11 Best Old Myths Retold – Favbookshelf

Myths have always fascinated us from childhood, whether we heard them as bedtime stories from our parents or grandparents or read about them in our history books. They are always captivating with fascinating characters, magical powers, and mysteries. Moreover, their fantastic storytelling ability keeps our minds occupied until the end. Therefore, this article is for you if you are searching for the best mythology retelling books.

11 Best Old Myths Retold
11 Best Old Myths Retold

#1 The Song Of Achilles by Madeline Miller


About the book

The Song Of Achilles by Madeline Miller; mythology retelling
The Song Of Achilles by Madeline Miller

Title: The Song of Achilles

Author: Madeline Miller

Genre: Mythology, Fiction

Publisher: Ecco Press (Harper Collins)

Type: Standalone

Pages: 416

Goodreads rating: 4.4/5

Achilles was prophesied to be the strongest warrior of the Greeks after his birth. Thetis, a nymph goddess, his mother, wants the best for him and visits him often on the seashore. However, Achilles feels lonely in his father’s palace. So he chooses a companion named Patroclus, who is banished from his kingdom as a punishment and serves Achille’s family as a servant boy. Though Thetis disapproves of their friendship, they keep coming closer. Moreover, with the upcoming Trojan War, Patroclus is summoned to fight against the people of Troy. Achilles refuses to let him go alone and joins him. With the Trojan War ahead and the consequences of the prophecy told will Achilles and Patroclus be able to find the fulfillment of their relationship, or will fame destroy everything they have?

Why do we recommend this book?

With its fascinating mysteries and magical powers, this book captures the attention of each reader. The characters are strong-headed and strong-willed. Solid relations and the sacrifices made for them are so clearly portrayed. The storytelling capacity of the author is authentic, keeping in mind the mythology retelling. In addition, the scenes are very descriptive and can capture the imaginative power of the reader well. Finally, it is a fine specimen of mythology retelling.

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#2 Circe by Madeline Miller


About the book

Circe by Madeline Miller
Circe by Madeline Miller

Title: Circe

Author: Madeline Miller

Genre: Mythology, Fiction

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing India

Type: Standalone

Pages: 416

Goodreads rating: 4.3/5

Circe, born as an insignificant and weak nymph to god Helios and naiad Perse, seeks solace in her father’s glory and brother’s company. Unfortunately, she stays alone when her brother leaves her to find his kingdom to rule over. However, she meets a gentle, sweet-spoken man named Glaucus, falls in love with him, and makes him a sea god by feeding him some magical herbs. Circe discovers her inner ‘Pharmakeia’ when she is denied love from everyone surrounding her, and even Glaucus denies love to her. Finally, in her journey from dependence to defiance and living alone on an island as a punishment, she grows to believe that gods are not perfect beings and, in fact, they’re cunning and manipulative. Will Circe be able to live alone with her imperfections, or will she be forced to rely on being manipulative and cunning?

Why do we recommend this book?

I loved the book primarily because it breaks the myth of gods being perfect and brings out their cunning, manipulative, and cold-heartedness in front of the readers. Also, the storytelling ability is authentic and makes the tale flow effortlessly. Likewise, the author has built a bridge between the character of Circe and the modern-day woman showing that centuries have passed, but the challenges in their life are perpetual. Lastly, it is a refreshing Greek Mythological book from the view of an inferior goddess, which you shouldn’t miss out on.

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#3 Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of The Mahabharata by Devdutt Pattanaik


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Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of The Mahabharata by Devdutt Pattanaik; mythology retelling
Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of The Mahabharata by Devdutt Pattanaik

Title: Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of The Mahabharata

Author: Devdutt Pattanaik

Genre: Mythology, Fiction

Publisher: Penguin Random House India

Type: Standalone

Pages: 372

Goodreads rating: 4.2/5

When Mahabharata was written first, it came to be known as Jaya, and finally, we know it as the greatest Indian epic of all times, Mahabharata, containing 100,100 verses. The story is based on the deeds of the characters involved, the karma generated from their deeds, and how all face the consequences of karma. The story revolves around two branches of the same family, Pandavas, and Kauravas, both fighting for the throne of Hastinapura. The battle is named Kurukshetra. However, smaller stories of people living and dead are interwoven in this epic. Moreover, Krishna, the epic god, shares his views about Dharma and Karma to enlighten the warriors on the battlefield in this epic.

Why do we recommend this book?

Firstly, its imparting wisdom is the need of the hour as we keep facing our daily struggles. It has vivid descriptions of warfare and the plans made during a war to defeat the opposition party. Moreover, it speaks about values and morals that code Dharma and Adharma and their consequences. In addition, with its strong storytelling capability, it is very authentic. However, the characters’ character building and the enlightenment brought to the readers are impressive. If Indian culture fascinates you, then this book you should read to learn about the values upheld by the religions. Finally, it is a fine specimen of mythology retelling.

