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Last night I saw my sister, who is dead. She stood at the end of a long corridor, weeping. “Can it really be you, Ariadne, come back after all this time?” I whispered. She did not answer, but began slowly to sink through the floor.Princess Xenodice is content to spend her days tending to the animals in the royal menagerie, haunting the workshop of a beautiful young man namLast night I saw my sister, who is dead. She stood at the end of a long corridor, weeping. “Can it really be you, Ariadne, come back after all this time?” I whispered. She did not answer, but began slowly to sink through the floor.Princess Xenodice is content to spend her days tending to the animals in the royal menagerie, haunting the workshop of a beautiful young man named Icarus, and visiting her brother who lives in the Labyrinth. Her safe and privileged world, however, has ominous cracks underfoot. Soon battles for power and revenge threaten everything Xenodice loves. Betrayals from both within and without her family lead to a series of tragedies that Xenodice struggles to avert. From the deepest layer of the Labyrinth under the Royal Palace to the topmost floor of the prison tower, this enthralling version of the myth of the maze and the Minotaur by master storyteller Patrice Kindl is filled with the marvelous and the strange....

Title : Lost in the Labyrinth
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ISBN : 9780618394029
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 208 Pages
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Lost in the Labyrinth Reviews

  • Jacob
    2019-01-15 03:13

    I have a soft spot for fantasy written in cultures other than a traditional medieval European background, and this one is pretty great. Appropriate to its Greek influence, there are wonderful moments of tragedy as well as some triumph. The setting is the ancient Minoans. This is a retelling of the story of Theseus and the Minotaur from the perspective of a princess in the royal household on that island, so she's sister to her brother ?, the Minotaur. In this respect the monster is depicted much more as a brother with some serious limitations, and the princess can't understand why the Athenians who come each year are so certain they are going to be slain and eaten by her brother.There is plenty of palace intrigue, from the friction and scheming between the queen and the king, to power games between royal siblings and even dealing with Daedalus, Icarus, and the bone-headed Theseus. Everything matches the hard facts of the myth, as far as I can remember, so it's delightful to read what's different and how a character written like a real person can make the story feel new with their perspective.

  • Margaret
    2019-01-05 08:25

    Princess Xenodice belongs to the royal family of Crete. Her parents are King Minos and Queen Pasiphae, her older sister is Ariadne, and her younger brother Asterius, half-man and half-bull, lives in the center of the Labyrinth, where Xenodice visits him often. She also loves to visit the inventor Daedalus and his dreamy son Icarus, whom she loves. When the Athenian Theseus arrives as part of that year's tribute, Ariadne falls in love with him, and Xenodice must figure out how to navigate the maze of loyalties and protect her family.My big cavil is that I found the tone too distant. Since it's in the first person, I wanted gentle Xenodice to show more emotion at times when shattering things are happening to her and her family. Still, Kindl does a lovely job weaving together myth, history, and archaeological discoveries to produce a convincing version of Cretan society. I particularly liked how she believably makes it matriarchal, with Pasiphae the real ruler, and how she turns on its head the usual Theseus as hero vs. the Minotaur as savage beast conception.

  • Lia
    2019-01-06 03:23

    This is a retelling of Ariadne, Theseus, the Minotaur, Daedalus, and Icarus. I think something major happened in the author's life when she was 14, as I've noticed in three of her books (Owl in Love, Woman in the Wall, Lost in the Labyrinth), the main character has her "coming to herself" at age 14, along with an intense crush that gets put into perspective in one way or another later on. Now, the other two of the three books were very weird reads: compelling and enjoyable. This book was ... limp. It almost seems like she had too much source material and it cramped her writing, kept her from creating believable characters. The characters didn't feel real. Instead they felt like puppets going through the story. So, this book is about the plot. Her other two were about the characters. The writer has strength when she is character-driven. But when she's plot driven, it falls apart. This book holds together better than her other retelling, Goose Chase, which was dreadful, but it never takes off.

  • Phair
    2019-01-16 03:01

    Different take on the story of Theseus and the Minotaur where the latter is almost the hero or at least the sympathetic center figure rather than the villain/monster. Told from the Cretan perspective. Ultimately a sad book with lots of death and disappointment all around. Can't really say it was memorable- the ending was a bit fuzzy. Felt I was left with much unfinished & uncertain. Definitely not my favorite Kindl

  • Megan
    2018-12-25 08:05

    I was hoping this would be like Caroline B. Cooney's Goddess of Yesterday meets Owl in Love, a Patrice Kindl book I loved as a kid, but it was disappointingly bland. The opening image -- of Ariadne's ghost descending into Hades as her sister watches -- is so arresting, and the rest of the book is such a paint-by-numbers "supposed hero is actually an ass, as observed by plain but clever middle sister."

