Can't Wait Wednesday

Ariadne by Jennifer Saint {Can’t Wait Wednesday}

Can't Wait Wednesday - Ariadne

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, which encourages fellow bloggers to spotlight upcoming releases that we’re excited about.  However, as Jill is no longer actively posting, from now on I’ll be linking to Can’t Wait Wednesday, hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings, which is a spinoff of the original WoW meme.

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Today’s selection and book I’m excitedly awaiting is:

Ariadne by Jennifer Saint


by Jennifer Saint
Adult – Retelling – Mythology
April 29th 2021 by Wildfire

A mesmerising retelling of the ancient Greek myth of Theseus and the Minotaur. Perfect for fans of CIRCE, A SONG OF ACHILLES, and THE SILENCE OF THE GIRLS.

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?

Ariadne gives a voice to the forgotten women of one of the most famous Greek myths, and speaks to their strength in the face of angry, petulant Gods. Beautifully written and completely immersive, this is an exceptional debut novel .

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Honestly, I see Greek Mythology retelling, and I start looking for the ‘Add to cart’ button.

PLUS, it’s from point of view of the women (Ariadne and Phaedra) instead of the so-called “hero” Theseus, which I can only applaud because Greek myths need more women centered, let’s be real.

PLUS! That cover. How could I ever stay away?

Tell Me:
Will you be reading this book?

Lindsey xoxo

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  1. This sounds awesome! It’s been a minute since I’ve checked out a Greek myth retelling so I’m definitely adding this one to my to be read shelf! I love retellings that flip the perspective.

    1. Exactly! Greek mythology retellings always seem to focus on the perspective of the hero, so it’s nice to read from the perspective of the heroines for a change 🙂

  2. OMG, that cover! And the story sounds incredible, too!

    1. The cover is so stunning indeed, I love it!

  3. Oh, I am so there with you on this one, we need more myth retellings as seen from the women’s perspective! Adding this to the wish list.

    1. Indeed! Hope you’ll enjoy this one if you decide to pick it up 🙂

  4. Oh I love this. Ariadne, the Minotaur… yes please.

    1. Exactly! 🙂

  5. Lisa Mandina says:

    Beautiful cover, and I love mythology retellings! Great pick!
    Lisa Loves Literature’s Wednesday Post

    1. The cover is indeed so gorgeous!

  6. Absolutely can’t wait for this to release! 😍

    1. Same, it just sounds soo good!

  7. Literary Feline says:

    Just the word “mythology” makes me perk up, Greek or otherwise. But Greek more so since I read Song of Achilles. This sounds really good too! I will have to check it out. I hope you enjoy Ariadne when you read it!

    1. Same, I love all things mythology, but Greek mythology is the original love 🙂 Hope you’ll enjoy this one as well!

  8. Oh, wow. This sounds fantastic. I’ve been loving Madeline Miller’s Greek myth retellings and hope this one will be just as good as hers.

    1. Same, I hope it’ll be equally amazing (or even more) than Circe or The Song of Achilles 🙂

  9. I’m really excited for this one! I was actually lucky enough to be sent a proof of it, so I’m hoping to read it soon!

    1. Oh, that’s super that you got an early proof! Hope you’ll enjoy and looking forward to your thoughts 🙂

  10. Barb @ Booker T's Farm says:

    I don’t know if I’ll be reading this one but I have seen some good early reviews for it!

    1. Oh good early reviews are already a good sign! 🙂

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