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The King Must Die - Mary Renault
The King Must Die
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Format: mass market paperback
ISBN: 9780553207064 (0553207067)
Publisher: Bantam Books
Edition language: English
Series: Theseus (#1)
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4.0 The King Must Die / Mary Renault
Theseus, the boy-king of Eleuisis, is ritually preordained to die after one year of marriage to the sacred Queen, but he defies the Gods' decree and claims his inheritance - the throne of Athens. His friends are the young men and maidens, slaves of the Gods, chosen for death in the Bull Dance. His f...
Dilettante
Dilettante rated it
4.5 Brilliant storytelling and writing
This wonderful text came to me via a circuitous route. I was listening to Brian Fagan's fascinating course on Human Prehistory, and while he was discussing Minoan civilization, mentioned Renault's book. It is a retelling of the Theseus myth, which explains all the fantastical elements of the stor...
MesunaSanpree
MesunaSanpree rated it
2.0 The King Must Die
Unfortunately “The King Must Die” was a disappointment. I was expecting something more like [a:David Gemmell|11586|David Gemmell|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/authors/1202771023p2/11586.jpg]’s epic re-imagination of the fall of Troy; a masterpiece recast of a legendary myth. Part of the nove...
Lisa (Harmony)
Lisa (Harmony) rated it
5.0 The King Must Die: A Novel
This book was assigned to me in high school, and after that I quickly read every historical novel by Renault I could get a hold of. It's certainly one of the books responsible for making me interested in both history and historical fiction. Along with Robert Graves, Mary Renault is my gold standar...
JulieM
JulieM rated it
3.0 The King Must Die: A Novel
Great retelling of the classic myth about how Theseus defeats the Minotaur on the island of Crete. I really enjoyed how the author weaves this story, but maybe it is because I really like fantasy, I was disappointed in how she rationalized some of the magical elements of the story. Instead of the ...
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