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A Novel

Jennifer Saint

Flatiron Books

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ISBN10: 1250855578
ISBN13: 9781250855572


304 Pages



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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.


Praise for Atalanta

“Sensational . . . Readers looking for an incredible female author to add to their shelves should pick up Saint’s entire collection.”Reader’s Digest

“The Greek warrior gets her hero’s story as she goes on a quest for the iconic Golden Fleece.”Cosmopolitan

“Incredible . . . A novel full of passion and adventure, where many different myths come together in a bright, joyous tapestry.”The Nerd Daily

“In this feminist reclamation of Atalanta’s mythology, we see her fighting for her place in a patriarchal world and proving herself capable beyond anyone’s dreams for her.”BookRiot

“Another whirlwind retelling of mythic proportions . . . In a world where men continually try to contain her, Atalanta must carve out her own place and leave her legendary mark on the world.”BookTrib

“A stunning retelling filled with breathtaking adventure, Atalanta brings to life a heroine who stands tall among the ancient gods and heroes of legend.”—Sue Lynn Tan, author of Daughter of the Moon Goddess

“Saint deftly draws the reader into the legends of Atalanta, bringing the world of ancient Greece alive. The detail and description is lush: you can hear the rustle of the green leaves and taste the salty spray of the sea as the Argo rides forth on its quest. A story of adventure and love against all odds, this is an ancient tale limned with gold.”—Luna McNamara, author of Psyche and Eros

“Absolutely beautiful. This is a retelling that fully inhabits the magical realm of myth while losing none of its human heart. Atalanta is a lyrical, exciting and deeply poignant tale of one woman's remarkable life—and I cannot wait to read it again.”—Elodie Harper, author of The Wolf Den and The House with the Golden Door

“Captivating . . . The ending is so beautiful it makes every moment leading up to it worth the wait. In her acknowledgements, Saint says she hopes the novel will make readers fall as in love with Atalanta as she did—and her quest has been fulfilled.”Kirkus Reviews

“Bold . . . A compelling story about a powerful, observant warrior who loves a good, honorable fight.”Booklist

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She came to me in the forest after the bears had gone. She would have been an imposing sight to anyone, taller and stronger than any mortal woman would be—although I didn’t know that then—with a gleaming bow in her hand,...

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About the author

Jennifer Saint

Due to a lifelong fascination with Ancient Greek mythology, Jennifer Saint read Classical Studies at King’s College, London. She spent the next thirteen years as an English teacher, sharing a love of literature and creative writing with her students. She is the internationally bestselling author of Atalanta, Elektra, and Ariadne.

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