Ariadne by Jennifer Saint – Review

Fiction
Genre: Thriller
Published: March 2021
Publisher: Wildfire
Pages: 389
My Rating: 🦋🦋🦋🦋.5/5

“What I did not know was that I had hit upon a truth of womanhood: however blameless a life we led, the passions and the greed of me could bring us to ruin, and there was nothing we could do.”

Jennifer saint, ariadne

Ariadne is a princess of Crete, daughter to King Minos and her mother Pasiphae who is the daughter of Helios the god of the sun. Ariadne and her younger younger sister Phaedra have grown up with the terrible family shame in the labyrinth below their palace. The Minotaur. Every year he demands blood and needs to feed. Due to the tragic death of their brother at the hands of the Athenians and to keep the peace King Minos has made a deal that Athens will send fourteen of their children as sacrifices for the Minotaur. Now with the arrivals of the new sacrifices is the prince of Athens, Theseus. For Aridane, it’s love at first sight and she cannot bear to see him killed as a sacrifice, but helping him means betraying her family. Aridane has to make a decision that will change her fate and risk her life in the process. With difficult decisions that will deeply impact. her future, what will Ariadne choose?


Where do I even start? This was my first real introduction to Greek mythology in a novel and it was breathtaking. I did not expect to be drawn into this story the way I did from the beginning right up until the end.

I know very little about Greek mythology except what I’ve heard here and there. The first time I really heard about any Greek gods was when I watched the animated movie Hercules 😄

I would not let a man who knew the value of nothing make me doubt the value of myself.

Coming from someone who reads mostly thrillers, I could not put it down or stop thinking about the story throughout my day even when I wasn’t reading it.

I loved how it brings the women to the forefront. Considering how poorly they are treated and sometimes not even thought of or considered. Women are punished for the wrong doings of men. I feel like that infuriated me the most.

Told from the perspectives of Ariadne and Phaedra, the chapters flow easily and I enjoyed how we see what each of the sisters think about one another and also how they grow as characters throughout the story. There is a lot of focus on sisterhood and I loved the seeing the change and character growth that took place in both Ariadne and her sister Phaedra. I will admit that it doesn’t portray men in a good light at all and I’m not sure which of the male characters I loathed the most.

With my limited knowledge about Greek mythology, I always heard the stories about the heroic males, such as Perseus, Hercules, and Poseidon, and you never hear about it from the women’s perspectives. Which was another reason I loved this book so much. Now that I have been introduced to the world of Greek mythology, I am definitely looking forward to reading more novels based on the topic. I feel like this would be loved those well versed and new to the genre.

So believe me if you’ve been on the fence about reading this book or wondering if the hype is worth it, my answer is a big fat YES!


Disclaimer: I was sent this free copy for review by Jonathan Ball Publishers. This does not influence my review or rating in any way. All views and opinions expressed are my own.

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