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 anticipate Dionysus stepping in to complicate issues. With legendary beasts and eccentric gods confronting them at each flip, Ariadne and Theseus needs to locate their manner via a maze of occasions which are as twisted as they're dangerous.
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I must rest until the spring. " The monarch gestured courteously toward one of the empty chairs, of which there were a few nearby. " Now Alex was having a hard time taking his eyes off thethyrsus, as if with some part of his mind he could sense that power was centered there. All the mortals in the room, except for the king and his chief magician, had been impressed by the sudden appearance of the ornate staff. Alex thought there was something written on it, thin lines of small, graven characters going up and down the wooden shaft.
She supplied a few details of the local topography, from which I was able to visualize the area. " "Yes. But I have many friends in the palace, and I even still have a few among the soldiers. " She paused, sobering. "The message said that he was the son of a sea lord, from somewhere in the Out-flung Islands, and he had information of great importance, that he wanted to give to me in person. " I thought that over for a while. " Several names suggested themselves to me, of powerful men active in current affairs around the world, but I saw no reason to prefer any of them to the others.
Dionysus, Bacchus, Twice-Born . . there were indeed a host of other titles, most of which the young soldier could not now recall. Three or four of the ordinary household servants of the palace had also spent the night in the great hall, standing by to serve the king and his magician, though so far the servants had had little to do. Now, somewhere in the background, at least two of these people were being drawn into interaction with some of the entourage of inhuman attendants who had come with the great visitor.
Ariadne's Web (Second Book of the Gods) by Fred Saberhagen