REVIEW: The Children of Jocasta

Natalie Haynes is my favorite go-to mythology/historical fiction author.  A Thousand Ships is a story that I recommend to anyone asking, what do I read after devouring Madeline Miller? Well, I’ve got another recommendation that I’m happily adding to my mythology shelf, The Children of Jocasta provides us a story of Thebes in two timelines. WeContinue reading “REVIEW: The Children of Jocasta”

REVIEW: The Women of Troy

“No, well, I think choice is a thing of the past.” ————————— “In a court of law, if a man and a woman disagree it’s almost invariably his version of events that’s accepted.” ————————— The Women of Troy picks up after The Silence of the Girls and Troy has now fallen. We see where BriseisContinue reading “REVIEW: The Women of Troy”

REVIEW: Sistersong

Beautiful and brutal. These are the first two words that come to mind after finishing Sistersong. In the vein of the modern mythology re-tellings, Holland pairs beautiful prose with strong women and tragic circumstances to weave a masterpiece. As with all myths and fairy tales, this is a cautionary tale that reminds us the valueContinue reading “REVIEW: Sistersong”

🐠 Vacation Review: The Maidens 🐠

“There was a word for this moment in Greek tragedy: anagnorisis – recognition – the moment when the hero finally sees the truth and understands his fate – and how it’s always been there, the whole time, in front of him.” ————————— So I was one of the few folks who didn’t think The SilentContinue reading “🐠 Vacation Review: The Maidens 🐠”

🌺 REVIEW: Ariadne 🌺

“I know that human life shines more brightly because it is but a shimmering candle against an eternity of darkness, and it can be extinguished with the faintest breeze.” ————————- I love a mythology retelling and Ariadne did not disappoint! I actually think the name is a misnomer as while the story revolves around AriadneContinue reading “🌺 REVIEW: Ariadne 🌺”

REVIEW: Gods of Jade and Shadow

“Words are seeds, Casiopea. With words you can embroider narratives, the narratives breed myths, and there’s power in myth. Yes, the things you name have power.” ———————————– Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s Mexican Gothic was one of my favorite reads of last year so I had high hopes going into Gods of Jade and Shadow and I wasContinue reading “REVIEW: Gods of Jade and Shadow”