Weekend Reads: “Ariadne”

AriadneAriadne by Jennifer Saint
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This re-telling of the myth of Ariadne kept me reading long past bedtime. “Just one more chapter,” I’d tell myself, and then keep going.

For those unfamiliar with the tale, Ariadne helps Theseus slay the Minotaur — who is her half-brother. She is then seduced by Theseus and abandoned on the isle of Naxos, with Theseus telling everyone that she is dead.

Nobody is perfect in this story, least of all the gods and heroes. Ariadne struggles to find her way through a number of mentally harrowing situations that result from her eventual marriage to the god Dionysus who, for all of his foibles, does try to let her know when she’s about to make monumental mistakes.

I enjoyed the book very much, and one need not be terribly familiar with Greek mythology in order to do the same.

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