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The Door in the Mountain

Sunburst Award Winner


Lost in time, shrouded in dark myths of blood and magic, The Door in the Mountain leads to the world of ancient Crete: a place where a beautiful, bitter young princess named Ariadne schemes to imprison her godmarked half-brother deep in the heart of a mountain maze, where a boy named Icarus tries, and fails, to fly – and where a slave girl changes the paths of all their lives forever.

Reviews of The Door in the Mountain:

“. . . The Door in the Mountain is written with flawless technique, the world she creates textured with evocative sensual detail. . . . [R]eaders looking for a dark reimagining of Greek myth—and a chilling tale of twisted familial relationships—need look no farther than this.”—Huffington Post

“. . . [The Door in the Mountain] . . . is very well written. Sweet goes into lavish detail when describing the characters and setting as well as in correlating the events of the story with their mythological precedents. There is a strong focus on imagery that makes the story almost come alive as the reader can easily [imagine] being in the fictional world that she creates.” —

“More crushing than a Shakespearean tragedy and more surreal than the myths we heard as children, The Door in the Mountain overwhelms. Jealously begets evil, and propositions become ritual sacrifices, and there are no promises or trust that can survive. The only prospect for redemption must come at the pen of Caitlin Sweet . . .” — CanLit for LittleCanadians

“. . . Sweet’s first offering for young readers . . . is a beautifully written fantasy. —Quill & Quire

“An engaging retelling of a familiar Greek myth that will please fans of Greek mythology and also serve as an accessible introduction to the stories for new readers. The Door in the Mountain is a recommended purchase for school and public libraries.” — CM Magazine

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Door in the Mountain Sample (mobi)
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Caitlin Sweet‘s first fantasy novel, A Telling of Stars, was published by Penguin Canada in 2003. Her second, The Silences of Home, was published in 2005. Her one and only short story, “To Play the Game of Men,” was included in Daw’s Ages of Wonder anthology in 2009. Her novel The Pattern Scars, came out from CZP in 2011, and was nominated for Sunburst and Aurora awards, and reviewed to much acclaim in the Huffington Post.

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