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Book Review : Ariadne by Jennifer Saint

Title : Ariadne
Author : Jennifer Saint
Publisher : Headline (Hachette Book Group)
Pages : 308
Genre : Historical fiction/mythology

Story :

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?

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Review :

Do you want to read and learn more about Greek mythology?

Then pick up Ariadne.

Ariadne is a story within a story within another story. While books are made of words, a plot, and characters, Ariadne is completely made of stories.

There are stories you have heard of, and stories you didn’t. Stories that would break your heart and stories that would make you resent.

Are the Immortals any different from Mortals when they punish the apparently weaker $ex for a crime committed by the opposite?

What are we if not the modern day representation of an ancient Greek society? Kings hungry for power, women to the slaughter and deception hidden behind love and trust.

Why are most heroes and legends men? How often do we read what really happened to Medusa than see her being portrayed as the monster she was made into?
“The Stories of Perseus did not allow Medusa with a story of her own.”
It’s time we see her for the victim she was, and talk about the injustice inflicted upon her.

Now that’s a lot of questions, and trust me Ariadne would answer them all for you. She is a perceptive narrator, and she brings all these tales to life along with hers.

It might get tedious with all these stories popping up every now and then, so feel free to take a break. Do not rush through it. Ariadne demands to be listened with your undivided attention.

“The passions and the greed of men could bring us to ruin, and there was nothing we could do.”

3 thoughts on “Book Review : Ariadne by Jennifer Saint”

  1. This sounds amazing and as though it keeps the reader on their toes continuously thinking. Lately I’ve had a thing for learning/reading about Greek legends so on my TBR it goes! Great review and thanks for bringing this book to my attention ✨

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