The Curse of Ariadne

Sara Benatti

The Curse of Ariadne

Sperling & Kupfer

Year: 2024

Pages: 336

A reinterpretation of the legend surrounding Ariadne, who ultimately became immortal by marrying the wine god Dionysos. An epic story of female independence.

Ariadne, daughter of Minos, the cruel ruler of Crete, has always been considered a helpless object unable to choose her own destiny, a commodity to be sold to the highest bidder. That is why, when the handsome lovestruck Theseus arrives to renegotiate the terms of Athens’ subjugation, she agrees to run away with him on the condition that she can take her mother Pasiphae and her younger sisters with her, to save them from her father’s abuse. But Theseus is not the hero he would have us believe, he wants to kidnap the princess to use her as a hostage. The two are discovered and locked up in the labyrinth guarded by the monstrous Minotaur. In this vast underground structure, full of secret passages and hidden levels which winds beneath the island, Ariadne and the women are left there to rot, while Theseus reveals his most brutal nature. Ariadne discovers that she can only rely on her own resources if she wants to gain her freedom, outside the labyrinth.

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