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Ariadne: The Mesmerising Sunday Times Bestselling Retelling of Ancient Greek Myth (Hardback)

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A mesmerising retelling of the ancient Greek myth of Theseus and the Minotaur. Perfect for fans of CIRCE, A SONG OF ACHILLES, and THE SILENCE OF THE GIRLS.



'ARIADNE gives voice to the misused Princess of Crete who betrayed her father to save Theseus from the Minotaur. Relevant and revelatory.' - Stylist



As Princesses of Crete and daughters of the fearsome King Minos, Ariadne and her sister Phaedra grow up hearing the hoofbeats and bellows of the Minotaur echo from the Labyrinth beneath the palace. The Minotaur - Minos's greatest shame and Ariadne's brother - demands blood every year.



When Theseus, Prince of Athens, arrives in Crete as a sacrifice to the beast, Ariadne falls in love with him. But helping Theseus kill the monster means betraying her family and country, and Ariadne knows only too well that in a world ruled by mercurial gods - drawing their attention can cost you everything.



In a world where women are nothing more than the pawns of powerful men, will Ariadne's decision to betray Crete for Theseus ensure her happy ending? Or will she find herself sacrificed for her lover's ambition?



ARIADNE gives a voice to the forgotten women of one of the most famous Greek myths, and speaks to their strength in the face of angry, petulant Gods. Beautifully written and completely immersive, this is an exceptional debut novel.



Praise for Jennifer Saint and ARIADNE:

'Exquisitely written and exceptionally moving, this is a mythical retelling to savour.' - Elodie Harper, author of THE WOLF DEN



'With her wonderfully executed debut that reimagines the classic tale of Theseus, Adriane and the Minotaur, Jennifer

Saint joins the likes of Madeline Miller and Pat Barker in forging mesmerising retellings of ancient Greek myths from a female perspective.' - Waterstones.com



'Saint's immersive novel thrusts the reader straight into the heart of Greek mythology with this wonderful reimagining of the story of Ariadne.' - iPaper



'What happens after the monster is defeated and the princess leaves with the hero? Jennifer Saint's ARIADNE is a shimmering tapestry of two sisters bound by deceit and the shadows of family history. . .With a fresh voice and keen insight, Saint adds flesh and bone to an ancient myth, drawing the reader into an uneasy world of ever-afters.' - Yangsze Choo, New York Times bestselling author of THE NIGHT TIGER

Fiction & PoetryHistorical FictionMyth & legend told as fictionPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesReligion & BeliefsOther non-Christian religionsAncient religions & mythologies Publisher: Headline Publishing Group Publication Date: 29/04/2021 ISBN-13: 9781472273864  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Due to a lifelong fascination with Ancient Greek mythology, Jennifer Saint read Classical Studies at King's College, London. She spent the next thirteen years as an English teacher, sharing a love of literature and creative writing with her students. ARIADNE is her first novel and ELEKTRA will be her second.

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Customer Reviews

Ariadne is a character in one of the Greek myths. Along with her sister Phaedra they are daughters of King Minos, and they play their part in the story of the Minotaur, their brother, the beast that consumes the sacrifices of Athens in the horror of a Labyrinth under their feet. This is a story told over decades, hundreds of years. Reduced to bit players, their contributions are seen as nothing compared to the might, strength and courage of Theseus in the traditional version. Jennifer Saint’s novel seeks to change that, to draw attention to the bond of the two sisters in the face of everything against them, the “inexhaustible strength” of women who suffer the whims of men, even gods. This is a story of the women who can only call on their own courage, cunning and cleverness to survive, do their best for others and perhaps change the fate of women. A tale told with quiet intensity and power, this is the story of women who have to pay the price for the unreasonableness of men, for their ambition and their dissatisfaction, while not condemning them. Saint writes from a deep knowledge of myths that are widely recorded, but not for the role of mortal women. Ariadne’s story could have ended before it began, as she manages her terror and the vestiges of feeling for a creature inflicted on her mother, but she is a warrior of the quiet sort, determined yet afflicted by so many trials. This is a book that rejoices in the strength of women, the bond of sisterhood of blood and more, the realization that men, and gods, can be affected by the determination of something other than physical strength. I was very pleased to have the opportunity to read and review this memorable book of female realization. The book begins with Ariadne’s childhood in the court of her terrifying father, King Minos. A story of a young woman brutally killed for the ‘crime’ of falling in love typifies the careless cruelty of a man willing to wage war on a plague struck Athens, to inflict terror and loss on others merely to prove his power. When Ariadne’s mother is affected by a strange madness and gives birth to a horrendous monster, there is still the maternal love, the sister’s attempts to improve the impossible. When Minos’ pride and ambition combine with his discovery of the brute force of the Minotaur, he causes the genius of Daedalus to construct a Labyrinth to contain him. Minos and the others do not reckon with the tenacity and courage of Ariadne and the stubborn bravery of Phaedra to take the initiative to give vital assistance to the hero Theseus in his quest to destroy the Minotaur. In doing so they know that they are casting aside everything they have ever known, risking the ultimate betrayal of their family for a hero of whom they know so little. As Ariadne and Phaedra will discover, the affections of men and gods can be fickle in the face of ambition, pride and so much else. Ariadne is a memorable character, quietly powerful and determined, human and yet superhuman in her strength. Her voice is a constant, accepting yet also denying, knowing the dangers yet eager to grasp at possibilities. This is a book that could only come from a deep knowledge and understanding of the myths that have entertained and warned generations. It succeeds in giving a voice to women who were seemingly on the sidelines, yet really had so much influence on the men that they loved and sometimes hated. Just as Ariadne and Phaedra wove the tapestries and clothes at the heart of the stories, Saint has woven a story of women with voices of their own, and tremendous tales in their own right.

- 12/08/2021
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