The Double Axe by Philip Womack
  

The Double Axe

Written by Philip Womack

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Greek myths offer a rich source of story and inspire readers – and writers – as much today as ever. Philip Womack has written a thrilling version of the Minotaur story. Set in a Knossos so real you can almost smell the cypress trees, its heroes are the young prince Deucalion Stephanos and his sister Ariadne. The Minoan court is shown to be a place of intrigue and Stephan, the young heir, is in very real danger. As for the creature in the labyrinth, is it real or – just as terrifying – the invented creation of the schemers, built out of fear, rumour and suspicion? Womack writes in fluid prose and readers will be immediately caught up in this clever reworking of one of the most powerful ancient stories.

Readers who enjoy The Double Axe will also enjoy Caroline Lawrence’s equally exciting classical set Roman Mysteries, and Rosemary Sutcliffe’s retellings of ancient stories. T H White’s The Once and Future King mixes magic, court life and the pressures of power in an equally absorbing way. ~ Andrea Reece

Synopsis

The Double Axe by Philip Womack

The Double Axe is the first instalment in Philip Womack's Blood and Fire series, which reimagines classical myths from the point of view of teenage protagonists. It's a thrilling tale of adventure, and an opportunity for young readers to engage with and learn more about classical mythology.

Dark forces are at work in the House of the Double Axe. Stephan, the thirteen-year-old son of King Minos of Crete, stumbles across a terrifying conspiracy. Is the Minotaur, a half man half bull who eats human flesh, real? Or is something even more dangerous threatening to engulf both the palace and the world? Stephan must race to save his family from a terrible fate and find out what really lurks inside the labyrinth...You think you know the story? Think again.

About the Author

Philip Womack

Philip Womack was born in Chichester in the middle of a thunderstorm in 1981.
He was educated at Lancing, and Oriel College, Oxford, where he read Classics and English. He lives in London.

He is currently a Contributing Editor at Literary Review and writes for The Daily Telegraph and The Guardian, among other papers; he is also a Fellow at First Story, currently being Writer in Residence at St Augustine's in Kilburn. He has led workshops on Greek Tragedy and How to Write Children's Fiction for the How To: Academy.

Read a Q&A with the author here.

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Book Info

Format

Paperback
250 pages

Author

Philip Womack
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Publisher

Alma Books Ltd

Publication date

26th February 2016

ISBN

9781846883903

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