'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.'
'Relevant and revelatory'
'With her wonderfully executed debut... [Saint] joins the likes of Madeline Miller...in forging mesmerising retellings of ancient Greek myths from a female perspective.'
'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.'
'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 fierce determination, Saint topples kings from their thrones, reveals heroes' darker desires and tarnishes the shine on the gods of Olympus. Our heroine and her sister Phaedra struggle against the weakness, hubris and cruelty of men and gods. We devoured ARIADNE and couldn't stop discussing its many nuances. You will, too!'
Lisa Swayze and Isabella Ogbulamani, Buffalo Street Books, Ithaca, NY
'What a beautiful book! Transports you to a wonderfully realised, magical world with fabulous characters.'
Elodie Harper, author of THE WOLF DEN.
'Such a compelling version of the Theseus myth viewed through the eyes of Ariadne and her sister. Timeless but also dealt brilliantly with contemporary issues.'
Laure Van Rensburg, author of THE DOWNFALL.
'Utterly absorbing and brought to life in lyrical prose.'
Elizabeth Lee, author of CUNNING WOMEN
'Saint's immersive novel thrusts the reader straight into the heart of Greek mythology with this wonderful reimagining of the story of Ariadne.'
'Saint breathes new life into the forgotten women of Greek mythology with a novel that's both incredibly absorbing and full of heart.'
Katie Lowe, author of THE FURIES
'Filled with luxuriant descriptions of pastoral ancient Greece, fearsome deities and frightening creatures and unflinching, intelligently developed emotion, this shrewd commentary on the inner lives of overlooked women should resonate with fans of Madeline Miller's Circe and feminist fantasy.'
Jaclyn Fulwood, blogger at Infinite Reads