Medusa: Rise of a Goddess
Medusa: The monster from legend, with snakes for hair and a gaze that turns humans to stone. Cursed by Athena for the crime of being raped, she was destined to be slain by Perseus. Except, she never died. The stories got it wrong.
At the dawn of creation, the girl Medusa lives with her family on the Eastern Edge of the World, but she yearns for more. Fascinated by the newly created humans, she leaves home to see it all for herself, the farms, the cities, and the temples. Little does she know that a sex-crazed God has been lusting after her for decades. He intends her for Himself, and His obsession will change the course of her life for millennia.
In modern New York City, Chloe finally embraces her true self: After years of repressing it, she’s willing to admit her own bisexual nature. Her religiously conservative husband, however, is not, and Chloe flees the abuse that quickly follows. What she doesn’t know is that a creature from legend, a myth come to life – Medusa herself – has been hiding in plain sight, and they are about to come face-to-face.
One woman’s deity cursed her for being true to herself. The other woman’s deity won’t allow her to become her true self. Together, they might have the strength to overcome, and to embrace the divine.
Plot/Idea: 9 out of 10
Originality: 10 out of 10
Prose: 9 out of 10
Character/Execution: 10 out of 10
Overall: 9.50 out of 10
Plot/Idea: The author presents a clever premise that will captivate readers familiar with Medusa's story but still brings to life an engaging read for those who may not be as invested in mythology, weaving in a modern-day subplot that only adds to the fun.
Prose: This is a well-written work by a skilled author who demonstrates solid command of language and narrative ability. The story unfolds at a steady pace with just the right balance of dialogue, action, and description.
Originality: Despite using an age-old myth as the underlying premise in this work, the author has managed to craft a unique and inventive story, offering readers a new perspective into Medusa and her legend. The blending of ancient and modern is particularly well executed.
Character Development/Execution: The author does a superb job with characterization, giving Medusa a new and expanded story in this enlightening new work. The author humanizes her and evokes the reader's pity for her tragic plight.
Date Submitted: June 23, 2022