Lies We Sing to the Sea: AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER! New for 2023, a sapphic YA fantasy romance inspired by Greek mythology, for all fans of The Song of Achilles

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Lies We Sing to the Sea: AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER! New for 2023, a sapphic YA fantasy romance inspired by Greek mythology, for all fans of The Song of Achilles

Lies We Sing to the Sea: AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER! New for 2023, a sapphic YA fantasy romance inspired by Greek mythology, for all fans of The Song of Achilles

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I read a lot of the stories within The Odyssey, because they’re in things like Percy Jackson, and those little books of mythology you get as a kid, but I actually started and finished writing without sitting down and reading the whole thing. The latest period this book could be happening during is 5th century BCE (as it's been 300 years since the Odyssey, which has been noted down in 8th century BCE) but these easily googlable things place it over 1000 years afterwards. The writing style and narrative voice alone has me enthralled, and I thought it an accomplished debut. it’s almost like Underwood doesn’t actually know anything about the cultural context of the time period!

As I've written before it's intriguing, but there are many dei ex machina, so many convenient moments, put there to help the story going on.

There is also romance, and there is love and desire, and there is a beautifully tragic man and two wrathful women! Most of the chapters are quite short so the story frequently changes direction and doesn’t linger on one subject for too long. But one girl wasn't willing to go without a fight, and the curse she enacts on Ithaca will cause thousands more deaths, for generations to come. The advantage of Greek mythology is that, within a certain range, you can’t really be unfaithful to it, because it’s about oral storytelling and making it better in your eyes”: I am going to YELL.

Particularly with the watered-down version we give to kids, it’s your classic fun adventure story of getting from A to B. I was annoyed while reading the author didn't even read the Odyssey while also writing a book inspired by a part of it. Being someone who studied Greek mythology and literature, I was a bit reticent to read this book, but I decided to read it, when I got the chance by a friend gifting it to me, so I could make my own mind and not rely on others'.Mathias is the Greek form of Matthew, not something that a 4th century BCE pagan prince of Ithaca would be named. As a professor of literature, I do understand why this admission would be upsetting to some, seem lazy and appropriating to others and even wreak of privilege to still more. Or, her brother, who struck, hanged and killed Leto, who is unable to recognize her walking in the palace. it’s just so indicative of the fact that this chick is brain-rotted from consuming primarily children’s content that she can’t conceptualise of a form of storytelling not easily mappable to modern television. She obtained her MEng in Computational Bioengineering at Imperial College, London, and has recently graduated with an MPhil in Population Health Sciences from the University of Cambridge.

If you ever read Circe and thought, "Man, all this needs is a bunch of unhinged sapphics" this book is for you. Why develop the relationship between Leto and Melantho when you could just timeskip over several months and have them go from strangers to friends to wanting to bang in the span of.

Taking the narrative thread of Penelope's twelve hanged maids and weaving a new story set generations later (so, not a retelling of The Odyssey), Lies is about balances of power and how a curse borne of grief and anger can echo through centuries, creating cycles of sorrow. Leto, daughter of the last Oracle, is one of the chosen twelve but she awakes from her hanging on a far away island in the company of Melantho, who tells her there is only one way to break the curse, Leto must kill the last prince of Ithaca. Now you understand why I don't read Greek myth retellings anymore even though it's my favourite mythology? I absolutely loved Melantho’s story and how she fell in love with Leto, who was one of the twelve maidens sacrificed to Poseidon by Prince Mathias of Ithaca. yes I know it’s not actually a “retelling” per se, but the marketing heavily leaned into the idea that it was.



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