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#4 Sita: An Illustrated Retelling of Ramayana by Devdutt Pattanaik


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Sita: An Illustrated Retelling of Ramayana by Devdutt Pattanaik
Sita: An Illustrated Retelling of Ramayana by Devdutt Pattanaik

Title: Sita: An Illustrated Retelling of Ramayana

Author: Devdutt Pattanaik

Genre: Mythology, Fiction

Publisher: Penguin Random House India

Type: Standalone

Pages: 320

Goodreads rating: 4.1/5

Ram, the scion of the Raghu Clan, has responsibilities and Dharma to uphold and is called the Maryada Purushottam. Still, his stepmother sends him away to the forest for fourteen years. However, Sita, his wife, and Lakshman, his younger brother, follow him into the woods and start living a life of the sages. Meanwhile, Bharata, another brother of Ram, is expected to sit on the throne, but he disapproves and awaits Ram’s return. Meanwhile, Ram, Sita, and Lakshman learn the ways of the forest and fight the demons, saving the yagnas of the sages and gaining wisdom from them. However, Sita is abducted by Ravana, a rakshasa, and the story takes a new turn when Ram meets his greatest disciple Hanumana, who helps in his quest for Sita. Lastly, with his wisdom and virtues, will Ram be able to save Sita without doing adharmas along the route?

Why do we recommend this book?

Firstly, its imparting knowledge teaches us patience with our daily situations. Moreover, it shows the importance of promises and upholds the honor of family and kingdom. However, guiding us in solving relationship problems teaches us to treasure relations while remembering the mythology retelling. With its strong storytelling ability, it is one of the most heartwarming tales, with losses and gains while paving the way toward Dharma and Karma. In addition, the author did the book’s illustrations by himself, giving the book a personal touch. Lastly, it is a must-read Indian epic to increase our knowledge of Indian religion and culture.

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#5 Shyam: An Illustrated Retelling of The Bhagavata by Devdutt Pattanaik


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Shyam: An Illustrated Retelling of The Bhagavata by Devdutt Pattanaik; mythology retelling
Shyam: An Illustrated Retelling of The Bhagavata by Devdutt Pattanaik

Title: Shyam: An Illustrated Retelling of The Bhagavata

Author: Devdutt Pattanaik

Genre: Mythology, Fiction

Publisher: Penguin Random House India

Type: Standalone

Pages: 304

Goodreads rating: 4.1/5

Shuka, the unborn son of Vyasa, a half parrot and half-human, learns every Veda in his mother’s womb and believes that Earth is a place full of suffering and pain and becomes reluctant to take birth to live on Earth. However, to entice Shuka to take birth and live on Earth, Vyasa narrates to him the tale of Shyam in every stage. Shyam as a little son of Yashoda with the whole cosmic being in his mouth and stealing butter from the nearby houses to the cowherd of Vrindavana, or being the Kansa destroyer or the Counsel and Charioteer of Arjuna in Mahabharata Vyasa sequentially narrates all the stages. Moreover, Shyam’s or Krishna’s Avatars have been skillfully narrated. Finally, will Shuka be enticed to live on the Earth, or will he leave after the narration ends?

Why do we recommend this book?

Firstly, to know about Indian religion and culture, it is essential to know about the life of Lord Krishna, from whose life lessons the Bhagavata Gita is written. The vivid descriptions in the book pick up readers’ attention. Moreover, the storytelling capacity is lovely and heartwarming. The book discusses Facts and historical events very well. However, the illustrations made by the author himself are very imaginative. Moreover, this book is a beautiful mythological joyride; you shouldn’t miss out on it. Finally, it is a fine specimen of mythology retelling.

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#6 The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni


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The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Title: The Palace of Illusions

Author: Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Genre: Mythology, Fiction

Publisher: Picador India

Type: Standalone

Pages: 384

Goodreads rating: 4.2/5

A retelling of the famous Indian epic Mahabharata, from the view of Panchaali, also known as Draupadi. Narrated by Panchaali, the novel traces her life from the beginning of her birth from fire. It follows her brave balancing act as a woman who chose to marry five brothers to maintain their integrity and uphold their mother’s words. However, the husbands of Panchaali, the Pandavas, are cheated out of their father’s kingdom, and she is swept into their quest to regain their birthright. Finally, from living her married life mainly in the forest with her husband to her befriending Lord Krishna and facing attraction toward her husbands’ most dangerous enemy, Panchaali redefines a world of gods, warriors, and manipulating hands of fate.

