Atalanta: The dazzling story of the only female Argonaut

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Atalanta: The dazzling story of the only female Argonaut

Atalanta: The dazzling story of the only female Argonaut

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Girls like Anne Shirley (of Anne of Green Gables) who aren’t defined by their relationships to boys or men, who have ambition and spirit and learn resilience and perseverance. And that, as women, she and the other women she meets bring their own form of power in a world that often sees them shunted to the side. Artemis shunned the golden halls of Mount Olympus, the grand cloud-cloaked palace where the other immortals lived.

Her second novel, ELEKTRA, was a Number One Sunday Times bestseller and explores the curse upon the House of Atreus, giving voice to three women who are caught up in its shadows: Clytemnestra, Cassandra and Elektra whose lives are shattered by the Trojan War and who seek to find justice at any cost. Like in her previous books, Saint gives a voice to a female from Greek mythology that doesn’t often get one.As with many myth retellings, one of the joys of this novel is the well-known mythical characters who drift in and out, sometimes barely glimpsed but still familiar. He tried to get away, he scrambled back toward the trees, but I could see where his hair dripped with water that there was something forming on his head, something that made no sense. That’s why I was delighted when Jennifer Saint chose Atalanta as the subject for her next myth novel, following Ariadne and Elektra. Despite her closeness to Artemis, she’s not foolish enough to rely upon the goddess as a protector: she has seen first-hand that the gods can be cold and capricious, and all she wants from Artemis is the chance to prove herself.

As a baby she was left to die, presumably because her father (King Arcadia) hoped for a son, but remarkably she survived against the odds. Jennifer Saint is now a full-time author, living in Yorkshire, England, with her husband and two children.

I knew a little about the Argonauts but certainly didn’t know there was a female one, so it was fascinating to read her story. I saw that their lives were dedicated to Artemis; they kept the forest for her, nurturing its springs, its rivers, its plants, and all the life within it.

She provides vivid descriptions of Atalanta as a warrior, of her backbreaking, painful work rowing the vessel, as well as of her thrilling and excruciating foot races, wrestling matches, and archery competitions. Though action-packed and dramatic, the sheer number of these episodes becomes tedious; the author may hew too closely and too inclusively to the original epic. I love the beautiful covers that take Greek vase motifs and make them sparkly (not that I’m superficial or anything…! Incredible…A novel full of passion and adventure, where many different myths come together in a bright, joyous tapestry. She is a young woman who has lived her life almost entirely untouched by the patriarchy, and so she has never been taught that she is less valuable or important than a man.

They both do important work to further highlight Atalanta’s story as a human’s story, not just a woman’s. It’s a very easy read incorporating parts of the mythology surrounding Atalanta whilst coming up with a new and interesting storyline.

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