Review: Medusa: A Love Story by Sasha Summers
Author: Sasha Summers
Publisher: Crescent Moon Press
Published: May 2012
paperback, 292 pages
Summary (from Goodreads):
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.
Add this book to your to be read pile immediately. Mythology fascinates so many people. Many movies and books have been inspired by mythology. There is something about crazy, power hungry deities that appeal to so many people. Although I'm familiar with Medusa, this is the first book I've read that has taken a closer look at the history of Medusa, who wasn't always a monster.
Medusa was once a beautiful woman. She served as priestess at Athena's temple. Medusa is loyal, kind, and devout. She is a favorite of Athena, and has attracted the attention of Poseidon. The attention is unwanted, because Medusa's heart belongs to a guard named Ariston. The gods will not be denied, and as you know they can be a vengeful lot. Poseidon gives her a choice that could destroy her either way as well as incur the wrath of Athena. If you're familiar with her story, even a little bit, you can guess what happened.
Summers does a fantastic job with this story. Even though I was familiar with the legend of Medusa, this book kept my attention from beginning to end. The love that Medusa and Ariston share is an all-consuming love that even the gods cannot deny. Ariston is not only a brave warrior in battle, he also fights for those he loves, and not even Hades can stand in his way. I absolutely love the story line, the characters, and everything in-between. Summers gives a new understanding to Medusa the woman, and Medusa the monster. This is definitely one of my favorite books this year.
If you're a fan of mythology you should check this book out. If you're not, this book could change your mind. Medusa is the first book in the Loves of Olympus. The next book, For the Love of Hades, comes out in January 2013. I can't wait!