  • Jessica
    2018-12-29 01:57

    An interesting, and more historical, take on the story of Theseus and the Mintaur from the point of view of Xenodice, one of the royal family of Knossos. I would have liked more character development, particularly to illuminate the motives of King Minos and Queen Pasiphae. At only 185 pages, Kindl had plenty of room to give us more, more, more!

  • Nikki
    2018-12-22 04:18

    One of those stories where you know there will be no happy ending, but you love it anyways. This gave a new perspective to the old tales of the Minotaur, Icarus and Theseus. Quick read but devastating.

  • April Sarah
    2019-01-02 09:08

    It didn't quiet know what I was getting myself into when I started this book but in the end I found myself caught in the web of mythology that I love so much.

  • Liana
    2019-01-09 08:55

    Fantastic and well put together! I loved this story, but WEH! Why are all the characters so stupid?! I can't believe that Xenodice lets her sisters walk all over her! She doesn't know how to stand up for herself at all. D:

  • Melinda
    2019-01-15 08:20

    1.5 stars

  • Grace
    2019-01-03 05:12

    I’m not really sure what to think about this book. It gave me mixed feelings, because the writing style was very simplistic and easy to read and the book itself is a not-so-huge book. So it generally gave the feel to be a kind of middle school book. But then sentences like this would come along:When at length the massive jar was tipped on its side and the contents poured out on the floor, they proved to be three in number: an enormous quantity of honey, a dead mouse, and my brother Glaucus, likewise dead, drowned in a vat of golden sweetness.Which just seems a bit—horrifying for a middle school book? It seemed to continue in a very straightforward, concise way of writing. So parts like this…“Yes,” she said, and then went on. “They believe that he eats Athenians. I told Theseus that he did not—really, I did, Xenodice. But once Theseus gets an idea in his head, well, it’s remarkably difficult to get it out.”“A pleasant trait in a husband,” I observed.… really stick out as humorous/witty. Which ended up giving a strange impression of Xenodice at times, being both remarkably young and yet mature about certain topics. She did seem to grow very slowly and learned to stand up to certain people—like her irritating brat of a sister. Sort of.It was interesting how Kindl spun her story. The only problem was by the end I felt like throwing my hands up and yelling, “What is the point of all this?! Everyone dies by the end!” (“That’s what people do.” *grins*) And these aren’t quite off scene deaths either. She freaking listened to her half-brother and two servants die, while her father held her back since he orchestrated the entire thing. Traumatic much? Anyway, while it was an… interesting… retelling of a Greek tale, I feel like it needed more in the way of story arc, and clear character development. It literally ended with her general statement of life being: “I regret nothing, though I grieve for much.” (Which is a direct quote!) And the stupid chilling, “Or so they said.” line. (Also a direct quote!)Well, aren’t we all just a ray of sunshine by the end of this. Gosh. In summary: It left something to be desired, instead of a summary chapter and the frankly creepy dead-Ariadne interactions… I mean. Everyone seemed to die. More closure, please. And even infamous Icarus left something to be desired. I know he was supposed to be portrayed in this as a dreamer and thinker, but he just came across as an airhead to me. So, no, I wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone.What some people might be uncomfortable reading about in this book because of personal opinion or belief (spoilers): well… it’s a Greek retelling. So there’s goddess mentionings and, um, the queen has a half bull son (‘nough said) that she, apparently, nearly died giving birth to. A sister became pregnant out of wedlock, and there was some divination type things. There isn’t any cursing I can think of. Barely PG-13, I suppose.

