21 Fantasy Books About Greek Mythology: Perfect For Fans Of Madeline Miller

For fans of Madeline Miller, whose lyrical retellings of ancient myths have captivated readers worldwide, the allure of Greek mythology is undeniable. If you’ve found yourself enchanted by the worlds of Circe and The Song of Achilles, you’ll be thrilled to discover a wealth of other fantasy books that delve into the rich tapestry of Greek myths. These stories offer fresh perspectives, imaginative twists, and compelling narratives that breathe new life into the timeless tales of gods, heroes, and monsters.

We’ve curated a list of must-reads that will transport you to the realms of Olympus, the underworld, and beyond. Whether you’re drawn to epic adventures, romantic entanglements, or profound reflections on fate and identity, these novels promise to satiate your appetite for mythic storytelling and immerse you in the captivating magic of Greek mythology.

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Fantasy Books about Greek Mythology

These books promise to transport you to a world where mythology and fantasy seamlessly intertwine. Dive into these mesmerizing stories and let your imagination soar alongside the gods and mortals of Greek mythology.

Circe by Madeline Miller

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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 father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power — the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.

Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones her occult craft, tames wild beasts and crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all of mythology, including the Minotaur, Daedalus and his doomed son Icarus, the murderous Medea, and, of course, wily Odysseus.

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

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Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, is exiled to the court of King Peleus and his perfect son Achilles. Despite their differences, Achilles befriends the shamed prince, and as they grow into young men skilled in the arts of war and medicine, their bond blossoms into something deeper – despite the displeasure of Achilles’s mother Thetis, a cruel sea goddess. But when word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, Achilles must go to war in distant Troy and fulfill his destiny. Torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus goes with him, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they hold dear.

The Lightning Theif by Rick Riordan

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Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school…again. And that’s the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy’s Greek mythology textbook and into his life. 

A Touch of Darkness by Scarlett St. Clair

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Persephone is the Goddess of Spring in title only. Since she was a little girl, flowers have only shriveled at her touch. After moving to New Athens, she hoped to lead an unassuming life disguised as a mortal journalist. All of that changes when she sits down in a forbidden nightclub to play a hand of cards with a hypnotic and mysterious stranger.

Hades, God of the Dead, has built a gambling empire in the mortal world and his favorite bets are near impossible. But nothing has ever intrigued him as much as the goddess offering him a bargain he can’t resist.

After her encounter with Hades, Persephone finds herself in a contract with the God of the Dead, and his terms are impossible: Persephone must create life in the Underworld or lose her freedom forever. 

Ariadne by Jennifer Saint

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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 beast, Ariadne sees in his green eyes not a threat but an escape. Defying the gods, betraying her family and country, and risking everything for love, Ariadne helps Theseus kill the Minotaur. But will Ariadne’s decision ensure her happy ending? And what of Ph

A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes

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This was never the story of one woman, or two. It was the story of them all . . .

In the middle of the night, a woman wakes to find her beloved city engulfed in flames. Ten seemingly endless years of conflict between the Greeks and the Trojans are over. Troy has fallen.

Lore by Alexandra Bracken

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Every seven years, the Agon begins. As punishment for a past rebellion, nine Greek gods must walk the earth as mortals. They are hunted by the descendants of ancient bloodlines, all eager to kill a god and seize their divine power and immortality.

Long ago, Lore Perseous fled that brutal world. She turned her back on the hunt’s promises of eternal glory after her family was murdered by a rival line. For years she’s pushed away any thought of revenge against the man—now a god—responsible for their deaths.

Mythos by Stephen Fry

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Here are the thrills, grandeur, and unabashed fun of the Greek myths, stylishly retold by Stephen Fry. The legendary writer, actor, and comedian breathes life into ancient tales, from Pandora’s box to Prometheus’s fire, and transforms the adventures of Zeus and the Olympians into emotionally resonant and deeply funny stories, without losing any of their original wonder. Classical artwork inspired by the myths and learned notes from the author offer rich cultural context.

The Odyssey by Homer & Emily Wilson (Translator)

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The original Epic that inspires countless fantasy books about Greek mythology.

Composed at the rosy-fingered dawn of world literature almost three millennia ago, The Odyssey is a poem about violence and the aftermath of war; about wealth, poverty and power; about marriage and family; about travelers, hospitality, and the yearning for home.

The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

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Jason has a problem. He doesn’t remember anything before waking up on a school bus holding hands with a girl. Apparently she’s his girlfriend Piper, his best friend is a kid named Leo, and they’re all students in the Wilderness School, a boarding school for “bad kids.” What he did to end up here, Jason has no idea—except that everything seems very wrong.

