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
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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.
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Alma Books Ltd
26th February 2016
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