The Flame in the Maze

Inside the labyrinth, there are no saviours.

The Flame in the Maze picks up the thread of the tale begun in The Door in the Mountain. The Princess Ariadne schemes to bring her hated half-brother Asterion to ultimate ruin. Asterion himself, part human, part bull, grapples with madness and pain in the labyrinth that lies within a sacred mountain. Chara, his childhood friend, tries desperately to find him, accompanied by Prince Theseus, who has sworn to kill him. In a different prison, Icarus, the birdboy who cannot fly, plans his escape with his father, Daedalus-and plots revenge upon the princess he once desired. All of their paths come together at last, in an unforgettable blaze of fire, hatred, love and hope.

 

[The Door in the Mountain and The Flame in the Maze] infuse the myth of Theseus with the haunted complexities of a labyrinth, made the more unsettling by Sweet’s sensuous prose. The Flame in the Maze is a book of both horror and beauty, conveying each with equal, delicate precision.

—Ilana C. Meyer, author of Last Song Before Night

 

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