I have to begin by saying that this reviewer loves all thing mythological. In fact, people I know in “real life” would argue that I am too engrossed with it, and believe that it is real. Medusa, and the story of the Gorgon Sisters, has always been one of my favorite myths.
That being stated, I have to go say that the glimpse of Ancient Greece that the author paints is astounding. Up until the incident in the Temple, I have to say that I was extremely interested in the book. However, come chapter 5, I was sitting here going “Okay… Random… What’s next?” And I was fighting myself to finish the book. Though I must say I would love to debate some of the ideas brought up in this novel with the author, I also have to say that it wasn’t really my favorite out there. Writing this review is difficult for me, because I’m very tempted to express the things I liked and the things that I felt were harsh for already misunderstood myths, but I feel the need to keep the secrets in the story for those who may choose to read it. But it did get better once I sat down and told myself to stop being biased and read.
When Medusa was beautiful, finding a man to love her was easy. Poseidon fought for glances from her heavy-lidded eyes against hundreds of suitors who proposed whenever she left her house. Even goddess' weren't treated with such worship.
Athena grew jealous. She allowed Medusa to be violated in the Parthenon and turned her into a monster for her indiscretion.
Now when Medusa stares into the eyes of men, they scream as their skin hardens into stone. A caress against her cheek will be rewarded with the poisonous bites of the snakes that slither on her head.
No man is brave enough to approach her, until Perseus is ordered by the gods to kill her.
When they meet, desire sizzles between them. They are willing to risk it all-death, the wrath of the gods, the destruction of their families-if it means they can spend one more night together.