What if all the legends you’ve learned were wrong?
Brutally attacked by one god and unfairly cursed by another she faithfully served, Medusa has spent the last two thousand years living out her punishment on an enchanted isle in the Aegean Sea. A far cry from the monster legends depict, she’s spent her time educating herself, gardening, and desperately trying to frighten away adventure seekers who occasionally end up, much to her dismay, as statues when they manage to catch her off guard. As time marches on without her, Medusa wishes for nothing more than to be given a second chance at a life stolen away at far too young an age.
But then comes a day when Hermes, one of the few friends she still has and the only deity she trusts, petitions the rest of the gods and goddesses to reverse the curse. Thus begins a journey toward healing and redemption, of reclaiming a life after tragedy, and of just how powerful friendship and love can be—because sometimes, you have to sink in the deep end of the sea before you can rise back up again.
“Where are Hades and Persephone?” I ask, glancing around the empty living room. They are nowhere to be seen tonight; neither are any of the Automatons.
The corner of Hermes’ mouth quirks. “Out. Possibly in the Underworld. One never knows with those two.”
Relief unfurls in the muscles in my shoulders. Still, I can’t help but ask, “Without saying goodbye?”
He’s definitely amused. “Shall I fetch them for you?”
“No!” My answer is too quick, which I fear broadcasts just how ecstatic I am at the thought of being along with Hermes right now. And that realization causes me to blush for the millionth time around him in the last month, so I clarify, “Of course not. I was just curious.”
“Curiosity killed the cat, you know.” To my delight, his hand finds mine and our fingers intertwine. It is a delicious sensation: his hand, warm and worn in mine in just such a way that feels like it’s an extension of my body.
It must be criminal to adore touching someone so much.
“Did it, though?” I ask, and he laughs a burst of exasperated air.
“Possibly, but then again, who am I to judge, when I am often struck by curiosity that I cannot help but sate?” He gives me that dazzling grin of his and pulls me through the house. “Case in point: you.”
“Me?” I squeak unattractively. There are lights ahead through the French doors leading to the patio, and I am curious myself enough to wonder what they are, but not nearly as much as I am for what he might mean.
“Yes, you.” He glances back at me. “I’ve never told you that I was overcome with curiosity when I heard Athena cursed some girl from one of her temples. It wasn’t like it was the first time she’d gone vindictively bonkers, but she was really put out over you. I mean . . . one of her followers? Even that was low for her.” His fingers squeeze mine gently and we stop about twenty feet from the doors. “When I first showed up on your island . . .”
I am helpless at looking anywhere but in his eyes. Tonight, they’re green. Vivid, beautiful, clear green. “Yes?”
“I’d been warned that you were a monster and that I best keep my distance. That you would slay me at the slightest provocation, and naturally, I believed it, as I could not blame anyone’s hatred toward my family after what my sister and uncle had done to you. But once Death handed me that first soul and departed, I heard you crying. My curiosity inflamed tenfold. What kind of so-called monster weeps like her heart had shattered and never would form whole again?”
Like clockwork, my cheeks burn. His fingers brush my reddened skin ever so gently before I turn my face to rest in his hand. The butterflies in my chest swarm frantically. “My sister misjudged you. I knew that the very second I heard your anguish. I’m afraid I was lost to you from that moment on. I had to discover all that made you you, even if I would suffer the same fate as the proverbial cat. And I never cared about the risks, as long as my curiosity about you was sated first.”
“Truly?” The word barely escapes my lips.
His eyes are so intense. “Truly.”
My Review: 4 out of 5 Stars ****
I wanted to review this book so much. If you know me, you will know I am passionate about anything that has anything to do with Greek mythology. So I jumped all over this one.
What I wasn’t expecting was a rip roaring, absolutely heart warming, seriously funny story about how Medusa the Gorgon became a monster and clawed her way back. Don’t get me wrong, there is some seriousness to the story also but all in all it was amusing, well written and such a wonderful take on the myths and legends of ancient Greece.
Medusa, a hand maiden to the Greek Goddess Athena has the most heinous of crimes committed against her, Athena is in no mood to show leniency and turns her into the hideous monster that is half serpent, half human. She is then exiled on an island, despite her predicament she gets on with life, she gardens, learns languages and shops on line.
She has but two friends, an old blind man who visits her and the God Hermes who ferries away the dead. The dead she creates. Now this is where is all gets funny, Medusa hates that she kills with just a look, she hates herself because of it. Each one of her victims has a river of tears cried for them and they are lovingly named and placed around her garden.
Hermes, after two thousand years decides she has had enough punishment and persuades her to take her case to the Assembly in order to have it put right. Her wish is granted and Athena is forced to remove the curse. This then takes Medusa on a journey of self discovery. A journey where she will have to learn to trust, to love and most importantly to live.
Dark forces are after her, Athena cannot forgive, Poseidon cannot let go. All in all this was one of the best takes on a story we all think we know. I loved Hermes, a God who loved her long before she thought she deserved it. Hades and Persephone had me rolling and when her journey takes her to Wyoming Bernie had me cracking up.
This might be a story of Greek legends, but all in all it’s a love story, a tale of redemption and a story of how to learn how to live again when you’re given a second chance. Loved, loved, loved it.
About Heather Lyons:
Heather Lyons has always had a thing for words—She’s been writing stories since she was a kid. In addition to writing, she’s also been an archaeologist and a teacher. Heather is a rabid music fan, as evidenced by her (mostly) music-centric blog, and she’s married to an even larger music snob. They’re happily raising three kids who are mini music fiends who love to read and be read to.
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