The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood

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Penelope. Immortalised in legend and myth as the devoted wife of the glorious Odysseus, silently weaving and unpicking and weaving again as she waits for her husband’s return.

Now Penelope wanders the underworld, spinning a different kind of thread: her own side of the story – a tale of lust, greed and murder.

The Iliad by Homer and Emily Wilson (Translator)

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The original Epic that inspires countless fantasy books about Greek mythology.

The Iliad roars with the clamor of arms, the bellowing boasts of victors, the fury and grief of loss, and the anguished cries of dying men. It sings, too, of the sublime magnitude of the world—the fierce beauty of nature and the gods’ grand schemes beyond the ken of mortals. In Wilson’s hands, this thrilling, magical, and often horrifying tale now gallops at a pace befitting its legendary battle scenes, in crisp but resonant language that evokes the poem’s deep pathos and reveals palpably real, even “complicated,” characters—both human and divine.

The King Must Die by Mary Renault

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Drawing on modern scholarship and archaeological findings at Knossos, Mary Renault’s Theseus is an utterly lifelike figure—a king of immense charisma, whose boundless strivings flow from strength and weakness—but also one steered by implacable prophecy.

The story follows Theseus’s adventures from Troizen to Eleusis, where the death in the book’s title is to take place, and from Athens to Crete, where he learns to jump bulls and is named king of the victims. Richly imbued with the spirit of its time, this is a page-turner as well as a daring act of imagination.

Pandora’s Jar by Natalie Haynes

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The tellers of Greek myths—historically men—have routinely sidelined the female characters. When they do take a larger role, women are often portrayed as monstrous, vengeful or just plain evil—like Pandora, the woman of eternal scorn and damnation whose curiosity is tasked with causing all the world’s suffering and wickedness when she opened that forbidden box. But, as Natalie Haynes reveals, in ancient Greek myths there was no box. It was a jar . . . which is far more likely to tip over.

Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

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Piranesi’s house is no ordinary building. Its rooms are infinite, its corridors endless, its walls are lined with thousands upon thousands of statues, each one different from all the others. Within the labyrinth of halls an ocean is imprisoned. Waves thunder up staircases, rooms are flooded in an instant. But Piranesi is not afraid; he understands the tides as he understands the pattern of the labyrinth itself. He lives to explore the house.

There is one other person in the house-a man called The Other, who visits Piranesi twice a week and asks for help with research into A Great and Secret Knowledge. But as Piranesi explores, evidence emerges of another person, and a terrible truth begins to unravel, revealing a world beyond the one Piranesi has always known.

Daughter of Sparta by Claire Andrews

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Seventeen-year-old Daphne has spent her entire life honing her body and mind into that of a warrior. Hoping to be accepted by the unyielding people of ancient Sparta. But an unexpected encounter with the goddess Artemis, who holds Daphne’s brother’s fate in her hands, upends the life she’s worked so hard to build. Nine mysterious items have disappeared from Mount Olympus. If Daphne cannot find them, the gods’ waning powers will fade away, the mortal world will descend into chaos, and her brother’s life will be forfeit.

Guided by Artemis’s twin—the handsome and entirely-too-self-assured god Apollo—Daphne’s journey will take her from the labyrinth of the Minotaur to the riddle-spinning Sphinx of Thebes, team her up with mythological legends, such as Theseus and Hippolyta of the Amazons, and pit her against the gods themselves.

Elektra by Jennifer Saint

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Three women, tangled in an ancient curse.

When Clytemnestra marries Agamemnon, she ignores the insidious whispers about his family line, the House of Atreus. But when, on the eve of the Trojan War, Agamemnon betrays Clytemnestra in the most unimaginable way, she must confront the curse that has long ravaged their family.

In Troy, Princess Cassandra has the gift of prophecy, but carries a curse of her own: no one will ever believe what she sees. She sees what will happen to her beloved city when Agamemnon and his army arrives. And she is powerless to stop the tragedy from unfolding.

Elektra, Clytemnestra and Agamemnon’s youngest daughter, wants only for her beloved father to return home from war. But can she escape her family’s bloody history, or is her destiny bound by violence, too?

Athena’s Child by Hannah Lynn

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Gifted and burdened with beauty far beyond that of mere mortals, Medusa seeks sanctuary with the Goddess Athena. But when the lustful gaze of mighty Poseidon falls upon her, even the Temple of Athena cannot protect her.

Young Perseus embarks on a seemingly impossible quest. Equipped with only bravado and determination, his only chance of success lays in the hands of his immortal siblings.

