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

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Her third novel, Atalanta, tells the story of the only female Argonaut and is a Number One Sunday Times bestseller. He did not level his sleek, silver vengeance directly at Minos, the man who had sought to betray him and dishonor him, but turned instead upon my mother, the queen of Crete, and riled her to insanity with passion for the bull.

Either way, he was no match, and Artemis did not intervene to pluck him from the mighty scorpion’s clutches. 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. In one of the most famous Greek myths, Ariadne betrayed her father, King Minos, to help Theseus defeat the Minotaur. 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. The plot unfolds with Ariadne choosing the man of her dreams over her family and becomes a condemned exile in Naxos.Here she would pause, her silence painting a more vivid picture of Orion’s pitiful struggles than her words ever could. The author has given a lot of colour filling in the stories in between the events and this adds to the various versions of myths that can be found. Saint breathes new life into the forgotten women of Greek mythology with a novel that's both incredibly absorbing, and full of heart.

Worse, though, is that Saint manages to make Dionysus—a god who inspired bloodthirsty frenzies in his drunken followers—boring. The dramatic pacing and suspense in Kreinik’s performance will more than satisfy mythology fans and perhaps draw a new audience to the genre. Defying the gods, betraying her family and country, and risking everything for love, Ariadne helps Theseus kill the Minotaur. When I hear this was a retelling of the minotaur myth from the perspective of Ariadne I was incredibly excited to pick it up.

Ariadne catches the eye of Theseus, who has been brought to Crete as a sacrifice to the beast Minotaur, Ariadne’s brother, who is destined to live out his days in the labyrinth created under the walls of the Palace. Ariadne hoped they would bring her sister, Phaedra, with them, but fickle Theseus breaks his promise, leaving Phaedra behind and abandoning Ariadne on the island of Naxos. He prayed to Poseidon to send a magnificent bull and swore steadfastly that he would sacrifice the animal to bring great honor to the god of the sea, thus securing Poseidon’s favor and the kingship of Crete in one. It was a tribute—seven Athenian youths and seven Athenian maidens brought every year across the waves to Crete to sate the appetite of the monstrosity that had threatened to shatter my family with shame but instead had elevated us to the status of legends. Saint's immersive novel thrusts the reader straight into the heart of Greek mythology with this wonderful reimagining of the story of Ariadne.

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