Pleasantly surprised! I expected far less based on the cover alone. I expected something much more childish with far less detail - both textually and aesthetically. Byrd does an interesting thing here in combining two separate (but related) tales into one narrative thread - Daedalus & Icarus and Theseus & the Minotaur. And it's quite well done in my oppinion. I was surprised at how much I liked the illustrations - they manage to be both appropriate to the period and exceptionally appealing to children. Byrd also doesn't pull any punches in this version. All the more gruesome and grim aspects of this story are included. Not for the faint of heart, but certainly worth a go for those are seeking high quality picture book myth retellings.