Elektra: No.1 Sunday Times Bestseller from the Author of ARIADNE
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It is clear that Clytemnestra ignored her, which added to Elektra’s problems, but I find that Elektra should have been able to reach some reasonable conclusions to past events that she willfully chose to ignore. This novel surpassed all of my expectations and has easily become one of my absolute favourites I have read this year. Nevertheless, I wanted to read this if only for my love of mythology and I am glad that I did despite this not being as good as the author's previous book. There was much of this that I loved- Jennifer Saint has wrote another fantastic retelling and I enjoyed how certain aspects she’s twisted to suit her own narrative. Yep, the Agamemnon who led the war against Troy after his younger brother's wife had been "kidnapped" (we don't really know if Helen went there voluntarily or not) by Paris.
In Jennifer Saint's prose you can hear the songs of the poets, feel the floors beneath your feet, smell the wood burning in the fire and experience the story of these three very different women as if you are there. Cassandra’s narrative was heartbreaking as was Clytemnestra’s agony in witnessing Iphigenia’s death. We see Clytemnestra as she spends 10 years of the Trojan war planning her murder of Agamemnon, especially after he murdered their first daughter, Iphigenia. So I was very excited to read a new POV on Greek stories that I knew as well as learning some new ones I hadn’t experienced before.I found Elektra really hard to sympathise with at times- she is a selfish character and her empathy for others is hardly there.
Women who carry the scars of war, seek retribution and in some cases become slaves to the victors and enemies even to their own family. A specific quote, "He would not burn his beloved's body until he had sated his vengeance" gave me the chills. Despite these minor issues, being a lover of Greek mythology I truly enjoyed this novel and can confidently recommend it.This could have been stronger had it been a more in depth story focusing solely on Clytemnestra or Cassandra but the three POV’s made the story weaker and more surface level.