Atalanta, Jennifer Saint

A blue cover, with water and land shaded in varying shades of blue. A woman in a toga with long hair pulled back, is holding a bow and arrow. It is strung taught

About the Book

Princess, Warrior, Lover, Hero

When Princess Atalanta is born, a daughter rather than the son her parents hoped for, she is left on a mountainside to die. But even then, she is a survivor. Raised by a mother bear under the protective eye of the goddess Artemis, Atalanta grows up wild and free, with just one condition: if she marries, Artemis warns, it will be her undoing.

Although she loves her beautiful forest home, Atalanta yearns for adventure. When Artemis offers her the chance to fight in her name alongside the Argonauts, the fiercest band of warriors the world has ever seen, Atalanta seizes it. The Argonauts’ quest for the Golden Fleece is filled with impossible challenges, but Atalanta proves herself equal to the men she fights alongside. As she is swept into a passionate affair, in defiance of Artemis’s warning, she begins to question the goddess’s true intentions. Can Atalanta carve out her own legendary place in a world of men, while staying true to her heart?

Full of joy, passion, and adventure, Atalanta is the story of a woman who refuses to be contained. Jennifer Saint places Atalanta in the pantheon of the greatest heroes in Greek mythology, where she belongs.

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Releases May 9th


My Thoughts

Lately, I’ve been on a Greek retelling kick, so I jumped at the opportunity when I saw an ARC of Atalanta. Atalanta was a mortal amongst immortals, a woman who fought for her life every step of the way. So when Artemis asks her to be her champion on a quest for the golden fleece, Atalanta knows it’s her time to shine.

Atalanta is a shining example of a woman’s strength. In her forest, she is loved and feels like she belongs. Amongst the Argonauts, she feels unwanted. Women can’t fight or do quests, so they don’t want her there. She’s just waiting for a chance to prove herself—something she’s had to do a lot in her life.

This was a fun retelling. I enjoyed Atalanta’s strength and desire to prove herself and make her place in a world that favors men. Saint has brought Atalanta to life for her readers, giving us even more reason to love Atalanta. And the cover is just absolutely beautiful.

Thank you, Flatiron Books, for sending this my way.


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