There have been some great young adult books about mythology, especially the Percy Jackson series. However, it seems like every year some author tries to make another great book about mythology, and fails. So, ladies and gentlemen, I give to you the 2015 failure for this category……..Keepers Of The Labyrinth by Erin E. Moulton.
Like many books that mimic this familiar plot line, a girl or boy gets whisked into a magical world and has to face challenges at every turn. This idea has been used excessively, but some authors have done it successfully. Two of my favorites are, Alice In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll and The Battle Of The Labyrinth by Rick Riordan.
Moulton’s book is about a young girl named Lil who visits Greece to find answers about the death of her mother. Not long after arriving, she is whisked into a mythological world full of action and mysteries. This all sounds exciting, but it gets weighed down with unnecessary description.
“Lil blinked her eyes open and her hand automatically dropped to the edge of her bed, feeling for her sneakers. When they weren’t there, she realized where she was. Her mind took a moment to let go of dreams and fast forward to reality.”
These long passages turn the action packed parts into boring parts, and also make it rather unclear and confusing.
In conclusion, you shouldn’t read this book because there are more interesting books in this genre that have a better balance of action and description. If you read it, this book is most appropriate for readers who are 11+ because there are people who are killed and also some scary and dramatic scenes. So, if you’re a fan of mythology adventures, this is not your book.