Reimagining the Greek myth of the notorious half man, half beast, this book tells the tale of Asterion the Minotaur, recorded by the famous Roman poet, Ovid. “Where shall I start?” asked the Minotaur. Ovid made an expansive gesture with both hands, “Where else but the beginning of course.” The Minotaur nodded his huge head, his eyes already glazing over with the weight of a thousand year old memories. So begins the story of Asterion as he describes his boyhood in Crete under the cruel hand of his stepfather Minos, adventures with his friend, Theseus, a growing love for the beautiful Phaedra, and what really happened in the labyrinth.

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  • Historical Fiction

Age Level: 

  • 12 and up

You have probably heard of the labyrinth, but do you know the story behind it? In Phillip W. Simpson’s Minotaur, he tells the story of Asterion, who will become Minotaur. Asterion has a good life, living in King Minos’ palace. Everything is great until Minos punishes him for accidentally hurting his half-sister, Phaedra, who has been his friend from a young age. Asterion avoids Minos’ rage, but he is afraid that because Minos cannot harm him, he will hurt his friends and family.

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Have you ever wondered what really happened in the labyrinth? Phillip W. Simpson’s Minotaur tells the story of the young Minotaur, Asterion, from birth. Asterion had it easy in the early stages of his life, living in King Minos’ palace and playing with his mother. He never met his supposed father, Minos, until Minos punished him for accidentally hurting his half-sister Phaedra. Asterion avoided Minos’ rage, and he was afraid that because Minos could not hurt him, he would take it out on his loved ones.

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