While growing up, Rebecca Lochlann began envisioning an epic story, a new kind of myth, one built upon the foundation of the Greek classics and continuing through the centuries right up into the present and future.
This has become her life's work, though she didn't exactly intend it to be that way when she started.
The Child of the Erinyes series is historical mythic fantasy, “Loads of testosterone, slaughter, and crazy magic” (with a love story, of course.)
Even though the story is fiction-fantasy, it still took about fifteen years to research the Bronze Age segments of the series, and encompassed rare historical documents, mythology, archaeology, ancient religions, and volcanology.
The Year-god's Daughter is her debut novel: Book One of The Child of the Erinyes series. In the spring of 2013 it was utilized as a study guide in an American university, and later was named a B.R.A.G. Medallion honoree, recognizing outstanding fiction. Book Two, The Thinara King, (A 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards finalist,) continues the saga. Book Three, In the Moon of Asterion, wraps up the Bronze Age segment of the series and leads into Book Four, The Moon Casts a Spell, Book Five, The Sixth Labyrinth, and Book Six, Falcon Blue. The last two books of the series are in rewrites.
Her biggest writing influences might be Patricia A. McKillip, Anita Diamant, Peter S. Beagle, Anne Rice, and Yevgeny Zamyatin, to name a few.
Rebecca has always believed that certain rare individuals, either blessed or tortured, voluntarily or involuntarily, are woven by fate or the Immortals into the labyrinth of time, and that deities sometimes speak to us through dreams and visions, gently prompting us to tell their lost stories. Who knows? It could make a difference.
For bibliographies, details into the history, characters, research, the arc of the series, and much more information, visit Rebecca’s website: http://rebeccalochlann.com
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The Year-god's Daughter
Smart young princess. Macho hunky warriors. Exotic island paradise. Politics, natural disasters, and forbidden love. A big, satisfying epic story. What more is there?
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on Aug. 04, 2011
I laughed. I cried. Mostly I cried. Which was a problem because it seemed like many times I was off to work and my mascara ran. I probably should invest in waterproof mascara.
Each of these stories evokes empathy, emotion, and identification. There is much humanity in this short volume; I suspect that for me, memories of these characters will linger forever.
Case in point: I read "Celestial" in another venue a few years before this book was published. I have never forgotten that story. We are not told the details, but it doesn't matter. The story ends, giving us perfect and shocking understanding, insight into how the actions of parents can affect their children for a long, long time, and in unexpected ways. My feeling is that the main character was simply biding his time, waiting for that perfect scenario. When it came, he did not hesitate to act. It felt like he'd had it planned for years, and was simply waiting for the last cog to slip into place.
The story that resonated most with me was "The Messenger." I will read this one again and again, no doubt, for the rest of my life. That many of my own personal convictions, convictions that took years to build, were revealed here by an author I have never met, was startling. Yet at the same time, it cements my long-held belief that we are mostly the same underneath our individual surfaces.
In "Joyful, Joyful," the author captures something rare and not well understood. The transcendence that women, for time immemorial, achieve.
This small volume of stories was constructed with loving care, and it shows. I will buy more of the author's work with pleasure. Easy to give it five stars.
on June 14, 2012
The author gives life to a period of time I know very little about--World War II, the brave 48th Canadian Highlanders "boots on the ground" fighting force. When I finished "Dodging Shells" I was in awe of these men. I felt I had a glimmer of understanding about what they endured, although I would never claim to truly understand a warrior's experience.
The story is told through a series of letters from Tommy to his twin sister back in Canada, "Kath." The very first letter starts off with a bang as Tommy informs his sister he's been shot. He goes on to request some knitted doodad he can use as a battle decoration for his shirt, since he's pretty sure he won't get an official award. Throughout the book, I felt that Tommy's concern was for his sister. He wrote this way to lighten the mood, to calm her fears for him, to give her hope for him. Though he was the one in constant danger, he worried for her, safely at home.
Tommy's tongue-in-cheek humor never, ever fails in this book, a book I would describe as profound and hilarious, first hand insight into what it was like to be on the ground, involved dead center in this war, day and night, night and day, summer and winter. Even when Tommy is being shot at, he never loses his sense of humor. The reader is right there with him on every page, running, marching, drenched, cold, hot and wounded. Even as he dodges exploding German shells, Tommy makes jokes. He sees everything, every experience, as an adventure, and I learned a lot from this attitude about "perspective." Because every now and then, just enough to vividly portray the dichotomy of it all, through the humor, through the jokes and wine guzzling, the ogling of beautiful women and the primitive conditions, even as Tommy and his comrades march, fight, drink, dig holes and dodge shells, here and there are brief interjections which bring reality home: for instance, of using swollen corpses to support gun barrels and aim with accuracy, and brothers-in-arms with limbs or even entire torsos shot away. War is no fun, but humor can help you keep your sanity.
Tommy is an engaging, merry, witty man, a true "sympathetic protagonist" readers can easily fall a little in love with. He's brave, reckless, and very human.
An all around great read.
Make Mine A Moussaka
on April 23, 2013
Having been a lover of all things Greek for many years, I was excited to get my hands on this book. It is an excellent travel guide, yes, but "Make Mine a Moussaka" is so much more. The author shares my love of wine: I sense a kindred spirit every time she relates a Greek recipe and suggests a wine to go along with the cooking experience. There are many delightful sounding recipes in here that I look forward to trying. The reader also is the recipient of helpful Greek phrases and sayings, which I enjoyed learning. She says "It's best to understand that Greece is not a pretty country--rather it's stunning and at times awesome, and always fascinating." This is just how I picture it, along with the beloved gods and goddesses peeking out of the shadows, smiling that we've come to visit, and hopefully honor them. "Oh to eat moussaka at sunset, at a table overlooking a tiny bay, while listening to the waves lap on the pebbles near your feet." Sure makes me want to go! A highly recommended book for enjoyment as well as learning.