Fantasy Creature Friday – Minotaur!

May 8, 2015 Discussions 2

What is Fantasy Creature Friday? It’s a discussion where I will talk about a particular creature every week. And what book or book series I think of when that creature is mentioned. At the end of the post, you will also get to link up your own fantasy creature book reviews and discussions for others to wander through.

Thanks to Anya at On Star Ships And Dragon Wings for letting me borrow her ‘link your blog’ idea. She does a giveaway every Friday where you can win ARC’s and link up your reviews/discussions/giveaways. You should totally check it out after you’re done here!

 

This weeks creature is the:

 

Minotaur!

 

Minotaurs have the body of a man, and the head of a bull. The most well-known minotaur lived in the center of a labyrinth designed by Daedalus. He was put in the labyrinth at King Minos of Crete’s command, and was eventually killed by Theseus.

When Minotaurs appear as a race instead of a single being, they tend to be vegetarian. The males are large and muscular, with the females being slightly smaller. Most humans tend to think minotaurs are stupid or of lesser intelligence due to their bovine features, and put them to work at menial and heavy labors. They are usually seen as slaves.

 

I haven’t read any books where they are central characters, usually they appear as minor characters or just a mention of their race. I have read about them in the Paksenarrion series by Elizabeth Moon, the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan, and in the Bardic Voices series by Mercedes Lackey.

 

Have you read any books with Minotaurs in them? Were they central characters or just mentioned in passing? Don’t forget to link up any reviews you’ve done this week (last week is fine too!) that had fantasy creatures in them!

 
 
 


 
 

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