The Shadow of Perseus (Hardback)
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The Shadow of Perseus (Hardback)

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Hardback 304 Pages
Published: 21/02/2023
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Triumphant and abounding in human drama, this mesmeric novel from the author of Daughters of Sparta retells the myth of Perseus through the lens of the three women on whose life is thrown into a tumult by his ambition and desires.

His mother.

Banished from her homeland thanks to a prophecy foretelling that her unborn child will one day cause the death of her father, Danae finds herself stranded, pregnant, and alone. Forging a new life for herself and for her young son Perseus will be the hardest thing she's ever done.

His trophy.

As a member of a reclusive band of women who live deep in the woods, known as the Gorgons, Medusa has eschewed all contact with the outside world. That is, until the day she finds an injured boy named Perseus in the forest.

His wife.

When a harsh sandstorm threatens to destroy her nomadic desert tribe's way of life, Andromeda knows that a sacrifice will be required to appease the gods and end the storm. But when a forceful young Perseus interferes, Andromeda's life is set on an entirely new path.

As Perseus becomes increasingly obsessed with the promise of his own destiny, his heroic journey casts a shadow of violence and destruction across all three women's lives. But even as he tries to silence them, the women may find that reclaiming their voices is their only hope for lifting themselves into a better future.

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
ISBN: 9781399702669
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 510 g
Dimensions: 236 x 162 x 30 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Heywood tells her story vividly, setting it convincingly in the period - Sunday Times on Daughters of Sparta

A fresh and original take on the myth of Perseus . . . I was gripped by the human drama at the novel's heart. - Elodie Harper

A beautifully woven tale, Heywood triumphantly reclaims the stories of three of Greek Mythology's most deserving women. With brilliant, confident writing, The Shadow of Perseus has illuminated the stories of ladies too often relegated to the role of villain or damsel. - Claire M. Andrews, author of the Daughters of Sparta trilogy

Re-energizes the Perseus myth . . . By re-interpreting the familiar characters in human terms, Claire Heywood gives new life and a startling new perspective to an old tale. Original and engrossing - Margaret George, bestselling author of Helen Of Troy

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“Complex historical reimagining at its finest!”

Claire Heywood never misses. Her story is well researched, emotional and simultaneously plot- and character-driven. This is what retellings are all about, staying true to the heart of the narrative while reshaping it... More

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'There was a comfort in the snakes, who bore their own contradictions so naturally. They were beauty and dread, safety and danger, their venom a toxic tonic with the power to heal as well as harm.’

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“A retelling from a more realistic perspective”

Three women bound by one man fight to have their voices heard. Danae, daughter of a proud king, prophecied to bear a child who will be her father's downfall, abandoned to gods. Medusa, abused and abandoned,... More

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