Mythology-Inspired Reads for Adults

Retellings, reimagining, or fictionalized stories of mythology and legends from various cultures.

Updated September 25, 2023
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Herc
Rogerson, Phoenicia.
'Astonishingly vivid' Jodi Taylor 'A remarkable feat of storytelling' Rosie Hewlett This should be the story of Hercules: his twelve labours, his endless adventures...everyone's favourite hero, right? Wrong. This is the...
The women of Troy
Barker, Pat
A daring and timely feminist retelling of The Iliad from the perspective of the women of Troy who endured it--an extraordinary follow up to The Silence of the Girls from the Booker Prize-winning author of The Regeneration Trilogy and "one of contemporary literature's most thoughtful...
Kaikeyi : a novel
Patel, Vaishnavi
An instant New York Times bestseller and Tiktok sensation, Vaishnavi Patel's stunning debut Kaikeyi reimagines the life of the infamous queen from Indian epic the Ramayana... The only daughter of a king, Kaikeyi watches as her mother is banished and her...
Atalanta
Saint, Jennifer
The heroic story of the only female Argonaut, told by Jennifer Saint, the bestselling author of ELEKTRA (UK, Sunday Times, May 2022) and ARIADNE (UK, Sunday Times, April 2021). 'A brilliant read' Women & Home | 'A spirited retelling...
Stone blind
Haynes, Natalie
** Longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2023 ** In Stone Blind, the instant Sunday Times bestseller, Natalie Haynes brings the infamous Medusa to life as you have never seen her before. 'Witty, gripping, ruthless' - Margaret Atwood via Twitter
A thousand ships
Haynes, Natalie
Shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction Powerfully told from an all-female perspective, in A Thousand Ships, classicist and author of Divine Might, Natalie Haynes retells the story of the Trojan War - putting the women, girls and goddesses at the centre...
Elektra
Saint, Jennifer
An exciting and equally lyrical new retelling from Jennifer Saint, the Sunday Times bestselling author of ARIADNE'Saint's immersive novel thrusts the reader straight into the heart of Greek mythology' ipaper on AriadneThe House of Atreus is cursed. A bloodline...
Ithaca
North, Claire
From the multi-award-winning author Claire North comes a daring reimagining that breathes life into ancient myth and gives voice to the women who stand defiant in a world ruled by ruthless men. It's time for the women of Ithaca to tell their tale . . . "North...
Clytemnestra
Casati, Costanza.
THE TALE OF A WOMAN THE WORLD SHALL NEVER FORGET . . . 'Vivid with fury, passion and strength, this is a fabulous myth retelling' JENNIFER SAINT 'A blaze of a novel, fiery and furious - and alight with murderous revenge' DAILY MAIL 'A...
Daughter of the Moon Goddess
Tan, Sue Lynn
The bestselling debut fantasy inspired by the legend of the Chinese moon goddess. A young woman's quest to free her mother pits her against the most powerful immortal in the realm, setting her on a dangerous path where those she loves are not the only ones at risk... ...
The Shadow of Perseus
Heywood, Claire.
Psyche & Eros
McNamara, Luna
'A riotous adventure, populated by a cast of vivid, glittering characters' JENNIFER SAINT'An enthralling tale of adventure, romance, and star-crossed lovers' SUE LYNN TANNTHE GOD OF LOVE HAS FINALLY MET HIS MATCH...Born into an era of heroes, a prophecy claims that...
Lore Olympus. Volume one
Smythe, Rachel (Comics artist)
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * Scandalous gossip, wild parties, and forbidden love--witness what the gods do after dark in this stylish and contemporary reimagining of one of the best-known stories in Greek mythology, featuring a brand-new, exclusive short story from creator Rachel...
The song of Achilles
Miller, Madeline
Greece in the age of Heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the kingdom of Phthia. Here he is nobody, just another unwanted boy living in the shadow of King Peleus and his golden son, Achilles.Achilles, 'best of all the Greeks', is everything Patroclus is not - strong,...
Neon gods
Robert, Katee
He was supposed to be a myth. But from the moment I crossed the River Styx and fell under his dark spell...he was, quite simply, mine. *A scorchingly hot modern retelling of Hades and Persephone that's as sinful as it is sweet.* Society darling Persephone Dimitriou plans to flee the...
Wrath goddess sing : a novel
Deane, Maya
"Deane's tour de force debut ...brings the familiar story to fresh, vivid, and unforgettable new life." - Publishers Weekly (starred review) Drawing on ancient texts and modern archeology to reveal the trans woman's story hidden underneath the well-known myths of The...
A touch of malice
St. Clair, Scarlett
The next installment in the Hades and Persephone story from bestselling author Scarlett St. Clair. Discover the world of New Athens and the Greek gods in a series that readers are calling "hopelessly addictive." "I am not sure who you think I am," she said. "But let me be clear--I am...
Ariadne
Saint, Jennifer.
**The mesmerising retelling from the woman at the heart of one of Ancient Greece's most famous myths.** 'I absolutely adored this book and am encouraging everyone I know to buy a copy.' ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ READER REVIEW 'The last...
Gods of jade and shadow
Moreno-Garcia, Silvia
The Mayan god of death sends a young woman on a harrowing, life-changing journey in this dark, one-of-a-kind fairy tale inspired by Mexican folklore. "A spellbinding fairy tale rooted in Mexican mythology . . . Gods of Jade and Shadow is a magical...
The witch's heart
Gornichec, Genevieve
Angrboda's story begins where most witch's tales end: with a burning. A punishment from Odin for refusing to give him knowledge of the future, the fire leaves Angrboda injured and powerless, and she flees into a remote forest. There she is found by a man Loki, and her initial distrust grows into a...
Norse mythology
Gaiman, Neil
Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he turns his attention back to the source, presenting a bravura rendition of the great northern tales. In Norse Mythology, Gaiman stays true to the myths in envisioning the major...
Circe
Miller, Madeline
This #1 New York Times bestseller is a "bold and subversive retelling of the goddess's story" that brilliantly reimagines the life of Circe, formidable sorceress of The Odyssey (Alexandra Alter, TheNew York Times). In the house of Helios, god of the sun...

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