Thursday, September 24, 2015

Book Review: Minotaur by Phillip W. Simpson + Giveaway


Minotaur by Phillip W. Simpson
Publication Date:  September 29, 2015
Publisher:  Month9books

“Where shall I start?” asked Minotaur.

Ovid made an expansive gesture with both hands. “Where else but the beginning of course.”

Minotaur nodded his huge head. “Yes,” he said. “Yes,” his eyes already glazing over with the weight of thousand year old memories. And then he began.

So begins the story of Asterion, later known as Minotaur, the supposed half bull creature of Greek legend. Recorded by the famous Roman poet, Ovid, Asterion tells of his boyhood in Crete under the cruel hand of his stepfather Minos, his adventures with his friend, Theseus, and his growing love for the beautiful Phaedra.And of course what really happened in the labyrinth.

This is the true story of the Minotaur.

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I enjoyed the voice and tone of this story, it reminded me of an ancient orator sharing his story. I found the characters believable and real. I liked how the author used famous characters from historical myths but stayed true to their characters (for the most part) and gave them depth. Of course, the author spun some of the relationships in his own way and the Minotaur is not the monster everyone thinks he is, but I enjoyed the way the author played it out.

The pacing isn't bad, but if you're impatient for action then this story may seem to drag out for you. If you look for it, there is a lot of telling but mostly because Asterion (the Minotaur) is telling his story. It wasn't too bad for me but I did find myself skimming ahead sometimes to get to the important bits. When Ast is telling his story there are breaks in the story for his reality that pulls me out of his story because that is part of the story. It's fine for the most part, but I wasn't extremely fond of it as a reader. Can't say that I really liked Ovid too much, seemed like too much of a drunk to be taken seriously but I suppose that was the norm in those times. He might have been comic relief but I didn't feel him to be that funny.

The story is entertaining. I found myself immersed in Ast's tale and what he went through in his life. I found myself relating and sympathizing with him during his journey and I think he led an interesting life. If you're looking for a humorous read or a romantic story, you won't really find it here. It's mostly a discovery and adventure story where Ast is trying to find himself and his purpose in life. I recommend this story if you enjoy seeing historical myths and their heroes come to life. You'll find an adventure here.

3.5 out of 5 rating for me!

(A copy was provided for an honest review. I was not compensated in any other way.)


Phillip W. Simpson is the author of many novels, chapter books and other stories for children. His publishers include Macmillan, Penguin, Pearson, Cengage, Raintree and Oxford University Press.

He received both his undergraduate degree in Ancient History and Archaeology and his Masters (Hons) degree in Archaeology from the University of Auckland.

Before embarking on his writing career, he joined the army as an officer cadet, owned a comic shop and worked in recruitment in both the UK and Australia.

His first young adult novel, Rapture (Rapture Trilogy #1), was shortlisted for the Sir Julius Vogel Awards for best Youth novel in 2012.

He is represented by Vicki Marsdon at Wordlink literary agency.

When not writing, he works as a school teacher.
Phillip lives and writes in Auckland, New Zealand with his wife Rose, their son, Jack and their two border terriers, Whiskey and Raffles. He loves fishing, reading, movies, football (soccer) and single malt Whiskeys.

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