This is an Aegean Fiction Review by HornedOne

Set in what can only be assumed to be ancient Crete, this novel tells the story of the village of Ma-ii.  The prince has died, and the queen is in mourning.  They royal gardener’s daughter, Ierii, is in love with the son of the Master of the Bulls Thyloss.  As the story progresses, it is foreshadowed that the queen’s intentions to drastically break with tradition and alter the rites and ceremonies associated with her son’s funeral will lead to ruin.  It is up to Ierii and Thyloss to restore order and balance in Ma-ii.

This story of polarity stresses the need for balance and the honoring of tradition.  When these are followed, peace and prosperity are ensured.  As witches, these themes are instructive in that they allow us to examine the themes of light vs. dark, life vs. death, masculine vs. feminine, and projective vs. receptive in our own lives and practices. Whether these polar opposites manifest themselves in a group or an individual, they represent primal and potent mysteries.  The emphasis on proper observance of tradition urges us to examine our motives and instructs us to consider how we approach power and deity.

I found this novel to be an easy and enjoyable read.  Caldecott’s writing style is accessible and concise and allows you to become immersed in the story. I would recommend this book as both an enjoyable story and a parable.