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Elektra
Elektra: The Classical Mythology Phenomenon of the Year | Jennifer Saint
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An exciting and equally lyrical new retelling from Jennifer Saint, the Sunday Times bestselling author of ARIADNE 'Saint's immersive novel thrusts the reader straight into the heart of Greek mythology' ipaper on Ariadne 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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rabbitprincess
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I liked this retelling a lot, although I was constantly trying to remember what Natalie Haynes said about the characters in Pandora‘s Jar.

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Marialou
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Absolutely brilliant.

All three women, Elektra, Clytemnestra and Cassandra, are fully realised and developed. Obviously incredibly well researched, honours the myths whilst giving fresh perspective.

I am totally Team Clytemnestra. Agamemnon had it coming.

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dmanto00
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It was a good read but not my favorite Greek mythology retelling. I did enjoy the references to places and stories I heard from Greece. #elektra

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AFrostCauseReads
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I really enjoyed this Greek myth retelling! There were three POVs: Cassandra, Clytemnestra, and Elektra and it bounced around all through famous events while adding new input from these characters.

I will say the plot/rising/falling action was a little unfocused - it did try to take on three major myths at once. BUT no matter who‘s chapter it was or what was going on, I was always interested and invested.

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emmaturi
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I am really loving all the Greek mythology books that are out and this one is no exception. The points of view from these three women Clytemnestra, Cassandra and Elektra, were all really brilliant. It's another side of the Trojan War that is hardly written about I think ( could be wrong). I also love learning about these events too. #books

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rachelm
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Peaceful morning coffee and book time before the kids get up. I‘m enjoying this one, not quite as much as Ariadne, but enough. The betrayals are so awful in Greek lit and Saint has a way of putting them so clearly

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Emily92Bibliophile
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SO good! Can‘t choose a favorite between ARIADNE or ELEKTRA- I love that both provide alternative perspective to women in mythology who do not have a voice other than through their male counterparts and male story tellers.

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Anya91
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This is a great retelling of the Trojan war.

This book really puts into perspective how far someone will go for vengeance and to avenge their family‘s name. The three main characters were introspective and you really see how the sacrifices that each had to make because of the war changed each of them in some way.

This is a great summer read. A wonderful Greek mythology story with a more feminist lens.

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Emily92Bibliophile
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✨It‘s good to be back ✨ the last 9 months have been a roller coaster at work, where I am honestly just ✨surviving✨ until Librarians finish on 6/6. There might be a lot of changes coming up, but I am thankful for rest, reading, & healing 📚While I have been MIA for a while, I have read quite a bit, thanks to my Youth Lit grad course, & then some. Soon I‘ll gather all that I have read while I have been out of commission, & share with you all 💙

LeahBergen Hello again! 👋🏻 7mo
Emily92Bibliophile @LeahBergen Hello! 👋🏻 7mo
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5feet.of.fury
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I might be being harder on this one because everyone loved it 😬 I did not.
Elektra follows Cassandra, Clytemnestra & Elektra around the events of the Trojan War.
Elektra is just the worst honestly.
Jumps to the next chapter left me wanting more from the last, time passes & the tone doesn‘t convey any difference in the characters.
My knowledge of Greek classics/mythos is Song of Achilles maybe I would have gotten more out is it w/more background?

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5feet.of.fury
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Pardon my misandry, but men are so obtuse 😂

Santie As someone who just got out of a relationship because my ex would not intervene when his mother accused me of really bad things… I feel you ✋ 7mo
5feet.of.fury Clytemnestra is plotting her revenge right now. 💕 I‘m sorry that happened to you, congrats on your freedom though 🍾 7mo
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Ericalambbrown
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THIS WAS SO GOOD! I thought it was even better than Ariadne, which I loved. It‘s a retelling of the Trojan War from the perspectives of Clytemnestra, Cassandra, and Elektra. So well done, though heartbreaking in places - particularly where Clytemnestra narrates the fate of Iphigenia. If you like retellings of Greek mythology from the female perspective, give this new one from Jennifer Saint a go.

Tamra Amazing cover! 7mo
Ericalambbrown @Tamra thanks! I liked the UK covers better on these so I splurged and ordered them from over there. 7mo
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LatrelWhite
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My second Jennifer Saint book!🥰

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I love this cover 🧡 7mo
Ericalambbrown I just finished this and loved it! I hope you do, too! 7mo
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5feet.of.fury
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Got out of work early for a dentist appointment, grabbed myself a late lunch and came to enjoy the beautiful weather with this one. I‘m reading what seems like a good amount of Greek retellings with absolute 0 foundational knowledge. I should probably rectify that at some point.

KathyWheeler I have Ariadne and need to read it. 7mo
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sprainedbrain
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Having loved Ariadne, I fully expected to love Saint‘s take on three of the women impacted by the events surrounding the Trojan War—I was not disappointed.

Excellent writing and heartbreaking stories… I cried more than once (not afraid to admit once was when Patroclus rode out in Achilles‘ armor, but I am a Song of Achilles super fan, so…).

Not sure about the title choice, since Elektra is not any more central than Cassandra or Clytemnestra⬇️

sprainedbrain I‘m not a fan of Elektra as a character anyway, and this story did nothing to change that. Clytemnestra was justified in her righteous anger for Agamemnon (I like how Saint handled her and Cassandra as well) and I will die on that hill.

This is a really good audiobook, though I was distracted at times by the narrator for Elektra‘s swallowing. 😬 But again, I don‘t like Elektra so maybe that‘s me?! Lol

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CBee I‘m also a Song of Achilles super fan ♥️ 7mo
sprainedbrain @CBee Just a perfect book! ❤️ 7mo
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Emilymdxn
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I was so excited to read this after finishing Ariadne earlier this year. I did like it, but probably less than Ariadne. I think because I knew the myths better this time around and I felt like humanising Elektra and Clytemnestra to make them into sympathetic characters made them lose a lot of what made them interesting - I liked them more twisted and monstrous personally.

