Why did I love this book?
This is the book that began my passion for writing historical fiction. Published in 1958, I read it in my early teens and became hooked on modern interpretations of ancient stories. This is no dry retelling of the legend of Theseus, early king of Athens, slayer of the dread Minotaur, but a fully formed relatable character who learns, grows, and conquers. I like to think that Renault was peering over my shoulder to inform my own writing.