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Elektra: No.1 Sunday Times Bestseller from the Author of ARIADNE

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She then spends the next 10 years planning to murder her husband when he comes home from Mycenae and see her trying to hold power in court. I would not hesitate to recommend this to those with a fondness for feminist retellings of stories from the Greek myths.

Clytemnestra, Cassandra and Elektra are the women bearing the brunt of a war created by men and gods in this story of Troy. Thanks to Netgalley and Flatiron Books for the advanced reader copy and opportunity to provide an honest review.I know Saint's just following the original text, but my GOD does Elektra get exhausting after a while. My degree was in classical civilisations - so it meant this was a straight forward read, I knew who everyone was and what was going to happen. I wanted no Trojan soldier to take what was mine; no glory-seeking warrior to seize his chance of fame by plunging his sword into Agamemnon’s heart Let him come back, I hissed into the empty sky.

Her third novel, Atalanta, tells the story of the only female Argonaut and is a Number One Sunday Times bestseller. Five stars from me, but if you don’t love the Iliad, or Greek Mythology, it may not reach that level for you. The history of the family was full of brutal murder, adultery, monstrous ambition, and rather more cannibalism than one would expect. uk will use the information you provide on this form to be in touch with you and to provide updates and marketing. Clytemnestra and Elektra’s stories are inextricably entwined, but Cassandra is an outlier; she’s present in Troy during the fighting, which is presumably why Saint included her—Clytemnestra and Elektra are too far removed from the main action—but she doesn’t feel like an organic part of the story.

The characters in this book weren't characters: they were symbols and shadows meant to convey a murky higher message. The titular character was the worst of the three, and while I liked Clytemnestra at the start (I REALLY hate Agamemnon) she lost all personality in Act Two. Beautifully written, cinematic in its scope and highly compelling ; I flew through its pages and missed it immensely when it was over. This is the story of three women, their fates inextricably tied to this curse, and the fickle nature of men and gods.

The depiction of the impact of the war was also sensitively told, highlighting both the emotional toil along with the impact of ‘glorious’ propaganda in a way that comments not only on Troy but resonates with a modern audience. The interest was also mainly in the second half of the book, and completely absorbed me at the end with a more than satisfying ending as the characters wrestle with their moral dilemma and thirst for revenge because that was what tradition dictated. I did however have a fair amount of difficulty, in the beginning, determining which character was speaking Cassandra or Electra. An exciting, lyrical new retelling of the trojan war stories from Jennifer Saint, the bestselling author of ELEKTRA (UK, Sunday Times , May 2022) and ARIADNE (UK, Sunday Times , April 2021).It’s true that these stories almost always focus on men, with the women playing side roles at best, even when they do enough to warrant helming their own stories. Firstly, I absolutely adored this book, even more than Ariadne, but then I’m not surprised as in this novel Saint tackles some of my favourite mythological women and one of my favourite cycles. However, I loved the portrayal and depth of Agamemnon’s character in the book – not likeable but it was great to see more depth and colour to this very powerful character in Greek mythology. In Elektra, the author weaves the stories of Clytemnestra, Cassandra, and Elektra together, allowing us to witness events during the Trojan War from their perspective. It is a grinding, exhausting existence, and every morning I wake and stare at the dry, plain walls, which seem to shrink closer around me every day.

The book evokes so many thoughts and emotions that I never could pin one thought down in regards to the characters.If you’re familiar with mythology you’ll know Cassandra as a princess of Troy who was given the gift of prophecy by Apollo, but like an awful human, she dipped out on him after promising him she would be his lover if he gave her this gift so he then cursed her so that although she does have the gift of prophecy, she will never be believed. The story has been tackled by many tragedians such as Aeschylus and Euripides and I was so delighted with Saint’s handlings of the complex themes of the story.

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