Princess Ariadne of Crete has always lived in her sisterís
shadow. All her plans come crashing down when she is
betrayed and left alone on the isle of Naxos. When a
magnificent dark-hair stranger arrives her heart rejoices.
No matter what she feels she can not reveal her true
identity or her past to him. This doesnít keep her from
desiring his company and welcoming him.
Dionysus arrives upon the shores of Naxos and is enthralled
by the beautiful mortal woman. Who is she? He knows that
in order for her to reveal all, he must win her trust and
confidence, while concealing his godhood. Step by step, he
plots to woo her and open her heart to him, for the God of
Wine and Revelry is not one to be denied for long.
Once again, Iím reviewing a tale inspired by Greek myths and
the god Dionysus. Narratives as well written as
Black Sail remind me of why I never get tired or
reading these stories. Brenna Lyons doesnít miss a beat
when she creates a story. Everything flows like a well
composed melody that you want to hear again, or in this
case, read over and over. I found myself recalling
Titianís painting, Bacchus and Ariadne. From the
start, Dionysus is seized by his love for Ariadne when first
sees her. Ms. Lyons conveys the same urgency in her story
that Titian displays with Bacchus/Dionysus in motion, racing
towards his future wife.
The love scene between Dionysus and Ariadne is unique and
hotter than Apolloís fiery gallop in its depiction. Just
the sort of wildness and kink youíd expect from a god who
believes in a partying hard. This imaginative and
wonderfully constructed reworking of Ariadne and Dionysusí
time together carries magic, love, and all the good things
that come to those who wait. Even if youíre not a fan of
the moldy classics, youíll be swept away by this island
romance between two unlikely souls who finally get a chance
at everlasting happiness.