THE DOUBLE AXE (BLOOD & FIRE #1) by PHILIP WOMACK.
BACK COVER BLURB: Dark forces are at work in the House of the Double Axe. Stephan, the thirteen-year-old son of King Minos of Crete, stumbles across a terrifying conspiracy. Is the Minotaur, a half man half bull who eats human flesh, real? Or is something even more dangerous threatening to engulf both the palace and the world?
Stephan must race to save his family from a terrible fate and find out what really lurks inside the labyrinth...
You think you know the story? Think again.
SOURCE: An Advanced Reading Copy (hence the lack of the 'First Sentence and my 'Memorable Moment') received for review from Alma Books, you can read an extract here.
MY THOUGHTS: The first instalment in a series of books that, re-imagining some of the classic myths from the point of view of their teenage protagonists, gives today's young readers an introduction to 'classic mythology'.
Doubtlessly well written. It isn't heard to imagine The Double Axe, a re-working of the minotaur myth as seen through the eyes of thirteen year old Stephan, son of King Minos of Crete, being relayed around a fire, and yet, for me, there was something missing. 'Something' that I can't quite put my finger on.
Whilst, generally speaking, I have mixed feelings about 're-tellings', all too often finding them pale interpretations of the original. Not that this is of concern here as the author does an impressive job of putting his own unique spin on the story. Nor is there a problem with the mythology which I can see piquing the interest of young readers. And as for the characters? Stephan and his sister, Ariadn are both admirable heroes, 'witch' Myrrah, a suitable foe. As I said, something I can't quite put my finger on.
A novel I'm sure my younger self would have relished. Despite any reservations I may have had about this particular instalment I'm intrigued to learn where future books in the series will take us.