Welcome to Summer Spotlight! Lately I've gotten a number of requests through email from authors to read their books. While I'm always happy to receive those emails, it isn't very often I get to accept the books for review. Hence, I've created Summer Spotlight. If there's a book or author I feel deserves more attention than I'm currently able to give them/it, I'll post it. This is to promote the books and authors and gather opinions from readers. I hope we can all have fun and enjoy this new (intermittent) feature!
We've reached our sixth Summer Spotlight, Labyrinth of Lies!
Something foul is afoot in Ancient Greece. King Minos of Crete annually demands fourteen Athenian youths to be fed to the Cretan Minotaur, which is locked inside a maze. Theseus has grown up amidst this tangle of pain. When his own beloved, Zosemine, is taken to be fed to the Minotaur, Theseus finds himself at the heart of a web of conflicting motives, with the sense that even those closest to him cannot be trusted. Questions abound. Why is his father so ashamed? What is King Minos hiding? Is the Minotaur even real? And if not, what truly lies at the heart of the labyrinth? Little does Theseus know that all the various plots, motives, and secrets weave around one terrible secret. Theseus must navigate the labyrinth and see past the masks to slay the Minotaur.
Oh! I'm such a sucker for mythology stories. Labyrinth of Lies seems so unique to me because I haven't read many stories with Minotaurs in them and I think they'd be a pretty fascinating species to explore. Of course, I'm also a fan of plots involving intrigue and mystery. I hope Labyrinth of Lies is able to pull of it's mystique well. I'm curious to know if King Mino's daughter, Ariadne, will also be included. In the original myth, she was the one who gave Theseus the golden string which prevented him from doubling back in the labyrinth. I'm interested in how these characters will interact with each other, there's so much turmoil present. Maybe my two loves, sarcasm and sass, will prevail. Also, college student authors get all my respect and admiration. It is extremely difficult to pull off a full class load, manage to sleep and write a novel.
An excerpt of Labyrinth of Lies!
Pallas raised his eyebrows and spoke. “You are brave, indeed, if you seek to kill the Minotaur. I dearly hope you succeed, for blessed is the one who will rid us of that beast. But the world is a fearsome place, Theseus. It is filled with twisted hearts and hopes and dreams. You think to enter the Minotaur’s maze once you arrive in Crete, but here you are wrong, Theseus. You have already entered the labyrinth—you were born into it, and in it, you can trust no one.”
About Hannah Lokos
Hannah Lokos is a sleep-deprived college student (biology major) who writes novels on the side, usually between the hours of 1 and 4 a.m. Her first novel to be published, Labyrinth of Lies, is scheduled for release this December 2, 2013. Fun facts about Hannah? She has climbed Mt. Whitney, been stung by a jellyfish, and yes, unfortunately, she’s even eaten a cricket. (It was dead, so no worries!) She likes Mozart and heavy metal, knitting and paintballing, and she absolutely loves cats.
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