(From the publisher):
Phaedra is the child-queen of Crete, the embodiment of the Great Goddess on Earth. Theseus, however, has no patience for worship of the Mother, with its emphasis on peace and unity with the natural world; if there must be a deity, it should be male. By claiming Phaedra, he will control both Crete and the worship of the Goddess, control that will enable him to deliver the old religion its death blow.
The characters are unforgettable: Phaedra, seemingly fragile but with an iron core, drawing her strength from the earth itself; Aissa, the novel's narrator, destined to put aside her own happiness in order to play a crucial role in the conflict she once wanted no part of; Hippolytus, the son of Theseus, as devoted to peace as his father is to war; and Theseus himself, the warrior-hero whose every success brings him closer to madness and despair.
Original title: Phaedra
Genre: Fiction→ Historical→ Ancient World (Greece, Rome, etc)→ Greece