MINOTAUR by Phillip W Simpson

Minotaur   by Phillip W. Simpson
  Publication Date:  Sept 29, 2015
  Publisher:  Month9Books
  Genre:  YA, Fantasy/Mythology
  My Star Rating -  4 Stars  -
  I received a free copy from month9books for review.
“Where shall I start?” asked Minotaur.

Ovid made an expansive gesture with both hands. “Where else but the beginning of course.”

Minotaur nodded his huge head. “Yes,” he said. “Yes,” his eyes already glazing over with the weight of thousand year old memories. And then he began.

So begins the story of Asterion, later known as Minotaur, the supposed half bull creature of Greek legend. Recorded by the famous Roman poet, Ovid, Asterion tells of his boyhood in Crete under the cruel hand of his stepfather Minos, his adventures with his friend, Theseus, and his growing love for the beautiful Phaedra.And of course what really happened in the labyrinth.

This is the true story of the Minotaur

The story starts off with Ovid arriving to take a tour of the Labyrinth and surrounding area. A scholar who has written about the Minotaur and interested in learning more. Upon his arrival he is introduced to his tour guide, Ast. Ast soon reveals that he is the Minotaur in the legends and wants to tell his real story.

From there we are swept away into a adventurous and at times heart breaking life of the Minotaur, his family and culture. What I enjoyed most about this book was it never ceased to keep my interest. There was always something happening and pacing kept up throughout the whole story.

As Ast grew up he had to endure from his family and society being harassed for his looks. As the son of a god, Ast will soon develop into a much stronger and intimidating man in his older years. After being kicked out of his home he travels with Theseus, mends a broken heart and has to survive numerous deadly situations.

This was a very entertaining and well researched book. I enjoyed the story being told from the Minotaur's perspective and the more human experiences that made him look less like a monster.