Ariadne by Jennifer Saint
The mesmerising retelling from the woman at the heart of one of Ancient Greece's most famous myths. I am rubbish at remembering lots of names and I have no idea about Greek myths, but was hooked immediately. Saint breathes new life into old stories
. I stayed up far too late turning pages and will be reading the rest of her work.
From the back
Ariadne, Princess of Crete and daughter of the fearsome King Minos, grows up hearing stories of gods and heroes. But beneath the golden palace something else stirs, the hoofbeats and bellows echoing from the Labyrinth below. Every year its captive, the Minotaur - Ariadne's brother - demands blood.
When Theseus, Prince of Athens, arrives as a sacrifice to the beast, Ariadne sees in him her chance to escape. But helping Theseus kill the monster means betraying her family and country, and Ariadne knows only too well that drawing the attention of the mercurial gods may cost her everything.
In a world where women are nothing more than the pawns of powerful men, will Ariadne's decision to risk everything for love ensure her happy ending? Or will she find herself sacrificed for her lover's ambition?