The School Library Journal, the U.S based biggest reviewer of children's and YA literature in the world, reviewed Minotaur, out with Month9books in September. It's a huge honour and I'm very lucky. Few books (out of the ones submitted) get reviewed. Schools in the states use these reviews to decide which books they should buy so the SLJ is very influential. This review is not officially out yet (comes out in July) but it's all over my twitter feed and it's on Amazon, so why not?
Here you go:
From School Library Journal Gr 7 Up—In this retelling of the Minotaur story, readers journey through Greek and Roman mythology. Ovid, having recently completed his Metamorphoses, decides to set sail and see some of the places he's written about. He begins in Crete at the palace at Knossos where he meets Asterian. As Ast guides the writer through the palace ruins, standing over the infamous Labyrinth, Ovid questions some of the facts Ast is claiming. Thus begins the story of Ast: his questionable birth, his exploits as a young boy, and his survival of King Minos, his alleged father. While the grammar and sentence structure are at a higher level than Rick Riordan's books, lovers of the "Percy Jackson" series (Disney-Hyperion) looking for meatier fare will enjoy this fast-paced story featuring gods, goddesses, and a youth faced with perilous choices at every turn. Asterian's tale will captivate readers. Teens will appreciate his candor ("I, on the other hand, was a mess, riddled with jealousy and petty insecurities. A sixteen-year-old boy in other words.") as well as the relationships he has with his many siblings. Ovid is himself a 50-year-old, wine-drinking poet, but that fact will not dissuade teens; his role diminishes after the first few chapters as the action increases with Asterian's tale. VERDICT Lovers of mythology will enjoy this coming-of-age adventure and be surprised by the believable, "true story" of the Minotaur.—Cathleen Ash, Manor High School Library, TX
Phillip W. Simpson
Phillip W. Simpson is an author of YA and children's books.