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GondorGirl
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Came home from visiting my folks and had a bunch of #BookMail!

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Addison_Reads
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#NetGalley #AudioArc

This audiobook was excellent. The narrator did a fantastic job.

Elektra is the title but this book explores the relationships of Clytemnestra and Cassandra as well. I loved the focus being on the females and the psychology explored in their choices.

Jennifer Saint truly has a gift for Greek mythology retellings. She combines the classic stories with a fresh new spin full of excitement and adventure.

Cinfhen I really loved the audio too!!! The scene with Clytemnestra and Iphigenia broke my heart even though I already knew the outcome 😭 7mo
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KristiAhlers
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I run our local B&N book club and when I was looking at the new releases for this month I was so hoping this would be our pick. Well it was!!! Y‘all drop what you‘re reading and pick up this one up! Even though it‘s title is Elektra it also focuses on Clytemnestra and Cassandra. If you‘re not familiar with Greek mythology a quick Google search will catch you up ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ current favorite book of the year! #mayreading

5feet.of.fury I‘m picking this up tomorrow, and I cannot WAIT, everything I‘ve heard is so good 7mo
KristiAhlers @5feet.of.fury I‘m so excited for you! Seriously it‘s so very good. 7mo
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Jess_Franzino
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This was SO much better than “Ariadne”! While I still will always despise Clytemnestra and find her to be just as bad as Agamemnon in canon; this book did an excellent job of showing the psychology behind her and Elektra. I‘m also glad that she didn‘t go with the version where Apollo r*pes Cassandra and also showed the youth & innocence of Orestes.

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KristiAhlers
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Picked up my book club book today. May sit down with this one later tonight after dinner. Really excited for this one! #bookclubread #maybookclub

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Read_By_Red
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The thing that I loved the most about this audiobook is that there are three people reading as the three main characters/narrators, and for me I was able to better distinguish each woman from the others, and that made listening to this story so much more enjoyable. I liked the life brought to these characters by Eyre, Collingwood and Teal. I don‘t always enjoy audiobooks but Elektra may very well be my absolute favorite audiobook.

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Cinfhen
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Audio #Arc #NetGalley #AvailableMay3 #Tuesday Outstanding audio production 🙌🏻While it‘s titled Elektra, this is VERY MUCH Clytemnestra‘s story too. Three female protagonists, each in distinct and passionate narration share the years before, during & after the Trojan War. While I am familiar with parts of the tale, this book has captured parts I was not intimate with. Five stars and all the love for this #GreekReTelling

BarbaraBB You‘re reading so many good books at the moment! 7mo
Cinfhen I am @BarbaraBB 🥰 7mo
squirrelbrain I don‘t suppose they could call it Clytemnestra though could they?! 7mo
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Cinfhen Exactly @squirrelbrain 🤣🤣🤣 7mo
shanaqui I really need to try Jennifer Saint's work, I hear such good things! 7mo
Cinfhen Her writing is really gorgeous @shanaqui and the audio for this book was fantastic ♥️ 7mo
TrishB Great review 👍🏻 7mo
Cinfhen Thanks @TrishB now I need to write a proper review for #NetGalley 7mo
Centique This sounds like just my cup of tea! 7mo
Cinfhen Audio was SO GOOD @Centique !!!!! 7mo
KarenUK It‘s our bookclub book at work this month…. 💕 7mo
Cinfhen How was your vacation?????? @KarenUK 7mo
KarenUK Aww, it was lovely and relaxing, thanks for asking! @Cinfhen 💕 7mo
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TorieStorieS
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Told in three voices, Saint breathes fresh life into Elektra‘s (and Clymenestra and Cassandra‘s lives). The Trojan war unfolds when Clymenestra‘s twin sister, Helen, leaves her husband to go with Paris to Troy. Clymenestra‘s husband & father to her youngest daughter, Elektra, gathers the mightiest army and is gone for ten years. In that time his actions cause irreparable damage to his family. The audio is well-performed & I listened to it quickly!

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readingjedi
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MASSIVE PICK ALERT ⚠️ Drop everything & read this book ASAP!

Seriously, it's very good indeed. It's got me like Angelica Schuyler when Alexander Hamilton played fast & loose with his comma placement.

So many emotions, swinging this way then that way. My heart broke, my gut wrenched & I can't stop thinking about it!

As fan of retellings & myths, a grecophile, a feminist, a daughter, a mother - this just hits hard.

Loved Ariadne, adore this!

readingjedi Also love this alternative cover that depicts the 3 women who tell their stories - Cassandra, Clytemnestra & Elektra. 11mo
Butterfinger Wow!!! 11mo
LiteraryinLawrence Great review! Love your enthusiasm! 11mo
shanaqui Oooh. you've made me very curious! I'm guessing this is quite separate from Ariadne, so I could start with this one? 11mo
readingjedi @shanaqui Yes, you don't have to have read Ariadne to enjoy/understand this one. 11mo
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readingjedi
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I have been looking forward to starting this one for a while now so I'm going to give myself a little Christmas treat and bump it straight to the top of my TBR schedule.

This cover is really something else 😍

LiteraryinLawrence With the vine placement it looked at first like Flektra. Elektra makes way more sense! Happy reading! 12mo
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readingjedi
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Just received this!!!!! So excited, I loved Ariadne.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awesome cover 💚🖤 13mo
398.2 Beautiful cover! 13mo
perfectsinner Woohoo lucky. Araidne is on my wish list 13mo
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