Saturday 26 March 2022

Recommending Fantasy Books based in Classic Mythology

Mythology was always one of my favourite subjects. I really like reading about the myths of different cultures and learning from them. Since I am Greek it is natural that I know more about Greek Mythology than any other. However, I want to change that and read more books based in classic mythology from around the world. 

This is where this list of recommendations comes. It is here to help me and everyone who wants to, to read more books based in mythology from around the world.

Let's start...

Ariadne by Jennifer Saint

It is inspired by Greek Mythology and especially the ancient myth of Theseus and the Minotaur. 
Ariadne gives a voice to the forgotten women of one of the most famous Greek myths, and speaks to their strength in the face of angry, petulant Gods.

Published by Wildfire in March 2021.
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She Who Became The Sun (The Radiant Emperor #1) by Shelley Parker-Chan

It is inspired by Mulan and is also a bold, queer, and lyrical reimagining of the rise of the founding emperor of the Ming Dynasty.

Published by Tor Books in July 2021.
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Legendborn (Legendborn#1) by Tracy Deonn

This book is inspired by the Arthurian Legends and it is a contemporary fantasy. It is also a debut for the author.

Published by  Margaret K. McElderry Books in September 2020.
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Kaikeyi by Vaishnavi Patel

It is inspired by the vilified queen from the Ramayana in Indian Mythology and it is a  stunning debut from a powerful new voice. Kaikeyi is a tale of fate, family, courage, and heartbreak—of an extraordinary woman determined to leave her mark in a world where gods and men dictate the shape of things to com

Published by Redhook on April 26th, 2022
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Elektra by Jennifer Saint

This is another Greek Mythology inspired book by the author. This time is about the House of Atreides and especially the story of Elektra who is the daughter of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra.

Published by Wildfire on April 28th, 2022.
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Pandora by Susan Stokes- Chapman

It is inspired by the Greek myth of Pandora and it is  set in Georgian London, where the discovery of a mysterious ancient Greek vase sets in motion conspiracies, revelations and romance.
Pandora is a story of secrets and deception, love and fulfilment, fate and hope.

Published by Harvill Secker in January 2022.
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The Witch's Heart by Genevieve Gornichec

This novel reimagines Norse Mythology and especially the myth about Loki and his wife Angrboda. 

Published by Ace Book in February 2021
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The Silence of the Girls ( Women of Troy #1) by Pat Barker

This book tells us the story of the Trojan War through the eyes of the women and especially Queen Briseis who has been stolen from her conquered homeland and given as a concubine to a foreign warrior. The warrior is Achilles. Briseis's fate is now indivisibly entwined with his.
No one knows it yet, but there are just ten weeks to go until the Fall of Troy, the end of this long and bitter war. This is the start of The Iliad: the most famous war story ever told. The next ten weeks will be a story of male power, male ego, male violence. But what of the women? The thousands of female slaves in the soldiers' camp - in the laundry, at the loom, laying out the dead? Briseis is one of their number - and she will be our witness to history.

Published by Penguin in August 2018
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You can also check the follow up to the story The Women of Troy here

Circe by Madeline Miller

It is a retelling of the story of the mythological witch Circe who is famous from the Greek epic poem The Odyssey. This time who see the story and the events through Circe's point of view which is fascinating. 
Breathing life into the ancient world, Madeline Miller weaves an intoxicating tale of gods and heroes, magic and monsters, survival and transformation.

Published by Bloomsbury in April 2018
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Check out my review here

You can also check The Song of Achilles from the same author here

The Girl Who Fell Beneath The Sea by Axie Oh

This book is Asian Mythology inspired and  is a simple, straightforward story about the curse of the Sea God, told in a very captivating manner.

Published by  Feiwel & Friends in February 2022.
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Check out my review here

Daughter of The Moon Goddess (The Celestial Kingdom Duology #1)  by Sue Lynn Tan

A captivating debut fantasy inspired by the legend of Chang'e, the Chinese moon goddess, in which a young woman’s quest to free her mother pits her against the most powerful immortal in the realm.
Daughter of the Moon Goddess begins an enchanting, romantic duology which weaves ancient Chinese mythology into a sweeping adventure of immortals and magic—where love vies with honor, dreams are fraught with betrayal, and hope emerges triumphant.

Published by Harper Voyager in January 2022
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Check out my review here

These are my recommendations regarding books based in Classic Mythology. I know that the list is incomplete, since it has more Greek mythology inspired books than I wanted but I am always open to your own suggestions.

See you in the next post and don't forget to keep reading!!!

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