As always with Greek mythology – there is no happy ending in sight in Elektra’s story. It’s about a third of the way through before we really meet the titular character and start to understand the burdens of her existence. The beginning of the story sets the scene for the Trojan war, Agamemnon, Clytemnestra and Helen star. We see their backstories and how Meneleus thirsts for vengeance when Paris takes Helen. As Agamemnon departs for war we see a touching moment between he and Elektra setting the scene for a life of pining for her beloved father. She burns with vengeance as her mother returns with disregard and hatred for Agamemnon following the sacrifice of Elektra’s sister. Every move her mother makes makes her ache with the need to save her father from a fate only she and Cassandra the prophetess can see. When fate has its way with them there’s nothing you can do but cringe with pity and sorrow.
This is another great retelling of classic myths with a modern feminist view. Each woman is brimming with motive and intention. She has much more impact than the classists portrayed and understanding their hearts and minds is a refreshing bent on this genre. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐
Thanks to Flatiron Books for the gifted copy. All opinions above are my own.
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