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Publisher Description

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 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.

647 Reviews

Expressionless Face“Thanks to everyone who participated in the book club! :) I won’t lie, this one wasn’t a favorite of mine, but I enjoyed reading with a group and building my knowledge of mythology.”
SuspensefulUnpredictableMisogynyViolenceInconsistentUnengaging characters
Anxious Face with sweat“I’m a fan of the Greek mythology re-telling genre, but this isn’t my favorite Greek legend… I think there’s a lot to reflect on but my hope for mankind was low after reading this 😳😅 I was on the edge of my seat in the beginning, but only terrible things were happening! The glimmers that I held onto throughout the book were tainted by the end.”
Slightly Smiling Face“I liked it more once I realized that Saint wasn’t trying to paint Theseus as this amazing ideal man and that it was all a facade meant to fool young girls. It felt more genuine when that was revealed. Maybe if I was younger I would have believed him and let my heart be broken by his betrayal. What actually hurt was Dionysus revealing his true nature.”
Characters change and growEasy to readHeartbreakingBeautiful settingVividHeartbreakingMeaningfulUnsatisfying ending
Slightly Smiling Face“This book was even paced through out. I loved the writing style, it was slow but the way it was written was so artistic and engaging. I love reading about Greek mythology so this one from a women’s perspective was very refreshing and boldly pointed out the misfortune men bring on women in these tales.”
Believable charactersPoeticComplex
Slightly Smiling Face“Not the fast paced Olympic narrative adventure I was expecting, but a beautifully woven, subtly crafted tale of the price women pay for men’s hubris and desires. A little slow to start, the simple and at times profound prose surprised me with refreshing truth, and made up for the drop in adventure or interesting plot, at times. Worth a read, especially for lovers of Greek myth and feminism, feminist retellings and stories told through women’s eyes of history.”
Reviewed in:Feminist Faeries
Colorful personalitiesHeroic figures

About Jennifer Saint

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.

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