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Jennifer Saint

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Værker af Jennifer Saint

Ariadne (2021) 2,055 eksemplarer
Elektra (2022) 821 eksemplarer
Atalanta (2023) 398 eksemplarer
Hera (2024) 3 eksemplarer

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20th Century
Yorkshire, England, UK
English teacher
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Jennifer Saint grew up reading Greek mythology and was always drawn to the untold stories hidden within the myths. After thirteen years as a high school English teacher, she wrote ARIADNE which tells the legend of Theseus and the Minotaur from the perspective of Ariadne - the woman who made it happen. Jennifer Saint is now a full-time author, living in Yorkshire, England, with her husband and two children.



Another beautiful modern retelling of classic Greek mythology. Princess Atalanta is not the son her parents hoped for, and she is left on a mountainside to die. But she does not die. Rather, she is raised by a mother bear under the protective eye of the goddess Artemis. Atalanta grows up wild and free, but Artemis imposes on her one condition: she may not marry. Never an issue for Atalanta in the female society she is raised in, her resolve is tested when Artemis asks her to fight in her name with the Argonauts, a fierce band of warriors. The Argonauts’ quest for the Golden Fleece is filled with impossible challenges, but Atalanta proves herself equal to the men she fights alongside. She ultimately becomes swept into a passionate affair, in defiance of Artemis’s warning. In the original tale, Atalanta is only briefly mentioned as a member of the Argonauts; she has some brief adventures until, predictably, she’s tricked by a man into marriage and they both suffer tragedy at the hands of the gods; this imaginative retelling excavates her from victim to powerful actor. Well done.… (mere)
bschweiger | 7 andre anmeldelser | Feb 4, 2024 |
Good characterisation and an impressive ability to make you feel the very contradictory interpretations of reality among the three protagonists, but it never quite manages to overcome the inherent inertia in having a decade long war seen from the viewpoints of two people left back at home and one person stuck behind the besieged walls. I found a lack of forward momentum until the very end, when events suddenly wrap up very quickly (and, even had I no knowledge of Greek myth, predictably). The ending as a result didn't quite land with me -- admittedly a hard thing to do for a tragedy, especially one with this much foreshadowing. But overall, an enjoyable book, which is no small feat for a novel about three so epically tragic figures.… (mere)
Lucky-Loki | 18 andre anmeldelser | Jan 12, 2024 |
I liked but not in the same league as Circe and Song of Achilles. I loved the writing style of those two
Read December 2023
ChristineMiller47 | 18 andre anmeldelser | Dec 20, 2023 |
It's no surprise to anyone that I love a Greek myth retelling but I have to admit, with new retellings being released in what feels like an almost endless stream, I have burned out a little on the genre. This is partly why I cut down on these retellings for a while but also why I've been struggling to write up a review for this particular book.

I was actually very excited for Atalanta to get her own book, as she is definitely a much-overlooked character and one I haven't read nearly enough about. This probably helped when I picked up this book because, contrary to Jennifer Saint's previous works (Ariadne and Elektra) where I knew the original pretty well, here I had virtually no expectations of how the story would play out beyond the main points.

There is definitely a lot more action in this book as opposed to the previous two, and I really enjoyed the journey Atalanta undertakes with the Argonauts and the challenges they have to face. Saint's writing is rich and flows nicely so it's always a pleasure to read. The settings are vivid and gorgeous, and the dangers many, so I was often sucked into the story, even though certain sections kind of dragged on and felt a bit too "filler-y".

The main issue I have with this book is essentially the same as with the previous two as well: they are marketed as feminist retellings, but there really isn't that much feminism in here. The female characters are barely given any agency beyond what was already there in the original. Atalanta is a wonderfully strong woman who grew up without any of the social constraints other women were subjected to, enjoys the favour of a goddess, and is keen to prove she is equal to the men who constantly belittle and undermine her.

And yet, she is very quick to adapt to social expectations, barely challenges the dominant power structures and easily defers to a man in everything. She is often passive to circumstances and the only work of deconstruction and personal growth she engages in relates to her romantic relationship, which is questionable at best. Most of the book is actually Atalanta narrating the male heroes' exploits instead of her own, even in those (extremely few) times where she is given a chance to demonstrate her superiority to them both in cleverness and skill. Passivity worked well with Ariadne, who was an entirely different character and made a different point, but it just clashes with what Atalanta's character is supposed to be. Once again, retelling a story from a woman's point of view is an interesting and important work and one that is absolutely necessary, but merely doing that is not enough for it to be a "feminist" retelling.

Overall I had some fun with this book, I enjoyed seeing a different myth being retold and it was entertaining enough, but not much more than that.

I received an advanced review copy of this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley. This did not affect my opinion of the book in any way.
… (mere)
bookforthought | 7 andre anmeldelser | Nov 30, 2023 |



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