“There’s something stubborn in me. I’m a half-finished map and I’m always trying to plot my points, and I won’t have anyone do it for me.”
I am obsessed with all of these Greek myth retellings that are flooding the market right now. We are getting fair representations of ancient women who endured horrible treatment at the hands of powerful men. Kings and gods who punished innocent young women for made up slights or old vendettas are featured prominently in the old tellings of the myths. Now we get the women’s story front and center. One of the most compelling characters of ancient myth is Medusa, just the name brings to mind a terrifying image. But do we truly know the poor girl beneath the horror?
We learn just how Medusa was exiled to this deserted island with her sisters and how she came to be cursed with her disfigurement by Athena. She tells her story to a boy who has washed up on shore and all she’s hoping is someone to love her for who she truly is. But the boy, Persus has a heavy history of his own that leaves him in contention with Medusa’s hopes. Like all myths, you know this one is headed towards a heartbreaking conclusion but you just can’t look away. I do wish we got a little more about her sisters but I get why the focus was so heavy on the titular subject.
The story gets ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 but the illustrations throughout this one are phenomenal so I’m bumping it to ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐ , I can’t wait to buy a copy for my shelves!
Thanks to Netgalley for early access to this novel. All opinions above are my own.
What’s your favorite mythological character?