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- Ariadne by Jennifer Saint 👑 -

Updated: Dec 27, 2020

Published : 29th April 2021

Publisher : Wildfire books

Format : Kindle, Hardback,

Genre : Greek Mythology

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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?

My Review

Firstly I have to say a huge thank you to @wildfirebooks for sending me this stunning copy.

I hadn’t read any Greek Mythology books prior to this one but the synopsis caught my attention straight away and I was totally intrigued.

The story is about Ariadne, Princess of Crete, daughter to the tyrant King Minos and sister to the Minotaur beast that stalks the palace below in his labyrinth prison.

After conquering Athens, in payment to keep war from their shores, every year fourteen children are sent to be fed to the Minotaur that stalks within the labyrinth below the palace. Ariadne and her sister Phaedra hate this and try not t watch but this year along with the children a Prince is with them.

Prince Thesus has come to kill the Minotaur and Ariadne, struck by love at first sight helps him. Together they flee but life doesn’t plan out the way she expected it to that night she left with the Prince of her dreams.

Ariadne, having grown up watching her mother disappear on herself after being punished by the gods in the most awful ways for wrong doings of her husband, refuses to allow this to happen to her and swears that no matter what, she will not be forgotten or punished for anything a man does.

This story tells of Ariadne’s life after fleeing. I was totally enraptured by this story, the power of the gods, the way women are punished for the misdoings of the men and the strength that lives within Ariadne and her sister Phaedra.

@jennifer.saint.author please write Medusa’s story

This is also my BOOK OF THE MONTH choice for December 👑

Why I Loved It

I am now obsessed with Greek Mythology and have already ordered a few more as I could read them all day long!

By the end of this story I wanted to cry.

For the injustice, for the loss of a mother and for the children. It totally broke my heart but I know that this one will stay on my shelves as a first to a collection.

The author totally draws you in, her writing is so smooth like a siren drawing you to the page, you will not be able to put this book down or forget it long after you have finished reading.



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Meet the author

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 and she is working on another retelling of ancient myth for her second.

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