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Hannah had me hooked from the title! I have always been into Greek mythology. Well, maybe not always. It really stems from a sixth grade unit in it that piqued my interest. So when the author reached out to me and asked if I would read and review her latest book, I emphatically said yes.
Athena’s Child is about Medusa and how she became the monster we know today from Greek myth. As I was reading, I soon realized that this story is more than a story about a woman who became a monster. It is a story about perseverance and compassion. It’s also a story about bullying and misunderstanding on the part of man. Well, maybe and woman.
Hannah retells the story of Medusa in such a beautiful way that allows the reader to not only see themselves in this woman, but also to empathize with her.
I will admit that before reading this book, I did not know much about the myth of Medusa other than that she was a monster with a head full of snakes. And the fact that she would turn anyone that looked at her to stone. After reading this, I see Medusa in a new light. She was just a woman living her life on a family farm and then was sent away by her parents to an unknown place (Athena’s temple). She had to learn to adapt and in the end was persecuted for having something done to her that was out of her control. No one would listen to her story and her side and was forced to leave.
As a woman, and a human, I felt for Medusa. I found myself wanting to reach out and help her. That is all down to the masterful and beautiful writing of Hannah Lynn.
I honestly believe this deserves 5 stars…even more than that. I love Greek mythology and the way Hannah tells a story while also weaving in that mythology is fantastic. I found myself invested in each of the characters’ stories and journeys. I wanted to keep reading and could not put this book down. If you love Greek mythology as much as I do, then I believe you will truly love this story and its important lesson.