Why do we recommend this book?

A retelling of Mahabharata from the view of Panchaali, these words were enough to manipulate me into reading this book. Moreover, its storytelling ability fascinates a reader to imagine the scenes giving an overview of women’s lives during that period. Its strong and clear language makes the book effortless. The story didn’t deviate from the original script of the epic, which was very impressive. Moreover, this take on Mahabharata changes the views regarding the original epic and forces us to look from a more female gender perspective. Recommend this book to myth lovers and anyone wanting to read something regarding women’s views. Finally, it is a fine specimen of mythology retelling.

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#7 The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood


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The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood; mythology retelling
The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood

Title: The Penelopiad

Author: Margaret Atwood

Genre: Mythology, Fiction

Publisher: Penguin Random House India

Type: Standalone

Pages: 184

Goodreads rating: 3.7/5

The novel retells Homer’s famous epic, The Odyssey. the story focuses on Penelope, Odysseus’s wife, who stays at Ithaca while her husband fights in the Trojan War. Penelope spends her long days waiting for her husband to return, attempting to fend off suitors’ advances who have arrived in Ithaca. Penelope, loyal, awaits her husband’s return; meanwhile, Telemachus, her son, becomes frustrated with the suitors’ advances. Finally, Odysseus returns in disguise, challenges the suitors, and wins but, in his triumph, orders Penelope’s closest maids to be hanged. This act of killing the innocents consists much of the play’s setting in Hades, where Penelope and the maids are shown in the afterworld. Finally, with an uneasy tension of guilt and suffering among them, Penelope recounts all the events that have led them to this point.

Why do we recommend this book?

Trojan war has always been a favorite topic in Greek literature, but the scenes behind it are sometimes neglected, and here is our chance to know a little about the sufferings of the women while their husbands were fighting in the war. The story explicitly portrays the robust scenes, keeping the mythology retelling in mind. However, the character-building steals the show where the female protagonist stands her ground despite all the miseries hurled at her by fate. Finally, it is very gripping, and you should read it if you’re searching for some elaborate scenes behind the Trojan war.

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#8 Troy: The Siege of Troy Retold by Stephen Fry


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Troy: The Siege of Troy Retold by Stephen Fry
Troy: The Siege of Troy Retold by Stephen Fry

Title: Troy: The Siege of Troy Retold

Author: Stephen Fry

Genre: Mythology, Fiction

Publisher: Penguin Random House India

Type: Series

Number of books: 3

Pages: 432

Goodreads rating: 4.5/5

This is a retelling of the epic battle of Troy, known as the Trojan War, fought over ten years. It is closely based on Homer’s Iliad. The story is about a battle to bring Helen, Queen of Sparta, back to Menelaus, King of Sparta, from the hold of the Trojan Prince, Paris. The battle is fought between The Greeks and The Trojans. mages of jagged rocks split open, the sun beaming down the cracked tiles, and a mighty struggle greets our eyes. Moreover, the heroes are ready, and the gods have already chosen the sides to fight for in the battle. Finally, the battle begins and lasts ten years, some soldiers give up, but others stay firm. However, with bloodshed everywhere, relations start to build, and people seek solace from people living around. But, will the Greeks win over the Trojans with the consequences still on hold?

Why do we recommend this book?

It is the third book in Stephen Fry’s Greek Myths series and has a very refreshing take on account of The famous Trojan war. With clear and bold points, the book gives us a picture of the battlefield and the thoughts going on in the mind of the soldiers. We also see the situations they face and deal with to survive long in the battle. The characters are well portrayed, including their powers. However, the vivid scenes of the fight shown are very spectacular. It is captivating and authentic, keeping the actual script in mind. Finally, it is a fine specimen of mythology retelling.

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#9 Lore by Alexandra Bracken


About the book

Lore by Alexandra Bracken; mythology retelling
Lore by Alexandra Bracken

Title: Lore

Author: Alexandra Bracken

Genre: Mythology, Fiction

Publisher:  Quercus Children’s Books

Type: Standalone

Pages: 560

Goodreads rating: 3.8/5

Lore escapes after her family’s sadistic murder by a rival bloodline and vows to repay her parents’ sacrifice by surviving. However, for seven years, she pushes back the dark thoughts of revenge against the man responsible for their murder, a man named Wrath, who has attained unimaginable power, except for one week that comes every seven years when Wrath’s power diminishes to an extent. With that week fast approaching, Lore comes home on the first night of the Agon and finds Athena gravely wounded on her doorstep. Athena offers her an alliance against their mutual enemy, Wrath. However, with the world trembling under the force of Wrath capable of destroying all of humanity – will Lore’s decision to join hands with Athena come back to haunt her?