  • Mara
    2019-01-14 02:07

    Cover Blurb: It’s so-so. It caught my attention because clearly it dealt with Ancient times. I like how the labyrinth is carved into the face. But other than that, it doesn’t have too much effect either way.What I Liked: Asterius is probably one of the more likable portrayals of the Minotaur that I’ve read. I found it easy to understand Xenodice’s attachment to him. This made it even easier to really dislike the people who were mean to him and Xenodice - Ariadne especially. It was interesting to for once think of Ariadne as the villain in the story, and the Author pulled it off. Ariadne was a conniving, mean little thing, and I really wanted Xenodice to put her in her place. I loved the portrayal of Theseus as a boastful, hot-headed young man. It’s a common enough portrayal in mythology retellings anymore, but this one was especially good. I also loved how the Author wove in the story of Icarus and his ill-fated wax wings.What I Disliked: It did frustrate me that Xenodice bowed to Ariadne’s will all the time. I kept wanting to shout at her to just tell Ariadne no, despite the consequences; find a way to get back at her before she can punish Xenodice. One of the character’s betrayals (I won’t say who, that’d be spoiling things) bothered me because I really liked the character, and his betrayal didn’t make absolute sense to me.Believability: The Author didn’t really have that much magic in the story, and what small incidences of magic that occurred came across as merely how the people might see something, though it is made pretty clear that Asterius really is half bull, half man. Being a mythology retelling, it’s hard to say anything about believability.Writing Style: It was surprisingly pleasing. It has an old feel to it, not at all movie-ish, and is simple. Though why the Author insisted on describing Xenodice’s breasts is beyond me. It also seems to me that there ought to have been more with Eumenes, considering the revelation of who his father was.Content: Nothing of consequence.Conclusion: The ending was very bittersweet. Naturally Asterius dies - I have yet to read a retelling of this particular myth where the Minotaur lives. The appearance of Ariadne’s ghost was rather confusing; what exactly was she trying to tell Xenodice, and why is it even important? But for the most part, it wasn’t disappointing.Recommended Audience: Anyone who likes mythology retellings and is looking for a short read. Guys and girls would like it.

  • Corinne
    2018-12-28 09:06

    Lost in the Labyrinth is the retelling of the Greek myth of Asterius (the Minotaur) and Theseus. Kindl does a great job of setting up ancient Greece for us - the political intrigue, the lavishness of the palace, the relationship between the people and the Gods. We follow the story through the character of Xenodice, one of the daughters of the queen - an interesting point of view, since she a very minor part in a story of betrayals, murder and escapes, with several well-known Greeks (namely, Daedalus and Icarus). Not much actually happens to her, but we watch the action that happens around her.This book is a great first taste of mythology for young adults. You really get the sense that the lives of humans and the gods were intertwined with the kings and queens that ruled over them and the author makes a point of reminding you who the different characters are in the grand story (although, after a while it got a tiny bit annoying). The Minotaur was an unusual character (half human half bull) and Xenodice's relationship with him defined her personality in a way, setting her apart in her family as the one person who didn't view him as a freak. Kindl lets us know of all these bizarre matings and illegitimate children without ever getting graphic, which I appreciated.I only have two complaints about the book. I thought Xenodice's voice was a bit...old. She was supposed to be 14 but sometimes I felt like Kindl's efforts to make her sound royal just made her sound frumpy. And secondly, (possible spoiler here if you don't know your mythology), despite Xenodice's absolute young-love infatuation with Icarus throughout the entire book, when he finally flies into the sun - it's just noted in passing! After the wax melts off his wings and he drops into the sea, she says she's glad it's a cleaner death than crashing into the earth. Come on! She says she'll never marry anyone if she can't marry him and she doesn't shed a tear? When the story moved right on into the next scene I looked back twice to make sure I hadn't missed something. It just caught me completely off guard.Those two complaints, though, shouldn't stop you from trying this book - it was a unique read, well suited for young adults.

  • Claire
    2019-01-03 03:08

    I am not rating this as a three star because of the writing; it should easily deserve a four star rating. However, it is so sad. Even knowing what will happen, it made my heart ache to read. I appreciated the unique perspective of events.

  • Terri
    2019-01-04 03:07

    I enjoyed this book very much, but I suspect it was largely because I have a strong interest and background in mythology. Kudos to Kindl for handling the origin of the minotaur tactfully, cleverly changing the half man/half bull from the product of the Minoan queen's lust for a beautiful white bull into a gift from the Minoan goddess. Since the Minoan culture revered the bull, it was an easy sanitizing of the bestiality inherent in the original Greek tale. Having visited the ruins at Knossos, I could envision the intricate maze of the palace, and it made it easy to accept Kindl's assertion that the labyrinth wasn't a deep, dark snarl of passages beneath the palace but the palace itself. I'm afraid that it may be harder for young readers to stick with the rather slow pace Kindl sets. But this is a solid choice for middle school readers with a real interest in Greek mythology.

