In which we learn a very different version of the tale of the Minotaur, told by his big sister. (11,533 words; Time: 38m)

"Buried Deep," by (edited by Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe), appeared in (RSR review), published on by .

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Review: 2019.558 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: I really liked the way she played both her status as princess and her real connection with the god to establish her authority with the official priestess. And I liked the way the priestess ended up supporting her later. Because she earned it.

I also liked the way the story made it clear that Ariadne really loved her little brother. Her concern for him and her worries about his welfare add quite a bit to the story.

Con: It just ends abruptly. What happened? Did they all three escape? Did Minotaur eat Theseus? Was Minotaur even there?

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