One of the romance genres most formidable talents wields her own powerful magic to bring Greek mythology to vivid, passionate life as all of Crete trembles out of fear of the Minotaur.

The seeds of ultimate disaster are sown many years earlier when Queen Pasiphae becomes jealous of her young daughter Ariadnes successful invocation of the god Dionysus upon her elevation to priestess. Obsessed with linking to a god of her own, Pasiphae conceives a truly fiendish plot to mate with the great white bull offered by Poseidon to confirm her husband Minos as the true ruler of Crete.

And thus the Minotaur is born. Although he is hideous in appearance, he arouses nothing but compassion in the heart of Ariadne, so much so that she quarrels with Dionysus over his fate. Through long years of estrangement from her own god, she continues to intercede on behalf of her young half-brother as he becomes the center of a new cult fostered by Minos and Pasiphae.

Ultimately, however, this tale centers on the compassionate and loving heart of Ariadne and the god who so desperately needs her peace and tranquility.

A beautiful love story as well as a fascinating rekindling of powerful myth, this marvelous feat of storytelling also offers an imaginative interpretation of the true nature of the gods. Only an author of the calibre of Roberta Gellis could make such fabulous legend so wonderfully accessible to modern readers. (May, 468 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Melinda Helfer