What happens after the monster is defeated and the princess leaves with the hero? Jennifer Saint’s Ariadne is a shimmering tapestry of two sisters bound by deceit and the shadows of family history. One marries a hero, the other a god. As their lives criss-cross through girlhood and womanhood, the secrets that their husbands keep become a monstrous backdrop to their relationship. With a fresh voice and keen insight, Saint adds flesh and bone to an ancient myth, drawing the reader into an uneasy world of ever-afters. ― Yangsze Choo, New York Times bestselling author of THE NIGHT TIGER
With her wonderfully executed debut that reimagines the classic tale of Theseus, Adriane and the Minotaur, Jennifer Saint joins the likes of Madeline Miller and Pat Barker in forging mesmerising retellings of ancient Greek myths from a female -perspective. ― Waterstones.com
Saint’s immersive novel thrusts the reader straight into the heart of Greek mythology with this wonderful reimagining of the story of Ariadne. ― iPaper
An ancient story of love and sisterhood reimagined, Jennifer Saint’s ARIADNE is a truly masterful debut – compulsive, absorbing and lyrical. Saint breathes new life into the forgotten women of Greek mythology with a novel that’s both incredibly absorbing, and full of heart. ― Kate Lowe, author of THE FURIES
In ARIADNE, Jennifer Saint places women centre stage. It is a beautiful exploration of the bond of sisterhood, the challenges of womanhood and the desire to forge one’s own destiny in a world dominated by the will of heroes and gods. Utterly absorbing and brought to life in lyrical prose, ARIADNE is a joy from start to finish. ― Elizabeth Lee, author of CUNNING WOMEN
Saint’s enchanting debut retells the myth of the minotaur through the eyes of Ariadne . . . As the women navigate their changing positions of power, they court disaster at the hands of both gods and men. Saint expertly highlights how often the women of this world pay the price for the actions of the men around them. Lovers of mythology should snap this up. ― Publishers Weekly
In a world ruled by temperamental, petulant gods, Ariadne is a shining beacon of female strength and courage – making this a story that’s impossible to forget. ― Culturefly
From the Inside Flap
As Princesses of Crete and daughters of the fearsome King Minos, Ariadne and her sister Phaedra grow up
hearing the terrible bellows of the Minotaur from the Labyrinth beneath the palace. The Minotaur – Minos’
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 defeat the monster mean betraying her family, and Ariadne knows that in a world ruled by mercurial gods, drawing their attention can cost you everything.
Ariadne has heard too many tales of women being punished for the acts of men – she is determined to
set her own fate. But will her decision to help Theseus ensure her happy ending? Or will she find herself
sacrificed for her lover’s ambition?