With the nearing publication of Minotaur’s Lair Book 3 in the Servant of the Gods, I thought it was time to share how Evan/Evandros managed to avoid Zeus’ wrath throughout the series. It was no easy feat for Evan to escape the irascible temper of his father let alone the other gods, especially Eris, the Goddess of Discord. The Titaness did everything in her power to set up obstacles, such as the Cyclopes and the Stymphalian birds with feathers of steel, to impede Evan and his companions from reaching Krete. The question is, did he avoid punishment by the gods? You may learn if he did after you’ve read the final book in the series.
The following tips are how Evan managed to so far evade being turned into a rock or some other unfortunate creature by Zeus. Starting with number 5:
5. The gods are temperamental and a little like you and me, except they have incredible powers and can kill on a whim. Don’t give them a reason to dislike you, change you into an animal or some plant, and make regular libations and offerings at their altars.
4. If you get into an argument with Zeus or one of the other gods, remember they are immortal and have had lots of practice at winning, and they don’t like to be told they are wrong. Concede a little and you’ll live to see another day.
3. Follow Zeus’ orders, even if you don’t adhere to his directive explicitly but manage to address some of his commands. (Warning: don’t be too cocky thinking you’ve out manoeuvred the gods, they are always a step ahead of you.)
2. Be polite and respectful to the Mother Goddess, and she will back and protect you no matter what you do, especially if you take her side in the battle with Kronos.
1. Top tip, it helps to be the son of Zeus. No matter what Evan did or said, being Zeus’ son definitely had benefits.
What does this mean for us mere mortals? Find a god to adopt and start appeasing them with lots of libations and offerings!
I hope these tips help!
Thank you for your continued support and as always, I look forward to your comments and will respond.
Historical fiction novelist and a secondary teacher, Luciana Cavallaro, burnt out but not done… yet.