Medusa and Perseus soon become pawns of spiteful and selfish gods. Faced with the repercussions of Athena’s wrath Medusa has no choice but to flee and hide. But can she do so without becoming the monster they say she is?

Galatea by Madeline Miller

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In ancient Greece, a skilled marble sculptor has been blessed by a goddess who has given his masterpiece—the most beautiful woman the town has ever seen—the gift of life. After marrying her, he expects Galatea to please him, to be obedience and humility personified. But she has desires of her own and yearns for independence.

In a desperate bid by her obsessive husband to keep her under control, Galatea is locked away under the constant supervision of doctors and nurses. But with a daughter to rescue, she is determined to break free, whatever the cost.

Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

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The Jazz Age is in full swing, but Casiopea Tun is too busy cleaning the floors of her wealthy grandfather’s house to listen to any fast tunes. Nevertheless, she dreams of a life far from her dusty small town in southern Mexico. A life she can call her own. 

Yet this new life seems as distant as the stars, until the day she finds a curious wooden box in her grandfather’s room. She opens it—and accidentally frees the spirit of the Mayan god of death, who requests her help in recovering his throne from his treacherous brother. Failure will mean Casiopea’s demise, but success could make her dreams come true.

House of Names by Colm Tóibín

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So begins Clytemnestra’s tale of her own life in ancient Mycenae, the legendary Greek city from which her husband King Agamemnon left when he set sail with his army for Troy. Clytemnestra rules Mycenae now, along with her new lover Aegisthus. Together they plot the bloody murder of Agamemnon on the day of his return after nine years at war.

Judged, despised, cursed by gods, Clytemnestra reveals the tragic saga that led to these bloody actions. How her husband deceived her eldest daughter Iphigeneia with a promise of marriage to Achilles, only to sacrifice her; how she seduced and collaborated with the prisoner Aegisthus; how Agamemnon came back with a lover himself; and how Clytemnestra finally achieved her vengeance for his stunning betrayal—his quest for victory, greater than his love for his child.

Other Genres To Try if you like Fantasy Books about Greek Mythology

For readers who relish the fantastical realms presented in fantasy books about Greek mythology, several other genres offer equally enchanting experiences. Historical fantasy, such as Naomi Novik’s Uprooted, intertwines real historical settings with magical elements, creating a rich tapestry of adventure.

  1. Epic Fantasy: Expansive, world-building narratives with rich lore and complex characters. George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series or Brandon Sanderson’s The Stormlight Archive offer deep, immersive experiences.
  2. Urban Fantasy: Mythical elements set in contemporary, urban settings. Series like Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson & the Olympians or Neil Gaiman’s American Gods blend modern life with ancient myths.
  3. Historical Fantasy: Blends historical settings with fantastical elements. Authors like Naomi Novik with Uprooted and Spinning Silver bring history to life with magical twists.
  4. Pirate Fantasy Books: Embark on a swashbuckling adventure on the high seas with pirate books. Daring buccaneers navigate treacherous waters, seek buried treasure, and engage in thrilling battles. Filled with action, romance, and tales of camaraderie, these books offer an exhilarating escape into adventure and exploration.

Frequently Asked Questions

What makes Greek mythology such a popular theme in fantasy literature?

Greek mythology offers a rich tapestry of gods, heroes, monsters, and epic adventures that captivate readers with its timeless themes of love, betrayal, and heroism. Its influence can be seen across various genres. Thus provides authors with a vast playground for imaginative storytelling.

Are fantasy books about Greek mythology suitable for all ages?

Many fantasy books about Greek mythology are targeted at young adult or adult audiences. However, there are also children’s books that introduce younger readers to these classic tales in age-appropriate ways. It’s essential for readers or parents to check the recommended age range and content of each book to ensure suitability.

Do I need prior knowledge of Greek mythology to enjoy these fantasy books?

No prior knowledge is necessary to enjoy fantasy books about Greek mythology. Often authors often provide enough context within the story for readers to follow along. However, having a basic understanding of Greek gods, myths, and legends can enhance the reading experience and appreciation for the nuances within the narrative.

Are fantasy books about Greek mythology accurate?

While many fantasy books draw inspiration from Greek mythology, authors often take creative liberties to adapt the stories to fit their narratives. This may involve reimagining characters, altering plotlines, or incorporating modern themes. As a result, while the essence of Greek mythology is present, readers should expect some divergence from the original myths.

As you embark on your journey through the captivating realms of Greek mythology-inspired fantasy, may these recommendations serve as a guiding light to new adventures and discoveries. Do you love the epic battles of gods and titans, the poignant tales of mortal heroes, or the timeless themes of love and sacrifice? Fantasy books about Greek mythology offer a boundless array of stories waiting to be explored.

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