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Her predictions have branded her a Madwoman, and she is a Trojan pariah, even amongst her own royal family. The story has been tackled by many tragedians such as Aeschylus and Euripides and I was so delighted with Saint’s handlings of the complex themes of the story. It’s gorgeously written, tells the Achilles myths in a way that feels very fresh, and dives deeply into the Achilles/Patroclus relationship that Elektra strangely both emphasizes and glosses over.

There is a certain amount of repetition but given that each of the narrators tells the story from different vantage points, nowhere did I lose interest.Yep, the Agamemnon who led the war against Troy after his younger brother's wife had been "kidnapped" (we don't really know if Helen went there voluntarily or not) by Paris. Despite the title this is actually the story of three women whose fates are inextricably tied to the cursed bloodline of the House of Atreus and the fickle nature of men and gods. I did however have a fair amount of difficulty, in the beginning, determining which character was speaking Cassandra or Electra.

We also follow Cassandra, a princess of Troy with the gift of foresight but the curse that none would believe her. ElektraThe youngest daughter of Clytemnestra and Agamemnon, Elektra is horrified by the bloodletting of her kin. When Clytemnestra first speaks Iphigenia’s name, it’s written like a dun dun dun moment, like Saint knows that her mythology-fan readers will recognize Iphigenia and her role in the war.Her drowning, never-ending grief was portrayed so well, her fierce love for her children felt so tangible that it felt like *I* lost people beloved to me as well.

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