Book Review Medusa’s Desire by E.B. Black

December 15, 2012 at 6:46 pm 1 comment

medusadesireTitle: Medusa’s Desire
Author: E.B. Black
Genre: Fantasy Romance

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It all started the day her god raped her.

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.

Medusa’s Desire is a fantasy romance novel that’s at times romantic and heart-warming, and at times utterly devastating. It was so touching that at the end, I was left on the verge of tears. We all know the tragic story of Medusa, but author E.B. Black comes up with original twists to the classic tale, making it all the more complicated, the gods all the more vengeful and superficial, and the monsters all the more human.

Medy is a beautiful, strong-willed girl whose mother boasted to anyone who wanted to hear she was even more beautiful than the goddess Athena. But one night, Medy is raped by the God Poseidon, thus invoking Athena’s wrath. She turns Medy and her sisters into the Gorgons: monsters with snakes growing on their heads. Whoever Medusa lays eyes upon, will turn into stone. While her sisters are immortal, she is mortal, but can’t die by her own hand. After spending years traveling the underworld, a young hero by the name of Persues comes to slay the monster Medusa and extract Athena’s final vengeance. But the moment Persues sees Medusa’s reflection, he falls in love with her. Not only with the beauty she once possessed, but also by the strength in her eyes, and the hardships of life she didn’t succumb to.

Instead of killing her, Persues saves Medusa from the underworld and falls in love with her. Together they make a plan to rescue Persues’ mother, who’s being held captive. But along the way, they run into a town slaughtered by a sea monster. Medusa turns to look at the sea monster, forever turning her into stone. Then it turns out the sea monster is Medusa’s mother. It’s one of the most heartbreaking scenes in this book, and had me on the verge of tears. I wish the author would’ve dwelled a bit more on Medusa’s sorrow, but the passages about it, made it feel very real and honest.

Medusa is a strong, complex character. She battles the monster within, which is becoming stronger every day. Her love for Persues grows as well, but she knows she can never truly have him. Not only because he can’t see her true form, or look her in the eyes, but also because of Andromeda, a young woman Persues rescued earlier and who’s fallen for him ever since. Medusa must make some choices: some heart-breaking, some brave and impossibly strong. These choices make her intriguing, how she keeps shedding of the monster, and battles it until one’s forced to think about who the true monster is. Persues was an interesting character as well, although at times I felt like slapping him around the head.

The book was great, and I liked the spin on the Medusa and Persues story. My only concern is that it skipped certain things too quickly, not fully explaining the situation and the emotions to go with it. It all went rather fast, and I would’ve preferred a slower build-up. But this book did make me experience a wide ray of emotions from happiness to sadness, and that’s only possible when a book is well written, which Medusa’s Desire definitely is.


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  • 1. E.B. Black (@writerblack)  |  December 15, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    Thank you for taking the time to read and review my novel. I appreciate your comments and will keep them in mind when I write in the future.


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