The Lusty Adventures of Theseus by Arthur Griffin
Published by: Dreamspinner Press on March 9, 2016
Rating: 3 stars (★★★☆☆)
When Theseus comes of age, he sets out for Athens to claim his birthright. His father is the king, which makes him a prince. Along the way, he happens upon Pirithous and experiences passion for the first time. He also learns that his father may not be a great king like he hoped. And he confirms these suspicions when he reaches the city. The king sends other people’s children to Crete as a sacrifice to the Minotaur. While his motivation is to keep Athens safe, Theseus won’t stand for it. And that’s why he decides to stand in as one of the sacrifices. And if everything goes as planned, there will be no more Athenian sacrifices sent to Crete. But as Theseus has learned, nothing is ever quite what it seems on the surface. There’s more to every store than what meets the eye…
This is an interesting take on the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur if I’ve ever read one. It’s beyond steamy (indeed), but it doesn’t feel particularly gratuitous. I also appreciated the unexpected way the plot played out. There are some twists and turns that provide some colorful explanations for the status quo in both Athens and Crete. And they lead to an even more interesting ending.
This is the first book I’ve read by Arthur Griffin. I would not be at all opposed to reading some more.