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Hera

On sale

23rd May 2024

Price: £20

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Selected: ebook / ISBN-13: 9781472292230

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

‘A brilliant read’ Women & Home | ‘A spirited retelling’ Times | ‘Beautiful and absorbing’ Fabulous | ‘A vivid reimagining of Greek mythology’ Harper’s Bazaar | ‘Jennifer Saint has done an incredible job’ Red

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.

Praise for Jennifer Saint’s books:

‘A lyrical, insightful re-telling’ Daily Mail

‘Relevant and revelatory’ Stylist

‘Energetic and compelling’ Times

‘An illuminating read’ Woman & Home

‘A story that’s impossible to forget’ Culturefly

Reviews

ELIZABETH FREMANTLE, author of Disobedient
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.
ELODIE HARPER, author of The Temple of Fortuna
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.
SARAH UNDERWOOD, author of Lies We Sing to the Sea
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.
COSTANZA CASATI, author of Clytemnestra
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.
ROSIE HEWLETT, author of Medea
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!
NIKITA GILL, author of The Girl and the Goddess
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!
JASMINE ELMER, author of Goddess with a Thousand Faces
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.
NIKKI MARMERY, author of Lilith
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.