The Door in the Mountain

Caitlin Sweet

The Door in the Mountain
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.


It was no use: the water didn't move. Ariadne bit her lip and watched her reflection do the same. She dug her fingernails into the basin's sides and leaned forward so that all she could see were her own wide brown eyes.

"Ariadne - no - let go." Her mother's hands lifted her off the stone. Just before they did, Ariadne saw the water fill with sky. "Do not try so hard; it will not make the god think any more kindly of you. Wait, and breathe... Good. Now look again."

She stepped back onto the stone that brought her upper body to the edge of the basin. She didn't look at the queen, but she could see her shadow on the water. The smooth, still water that refused to ripple.

From The Door in the Mountain by Caitlin Sweet ©2014. Published by ChiTeen.