Thursday, 21 February 2013

Book Review #12: Medusa, A love story

It's said love can change a person. Medusa wasn't always a monster...
Medusa is ruled by duty, to her Titan father and the Goddess Athena. She's no room for the tenderness her warrior guard, Ariston, stirs. When Olympus frees her from service, her heart leads her into the arms of the guard she loves... and curses her as the creature with serpent locks.
Ariston goes to war with a full heart... and dreadful foreboding. He learns too late of the danger Medusa faces, alone, and a Persian blade sends him into the Underworld. But death, curses, nor the wrath of the Gods will keep him from returning to her.
Poseidon will use Greece's war to get what he wants: Medusa. He does not care that she belongs to another. He does not care that she will be damned. He is a God, an Olympian, and she will be his.  

For everyone who love the Greek myths: Make sure to read on, it will get you hooked! (And the review is spoiler-free)
It feels like ages ago when I found out about the author Sasha Summers and the book Medusa, A love story. The history of my blog tells me I blogged about it on the 10th of August 2012, so that is at least already a good couple of months ago! Now let's get cracking on the actual review, I promise you the book will not dissapoint you.

I'm sure that most of you know who Medusa is, in the way she is always put out in mythology: the woman with snakes as hair which can turn men into stone. But Sasha Summers took a totally different approach towards writing this story of Medusa. It is the story before she became what everyone fears, her love story that led towards this tragedy.

The story and characters captured me from the beginning. I was eager to find out more about Medusa and Ariston, and luckily you get parts of the story from both their POV's. Therefore you get a lot more insight in both characters opposed to stories that are written from just one POV. Loved that.

Besides the well written story and the development you saw in both Medusa an Ariston, I absolutely loved how the gods were portraited in the book. A lot of times they are supposed to be there, but aren't or aren't realy given a voice in the book. The gods in this book actually do get all of that. Some of the gods even get to interact with the main characters, kind of like they are real persons. And you also get parts in the book where we "travel" to the mountain Olympus to meet more of the gods, how great is that?

Even though it is a romantic book, I still believe you need to have some love maybe for the Greek mythology or the eagerness to find out a little more about to actually appreciate it, but if that is your thing, it is a great book. The epilogue of the book already gave a lovely tease for the second book in the series 'For the love of Hades', which tells the story of Hades and Peresphone. BUT for those who are thinking, oh no not again a series, you are very well able to read the first book without having to read the second as the story has a fixed closure on the story of Medusa.


  1. This might be good books for me, as somebody who hates collecting series and cant anymore. Will put it on my wishlist :)

  2. This sounds like such an interesting setting!

    Have a great day,

  3. Hi Arlette! Thanks so much for sharing Medusa! I truly appreciate the time you took to read and review the book. It means a great deal, promise.
    Have a lovely week.