  • Matia
    2018-12-27 09:59

    Lost in the Labyrinth is set in a Greek mythological setting. Summary: “Fourteen-year old Princess Xenodice tries to prevent the death of her half-brother, the Minotaur, at the hands of the Athenian prince, Theseus, who is aid by Icarus, Daedalus and her sister Ariadne.” I hope I cannot be accused of writing a spoiler by saying you cannot expect an overwhelmingly happy ending with these characters, but you would not know your Greek mythology if you expected one. I think the dynamic between Xenodice and her sister Ariadne is the most interesting.

  • Dayna Smith
    2019-01-06 08:07

    A wonderful re-telling of two famous myths from a very different point of view. Xenodice is the daughter of King Minos and Queen Pasiphae. Her brother is the fabled Minotaur and she is in love with Icarus, whose father built the labyrinth. The myths of Thesus and the Minotaur and Daedalus and Icarus are re-told from Xenodice's point of view. An extraordinary tale from a very strange point of view; which is Kindl's typical style. A must read for lovers of Greek mythology.

  • Jennifer Ricks
    2018-12-19 07:04

    Not the amazingness I expect from Kindl. The subject matter was pretty dour, but even still the dialogue felt like a poor translation--awkward and not well-written. I suppose she was trying to make it sound exotic, but it didn't work very well for me. Well, you can't win 'em all, but I'm pretty disappointed.

  • Barbara
    2018-12-29 09:55

    This is another in the mythology turned fiction genre I've been reading. It's definitely YA, not children's. The writing is good and the story interesting. First person format from the point of view of the brother of the Minotaur (as in Theseus and the Minotaur). I liked the way all the characters interconnected. A step up from the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series.

  • Karen
    2018-12-31 04:04

    Imaginative retelling of the Minotaur legend, author Patrice Kindle melds the archeological findings of the labyrynthine palace of Knossos found on Crete with the Greek legend. Told from the point of view of a younger Cretan princess, an observer and participant in the story, it is a well-written historical fiction novel set in the ancient world.

  • Anita
    2019-01-06 07:03

    Firstly, the Kindle version of this book SUCKS. 70% of the commas were replaced with periods which makes for very stilted reading. I loved her first two books, Woman in the Wall being one of my favorites, but this one fell short. It's an interesting take on the Minotaur myth, but it's not as magical and sweet as her other books.

  • Regina
    2018-12-27 10:22

    i really liked Xenodice's story but the ending is a bit of a downer so i took a star away. I actually liked her character but her love story with Icarus is somewhat lacking. Knowing how the story ends in the myths i expected that the ending would be sad but i did hope for an alternate ending. Sweet Xenodice getting her happy ending with her handsome Icarus but alas it was never meant to be.

  • Jo
    2019-01-13 09:20

    Good story and a good pace until the end. It seemed rushed, and it felt like she was saying and then this happened and then this and so on. I did enjoy that she tied up all the loose ends and didn't leave the reader guessing what happened to the characters. She stayed (mostly) true to the myth which was a bonus.

  • Todd
    2018-12-20 02:15

    Story set in Ancient Crete. Girl, tomboyish, is youngest daughter in royal family. In this civilization women rule, which is always interesting. Version of the myth of the maze and the Minotaur…

  • Asenath
    2018-12-25 04:05

    Retelling of the Greek story about the minotaur--from the vantage point of its human sister. Not a very big climax,and if I hadn't known Icarus was going to die (because of the myth), I would have been very upset.

  • Audrey Hacker
    2019-01-03 06:08

    I love this book!!! it is a great take on the myth that we all know Thesus and the Minotaur. I love how it plays out what actually might have happened. There is a little romance in there but its not to overwhelming. If you love mythology this is a must read.

  • Samantha
    2019-01-04 08:17

    This book was really neat. It was about mythology (can't remember... Greek? Roman?) with Deadalus and his son and the Minotaur. It was very cool and told in such a way you felt like you were there. Great emotions and strong characters. I'd read it again. It was very real and straightforward.

  • Ethenielle
    2019-01-09 02:59

    once again, this story had a lot of potential--for who doesn't love a good greek myth? It had such a lovely arch and climax, building up to something that could have been awesome, but it just sort of ended.

  • Janine
    2019-01-06 08:23

    The book was really good!!

  • Arya
    2018-12-17 06:00

    A fair book. I love Theseus (he is my favorite Greek hero) so all in all not my favorite retelling of the Minotaur Myth...but good...