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Must-read mythology and folklore retellings and reimaginings

Stories of legendary mythical figures and traditional tales steeped in history are all the rage right now, so dive in and enjoy these reads about monsters, magic, and mayhem.
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  • The Song of Achilles

    A Novel

    “At once a scholar’s homage to The Iliad and startlingly original work of art by an incredibly talented new novelist….A book I could not put down.”—Ann Patchett“Mary Renault lives again!” declares Emma Donoghue, author of Room, referring to The Song of Achilles, Madeline Miller’s thrilling, profoundly moving, and utterly unique retelling of the legend of Achilles and the Trojan War.A tale of gods, ... Read more

    $11.99 USD

  • Daughter of the Moon Goddess

    A Novel

    by Sue Lynn Tan ...
    Book 1 - Celestial Kingdom
    The acclaimed national and international bestseller“Epic, romantic, and enthralling from start to finish.”—Stephanie Garber, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Caraval series“An all-consuming work of literary fantasy that is breathtaking both for its beauty and its suspense."—BookPage, starred reviewA captivating and romantic debut epic fantasy inspired by the legend of the Chinese... ... Read more

    $11.99 USD

  • Gods of Jade and Shadow

    The Mayan god of death sends a young woman on a harrowing, life-changing journey in this dark, one-of-a-kind fairy tale inspired by Mexican folklore.“A spellbinding fairy tale rooted in Mexican mythology . . . Gods of Jade and Shadow is a magical fairy tale about identity, freedom, and love, and it's like nothing you've read before.”—BustleNEBULA AWARD FINALIST • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE ... Read more

    $9.99 USD

  • Iron Widow

    Book 1 - Iron Widow
    **An instant #1 New York Times bestseller!Pacific Rim meets The Handmaid's Tale in this blend of Chinese history and mecha science fiction for YA readers.**The boys of Huaxia dream of pairing up with girls to pilot Chrysalises, giant transforming robots that can battle the mecha aliens that lurk beyond the Great Wall. It doesn't matter that the girls often die from the mental strain.When 18-year ... Read more

    $10.99 USD

  • Kaikeyi

    A Novel

    **AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A BOOK OF THE MONTH CLUB PICK • "MYTHIC RETELLING AT ITS BEST." (R. F. Kuang, author of Babel)“With a graceful, measured elegance” (New York Times), this lyrical novel reimagines the life of the infamous queen from the ancient epic the Ramayana, giving voice to an extraordinary woman determined to leave her mark in a world where gods and men dictate the ... Read more

    $4.99 USD

  • The Women of Troy

    A Novel

    by Pat Barker ...
    A daring and timely feminist retelling of The Iliad from the perspective of the women of Troy who endured it—an extraordinary follow up to The Silence of the Girls from the Booker Prize-winning author of The Regeneration Trilogy and “one of contemporary literature’s most thoughtful and compelling writers" (The Washington Post).Troy has fallen and the victorious Greeks are eager to return home with ... Read more

    $11.99 USD

  • She Who Became the Sun

    Book 1 - The Radiant Emperor Duology
    British Fantasy Award WinnerLambda Literary Award FinalistTwo-time Hugo Award FinalistLocus Award Finalist"Magnificent in every way."—Samantha Shannon, author of The Priory of the Orange Tree"A dazzling new world of fate, war, love and betrayal."—Zen Cho, author of Black Water SisterShe Who Became the Sun reima... ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • Lightning Thief, The (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1)

    by Rick Riordan ...
    Book 1 - Percy Jackson and the Olympians
    Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can't seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse-Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. ... Read more

    $6.99 USD

  • Legendborn

    by Tracy Deonn ...
    series The Legendborn Cycle
    An Instant New York Times Bestseller!Winner of the Coretta Scott King - John Steptoe for New Talent Author AwardFilled with mystery and an intriguingly rich magic system, Tracy Deonn’s YA contemporary fantasy reinvents the King Arthur legend and “braids together Southern folk traditions and Black Girl Magic into a searing modern tale of grief, power, and self-discovery” (Dhonielle Clayton, New ... Read more

    $10.99 USD

  • Sistersong

    by Lucy Holland ...
    In an ancient land steeped in wild magic, three royal siblings fight to keep their kingdom safe from the warriors who threaten its borders—and their bond—in this lyrical debut of spells and song, sisterhood and betrayal."ABSOLUTELY STUNNING." —Hannah Whitten, author of For the WolfIn the kingdom of Dumnonia, there is old magic to be found in the whisper of the wind, the roots of the trees, and the ... Read more

    $4.99 USD

  • Black Leopard, Red Wolf

    by Marlon James ...
    Book 1 - The Dark Star Trilogy
    **One of TIME’s 100 Best Fantasy Books of All TimeWinner of the L.A. Times Ray Bradbury PrizeFinalist for the 2019 National Book Award**The New York Times BestsellerNamed a Best Book of 2019 by The Wall Street Journal, TIME, NPR, GQ, Vogue, and The Washington Post"A fantasy world as well-realized as anything Tolkien made." --Neil Gaiman"Gripping, ac... ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • A Thousand Ships

