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New books to look out for… Psykhe by Kate Forsyth

Yes – I did just feature Kate Forsyth here on a ‘waiting for Wednesday’ post a few weeks ago, but she is such a favourite and also happens to have two new books coming out in close succession. Kate Forsyth’s Long-Lost Fairytales has now hit shelves, and up next is Psykhe, Kates retelling of the Greek Myth of Psyche and Eros. Here is the synopsis from the publisher’s website:

Psykhe has always been different. Fair as Venus, the goddess of love, and with the hard-won ability to save the lives of those of mortal blood, she is both shunned and revered.

When she unwittingly provokes Venus, she and her sisters lose everything. Psykhe must find a way to make amends and support her family.

Befriended by an old woman, Nokturna, Psykhe finds herself irresistibly drawn to her young friend, Ambrose. But neither is what they seem.

For Psykhe has fallen in love with a man whose face she is forbidden to see. After disobeying this injunction, she must risk everything to try to save him, even if it means travelling down to the shadowy Underworld to face Proserpina, queen of the dead.

The way to the realm of the dead is easy. A thrust of a sword, a sudden fall, a careless bite of toadstool, and the soul is sucked away. It is the return journey that is difficult ….


I’m pretty sure this is the first time that Forsyth has taken on a retelling of an ancient myth, most of her previous novels for adults reimagine folk and fairytales, and I’m really interested to see how it is. I adore her prose so am looking forward to being transported into this story. I also have to mention how much I like the cover – it has such a lush vibe that’s making me feel like it is going to be one of those books that you can really sink into.

Psykhe by Kate Forsyth is out on 28 May from Penguin Books.

I’d love to know if this is one that is one your radar too, or if you’ve got other myth retellings on your tbr. If you’d like to know about some more great titles that other book bloggers are looking forward to reading this week, make sure you head over to Wishful Endings where Tressa hosts a weekly meme to spotlight and discuss books we’re excited about that we haven’t read yet.

xo Bron


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