For the next twelve Fantasy Fridays we’re going to take a look at the mythical creatures in the Twelve Labors of Hercules (Heracles). First, a bit of background about Hercules.
Hercules is the son of the Greek god Zeus and a mortal woman named Alcmene. Zeus’s goddess wife, Hera, tried to prevent the birth by tying Alcemene’s legs into knots. When that failed, she sent two snakes to murder the baby Hercules in his cot, but he killed a snake in each hand and played with them as toys.
Eurystheus and Hercules were both grandsons of Perseus and rivals for the throne of Mycenae. Hera hated Hercules so much she sent a madness to consume him, causing Hercules to slay his wife and children, and awarded the throne to Eurystheus.
Zeus still backed Hercules as his choice to be hero over Hera’s choice of Eurystheus. In a contest of wills between Zeus and Hera, Hercules was given a list of labors–originally ten but expanded to twelve–to atone for the murder of his family…labors chosen by Eurystheus. Sounds like a stacked deck to me.
In other news, I’m excited to be a part of Ciara Knight’s cover reveal for her new novelette, Weighted.
Weighted is a young adult post-apocalyptic with paranormal elements. It is a prequel novelette to The Neumarian Chronicles, and will be released August 2012. Book I, Escapement, will be released in 2013.
The Great War of 2185 is over, but my nightmare has just begun. I am
being held captive in the Queen’s ship awaiting interrogation. My only possible
ally is the princess, but I’m unsure if she is really my friend or a trap set by
the Queen to fool me into sharing the secret of my gift. A gift I keep hidden
even from myself. It swirls inside my body begging for release,
but it is the one thing the Queen can never discover. Will I have the strength
to keep the secret? I’ll know the answer soon. If the stories are true about the
interrogators, I’ll either be dead or a traitor to my people by morning.
Link to add Weighted to Goodreads shelf: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13647847-weighted
Beautiful, isn’t it? Stop by http://ciaraknight.com and tell her so.