"A Damn Near Perfect Book!"
Set in the year 1350 BC, author Mary Lennox weaves an
impeccable story filled with classic mythology and
King Kryton of Macedonia has vowed retribution against the
royal family of Thessaly for his failed marriage and
subsequent death to their cousin. Melanion, Prince of
Macedonia must fulfill his fate and save the neighboring
kingdom of Thessaly from his father's vengeance while
keeping a promise to his mother in the process. He must
raise a hand to kill his father to accomplish his task.
Meanwhile in Thessaly, fate has determined that
Atalante must lead her people through this war. Her
was determined at a young age when the Goddess Artemis
appeared before Atalante claiming her for her own and
marking her face. The Goddess also forbade Atalante from
looking into any mirror. Being so young at the time of
prophecy, Atalante is confused as her own mother becomes
more aloof toward her. She believes it has something to do
with the Goddess's mark upon her face that must have left
her disfigured. To compensate for this Atalante becomes
more determined to better herself as a warrior and prove
she still is of value to the family and Thessaly.
The time is closing in for both Melanion and Atalante's
fates to begin and draw them inexorably together. Each
traveled to the mountains. Melanion is hoping for a sign
from the Goddess Artemis, while Atalante is hunting for
food. Atalante happens upon a great stag and prepares her
bow. Melanion sees the great stag as a sign from Artemis
and approaches it. At the last moment the stag moves and
the arrow hits Melanion. Like cupid's arrow of love,
Atalante's arrow shares a similar affect, for as she helps
to nurse him back to health love begins to blossom.
From here the book unfolds in to a wonderful tale that
employs classic mythology, heroes, and the Gods. Ms.
grasp of this time period is so convincing that one almost
has to ask if she is actually reciting historical events.
Her secondary characters are also well developed
not only the hero and heroine but also offering more
credibility to the story. I have been a fan of mythology
since a very young age. It has been a long time since I
have read something so truly satisfying and remarkable as
The Moon Runners. This reader would LOVE to see more
mythology driven books by this author. For me this was a
damn near perfect book!
Reviewed by Mindy Lobaugh
Posted November 5, 2006