Ariadne, a review by Cat

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Ariadne
Jennifer Saint

Published May 4, 2021
By Flatiron Books
308 Pages

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Who doesn’t love a good retelling? Ariadne, written by Jennifer Saint, takes a classic story from Greek Mythology and flips the focus all around. Instead of following one of the many heroes instead, we get to read about Ariadne, the princess of Crete. She has other titles too, but I don’t want to spoil them for you.

Ariadne is one of the daughters of King Minos. She’s one of the few who see the Minotaur as a person – her brother. Yet, she’s put in a decision to decide between her family and her love. She can help the prisoners (and future sacrifices), or she can stay a loyal daughter. Which will she choose?

If you liked Circe, then you’re going to love Ariadne. I love these retellings, as they have worked so hard to give agency to the women who are so commonly thrown around in the background of Greek Mythology.

Ariadne feels like a real person in this tale, and it brings the story to life. It’s actually quite fascinating to see such classic stories from a different perspective. I was pleasantly surprised by how far the story went. I thought this would be a tale of the Minotaur from Ariadne’s perspective – but it goes so much farther. It actually covers her whole life, which means we get to see several other stories come to pass as well.

I will never get enough of these retellings and am very much hoping that we’ll be seeing another one soon. Perhaps from Jennifer Saint? Only time will tell.

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