The second book in a projected series covering 3,000 years of British history, GODS' CONCUBINE (4) is set primarily around the Norman Conquest of England. Sara Douglass ties William the Conqueror and Edward the Confessor to the Theseus myth of the minotaur and the labyrinth. Centuries ago, a new labyrinth was constructed in ancient Britain, but the main players in the Troy Game died before it could be completed. Now those players have been reborn into new bodies—until the Labyrinth is completed and the ancient magic is contained, their spirits will never be free. The first book, Hades' Daughter, is required reading. Knowledge of previous events is vital to grasp Douglass' complicated plotting and frequent references to past lives. Classic themes of love and revenge shape the motivations of her characters, all of whom are compelling if not all sympathetic. Douglass skillfully combines magical possibilities with historical facts to create a real Troy Game in a believable medieval world. (Feb., 512 pp., $27.95)

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Jen Talley Exum