The King Must Die

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Random House, 2004 - Minotaur (Greek mythology) - 359 pages
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Theseus, the boy-king of Eleuisis, is ritually preordained to die after one year of his marriage to the sacred Queen, but he defies the God's decree and claims his inheritance - the throne of Athens. His friends are the young men and maidens, slaves of the Gods, chosen for death in the Bull Dance. His fabled enemy is the monstrous, half-man, half-bull, Minotaur, devourer of sacrificial human flesh. In her classic re-creation of a myth so powerful that its impact has survived down the centuries, Mary Renault has brought to life the world of ancient Greece. For here is the true Atlantis legend, with its culmination in the terrible, fateful destruction of the great Labyrinth, the palace of the house of Minos.

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Review: The King Must Die (Theseus #1)

User Review  - Alexis - Goodreads

I didn't like this nearly as much as the other books I've read by her. But I do wish more people talked about how good a writer she is. In a book club meeting where we had read The Hunger Games, one ... Read full review

Review: The King Must Die (Theseus #1)

User Review  - Jenn - Goodreads

This book is responsible for shifting a childhood interest in Greek myth into a much more serious interest in the archaeology of Crete. I was seventeen, in a new high school, and finally feeling free ... Read full review

About the author (2004)

Mary Renault was educated at Clifton High School, Bristol and St Hugh's College, Oxford. Having completed nursing training in 1937, she then wrote her first novel Promise of Love. Her next three novels were written during off-time duty whilst serving in the war. In 1948 she went to live in South Africa but travelled widely. It was her trip to Greece and her visits to Corinth, Samos, Crete, Delos, Aegina and other islands, as well as to Athens, Sounion and Marathon, that resulted in her brilliant historical reconstructions of Ancient Greece. Mary Renault died in 1983.

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