Ariadne

A Novel

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    • $11.99
    • $11.99

Publisher Description

A mesmerizing debut novel for fans of Madeline Miller's Circe.

Ariadne, Princess of Crete, grows up greeting the dawn from her beautiful dancing floor and listening to her nursemaid’s stories of gods and heroes. But beneath her golden palace echo the ever-present hoofbeats of her brother, the Minotaur, a monster who demands blood sacrifice.

When Theseus, Prince of Athens, arrives to vanquish the beast, Ariadne sees in his green eyes not a threat but an escape. Defying the gods, betraying her family and country, and risking everything for love, Ariadne helps Theseus kill the Minotaur. But will Ariadne’s decision ensure her happy ending? And what of Phaedra, the beloved younger sister she leaves behind?

Hypnotic, propulsive, and utterly transporting, Jennifer Saint's Ariadne forges a new epic, one that puts the forgotten women of Greek mythology back at the heart of the story, as they strive for a better world.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2021
May 4
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
304
Pages
PUBLISHER
Flatiron Books
SELLER
Macmillan
SIZE
4.1
MB

Customer Reviews

angelicaaaammmm ,

My new favorite

I love this book! I didn’t want it to end.

AHAHAHAHAHAHA IN love!!! ,

A Stunning Greek Mythology Retelling

I first saw this book on instagram in October and have been anxiously waiting for it ever since. I mean, who doesn’t want more Greek mythological retellings?!?

This is a retelling of the story of Thesus and the Minotaur from the perspective of King Minos’ daughters - Ariadne and Phaedra. Both face unique challenges as one goes on to be marooned on an island that belongs to none other than Dionysus. The other is sent to marry a King she doesn’t trust.

The author accomplished an amazing feat with this book. Saint was able to capture the duty and trouble of being a women in the Ancient Greek times as well as the complex relationships of immortal beings to humans. And this is Saint’s debut book!

I loved every minute I spent with this book and easily consumed it within 24 hours of purchasing my copy. Please go read this book!

Ilikepie9 ,

Magnificent!!

The way Jennifer Saint relates the tale of Ariadne is nothing short of masterful. You’ll feel all of Ariadne’s complicated feelings for her brother Asterion the Minotaur, her thwarted longing for escape from her father, Minos’, court and the desire for her mother to snap out of her ennui after giving birth to the Minotaur. Once Theseus arrives on the scene and uses his wiles on both daughters of Minos, the story kicks into a breathtaking saga of a young woman seeking to control her own fate. I loved how no one escapes this recounting unscathed—not Dionysus, not Ariadne or her parents, certainly not her headstrong and passionate sister Phaedra. I could see the end coming but it still made me hold my breath until the last word. A fabulous voice in Mythological stories has arrived.

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