A mesmerizing debut novel for fans of Madeline Miller'sCirce.
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'sAriadne 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.
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“Beautifully written and nuanced,Ariadne explores the bonds between women and their epic quest for agency in patriarchal Greek society.”
"Circe fans would do well totake note."
“If you loved Madeline Miller’sCirce, then you have to check outAriadne by Jennifer Saint.”
“Saint’s immersive novel thrusts the reader straight into the heart of Greek mythology with thiswonderful reimagining of the story of Ariadne.”
“A lyrical,insightful re-telling.”
—The Daily Mail
—The Times (UK)
“Captivating…Saint’smesmerizingly beautiful prose makesAriadnea fascinating read.”
—The Nerd Daily
—Woman & Home
“Relevant and revelatory.”
“A beautiful epic…In a world ruled by temperamental, petulant gods, Ariadne is a shining beacon of female strength and courage—making thisa story that’s impossible to forget.”
“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.”
“Complex—and bold…Fans of Madeline Miller'sCirce will enjoy this faithful retelling that centers the often-forgotten women of Greek myth.”
"Ariadne isa shimmering tapestry of two sisters bound by deceit and the shadows of family history. One marries a hero, the other a god. As their lives criss-cross through girlhood and womanhood, the secrets that their husbands keep become a monstrous backdrop to their relationship. With a fresh voice and keen insight, Saint adds flesh and bone to an ancient myth, drawing the reader into an uneasy world of ever-afters."
—Yangsze Choo,New York Timesbestselling author ofThe Night Tiger
“An ancient story of love and sisterhood reimagined, Jennifer Saint'sAriadne isa truly masterful debut—compulsive, absorbing and lyrical. Saint breathes new life into the forgotten women of Greek mythology with a novel that's both incredibly absorbing, and full of heart.” —Katie Lowe, author ofThe Furies