APHRODITE'S CURSE is a short story by Luciana Cavalero. It is written in first person from Phaedra's point of view. As a daughter of King Minos of Kretos and Queen Pasiphae, Phaedra had first-hand knowledge of legendary stories of the people and their gods. Her narration touches on the stories of Daedalos making wings and Ikaros flying too close to the sun, and the story of Persphone and Hades, and one of my all-time favorites involving Ariadne, Theseus, the Labyrinth, and the Minotaur (Asterion). Here are several story quotes from Phaedra:
"When Ariadne saw Theseus step off the ship, she became a victim of Aphrodite’s curse. It was love at first sight. Theseus was a virile man, handsome, brave and strong...
Ariadne was so smitten with Theseus that she made a decision that would affect our lives and the future of Knossos...
My sister went to Daedalos before he was imprisoned and asked him to help her. He gave her a ball of thread and a magical sword."
This is the second story by Luciana Cavalero that I've read. Once again, I will say that she brings mythology to life! These heroic and often tragic stories seem so much more believable when told by a character who lived at that time. Phaedra ends up married to Theseus, and later she also receives a tragic Aphrodite curse.
Cavalero's writing often takes on a poetic quality that tributes the ancient people who were the first to make poetry popular. Here is an example:
"...the perfume of blossoming almond and apple trees beguiled and tantalised the air; the sea of poppies: purple, white and red carpeted the plains."
APHRODITE's CURSE is an enjoyable story that I strongly recommend to lovers of ancient Greece. I felt like I was in the room with Phaedra as she told her story.
(reviewed 38 days after purchase)