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Elektra : The mesmerising retelling from the women at the heart of the Trojan War

3.74 (15,347 ratings by Goodreads)
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3.74 (15,347 ratings by Goodreads)

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**The spellbinding new retelling of the Trojan War drawn from the perspective of the fearless women at the heart of it all.**

'The story and its characters swept me up and engulfed me, I could not put this one down' REAL READER REVIEW

'I was glued to it from beginning to end and could not wait to recommend to my friends afterwards.' REAL READER REVIEW

'Jennifer Saint has breathed new life into this myth and put her own stamp on it' REAL READER REVIEW

'A brilliant read' Women & Home | 'A spirited retelling' Times | 'Beautiful and absorbing' Fabulous | 'A vivid reimagining of Greek mythology' Harper's Bazaar | 'Jennifer Saint has done an incredible job' Red

The House of Atreus is cursed. A bloodline tainted by a generational cycle of violence and vengeance. This is the story of three women, their fates inextricably tied to this curse, and the fickle nature of men and gods.

Clytemnestra
The sister of Helen, wife of Agamemnon - her hopes of averting the curse are dashed when her sister is taken to Troy by the feckless Paris. Her husband raises a great army against them and determines to win, whatever the cost.

Cassandra
Princess of Troy, and cursed by Apollo to see the future but never to be believed when she speaks of it. She is powerless in her knowledge that the city will fall.

Elektra
The youngest daughter of Clytemnestra and Agamemnon, Elektra is horrified by the bloodletting of her kin. But can she escape the curse, or is her own destiny also bound by violence?

Praise for Jennifer Saint and ARIADNE:

'A lyrical, insightful re-telling' Daily Mail

'Relevant and revelatory' Stylist

'Energetic and compelling' Times

'An illuminating read' Woman & Home

'A story that's impossible to forget' Culturefly
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Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 32mm | 261g
  • Wildfire
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1472273958
  • 9781472273956
  • 230

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"Elektra makes the world of Mycenaean Greece feel alive again. In Jennifer Saint's prose you can hear the songs of the poets, feel the floors beneath your feet, smell the wood burning in the fire and experience the story of these three very different women as if you are there. A compelling retelling of ancient legacies, betrayal and the whims of the gods." -- Claire North, author of Ithaca
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This book is profoundly moving, full of beautiful touches which made the story feel fresh without losing any of the magic of its classical setting. I absolutely loved it. * Elodie Harper, author of THE WOLF DEN * Elektra tells the stories of three women as each battles to forge her own destiny. Jennifer Saint explores how suffering is passed down generations in this compelling novel, told in rich and evocative prose. A truly immersive read. * Elizabeth Lee, author of CUNNING WOMEN * Completely spellbinding. The story sweeps over you like a shimmering dream. Beautifully written, cinematic in its scope and highly compelling; I flew through its pages and missed it immensely when it was over. * B. P. Walter, author of THE DINNER GUEST * Elektra makes the world of Mycenaean Greece feel alive again. In Jennifer Saint's prose you can hear the songs of the poets, feel the floors beneath your feet, smell the wood burning in the fire and experience the story of these three very different women as if you are there. A compelling retelling of ancient legacies, betrayal and the whims of the gods. * Claire North, author of Ithaca * The thing that is most gorgeous about this book is the writing. * Miranda Dickinson, author of THE START OF SOMETHING *
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About Jennifer Saint

Thanks to a lifelong fascination with Ancient Greek mythology, Jennifer Saint read Classical Studies at King's College, London. Since September 2022, she has been a Visiting Research Fellow in the Classics Department there. In between, she spent thirteen years as an English teacher, sharing a love of literature and creative writing with her students. Ariadne is her first novel, Elektra is her second, and Atalanta is her latest mesmerising mythological retelling.
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15,347 ratings
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4 45% (6,870)
3 30% (4,664)
2 5% (823)
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