Medusa, A Love Story - Sasha Summers
"She was once most beautiful, and the jealous aspiration of many suitors. Of all her beauties none was more admired than her hair..." - Ovid, Metamorphoses Book IV:753-803

Medusa, mortal daughter to Phorcys and Ceto, is a priestess devoted to the goddess Athena. Ariston is Medusa's warrior guard who accompanies her daily to and from the Temple of Athena Polias. their attraction for each other grows stronger each time they are together but they must quell their desires for the sake of honor and duty. while their beloved Greece is threatened by the invading Persian army, a bigger threat looms on the horizon for Medusa and Ariston. Poseidon must have Medusa at all cost.
author Sasha Summers draws inspiration from the myths of Ancient Greece and weaves a story of love, passion, and sacrifice that would put the classical writers to shame. Ms. Summers not only fills in the gaps about the Gorgon's life but she also provides an account of what could have taken place after Medusa's death at the hands of Perseus.
another thing that impressed me was how the author incorporated actual historical events. the second Persian invasion of Greece in 480 B.C., the Battle of Thermopylae and the Persian defeat at the Battle of Salamis lend authenticity to the fictional aspects of this absorbing tale.
as far as i am concerned, there is nothing not to love about the whole book. i think this novel enriches all the other works that have ever been written about Medusa. it is well written, rich in detail and compulsively readable. i will never look at Medusa the same way ever again.

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