“A pure delight . . . Romantic, poignant, and spellbinding.”— REBECCA ROSS, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Divine Rivals
“Fiercely feminist and deeply romantic, Psyche and Eros has the allure of an old fable and the epic quality of ancient myth, tinged with a provocative, modern wit. Passionate and deftly-told.” — AVA REID, #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Study in Drowning and The Wolf and the Woodsman
Has the god of love finally met his match?
Prepare to fall for this glorious reimagining of Greek mythology about a god struck by his own cursed arrow and the mortal woman who teaches him what love truly means
Psyche, princess of Mycenae, was born with a prophecy that she will one day conquer a great monster. Rejecting her royal duties, Psyche spends her youth mastering blade and bow, preparing for her destiny. Tales of her beauty and rebellious nature reach even the goddess Aphrodite, who decides to teach Psyche a lesson.
Aphrodite commands Eros, the god of desire, to deliver a cruel love curse. After eons watching humanity misuse his gifts, the last thing Eros wants is to become involved in the chaos of the mortal world. But when he accidentally pricks himself with the arrow intended for Psyche, Eros finds himself doomed to yearn for a woman who will be torn from him the moment their eyes meet.
Thrown together by fate, headstrong Psyche and world-weary Eros will face challenges greater than they could have ever imagined. As the Trojan War begins and divine powers try to keep them apart, the pair must determine: could this be true love, or is that only a myth?
A joyous and subversive tale of gods, monsters, and the human heart and soul, Psyche and Eros dazzles the senses while exploring notions of trust, sacrifice, and what it truly means to be a hero. With unforgettably vivid characters, spellbinding prose, and delicious tension, Luna McNamara has crafted a shimmering and propulsive debut novel about a love so strong it defies the will of Olympus.
“A riotous adventure . . . McNamara strikes the perfect note of irreverent humor and furious emotion in this fabulous novel. An absolute joy!”— JENNIFER SAINT, bestselling author of Ariadne
"An enthralling tale of adventure, romance, and star-crossed lovers.” — SUE LYNN TAN, bestselling author of Daughter of the Moon Goddess
McNamara's attractively told debut reimagines the Greek myth of Eros and Psyche as a romance between two unpleasant people. Difficult bits of Apuleius's original telling in The Golden Ass have been smoothed to a simpler reflection of modern mores. Psyche is not a younger sister but an only child, raised like a boy to be a hero. Stripped of sibling rivalries, feminine constraints, and a belief in her powerlessness before the gods, this Psyche, though not without her charm, is unimaginative, single-minded, domineering, and arrogantly youthful. She doesn't need to learn about agency and capability—she needs to get past self-absorption. Meanwhile, immortal Eros is bored and yearns for impossible death. He's explicit that his arrows of desire only work "if I infused them with my will," yet an accidental scratch is enough to infect him with cursed lovesickness for Psyche. It also turns him into one of the tropiest romantic types: the guy who's too afraid to communicate. This pairing results in an eminently readable love story that fails to be memorable because it refuses to engage with the tough stuff. Agents: Maria Whelan and Catherine Drayton, InkWell Management.