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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite
Hecate's Labyrinth is an epic fantasy novel by Michael Lightsey. Helena is a young witch who also happens to be the Russian president's daughter. Dmitri, a young Georgian soldier, kidnaps her, hoping to stop the war between Russia and Georgia. However, things don't go according to plan, and soon Helena finds herself transported to the Sarkel Fortress in the 14th century, where she learns that the nightmare god, Icelos, is back and she is the only one who can stand up to him. Now, Helena must set forth on a dangerous quest and travel to the Fortress of Caffa along with her loyal companions, Dogett and Catiana. Guided by the crossroads goddess, Helena must take an ancient mirror back to Caffa or be trapped in the labyrinth forever.
A fantastical odyssey that traverses a fine line between the surreal and tangible, Hecate's Labyrinth is a treat for fantasy lovers. Author Michael Lightsey takes readers through an almost dreamlike narrative filled with magic, mystery, and romance. Lightsey borrows elements from a lot of different cultures, including Russian, Arabic, Chinese, and Indian, to tell a story rich in philosophical discourse, mythology, and fantastical lore. The slow-burn narrative suits the intricacies of the plot and helps the reader absorb the story at their own pace. I really liked the dynamic between Dogett and Catiana, and every scene featuring the two together was a joy to read. Lightsey's imaginative worldbuilding was another highlight of the book for me. In conclusion, I thoroughly enjoyed Hecate's Labyrinth and recommend it to readers of both fantasy and romance.