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.
I took Latin classes in high school, and when the teacher started talking about the Greek myths, I was hooked. Medusa has never been my favorite myth, but I did always enjoy the story, and I actually thought it was kind of sad. Now author E.B. Black has written an original spin-off for this classic story, offering possible love and a relationship for the monster Medusa, and thus providing a happy ending where previously there was only sadness.
In the original myth, the monster Medusa is slain by the brave hero Perseus. In this adaption, Perseus actually falls for Medusa and rescues her from the clutches of the underworld. They embark on a journey together, Perseus hoping to use Medusa’s ability to turn people into stone to help save his mother, who’s being held captive by an evil king. Medusa likes Perseus as well, but she’s forced to keep on the helmet when they make love, for if she looks at him, he’ll turn into stone like everyone else. Medusa is supposed to be a monster – but is she truly? That’s the question asked and answered in this remarkable book, and it’s a question that kept haunting me long after I turned the final page.
Often, especially in classical stories, but in newly released novels as well, we link beauty to goodness, and ugliness to evil. That’s unfair, and this story sharply states that. As Perseus says at some point, Medusa may look like a monster, but she isn’t, because she has a pure heart and strong soul. It inspires us to look beyond what we can see, and take into account one’s spirit before we judge them. Definitely something to think about.
There were some steamy scenes, and I was a bit annoyed that the love affair between Medusa and Perseus took off that quickly. He sees her, thinks she’s beautiful, they have sex, and apparently that’s enough to warrant he loves her. High doubts here. But along the way though, he kept proving again and again that he did love Medusa, which was a bonus and made up for most of that. Still, I would’ve preferred if their relationship blossomed a little slower.
Medusa’s Desire is an intriguing novel. I kept turning the pages until the end, earger to learn what happened next. Purchase your copy from Amazon.