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Publisher Description

From the beloved, bestselling author of Elektra and Ariadne, a reimagining of the myth of Atalanta, a fierce huntress raised by bears and the only woman in the world’s most famous band of heroes, the Argonauts

Princess, Warrior, Lover, Hero

When Princess Atalanta is born, a daughter rather than the son her parents hoped for, she is left on a mountainside to die. But even then, she is a survivor. Raised by a mother bear under the protective eye of the goddess Artemis, Atalanta grows up wild and free, with just one condition: if she marries, Artemis warns, it will be her undoing.

Although she loves her beautiful forest home, Atalanta yearns for adventure. When Artemis offers her the chance to fight in her name alongside the Argonauts, the fiercest band of warriors the world has ever seen, Atalanta seizes it. The Argonauts' quest for the Golden Fleece is filled with impossible challenges, but Atalanta proves herself equal to the men she fights alongside. As she is swept into a passionate affair, in defiance of Artemis's warning, she begins to question the goddess's true intentions. Can Atalanta carve out her own legendary place in a world of men, while staying true to her heart?

Full of joy, passion, and adventure, Atalanta is the story of a woman who refuses to be contained. Jennifer Saint places Atalanta in the pantheon of the greatest heroes in Greek mythology, where she belongs.

6 Reviews


“Thanks to NetGalley for an e-arc copy of this book. I read and listened to this via audiobook. Having read Jennifer Saint's previous work, I was very much looking forward to this novel. The tale is told through Saint's poetic and whimsical tone, and feels like you're stepping back in time to Ancient Greece. Atalanta is a great main character to focus on, with so many dynamic segments of her story. She maintains her steadfast stubbornest throughout the story. I was worried that we would watch Atalanta fall to become a shadow of herself, but I was pleasantly surprised with how the story ended. I do this that the pacing was stilted at times, and that there were sections that dragged along, but despite this, I think this is a great addition to the feminist Greek myth retellings.”
“I think the vivid descriptions of the scenery and the way Atalanta saw things was amazing. I like that the story was detailed from the start so that the reader can know all of the information needed for who she is and how she got to where she ended up. I liked the description of Artemis and her personality of a ruthless goddess. I also feel like the nymphs were well thought out and I liked getting a few of their story lines. I liked this description from her point of view of her journey and how she met important characters and joined the argonauts. I loved the stories from the mission getting to the golden fleece and the challenges and losses along the way, it was detailed, had a lot of strategy and action and friendships. I think Atalanta is an interesting character as her approach to relationships with people is altered by how she grew up and it is interesting to see someone who disconnects from people the way she does. I also like that it was written to bring back certain parts to lead into something from the beginning to the end and how Atalantas choices changed things. I was not expecting how they ended up at the end but I find it interesting the ways her thoughts changed and the affects , as well as it being a somewhat nice ending. I know this is based on a Greek Myth/tragedy and the main point was Atalanta but I would be intrigued to know more about Hippomenes, there was obviously a lot of thought and research into writing because of how well executed this was.”
“As always Jennifer Saint tells the story of her Greek heroine beautifully. Atalanta is a fast paced story about the only female Argonaut. I love the way Saint retells the narratives of women in Greek mythology. It makes for a fun way to learn more about the world of the ancient Greeks & their gods. Atalanta is her third novel and admittedly not my favorite out of the trio. It felt a little too rapid. I didn't feel I had time to invest in any of the plot lines or characters before swiftly moving on to the next. There were enough storylines to probably stretch Atalanta into three novels, but I understand that may not be the usual structure for ancient stories like this. Nonetheless, I enjoyed it and flew through the pages!”
“Okay so behind this absolutely stunningly beautiful cover is an epic of a book. I’d pick up this book on the strength of the design alone! As soon as I started this book, it completely enchanted me and I became an intrepid follower of Atalanta and her adventures. I’d never really known much about her in Greek mythology before. She was a name I thought I’d heard of in passing and a book telling her story was spot on. She is such an interesting character to portray and coupled with the quite frankly amazing writing, had you fully ensconced into her life and exploits. From being left on a mountain to die after her fathers disappointments that she wasn’t a boy, she goes from strength to strength until she find herself aboard the Argo where she must prove herself to be worthy of being the only woman in a band of man. I was rooting for her the whole way and man, I could not put this book down. It went in ways I couldn’t have imagined (as I wasn’t familiar with her story) and it was brilliant. It’s one of those books I’d liked to read again for the first time. It’s a must read for fans of the Greek myths. Thank you to the author and publisher for this book on NetGalley in return for my honest thoughts and review.”

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. She is the internationally bestselling author of Atalanta, Elektra, and Ariadne.

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