BookLife review

This novel is sure to open minds to past, present, and future understanding of acceptance and healing, while imploring exploration into ancient and current meanings of femininity and belonging.

BookLife (Publisher Weekly)

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Plot: Hopping between current day and ancient Greece, the story of Cressida’s young adulthood and pregnancy mirror those of ancient Minoan women. The narrative is fluid, polished, and creative, despite using elaborate myth as its foundation.

Prose: Martin’s beautiful prose is amplified by detailed description of location and emotion throughout this consistent and creative story of women in the present day and ancient Crete. A blend of the Greek language is interspersed, helping keep the reader fully engaged with an authentic feel.

Originality: Dancing the Labyrinth is a brilliant illustration of an exploration in feminism and a journey through trauma. Knowledge of Greek mythology is not necessary to understanding the plot; all readers can greatly enjoy the immersion into myth and imagination.

Character/Execution: Cressida and her backstory are fully formed, both of which draw the reader straight into the pain and exploration she faces. Secondary characters serve as much importance to the story and overarching meaning; women are connected to one another across time and cultures. The development of Angela, Pythia, Ashtar, and Lydia are auxiliary, but directly linked to that of Cressida’s. Cressida and her confidants will help many readers with their own sojourn.


  • Plot/Idea: 10 out of 10
  • Originality: 8 out of 10
  • Prose: 10 out of 10
  • Character/Execution: 9 out of 10
  • Overall: 9.25 out of 10
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By Karen Martin

My writing has been crafted and refined via a career as an independent theatre writer and director. I have written and produced many notable theatre scripts as well as physical narratives for circus performance. I have also contributed to several non-fiction books and self-published two booklets on the award-winning production of The Women's Jail Project. My debut novel, Dancing the Labyrinth, was written while living a year in Crete, and has been translated into Greek for publication through Radamanthis Publications.

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