Book review: Ariadne Unraveled, Zenobia Neil

Ariadne Unraveled

Publication Date: 7th July 2021

Publisher: Hypatia Books

Ariadne, high priestess of Crete, grew up duty-bound to the goddess Artemis. If she takes a husband, she must sacrifice him to her goddess after no more than three years of marriage. For this reason, she refuses to love any man, until a mysterious stranger arrives on her island.

The stranger is Dionysus, the new god of wine who empowers women and breaks the rules of the old gods. He came to Crete seeking vengeance against Artemis. He never expected to fall in love.

Furious that Dionysus would dare meddle with her high priestess, Artemis threatens to kill Ariadne if Dionysus doesn’t abandon her. Heartbroken, the new god leaves Crete, vowing to become better than the Olympians.

From the bloody labyrinth and the shadows of Hades to the halls of Olympus, Dionysus must find a way to defy Artemis and unite with his true love. Forced to betray her people, Ariadne discovers her own power to choose between the goddess she pledged herself to and the god she loves.

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Once again, an utterly addictive and compelling read from Zenobia Neil! I loved ancient mythology as a youngster, and here, the stories are captured wonderfully, in a way you just won’t be able to put down. This takes us deep into the heart of the myths and legends we probably all know the basics of, and adds a human element, including to semi-gods.

The story is told from the perspectives of both Ariadne and Dionysus, which I found particularly interesting, and enjoyed seeing both sides given equal depth. The two characters share a deep connection, and hearing it ‘from them’ as it were, worked really well. The research and detail of the palaces, clothing and general ‘feel’ of the time is also, as always, excellent.

As with all of Zenobia’s books, I highly recommend this for fans of the era, who want to be thoroughly lost in a fabulous story.

About Zenobia

Zenobia Neil was named after an ancient warrior queen who fought against the Romans. She writes historical romance about the mythic past and Greek and Roman gods having too much fun. Visit her at

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