Elektra: No.1 Sunday Times Bestseller from the Author of ARIADNE

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Elektra: No.1 Sunday Times Bestseller from the Author of ARIADNE

Elektra: No.1 Sunday Times Bestseller from the Author of ARIADNE

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The author does an excellent job of showing all the steps that led to the path this mother and daughter took and to the consequences that you know are inevitable.

Now I recognize that I don't have to like any of the characters for the book to be good, and that some characters are written with the intention of being unlikable.

We all know the story, the curse of House of Atreus, fratricide, sacrificing daughter; a long war that began in the name of only one woman; and the prophecy for the seventh child of Queen Hecabe. Elektra did exactly that- telling the story of the Trojan War through the lens of three women for whom the heroic battle leads to personal tragedy. Elektra, the youngest daughter of Clytemnestra and Agamemnon, is horrified by the bloodletting of her kin.

I’ve heard the most about The Women of Troy, but she’s written The Silence of the Girls as well, which is about Briseis (the woman that Agamemnon and Achilles squabble over).This novel is pretty wonderful, especially in capturing the emotions and points of view of the female characters.

While I didn't know much of the stories of Elektra, Clytemnestra, and Cassandra before reading, I was able to catch on easily to their roles. My huge thanks to Headline Audio via NetGalley for giving me a chance to listen to Elektra by Jennifer Saint, I have given my honest review. How does one get to the point where the murder of your own mother seems not only reasonable but morally necessary? felt there wasn’t enough new material built into the story, so it felt like a ‘telling’ rather than ‘retelling’ of a story I was already very familiar with. I really enjoyed Jennifer Saint's previous book, Ariade, and was excited to get a chance to read Elektra!Her predictions have branded her a Madwoman, and she is a Trojan pariah, even amongst her own royal family. Despite the title this is actually the story of three women whose fates are inextricably tied to the cursed bloodline of the House of Atreus and the fickle nature of men and gods. Our narrators are not on the battlefield and they don’t share the same loyalties or motivations - but Cassandra, Clytemnestra and Elektra are three women whose lives and destinies are irrevocably impacted by the events preceding, during and after the fall of Troy. It’s hard to root for a character who doesn’t give even a passing care for her murdered sister and who envies and resents a woman who was raped and enslaved after the sack of her city because her abductor/rapist was Elektra’s beloved father.



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