John, Elyse - Orphia and Eurydicius

John, Elyse - Orphia and Eurydicius

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Orphia and Eurydicius

Author: Elyse John

Genre: Adult Fiction, Mythology (Greek), Fantasy, Romance

Pages: 388

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

Release Date: April 2, 2024

This is a gender-swapped retelling of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth.

Orphia, a gifted poet with a forbidden talent for wielding words with magic, dreams of a life beyond her warrior training. When she meets Eurydicius, a gentle shield-maker, she finds the courage to embrace her voice. However, her newfound freedom attracts the unwanted attention of the gods.

Orphia joins the Argonauts' quest for the Golden Fleece, facing mythical dangers alongside Eurydice. Yet, their love story takes a tragic turn, leading Orphia on a desperate journey to fight for Eurydice's return from the Underworld.


  • "The stunning, gender-flipped novel about love, creativity and the power of speaking out, which has the biggest names in Australian literature swooning with praise..." 
  • "Perfect for fans of Madeline Miller and Pat Barker" 

LGBT Themes: Central romance is between two women, Sapphic, Lesbian

Relevant Tags: Adult, Mythology (Greek), Fantasy, Romance, LGBTQ+, Retelling

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