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Bow down to the Queen of Mount Olympus

Jennifer Saint



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27 August 2024
The enthralling tale of a powerful Greek goddess maligned in both myth and ancient history, as told by Sunday Times bestselling author Jennifer Saint.

'An exceptional achievement' ELODIE HARPER

'A very special novel' COSTANZA CASATI

'The essential mythological book of the decade' NIKITA GILL

When Hera, immortal goddess and daughter of the ancient Titan Cronus, helps her brother Zeus to overthrow their tyrannical father, she dreams of ruling at his side.

As they establish their reign on Mount Olympus, Hera suspects that Zeus might be just as ruthless and cruel as the father they betrayed.

She was always born to rule, but must she lose herself in perpetuating this cycle of violence and cruelty? Or can she find a way to forge a better world?

Often portrayed as the jealous wife or the wicked stepmother, this retelling captures the many sides of Hera, vengeful when she needs to be but also compassionate and most importantly, an all-powerful queen to the gods.

More praise for HERA:

'A thrilling depiction' ELIZABETH FREMANTLE

'Subtle, nuanced and utterly gorgeous' SARAH UNDERWOOD

'Jennifer Saint's best book yet' ROSIE HEWLETT

'Vast in scope and thoroughly entertaining'


'An absolutely triumph' JASMINE ELMER
Imprint:   Wildfire
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 238mm,  Width: 158mm,  Spine: 40mm
Weight:   619g
ISBN:   9781472292209
ISBN 10:   1472292200
Pages:   400
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Forthcoming

Jennifer Saint grew up reading Greek mythology and was always drawn to the untold stories hidden within the myths. She read Classical Studies at King's College, London where she is now a Visiting Research Fellow in the Classics department. After thirteen years as a high school English teacher, she wrote Ariadne which was shortlisted for Waterstones Book of the Year in 2021 and was a Waterstones Book of the Month, as well as being a Sunday Times bestseller. Her second novel, Elektra, and third novel, Atalanta, were number one Sunday Times bestsellers. Her latest mesmerising mythological retelling is titled Hera.

Reviews for Hera: Bow down to the Queen of Mount Olympus

In Hera, Jennifer Saint has portrayed her protagonist, not as the jealous and vengeful wife of legend but as a fierce resistor of authority, who is driven by a desire to regain her lost equality in a world defined by cruelty and destruction. Saint has a knack of making even the immortals relatable and she brings this most dysfunctional of families into vivid life in her thrilling depiction of a much misunderstood Goddess. -- ELIZABETH FREMANTLE, author of Disobedient I didn't think I could love Jennifer Saint's books more... and then she wrote Hera. Hera is an exceptional achievement - Jennifer Saint immerses us into a vibrant, magical world, with a wonderfully compelling heroine, yet also examines so many profound and complex ideas around the mythology, wearing her deep knowledge of the subject so lightly. Hera is an incredibly gripping tale of passion, power and retribution. It is also one of the most original, thought provoking meditations on ancient mythology I have ever encountered. -- ELODIE HARPER, author of The Temple of Fortuna Hera is a sweeping, epic story of Greek mythology's most complex goddess. Jennifer Saint weaves her own original threads into the ancient tales, resulting in a story that is subtle, nuanced, and utterly gorgeous. -- SARAH UNDERWOOD, author of Lies We Sing to the Sea This is a very special novel . . . With echoes of Miller's Circe, Hera is an epic novel that follows the queen of the gods through her battle against the Titans, her marriage, and her quest for vengeance. The goddess is transformed from a bad-tempered wife to a compelling character readers can root for, even when she is being wicked. With an unforgettable cast of characters (Gaia, Hestia, Demeter and so many more), Hera tells us the story of the Greek gods and their unending quest for power, their ambition, their passion and retribution and, finally, their relationship with mortals. -- COSTANZA CASATI, author of Clytemnestra Hera is Jennifer Saint's best book yet, and every bit as fierce, powerful and captivating as the Queen of the Gods herself. For too long Hera has been relegated to the sidelines of mythology, serving as the comic punchline, the 'nagging wife'. In Hera, Saint rips the Queen of the Gods out from Zeus' shadow, letting her blaze her own path through these famous myths. Saint does a masterful job of humanising Hera without detracting from her divine power, she is still a fearsome queen but through Saint's expert storytelling we are able to understand and sympathise with Hera like never before. This is a must-read for fans of mythology! -- ROSIE HEWLETT, author of Medea Jennifer Saint's Hera is THE essential mythological book of the decade. With lush descriptions, beautiful worldbuilding and powerful prose Jennifer Saint tells the necessary story of the most vilified goddess who must navigate the world of Olympus both as its Queen but also as a woman constantly betrayed reclaiming her power. With her signature beautiful storytelling style, Saint takes us on a journey through the eyes of the newly anointed God Queen who faces countless obstacles along her way. This is Olympus as you have never seen it before, the story told through the eyes of Hera, its powerful, complex heroine who is finally given the agency she has long deserved. A devastating, brilliant story which is a must read for any mythology and fantasy lover, I will be handing this book to everyone I know. Breathtaking work as always from Jennifer Saint, an absolute triumph! -- NIKITA GILL, author of The Girl and the Goddess Hera is an absolute triumph! An utterly captivating foray into the world of this much misunderstood goddess. You will experience her in all her power and glory, held beautifully at all times by Jennifer Saint's spellbinding craftsmanship. A must read. -- JASMINE ELMER, author of Goddess with a Thousand Faces There's never a dull moment in this pacey, triumphant reimagining of the queen of Olympian gods. Once a warrior who fought for power alongside her brother Zeus, before he tricked her into becoming his unwilling wife and reluctant patroness of marriage, Saint's Hera is sometimes cruel, often misguided, but always convincing. Vast in scope and thoroughly entertaining, this portrayal of the most maligned Olympian goddess is a fantastic feat of storytelling as well as a satisfying study of the limits and connivances of female power in a man's world. -- NIKKI MARMERY, author of Lilith Jennifer Saint has an extraordinary ability to craft a tale that is at once sweeping and intimate and Hera is no exception. With Saint's signature eloquent and lyrical prose, Hera is not only a shrewd depiction of a complex female character but an expansive dissemination of the patriarchal pantheon, the roles allotted to women and the inherent power of storytelling. -- BEA FITZGERALD, author of Girl, Goddess, Queen Jennifer Saint is truly the queen of Greek myth. Powerfully vital, unstoppably wild and heart-rendingly beautiful - this is the story of Hera that should always have been told and never was. The queen steps forward to tell her tale at last, in an unmissable epic of such tender ferocity and magnificent rage that it will burn itself into your heart. I couldn't put it down, and when it finished I was tingling with its fierce and haunting magic. Jennifer Saint's novels are a gift from the gods - and this is one of her finest yet. -- EMILY HAUSER, Historian and Author

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