While Greek and Roman mythology retellings are fairly easy to find and western European fairytale retellings are all over YA, there’s a lot of Europe that’s left out of the conversation – Nordic myths, Celtic myths, Eastern Europe myths. We showed you all the lists of Asian mythology and African mythology and discussed how hard the retellings are to find, but the difficulty in finding non-western Europe retellings surprised us.
These myths are often harder to retell because, like Asian myths and African myths, the source material is harder to find. Collections of Grimms’ fairytales and Greek mythology are available with dozens of gorgeous covers, but any other kind of fairytale or myth is far harder to find. Plus, there aren’t nearly as many Disney movies to watch over and over again. Hopefully now that we’ve told you about these retellings, you’ll find one you love and go look into the original myths – and maybe be inspired to write your own retelling.
Valkyrie Rising by Ingrid Paulson (Nordic)
The Lost Sun by Tessa Gratton (Nordic)
Stork by Wendy Delsol (Nordic)
Starling by Lesley Livingston (Celtic)
The Seafarer’s Kiss by Julia Ember (Nordic)
Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George (Nordic)
Ice by Sarah Beth Durst (Nordic)
East by Edith Pattou (Nordic)
The Sea of Trolls by Nancy Farmer (Nordic)
Hush by Donna Jo Napoli (Nordic)
Beyond a Darkened Shore by Jessica Leake (Celtic and Nordic)
Sweet Black Waves by Kristina Perez (Celtic)
The Price of Admission by Kristen Simmons (Nordic)
Do you have any European tales you’d love to see retold? Tweet us @piquebeyond about your favorite ones we might not have heard of!