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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.


by Jennifer Saint
  • Both ARIADNE and ELEKTRA are Sunday Times bestsellers.

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.

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.

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.

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?

‘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
‘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
About the author

Jennifer Saint, thanks to a lifelong fascination with Ancient Greek mythology, 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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