Can’t-Wait Wednesday: Daughter of Sparta by Claire M. Andrews

Posted April 21, 2021 by Stephanie in can't-wait wednesday / 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.


Daughter of Sparta by Claire M. Andrews
Expected publication: June 8th 2021 by Jimmy Patterson Books

In this thrilling reimagining of ancient Greek mythology, a headstrong girl does whatever it takes to rise up and become the most powerful fighter her people have ever seen.

Seventeen-year-old Daphne has spent her entire life honing her body and mind into that of a warrior, hoping to be accepted by the unyielding people of ancient Sparta. But an unexpected encounter with the goddess Artemis—who holds Daphne’s brother’s fate in her hands—upends the life she’s worked so hard to build. Nine mysterious items have been stolen from Mount Olympus and if Daphne cannot find them, the gods’ waning powers will fade away, the mortal world will descend into chaos, and her brother’s life will be forfeit.

Guided by Artemis’s twin—the handsome and entirely-too-self-assured god Apollo—Daphne’s journey will take her from the labyrinth of the Minotaur to the riddle-spinning Sphinx of Thebes, team her up with mythological legends such as Theseus and Hippolyta of the Amazons, and pit her against the gods themselves.

A reinterpretation of the classic Greek myth of Daphne and Apollo, Daughter of Sparta by debut author Claire Andrews turns the traditionally male-dominated mythology we know into a heart-pounding and empowering female-led adventure.


This book has soooo much that I’m excited about, at least according to the synopsis:

Reimagining of the ancient Greek myth of Daphne and Apollo
Headstrong female main character that wants to be a warrior
Ancient Sparta
Quest to save her brother
The labyrinth of the Minotaur
Sphinx of Thebes
Hippolyta of the Amazons
Empowering female-led adventure

I am extremely excited for this book (obviously) and I wish it were June already!



14 responses to “Can’t-Wait Wednesday: Daughter of Sparta by Claire M. Andrews

  1. Oh yes! After immersing myself in Stephen Fry’s excellent series about the Greek myths, I admit I was shaken at the horrible demeaning role of women that ran throughout most of them. I got the impression your average Greek warrior prized their warhorses higher than the women in their lives… I’ve loved Pat Barker’s retelling in The Silence of the Girls, so I hope you enjoy this one:)).

    • I had to laugh when you said I got the impression your average Greek warrior prized their warhorses higher than the women in their lives because SO true, sadly enough. The Silence of the Girls is still my favorite Greek myth retelling. 🙂

  2. I confess I don’t know the Daphne/ Apollo story! I only remember that Apollo was brother to Artemis, was a sun-god, and thought very highly of himself? I am going to have to check it out. And that’s a really gorgeous book cover, those YAs seem to have it all, really.

    • Daphne was a nymph being chased by Apollo and to get away from him she was changed into a laurel tree. And yes Apollo and Artemis are twins and don’t all the gods thought highly of themselves in the myths, especially the males haha 😛

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