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, although she didn't exactly intend it to be that way when she started.
"The Child of the Erinyes" series is mythic fantasy fiction, "Loads of testosterone, slaughter, and crazy magic" (with a love story, of course.)
It took about fifteen years to research the Bronze Age segments of the series, and encompassed rare historical documents, mythology, archaeology, ancient writing, ancient religions, and volcanology.
Her biggest writing influences might be Patricia A. McKillip, Anita Diamant, Peter S. Beagle, Anne Rice, and Yevgeny Zamyatin, to name a few.
"The Year-god's Daughter" is her first novel: Book One of "The Child of the Erinyes" Series. Book Two, "The Thinara King," is also available in both digital and paperback forms. Book Three, "In the Moon of Asterion," finishes up the Bronze Age segment of the series and leads into "The Sixth Labyrinth," which is still in the works. All of Rebecca's books will be published in paperback and eBook forms.
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.
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- Uneasy Living
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 Dec. 04, 2011
This is the first book I have ever read that is told almost completely in dialogue. There is very little description or narration, only just enough, and I must say, with a few minor exceptions, it works beautifully. This author’s gift is dialogue; she must have realized that at some point and she uses it brilliantly. It may well be the best book I have ever read when it comes to razor-like crystalline flow of conversation. So much character and setting comes through simply by the way these people converse. Impressive, and it's clear the author feels very much at home and comfortable with these historical figures.
Axios is a fast read, not surprising, as dialogue reads more quickly than narration. I was swiftly drawn in to the fate of the protagonists, both good and bad. When the worst thing that can happen happens to Claudia Acte—a trained hetairi, Greek by birth and a slave-prostitute in Rome—(I grew quite fond of how she is almost always called by her full name, Claudia Acte) I was in tears. Her despair rang clear through me; I identified with her suffering as completely as though it was happening to me. I could imagine it all too well, every time she screamed, “Is it finished yet?” Tigellinus is an amazing jerk: even when he finally discovers why she fell into misery so profound only death could give relief, he doesn’t seem to really care, or seem to comprehend his part in it. I’m still not sure if he didn’t do it deliberately. After all, one of the first things he ever says to her is: “Reason? You have just been thrust from the gilded bowers of Reason into the twisted world of Survival. Learn quickly, Claudia Acte!” (I love that line.)
Axios is pure historical fiction. I have never studied Roman history, but the book appears to follow the lives of Nero, Tigellinus, Capito, Poppaea, Claudia Acte, and others of historical record.
Even if you aren’t a fan of straight historical fiction, or of Roman debauchery, or of Christian over-and-undertones, (I fall into all three categories) I can confidently recommend this book. The author paints all three aspects with a light brush, interweaving them together so that none takes precedence. Never did I feel I was being preached to or guided toward some particular belief. She leaves all that to each individual reader. Nero, in particular, is as I have always imagined him. Emotional, immature, selfish, cruel but thinking of himself as the opposite. A baby wearing a crown! He was wonderfully drawn. Tigellinus? I cannot to this moment decide how I feel about him. The first impression given lingered so that later, it was hard to see him in a more kindly light.
My only minor criticism would be that I needed a little more character development. Mostly I feel I can see the protagonists clearly, but still, I needed a little more, especially for Tigellinus, who came across cynical in the extreme, yet seemed to soften somehow, later, but I wasn’t quite sure how, or why. Acte, too, keeps much of herself hidden, even from the reader. I also hoped for a little more of Claudia Acte’s child, a daughter sent to Spain, but we never hear whether they were ever able to meet.
At the other end of the spectrum is the scene of the Great Fire, of which we have all heard something while in school. (“Nero sang while Rome burned.”) This scene was skillfully written. I visualized it all as I rode along with Tigellinus and his man Monsanus, who fought their way into the heat and danger searching for Claudia Acte. Also there is a scene of the classic Roman torture and death in the arena: this, too, was so skillfully written that I sadly envisioned it in detail.
I cannot say whether the author has a feminist intent, but for me, reading the way women and men treated each other in this era, a feminist manifesto shines through. On the one end, far too much of everything creates a sense of cheapness to life. On the other, life is a constant struggle to survive. Claudia Acte is envious of the poverty-stricken slaves who have nothing of their own. “They laughed, they gossiped. And when they were done they departed for their cramped, airless apartments over the stables. Acte listened to them. How could it be? They dwelt amidst squalor and severe deprivation, and yet they laughed. She sat amidst wealth and splendor and endured untold misery.” There seems to be very little in the way of honor, fidelity, or trust in Nero’s Rome. Simply everyone is at risk for all manner of evil, reminiscent of “Lord of the Flies.” One line stays with me: “Gods, Capito, didn’t you bring something to stuff in her mouth?” Capito replies, “I never stir without it. It’s my fist.”
Another line that stays with me, stated profoundly toward the end by Gaius Tigellinus: “I was once Rome’s lover. She is too possessive a mistress to submit to a lover’s abandonment.”
- Dodging Shells
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.