The original myths and legends

Luciana Cavallaro Author Interview

Minotaur’s Lair, and the entire Servant of God series, are intriguing fantasy novels. Why was writing this series of books important to you?

Big question. First of all, I love ancient history and mythology, I studied ancient history for years and still consider myself a student. There is still a lot to learn about ancient cultures, and I find these ancient civilizations much smarter and much more innovative than we are today. This is one of the reasons I wrote Servant of the Gods, to inspire my audience to read the original myths and legends and the various ancient civilizations they came from. I am not advocating going back in time, as Evan was forced to do, and particularly the terrible way women and slaves were treated. I like to create stories that readers can immerse themselves in and vicariously experience the ups and downs felt by the characters, and in the process make ancient history a vibrant and interesting subject to learn through storytelling.

As this book concludes the series, were you able to achieve everything you wanted with the characters in the novel?

Yes and no. The series changed a lot from its initial conception and even when I was writing Minotaur’s Lair, there were elements in the story that deviated from what I had planned. The characters considered the flow of the narrative and I had no choice but to let them dictate. After all, it is your story. What I wanted to discuss through the story was what would happen if we had an alternative religion, so different from today and not one imposed by a patriarchal system. And would it change the way we view life, work, and gender inequality in all its forms?

What was your favorite character to write and why? Were there any scenes that you felt captured the essence of the character?

Hmmm…he had a few favorites, but if he had to choose, it would be Dexion, the young Sicilian seer. Despite his street smarts and his demeanor somewhat more mature than that of a twelve-year-old preteen, Dexion was still a child who longed for a father’s love.

There was a scene where Dexion tries to communicate with Evan and gives him clues to help him remember why Zeus sent him from the 21st century to the 7th century BC. C. It shows his maturity, but also that he is lonely and longs for fatherly connection. and Evan had created in Books 1 and 2.

The Servant of God series took readers on an exciting quest to stop the Dark Master. What will your next novel be about and what will the entire series cover?

I am currently working on a suspense/thriller/timeslip series titled time coin and these are two coins infused with magical powers that first belonged to Herakles, and were passed down through the generations of a family that were once the bodyguards of Helen of Sparta and her family. A coin goes missing during the crusades and Nik’s predecessors, the Zosimos were the keepers of the coins, try to find the missing one.

The story is set in the present, Nik and his grandfather search for the sister coin in France, where a neo-Nazi group led by Konrad Resnik is also looking for the coin. Book 1, The Guardian’s Legacy, is published and has received multiple award nominations, and Book 2 is written and almost ready for beta reader evaluation. If anyone is interested in being a beta reader please email me.

I am also working on a historical fiction based on the life of Hypatia, the astrophysicist and mathematician who lived in ancient Alexandria and was murdered by religious fanatics.

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The Minotaur stirs. Evan is drugged to forget the search for the gods.

Evan and his companions are trapped by the Amazon Queen Antioche and her warriors. Memories and loyalties are tested. The Dark Master’s victorious revenge on the gods is nearly complete. The plight of the High Priestess is precarious, her health is ill and she unable to rescue her brother and her fellow Atlanteans.

The last holy relic, secreted in the Minotaur’s lair, must be recovered or the Dark Lord’s succession plans for a new god are complete. The mystical lands of Krete, the final leg of Evan’s journey, are within his grasp. He must succeed for his father, Zeus, to fulfill his promise. Then there is Queen Antioch and the precious gifts that she presents to him.
Will Evan return home and what will become of his future?

Minotaur’s Lair is the third and final book in the action-packed series servant of the gods Historical fiction series. If you like well-researched landscapes, historical characters, excitement, mythical creatures, and unique settings, you’ll love Luciana Cavallaro’s heroic odyssey.

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