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Review: Ariadne by Jennifer Saint

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Ariadne by Jennifer Saint
Fantasy, Mythology, Retelling

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Synopsis
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.

What I thought
Thank you Macmillan Audio and Netgalley for giving me an ARC copy of this book for an honest review. All thoughts and feelings expressed are my own.

I have always enjoyed mythology, but I have to say I love that we are getting retellings that focus on the mostly forgotten women of the original myths.  They were briefly mentioned and usually, the context around them was not good.   I took a mythology class in high school (no one needs to know how long ago that was) and we studied the Greek myths.  So when the only thing I could remember about Ariadne was that she liked to dance I knew I was in for a treat.  The original story focused on Theseus and the Minotaur and little was said about the Minotaur’s sisters.  Also, the original story used the mother as a lesson to be learned.  So I really enjoy that this story dives into the fact that the mother is used by the gods to punish her husband and it shows her trama.  In many ways, this story gives back to all the women that were just brushed over.   And it does help that some of the men do get what is coming to them.  

I found the writing to be lovely and I was pulled into the story from the beginning.  This is a wonderful book for anyone that loves retellings or is a fan of Madeline Miller’s Circe.  

My Rating: /5

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Review: I am Drusilla: by Lucille Moncrief

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I am Drusilla


I am Drusilla
by Lucille Moncrief
Fantasy, Mythology
23 pages
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Synopsis
Best-selling author Lucille Moncrief takes us back to the beginning of time, where gods and mortals lived together in a perpetual summer. In this riveting prequel to Moncrief’s timeless and dark Nefarious series, we learn the origins of the Great War between the Scion Hive vampires and the Alpine Manticore witches.

High Priestess Drusilla journeys into the terrifying underworld of her vampire brother, The Great King Abaddon to free her lover Egino from the clutches of the vampire horde. Will she succeed in rescuing Egino before the darkness destroys her magic forever?
Beautifully written, I am Drusilla is an enigmatic work reminiscent of Dante’s Inferno and Le Fanu’s masterpieces. Follow the heroine Drusilla in a tale that bridges the magic of literature with an innovative new take on classic vampire mythology.

What I thought

I was very kindly gifted a copy of this short story by the author for my honest opinion.  All thoughts and opinions are mine and mine alone.

This is a prequel to the authors Nefarious Series. With that said I went into this story knowing nothing since I had not read the other books. So I did feel a little lost at first.  I liked this take on vampires and it explains a little of how they came to be. I enjoyed how mythology was weaved into this story and it makes me think that I would really enjoy picking up this series.  Sorry, this is such a short one but this story was only 23 pages and if you like stories what twist vampire lore some you will really like this.

My Rating: /53.5 starsFollow me on other platforms:
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