Lies We Sing to the Sea (Hardback)Sarah Underwood (author)
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Perfect reading for fans of Madeline Miller and Jennifer Saint, Underwood's utterly immersive debut novel recasts The Odyssey as a sweeping Sapphic epic of sacrifice, revenge and female courage.
A stunning sapphic reimagining of The Odyssey that explores the fate of Penelope's hanged maids.
In the cursed kingdom of Ithaca, each summer brings the hanging of twelve maidens, a gift to the vengeful Poseidon. But when Leto awakens from her death on the shore of a long-forgotten island, its enigmatic keeper Melantho tells her that there's only one way the curse can be broken. Leto must kill the last prince of Ithaca...
In Lies We Sing to the Sea, debut author Sarah Underwood delivers a thrilling and breathtaking tale that will enthral readers from the very first page as they are transported to the cursed shores of Ithaca.
A reclamation of a story from thousands of years ago, Lies We Sing to the Sea is about love and fate, grief and sacrifice, and, ultimately, the power we must find within.
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Number of pages: 496
Weight: 270 g
Dimensions: 222 x 141 x 34 mm
Gorgeous, tragic, and timeless, Underwood's Lies We Sing to the Sea makes an age-old story feel new again. This is Greek tragedy at its best: sweeping in scope yet deeply intimate in characterization. This book will break your heart.
- Grace Li (Sunday Times bestselling author of Portrait of a Thief)
"Sarah Underwood's classical reimagining is woven with pure magic: salt-laced myths, a plot that slowly unravels like a tapestry, and vivid characters who are destined to steal your heart. A scintillating, beautiful debut."
-Rebecca Ross, internationally bestselling author of A River Enchanted and Sisters of Sword & Song
"Rich, immersive and utterly compelling. A stunning achievement from Gen Z's answer to Madeline Miller"
Laura Steven, author of Society for Soulless Girls
"Lies We Sing to the Sea is a lyrical, elegant debut bursting with imagination and heart. Underwood expertly weaves a tale about the inevitability of fate-and the love that makes us rail against it anyway. Bittersweet and wholly cathartic."
-Allison Saft, New York Times bestselling author of A Far Wilder Magic
"Sarah Underwood gives a brave, ferocious voice to a character who richly deserves one. Filled with knife-sharp banter, smoldering romance, and twists that will tear your heart to pieces, this is the story about one of Penelope's doomed maids that was always waiting to be told. "
- Heather Walter, author of the Malice duology
"Prepare to be utterly wrecked by this brilliant, lyrical, queer, feminist af book. LIES WE SING TO THE SEA grabbed my heart from the first pages and I couldn't put it down. Utterly breathtaking. I loved it."
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“I loved it”
Firstly, it’s not a retelling of The Odyssey- I’ve seen so many things saying it is and it isn’t. I’m glad it isn’t! It takes the story of the murder of Penelope’s 12 maids and creates a captivating and unique story-... More
Thank you to the publishers for this review copy.
This is a fabulous tale of 12 murdered maids from Homer's Odyssey, when I started it I had no real expectations for it but absolutely loved it.
Loved the... More
“As stunning as the cover”
I have read a few different Greek retellings at this point and this may be one of my new favourites. It is not particularly faithful to the original myth and has very little to do with the Odyssey, it would be better... More
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