Classic Greek mythology paints Medousa as a serpent-haired monster who turns people to stone if they merely look at her face. But what made Medousa such a monster?
Author Michael F. Butchin retells the classic story from Medousa’s point of view, taking readers back to Sparta, where her family is violently murdered by the Spartan Krypteia, and she is sold as a slave to the royal house of the Eurypontids.
When Medousa is granted her freedom she devotes herself to Athena, the Goddess of wisdom, courage, and the strategy of war and trains to be a priestess, hoping for kindness and acceptance only to suffer rape and the curse that turns her into a Gorgon. Fleeing to a life of solitude, Medousa is driven mad by her loneliness and pain, taking out her anger on travelers who cross her path.
In the end it is the Titans, not the Gods, who give her the care and love she longs for, but will she ever find the healing she so deeply desires?
"Medousa is a refreshing and inspired look at an ancient figure, as told from her own point of view. The ancient myths are respectfully maintained, however the story takes a deeper look at what made Medousa into the creature we call ""Monster"". She isn't quite who we thought she was. She's complex and intelligent, and worthy of profound respect."
""I liked how Butchin put a new spin on well-known myths, including not only the story of Medousa but also touching on the fall of Troy, Heracles, and the war between Titans and Olympians.""
""Medousa takes a monster and makes her human in a literary story that draws on classical mythology and weaves an engaging prose narrative. Recommended for those of us who revel in the myths and appreciate a new approach."""
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We all know Medusa as the evil women in Greek mythology that turns people to stone. But why was she portrayed that way throughout history? What turned her into a “monster”? Michael F. Butchin tells Medusa’s tale from her early beginnings in Sparta. She underwent many traumatic things that made her the women she is. The story is told beautifully and very well written. We see Medusa not as the evil monster she is usually portrayed as, but as a human being who went through such pain and misery.
a complete epic about a woman and her life which strays away from the traditional narratives about Greek life and mythology. It’s expertly told and forces to reader to confront any preconceived notions of the gods and monsters and heroes.
I’m literally obsessed with Greek mythology. Every time I find a book related to the topic I have to get my hands on it and read it. Which is also what happened in this case. The book follows the life of Medusa, it is described in great depth as it is also a very long book (probably the longest I’ve found on the argument) so it was rather impossible to be disappointed by it. Also the writing was just sooooo good. Highly recommended.
My thanks to NetGalley and the publisher Epikoros Publishing for an advanced copy to this novel. Greek Mythology is a rich area for storytellers, filled with characters and situations that can be drawn on, adapted and even made richer and more complete with the addition of historical facts and modern sensibilities. Michael F. Butchin has done so in his novel Medousa, taking the character known for his stony gaze as the Gorgon and given life, love and a chance to share her story. Medousa born of noble blood, enslaved, cursed by the god Athena who finds her end on an island at the end of the world, from a hero who is acclaimed for his great actions. A simple sounding story, but the story of Medousa is shaped by trauma and actions outside of her control. Nothing she does seems to ever go right, from helping innocents beset by foul creatures, who turn out to be offspring of friendly Titans. All the stages of her life things happen to her, that leave her more damaged, but she continues to strive on. The book is well written, with a few different styles telling the story of Medousa at different stages. The characters are historical or mythological, and exist clearly in this world. The book is a lot to read, to maybe it would be best to read in stages. Sometimes the life she is given does wear at the reader, but the story is never dull, and never without something to think about. Not fun in the conventional sense, but a very compelling read.
I love mythology, folklore etc and so this book was a m-ust for me and it was such a fresh and refreshing read. I loved that it didnt just recycle the old myths again by retelling them but, however, retold them in a fresh way by telling the reader about Medusas life and how she got where she was, like most people in this wprld she was a victim of circumstance and injustice and was villified for that and this retelling explains her plight perfectly. I also loved the other aspects of Greek Mythology told in this book such as Troy again told with a fresh view. I loved it
I love Greek mythology and I always get excited to read something based on it. This book was a really well done read, the characters were great and I loved this take on Medousa.
I love Mythology and I was very intrigued by Medusa's back story. This was a fantastic book, though possibly a little bit long . I would still recommend Thank you for this eARC
Great and Amazing Tale................... Medousa by Michael F. Butchin is indeed an amazing tale of Medousa, a Gorgon. The author while narrating the story has portrayed a world where women are considered low in comparison to men. We have always read Greek Historical Fiction stories from a Hero's point of view. But, this book narrates the story from Medousa's point of view. I loved the plot and there are some astonishing facts and anachronisms. But, they make the story more and more interesting. Medousa is not only a Greek Tale but an account of women of valor and strength. I would surely give the book 5 stars. Thanks to Netgalley for providing me an opportunity to read and review the book.