The name alone is frightening.
It chills the blood and conjures images of a terrifying monster.
But could there be more?
Legend tells us how she died.
Now it is time to discover how she lived.
My Rating: * * * *
I have always been interested in Greek/Roman mythology, so when I saw this book of course I had to read it. The characters were well developed, and the writing was very descriptive. The title of the book very well describes the story of Medusa, and the sad, tragic story of how she came to be.
The story begins with Medusa being a little girl. Her mother has just given birth to her siblings, two monstrous gorgon sisters. She doesn’t understand how her sisters are so different, and why her mother favors them, and becomes cold to her. Her father is very apathetic, and sides with her mother. She comes to hate her vicious sisters and parents. She prays to Poseidon, the god of the sea to deliver her from her family, but no help comes.
Medusa finally escapes and ends up in Athens, Greece. There she prepares to become a priestess of Athena. One day Poseidon appears to her and is angry that he has finally granted her desire, but she has turned away from him to worship Athena. He takes his revenge by raping Medusa right in front of Athena’s temple. Athena appears after and is furious. Her priestesses are to be virgins and Medusa is ruined. She blames her for Poseidon’s rape and for her beauty that brought him to it. She curses Medusa to become a monster. So begins her agonizing transformation into the gorgon Medusa.
She is sent back to the island she came from to find her home destroyed, and her father almost dead. We finally come to find out what her mother is, and the sad parting. Medusa’s life becomes now nothing more than survival,and fending off trophy hunters. Until a young woman washes up on her beach.
The story continues with their budding friendship/romance, and survival. I overall enjoyed the story, and would have given five stars but there was quite a few editing errors that were distracting. I would recommend this story to those who love stories of the mythologies of the world.
Faith Marlow is a USA today best selling author of dark fantasy/ paranormal/ horror with Vamptasy Publishing, an imprint of CHBB. Her stories stir emotions and explore the thin veil between human and the inhuman. Dark, yet inviting and familiar, Faith seeks to deliver chills with a sense of class, and sometimes a bit of heat. With each story, she hopes to build exposure for fellow women authors and artists who create horror.
She has five full length novels currently available at Amazon and more in the works. Her debut, “Being Mrs. Dracula”, chronicles the lives of Count Dracula’s three beautiful, yet very different wives, Valeria, Ilona, and Fleur. The story continues with “Being Dracula’s Widow”. Her latest release and the third installment of the series “Being Dracula’s Heir” will be available 7/16/2020.
“The Nightmare Hunters” is the beginning of “The Dream Journal” series, and is a dark fantasy/ horror series with hints of sci-fi. The psychological thriller/ survival horror, “Couples Therapy” is a fast- paced, terrifying journey through the depths of guilt and longing for redemption and is the author’s only story not to include paranormal elements.
Faith is also proud to be featured in multiple anthologies, benefiting various charities. When she isn’t writing or reading, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching a horror movie, online shopping for Funko Pop! figures, at a rock show, or entertaining her house panther, Teddy. She lives in Tennessee with her husband, Scottie, and son, Avery.