Dark Horses: A Tale of the Arkadian Terror
There are two things I've always been interested in: horror and Greek mythology. Dark Horses: A Tale of the Arkadian Terror by Suzanne Thackston checks both of those boxes. Based on the rape of the goddess Demeter, the story follows young goatherd and midwife-in-training Kiri as she witnesses the horrific act and its aftermath. Children are being stolen all around the mountainous region where Kiri lives, and it is up to Kiri and a young bard named Lykeion to solve the mystery and save the children before a terrible fate can befall them.
This novel is a quick but engrossing read full of beautifully terrifying descriptions, poetic prose, and startling imagery that will leave a pit in your stomach long after you finish reading. It's rare for me to find a book that actually leaves me feeling uneasy and on-edge, but Suzanne pulled it off. This is a novel I can't recommend enough. It's an easy five stars for its originality and breathtaking writing style, and I had a hard time putting this one down. If you're looking for a dark, enchanting read steeped in Greek mythology and terror, look no further. This is the book for you.