    A Novel

    NATIONAL BESTSELLERAn NPR Best Book of the Year“Gorgeous.... With her trademark passion, wit, and fierce feminism, Natalie Haynes gives much-needed voice to the silenced women of the Trojan War.”—Madeline Miller, author of CirceShortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction, a gorgeous retelling of the Trojan War from the perspectives of the many women involved in its causes and consequences—for ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • Black Water Sister

    by Zen Cho ...
    A finalist for the 2022 World Fantasy Award for Best NovelOne of BookPage's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Books of 2021One of Tor.com Reviewers' Choice Best Books of 2021One of Book Riot's Best SFF Standalones of 2021“Ghosts. Gods. Gangsters. Black Water Sister has it all…a wildly entertaining coming-of-age story for the twentysomething set, with a protagonist who is almost painfully relatab... ... Read more

    $10.99 USD

  • Ariadne

    A Novel

    A mesmerizing debut novel for fans of Madeline Miller's Circe.Ariadne, Princess of Crete, grows up greeting the dawn from her beautiful dancing floor and listening to her nursemaid’s stories of gods and heroes. But beneath her golden palace echo the ever-present hoofbeats of her brother, the Minotaur, a monster who demands blood sacrifice.When Theseus, Prince of Athens, arrives to vanquish the ... Read more

    $11.99 USD

  • When We Were Birds

    A Novel

    A mythic love story set in Trinidad, Ayanna Lloyd Banwo's radiant debut is a masterwork of lush imagination and exuberant storytelling—a spellbinding and hopeful novel about inheritance, loss, and love's seismic power to heal."Roots the reader in [Trinidad’s] traditions and rituals [and] ... in the glorious matriarchy by which lineage is upheld. The result is a depiction of ordinary life that’s ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • Six Crimson Cranes

    by Elizabeth Lim ...
    Book 1 - Six Crimson Cranes
    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A princess in exile, a shapeshifting dragon, six enchanted cranes, and an unspeakable curse... Drawing from fairy tales and East Asian folklore, this original fantasy from the author of Spin the Dawn is perfect for fans of Shadow and Bone."A dazzling fairytale full of breathtaking storytelling." --Stephanie Garber, New York Times bestselling author of CaravalShiori'anm. ... Read more

    $8.99 USD

  • The Once and Future King

    by T. H. White ...
    T. H. White’s masterful retelling of the saga of King Arthur is a fantasy classic as legendary as Excalibur and Camelot, and a poignant story of adventure, romance, and magic that has enchanted readers for generations.Once upon a time, a young boy called “Wart” was tutored by a magician named Merlyn in preparation for a future he couldn’t possibly imagine. A future in which he would ally himself ... Read more

    $8.99 USD

  • The Gospel of Loki

    “A surprise from the author of Chocolat,” New York Times bestselling author Joanne M. Harris, “this pacy adult fantasy is narrated by Loki, the Norse god of fire and mischief” (Vogue).This novel is a brilliant first-person narrative of the rise and fall of the Norse gods—retold from the point of view of the world’s ultimate trickster, Loki. A #1 bestseller in the UK, The Gospel of Loki tells the ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • Circe

    "A bold and subversive retelling of the goddess's story," this #1 New York Times bestseller is "both epic and intimate in its scope, recasting the most infamous female figure from the Odyssey as a hero in her own right" (Alexandra Alter, The New York Times).In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child -- not powerful, like her ... Read more

    $11.99 USD

  • The Wolf and the Woodsman

    A Novel

    by Ava Reid ...
    In the vein of Naomi Novik’s New York Times bestseller Spinning Silver and Katherine Arden’s national bestseller The Bear and the Nightingale, this unforgettable debut— inspired by Hungarian history and Jewish mythology—follows a young pagan woman with hidden powers and a one-eyed captain of the Woodsmen as they form an unlikely alliance to thwart a tyrant.In her forest-veiled pagan village, Évike ... Read more

    $11.99 USD

  • Ithaca

    by Claire North ...
    Book 1 - Songs of Penelope
    This “dazzlingly complex, twisting tale” tells the story of Penelope of Ithaca, famed wife of Odysseus, and her time on an isle populated with abandoned women—and their goddesses—as they change the course of the world."North brings a powerful, fresh, and unflinching voice to ancient myth. Breathtaking." —Jennifer Saint, author of AriadneSeventeen years ago, King Odysseus sailed to war with Troy, ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • The King Must Die

    A Novel

    by Mary Renault ...
    New York Times Bestseller: This retelling of the Greek myth of Theseus, king of Athens, is “one of the truly fine historical novels of modern times” (The New York Times).In myth, Theseus was the slayer of the child-devouring Minotaur in Crete. What the founder-hero might have been in real life is another question, brilliantly explored in The King Must Die. Drawing on modern scholarship and ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • Trail of Lightning

    series The Sixth World
    One of the Time 100 Best Fantasy Books Of All Time2019 LOCUS AWARD WINNER, BEST FIRST NOVEL2019 HUGO AWARD FINALIST, BEST NOVELNebula Award Finalist for Best NovelOne of Bustle’s Top 20 “landmark sci-fi and fantasy novels” of the decade“Someone please cancel Supernatural already and give us at least five seasons of this badass Indigenous mon... ... Read more

    $10.99 USD

  • Norse Mythology

    by Neil Gaiman ...
    “Remarkable.… Gaiman has provided an enchanting contemporary interpretation of the Viking ethos.”—Lisa L. Hannett, AtlanticNeil Gaiman, long inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction, presents a bravura rendition of the Norse gods and their world from their origin though their upheaval in Ragnarok.In Norse Mythology, Gaiman stays true to the myths in ... Read more

    $12.99 USD