Medusa: A Love Story, by Sasha Summers
It’s said love can change a person. Medusa wasn’t always a monster…
Medusa is ruled by duty, to her Titan father and the Goddess Athena. She’s no room for the tenderness her warrior guard, Ariston, stirs. When Olympus frees her from service, her heart leads her into the arms of the guard she loves… and curses her as the creature with serpent locks.
Ariston goes to war with a full heart… and dreadful foreboding. He learns too late of the danger Medusa faces, alone, and a Persian blade sends him into the Underworld. But death, curses, nor the wrath of the Gods will keep him from returning to her.
Poseidon will use Greece’s war to get what he wants: Medusa. He does not care that she belongs to another. He does not care that she will be damned. He is a God, an Olympian, and she will be his.
Medusa begins in a scene anyone who’s seen Clash of the Titans will be familiar with. A daring young man, armed with a sword and shield, walks into the ruined temple to slay the cursed Gorgon, Medusa. He knows his chances aren’t good; every man who’s come to this island before him has tried and died. The monster surprises him, though, offering instructions on how to take her head.
The novel then rewinds about a year, to when Medusa was a cherished priestess of the goddess Athena. Her guardian has recently been replaced by Ariston of Rhodes, a loyal soldier who’s worth much more to Athens on the battlefield than babysitting Medusa. He doesn’t really mind though, as she’s beautiful and engaging. His loyalty to Athena becomes a problem for him. His job is to protect Medusa, whose vow of purity demands that she not be touched. Within days, touching her is all he wants to do.
Sasha Summers is a master of the tiny detail. Her characters, Ariston and Medusa, are intimately aware of their own breath, their own heart beats, even the slightest tickle the other causes under their own skin. I am of the opinion that there are few devices quite as powerful as sexual tension, and while the innocent Medusa serves Athena, the desire between her and Ariston builds into a palpable force.
Much of fun of Greek mythology is the tragic course it takes, and the author plots two trails through purgatory for her pair. One leads Medusa to torture, divine curse, and the hospitality of her Gorgon sisters, while the other leads Ariston literally to hell and the mercy of Hades, the god of death.
The characters of this creative twist are exceedingly well rounded, particularly the gods. Poseidon is a selfish, game-playing boar. Yet, while not quite guilt for his actions, he is the god on Olympus who seems most concern that her punishments continue. Athena, traditionally a wise and just goddess, is anything but when she’s offended (and it doesn’t take much.) Hades, typically feared for being heartless, displays great mercy. The author displays the Greek gods as we’ve come to know them: noble and concerned for Greece most of the time, yet at other times, they are conceited, petty, and cruel. And still, Summers manages to make the key players surprising.
I would recommend this book to any lover of Greek myth and romance.
- Autographed copy of “Medusa, A Love Story (Loves of Olympus Series, Bk #1)”
- Autographed copy of “For the Love of Hades (Loves of Olympus Series, Bk #2)”
- Thea (owl) Necklace
- “Medusa” car charm
- Series Swag
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Sasha is part gypsy. Her passions have always been storytelling, history, and travel. It’s no surprise that her books visit times past, set in places rich with legends and myth. Her first play, ‘Greek Gods and Goddesses’ (original title, right?), was written for her Girl Scout troupe. She’s been writing ever since. She loves getting lost in the worlds and characters she creates; even if she frequently forgets to run the dishwasher or wash socks when she’s doing so. Luckily, her four brilliant children and hero-inspiring hubby are super understanding and supportive.