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...Read More
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.
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.
"Beautifully written and nuanced, Ariadne explores the bonds between women and their epic quest for agency in patriarchal Greek society." - BuzzFeed
"Circe fans would do well to take note." - Bustle
"If you loved Madeline Miller's Circe, then you have to check out Ariadne by Jennifer Saint." - PopSugar
"Saint's immersive novel thrusts the reader straight into the heart of Greek mythology with this wonderful reimagining of the story of Ariadne." - The Independent (UK)
"A lyrical, insightful re-telling." - The Daily Mail
"Energetic and compelling." - The Times (UK)
"Captivating...Saint's mesmerizingly beautiful prose makes Ariadne a fascinating read." - The Nerd Daily
"An illuminating read." - Woman & Home
"Relevant and revelatory." - Stylist (UK)
"A beautiful epic...In a world ruled by temperamental, petulant gods, Ariadne is a shining beacon of female strength and courage--making this a story that's impossible to forget." - CultureFly (UK)
"Enchanting...Saint expertly highlights how often the women of this world pay the price for the actions of the men around them. Lovers of mythology should snap this up." - Publishers Weekly
" Complex--and bold...Fans of Madeline Miller's Circe will enjoy this faithful retelling that centers the often-forgotten women of Greek myth." - Booklist