Book Review for Medusa’s Desire

medusadesireTitle: Medusa’s Desire
Author: E.B. Black
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: November 22nd 2012
Rating: 8/10

“It all started the day her god raped her.

She transformed into an abomination through his touch. Her skin grew scales. Her eyes turned red. She screamed for help, but all who saw her became stone.

Medusa thought she would be alone forever, until the day a man came to kill her and fell in love instead. Now Perseus is running from those who hired him as he continues to love a girl who could kill him with a glance.”

Medusa is a beautiful, strong-willed young woman who wants to make a life of her own, far away from her abusive, alcoholic father. Unfortunately, things turn out quite differently when she’s kicked out of her own home and her parents think she works as a prostitute. She seeks refuge in the temple, where an unknown man rapes her. That man happens to be Poseidon, and the children she carries are now demi-gods. This invokes the wrath of Athena, who in turn changes Medusa and her entire family into monsters. Medusa and her sisters become the Gorgons, and while her sisters are immortal, Medusa remains mortal, but uncapable of taking her own life.

Medusa and her sisters travel through the underworld, without finding a way out. Then Medusa receives news Athena has finally chosen to send a champion to slay her and end her misery. That chamion is Perseus, half-God, blessed with mighty weapons and an invisibility helmet. But the moment Perseus sees Medusa’s reflection, which still shows the beautiful woman she once was, he falls for her. He no longer wants to kill her and instead, takes her with him on an unforgettable adventure. While Medusa and Perseus’ love blossoms, they must hide from the watchful eyes of the Gods and rebuild a fallen empire.

Medusa was a strong, intriguing character. I liked how she could appear vulnerable and strong at the same time. Her love for Perseus was without boundaries, and it made my heart squeak. Obviously he loved her as well. Perseus makes a complex example of the tragic hero. He’s nice and willing to help anyone, protective of the people he loves, but he’s incapable of coming to full terms with what that love means, and even though he’s willing to sacrifice everything for it, he makes the wrong sacrifices. I liked how he’s not that easy to understand, and neither is Medusa. The story itself was very imaginative, an original take on the well-known myth of the Greek monster Medusa. I liked the new spin on it, the background story the author added, and the relationships between the characters.

A recommended read for all fans of Greek mythology, or dramatic love stories in general.

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