Book Review || Elektra by Jennifer Saint

Thursday, May 19, 2022


Jennifer Saint
26th April 2022

I read Jennifer Saint's first book, Ariadne, last year and absolutely loved it. I know some people felt like it was a little too close to the original myth of Dionysus, but having only a small amount of experience of that I enjoyed it immensely. 

I had a little more knowledge of some of the events in this book, and found that I knew where things were going which was kind of good in a way. Jennifer Saint somehow conjures this feeling of utter dread during the course of the book - so much sadness and anger and thoughts of revenge and wanting to bring about justice for all the women in this book. As it's told from several different perspectives: Clytemnestra, Cassandra, and finally Elektra herself, each story has elements of happiness in it, that eventually change into something else.

I think that's kind of why it took me so long to read this, honestly. Just because I tended to feel so many emotions as I read from each person's point of view, and as the dread became thick and choking, I had trouble going back to it. But the writing, like in Ariadne, is just so beautiful and lyrical, that I kept coming back regardless. Jennifer Saint has such an amazing way of creating words that envelope you, making it hard to fall out of the story at all - it's like an amazing weaving that you can't help studying to see if you can find more details that you missed before.

I will admit that I didn't enjoy this one quite as much as I enjoyed Ariadne, and I think that just is to do with how sad and at times horrifying this tale is. But I do think Jennifer Saint's writing is absolutely gorgeous, so I will be coming back for whenever her next book releases.

7/10 beautifully wrought daggers in the dark.

{I received a review copy of this book from Hachette in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and feelings are my own. Thank you!!}

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