Monday, March 6, 2023

Book Review | LIES WE SING TO THE SEA by Sarah Underwood

by Sarah Underwood
Publication: March 7, 2023
Publisher: Harper Teen
Genre: YA Fiction
Rating: ★★★★★

A legendary YA debut. This dazzling sapphic fantasy inspired by Greek mythology will captivate fans of Circe and The Song of Achilles.

Each spring, Ithaca condemns twelve maidens to the noose. This is the price vengeful Poseidon demands for the lives of Queen Penelope’s twelve maids, hanged and cast into the depths centuries ago.

But when that fate comes for Leto, death is not what she thought it would be. Instead, she wakes on a mysterious island and meets a girl with green eyes and the power to command the sea. A girl named Melantho, who says one more death can stop a thousand.

The prince of Ithaca must die—or the tides of fate will drown them all.

Sarah Underwood weaves an epic tapestry of lies, love, and tragedy, perfect for fans of Madeline Miller, Alexandra Bracken, and Renée Ahdieh. -Publisher

Ithaca is cursed. Twelve maidens are condemned to the noose and swept into the sea as offering to Poseidon every year. There is no exception from this god's mark -a princess, an oracle, the young, or the old. But fate united two maids, centuries apart, to seek the truth and break the curse. 

A spin-off from Odyssey, exploring the fate of Penelope's hanged maids and form them into relatable characters. 

Some readers say that the first line of a book could be an indication of a good story ahead. LIES WE SING TO THE SEA surely nailed that one. I enjoyed every bit of this book, from the first line up to the last, the story fluidly rolled out. Told in simple prose, with wit, mystery, and romance, indulging this reader to keep on turning the pages. If I could be so bold, I'd say this book is a protraction from Margaret Atwood's adaptation, The Penelopiad. While Underwood received a lot of criticism for admitting that she never finished Homer’s Odyssey, her dedication to give these forgotten women from Greek mythology their own spotlight is intriguing. Each character has their own story to share. And I think she did a great job topping it off with a bittersweet ending. 

Richly imagined and achingly beautiful. I do recommend this book.


About the Author:
Jamie Drew

Sarah Underwood grew up by the sea in Devon, England. She is currently studying for her postgraduate degree in epidemiology at the University of Cambridge. Find her on Twitter and Instagram. 

*Thanks to HarperCollins for the printed ARC in exchange for this unbiased review. #ad


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