Why do we recommend this book?

Greek myths are primarily based on Trojan War, but this is a book based on the life of Lore, a god-hunter-turned-fist-fighter descendant of the ancient “House of Perseus,” and her revenge and losses and gains. Reading a new story about a new persona in the mythological background is always refreshing. Its storytelling and magical elements are crafted to please the reader’s mind, keeping the mythology retelling. Furthermore, it is told from a female perspective and is very refreshing. Moreover, it is a perfect read for you if you’re seeking new characters in the Greek mythological genre. Finally, it is written simply so that even children can read it to increase their knowledge of this genre.

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#10 Ariadne by Jennifer Saint


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Ariadne by Jennifer Saint
Ariadne by Jennifer Saint

Title: Ariadne

Author: Jennifer Saint

Genre: Mythology, Fiction

Publisher: Headline Publishing Group

Type: Standalone

Pages: 400

Goodreads rating: 3.8/5

A remarkable retelling of the ancient Greek myth of Theseus and the Minotaur. s Princesses of Crete and daughters of the fearsome King Minos, Ariadne and her sister Phaedra grow up hearing the bellows of the Minotaur that echos from the Labyrinth beneath the palace. The Minotaur is Ariadne’s brother and Minos’s greatest shame, demanding blood yearly. However, when Theseus, Prince of Athens, arrives in Crete to be sacrificed to the beast, Ariadne falls in love with him. But if she helps Theseus kill the monster, Minotaur, she will betray her family and is thus scared to bring in the rage of the gods on her and Theseus. So will Ariadne betray Crete for Theseus to ensure her happy ending? Or will she take Crete’s side and let him die?

Why do we recommend this book?

This book has a powerful description of female Gods, and their powers told from their view and how they’re suppressed or sacrificed for the well-being of their kingdom. The chosen topic is refreshing, primarily unknown by readers, and quite fascinating. Moreover, the storytelling ability is effortless, showing the character’s growth from suppressing to taking her side. It is a beautiful work of fiction and a must-read by Greek myth lovers or anyone wanting to read something mythological. Finally, it is a fine specimen of mythology retelling.

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#11 Helen of Troy by Margaret George


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Helen of Troy by Margaret George; mythology retelling
Helen of Troy by Margaret George

Title: Helen of Troy

Author: Margaret George

Genre: Mythology, Fiction

Publisher: Berkley

Type: Standalone

Pages: 672

Goodreads rating: 3.9/5

The novel brings to life Helen, a beautiful enigma from the very first with flesh and blood but also immortal, as the daughter of Zeus. She is protected from seeing her reflection as a child because of her overwhelming beauty and its dangers. However, kings and princes compete for her hand in marriage, but she marries Menelaus of Sparta. But before getting married, all suitors swear to help bring Helen back should she ever be abducted. When she falls in love with Paris, the Prince of Troy, it is assumed that he has abducted her. The suitors are obliged to honor their oath, and so the Trojan War begins, and she is to date blamed for being the direct cause of it. Finally, did she willingly go with Paris, or has she been abducted remains a mystery?

Why do we recommend this book?

This novel is such a fresh take on the views of Helen, the queen of Sparta, blamed for being directly responsible for the Trojan War. It depicts her thoughts and her decisions and the reasons behind them. However, the character building is splendid where Helen grows to take her side and chooses her feelings instead of the responsibilities she was burdened with. Moreover, it is very captivating, told from a female perspective, and is the book for all Greek mythological readers to delve deeper into the behind scenes of the Trojan war. Finally, it is a fine specimen of mythology retelling.

Finally, that’s all for the recommendations. These mythology retelling books have enhanced my knowledge about different cultures and religions and were able to captivate my mind. I thoroughly enjoyed reading them, and I hope you enjoy them too. Moreover, read these books; maybe you’ll love them when you satiate your quest for myths.

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That’s all for the recommendations for Old Myths Retold.

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To conclude, here are the 11 Best Old Myths Retold.

1The Song Of Achilles by Madeline MillerBuy Now
2Circe by Madeline Miller Buy Now
3Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of The Mahabharata by Devdutt PattanaikBuy Now
4Sita: An Illustrated Retelling of Ramayana by Devdutt PattanaikBuy Now
5Shyam: An Illustrated Retelling of The Bhagavata by Devdutt PattanaikBuy Now
6The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee DivakaruniBuy Now
7The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood Buy Now
8Troy: The Siege of Troy Retold by Stephen FryBuy Now
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9Lore by Alexandra BrackenBuy Now
10Ariadne by Jennifer SaintBuy Now
11Helen of Troy by Margaret GeorgeBuy Now
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