July 16, 2021

Ariadne Unraveled: A Mythic Retelling

Ariadne Unraveled: A Mythic Retelling

Zenobia Neil

Publication Date: July 7, 2021 by Hypatia Books

Genre: Fantasy, Romance

Rating: 4 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Ariadne, high priestess of Crete, grew up duty-bound to the goddess Artemis. If she takes a husband, she must sacrifice him to her goddess after no more than three years of marriage. For this reason, she refuses to love any man, until a mysterious stranger arrives on her island.

The stranger is Dionysus, the new god of wine, who empowers women and breaks the rules of the old gods. He came to Crete seeking vengeance against Artemis. He never expected to fall in love.

Furious that Dionysus would dare meddle with her high priestess, Artemis threatens to kill Ariadne if Dionysus doesn’t abandon her. Heartbroken, the new god leaves Crete, vowing to become better than the Olympians.

From the bloody labyrinth and the shadows of Hades to the halls of Olympus, Dionysus must find a way to defy Artemis and unite with his true love. Forced to betray her people, Ariadne discovers her own power to choose between the goddess she pledged herself to and the god she loves.

My Thoughts: Greek and Roman mythology has been the inspiration for stories for millennia. Whether used to explain something or just as a means for entertainment, the stories created have provided content for books, movies, art and more. Some have survived the lapse of time while others have withered into obscurity. Enter author Zenobia Neil. Neil does for Ariadne what author Madeline Miller did for Circe. Ariadne is one of those characters who wasn’t a major player herself but earned her claim to fame through her role in other myths, specifically that of Theseus and the Minotaur. While there is quite a bit of the story dedicated to the tale of Dionysus, Ariadne is front and center. Neil details Ariadne’s life as the daughter of a King, a priestess to a goddess, and eventual consort to a god. The author doesn’t shy away from the sensual and evocative side of the gods. She embraces sexuality as a necessity for the readers to understand the actions the characters take. Whether you know the story of Ariadne or not, this book is compelling in its retelling.

Thank you to the publisher Hypatia Books and Historical Fiction Virtual Blog Tours for the opportunity to get an advance copy of this title.

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