Book review: Athena’s Child – By Hannah Lynn

Rating: 4 out of 5

 

Athena’s Child: A spellbinding retelling of one of Greek mythology’s most important tales by Hannah Lynn | Goodreads

Athena’s Child: A spellbinding retelling of one of Greek mythology’s most important tales (The Grecian Women Series) – Kindle edition by Lynn, Hannah. Literature & Fiction Kindle eBooks @ AmazonSmile.

 

Disclaimer: I was given the opportunity to read this book by the author, Hannah Lynn. However, I have not been influenced or compensated in any way for my opinions on the book. All of my words are mine alone.

 

Before I started reading this book, I knew very little about Greek mythology and even less about Medusa.

 

I knew that Medusa was a monster but, that was it.

 

In the book, Medusa, an ordinary human, works as a priestess in the temple of the goddess Athena for many years. Something terrible happens to Medusa, who is simply blamed for it by Athena, despite the fact that Medusa was clearly the victim.

 

What really bothered me was that, rather than facing the truth and blaming the perpetrator for the wrongdoing against her acolyte, the goddess Athena goes and blames Medusa and curses her, turning her into a mythological monster.

 

Even though I wasn’t there, the injustice of it all made me angry. However, it also inspired me to see how much perseverance Medusa displayed in the face of all odds.

 

I was able to draw numerous parallels with modern life.

 

Overall, it was an engrossing read that left me wanting to learn more about Greek gods and mythology, as well as raise my awareness of injustices committed not only against women, but also against the voiceless and the unseen.

 

Not for sensitive readers though.

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