By Fred Saberhagen
Theseus is a tender guy sentenced to be sacrificed to the gods. Ariadne is deeply in love with him. She conspires to save lots of him from his grisly destiny, yet doesn't expect Dionysus stepping in to complicate concerns. With legendary beasts and kooky gods confronting them at each flip, Ariadne and Theseus needs to locate their means via a maze of occasions which are as twisted as they're dangerous.
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Extra resources for Ariadne's Web (Second Book of the Gods)
This time Ariadne almost sang the word. I was happy for my sister, but also already beginning to be jealous, in a way. "Yes, I understood that the first time. So, who is Theseus, where does he come from? " "He is one of the youths of the Tribute. What is he like? How can I tell you? Like a god, strong and handsome beyond my powers of description. He is really a prince, who was taken prisoner in one of those foolish mainland wars, and then . " "Stop. " Finally I managed to break in upon the rhapsody.
I knew that people called me by that name sometimes, gave me the appellation of a monster, as if to remind themselves never to think of me as human. But there was nothing to be done about it. " 'Sacrificed,' " I said. "You mean killed. " Some time passed in which I endeavored to make sense of this latest announcement. "And sacrificed to me? " "I know that the idea must sound foolish—" Suddenly angry, I turned away and went stalking about the little plaza, clenching and unclenching my fists. " 'Foolish'?
Nandi, the bull, was wingless, but capable of the swiftest flight . . a creature as inseparable from Shiva as the leopards and chariot were from Dionysus. Alex, who from childhood had been fascinated with the stories of the gods, saw the bluish neck—legend said that Shiva was thus marked as a result of holding in his throat the poison thrown up at the churning of the cosmic ocean, near the time of the creation of the world, and thus saving humanity from its effects. The Third Eye of Shiva now winked briefly, partially open, just long enough to afford an anxious onlooker a hint of destructive fire somehow impounded.
Ariadne's Web (Second Book of the Gods) by Fred Saberhagen