Mythology Re-telling Recommendations!

After getting the opportunity to study Greek and Roman mythology at university, I’ve been hooked. Since then I’ve just started to delve into the worlds of Norse, Celtic and Egyptian myth and am absolutely loving it!

If there’s one thing that can perhaps be even more satisfying that the actual myths themselves, it’s getting to re-read them with a modern or alternate twist. There’s been a real trend in the last few years or so of brings these classic tales to a contemporary audience so I thought why not compile a list of some of the ones I’ve come across just in case anyone is on the look out.

Just to note, I’ve included middle grade, YA and adult books as well as a graphic novel and a poetry anthology to add some variety. All books are linked to Goodreads for your convenience if something catches your interest 😊


Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
(re-telling of Helen of Troy)

The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood
(re-telling of The Odyssey)

The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker
(re-tellings of Helen of Troy)

Lore by Alexandra Bracken
(a new take on the Olympian gods)

The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter
(re-telling of Hades and Persephone)

Mythos, Heroes and Troy by Stephen Fry
(re-tellings of various myths)

Great Goddesses by Nikita Gill
(poems about the women in Greek myth)

A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes
(a re-telling of the Trojan War)

The Children of Jocasta by Natalie Haynes
(re-tellings of Oedipus and Antigone)

Circe by Madeline Miller
(re-teling of Circe)

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
(re-telling of the Iliad)

Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Phillips
(a contemporary look at the Olympian gods)

Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan
(a contemporary twist on the Olympian gods)

The Trials of Apollo series by Rick Riordan
(a contemporary look at Apollo)

Entwined by A J Rosen
(a modern look at the Olympian gods)

Ariadne by Jennifer Saint
(re-telling of Ariadne and Theseus)

A Touch of Darkness by Scarlett St. Clair
(re-telling of Hades and Persephone)

Lore Olympus by Rachel Smythe
(graphic novel centring around the Olympian Gods)


In the Shadow of Heroes by Nicholas Bowling
(revolves around the Greek myth of Jason and the Golden Fleece but set in Ancient Rome)


The Twisted Tree by Rachel Burge
+ The Crooked Mask by Rachel Burge
(a new take on the Norse gods, Loki in particular)

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
(re-tellings of classic Norse myths)

The Witch’s Heart by Genevieve Gornichec
(re-telling of Angrboða and Loki)

The Gospel of Loki by Joanne M. Harris
(the rise of fall of the gods from Loki’s POV)

Runemarks by Joanne M. Harris
(a modern twist on Norse myth)

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series by Rick Riordan
(a modern look at Asgard and the Norse gods)

The Boneless Mercies by April Tucholke
(a female look at parts of Beowulf)


Reawakened by Colleen Houck
(re-telling of Set)

The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan
(a modern look at the Egyptian gods, especially Set)

The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White
(a modern look at the Egyptian gods, featuring Isis and Osiris)


Savage Her Reply by Deidre Sullivan
(re-telling of The Children of Lir)

Strangely I couldn’t find many retellings that mention stories from Celtic mythology. A gap in the market perhaps? Although, if you have any recommendations, I’d love to know!

Are you a fan of mythology re-tellings? Do you have a favourite? Have I missed anything? I’d love to know!

You can always find me over on Twitter for a book chat! I’m always looking for new recommendations! 😌

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