Can’t-Wait Wednesday: Ariadne by Jennifer Saint

Posted September 16, 2020 by Stephanie in Uncategorized / 14 Comments

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and talk about the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read.


Ariadne by Jennifer Saint
Expected publication: 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.

What? Another book related to Greek mythology? SAY IT AIN’T SO! ?

This is a retelling of Theseus and the Minotaur but with the spotlight on Ariadne. By the way, she is one of my most favorite characters in Greek myth. I love her so much! Theseus? Not so much. He’s an asshole. But I really hope that I’ll end up loving this book. Also, Dionysus NEEDS to be in it in a big way.  Fingers crossed!

14 responses to “Can’t-Wait Wednesday: Ariadne by Jennifer Saint

  1. I loved A SONG OF ACHILLES and am looking forward to reading CIRCE. This sounds awesome. And I love the cover. I am adding this to my wish list. I hope you love it when you read it. Have a great week.

  2. verushka

    Oh hello, I like books like these that give us the females character’s POV in such familiar myths. These are the angles that make me interested in familiar stories again.

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