Medusa – Rosie Hewlett

I have been afraid of facing my past and breathing life into those demons I have tried to lay to rest for so long. In telling my story I would risk awakening that darkness inside me once again, that darkness which nearly consumed me.

I’ve been seeing a lot about this book, and it immediately became one of the top books on my TBR. The premise of this book is that it is a retelling of the myth of Medusa, bringing a fresh new perspective to the story.

I totally adored Rosie Hewlett’s writing. She writes in the first-person point of view, and I’ll be the first to admit that this type of POV is not my favorite, however, the author managed to turn the character’s voice into such an interesting and compelling experience that I couldn’t put the book down and read it in one sitting. Medusa’s voice is so enthralling and profound, she talks to the readers breaking the fourth wall and addressing us as “you” inviting us closer, so we can feel and experience her journey with her, so we can feel all of her pain and suffering, and all that the world took from her.

I felt unquestionably invested in the narrative, I cared deeply about Medusa as a character, she is vulnerable, real, well constructed. It is so easy to relate to her. I absolutely loved the fact that this retelling told the myth in the perspective that Medusa was abused by Poseidon, following in the steps of a lot of researchers and academics of greek mythology of our recent times. The book does not shy away from inscribing such a dark and dense theme into its pages, and the author works it tremendously, her character is deeply affected by it, and utterly changed afterward. Athena’s character was infuriating to me and what a greatly constructed character, to the point that you shudder in anger to think about them.

I loved seeing what Medusa became. I loved seeing her origin story and the fact that as she narrates for us her tale, she tells the reader she has been wronged many times, including in how her story has been told to the world. Medusa is multifaceted, she is complex, she is a victim, a survivor, and ultimately a protector.

I am so glad I had the opportunity to read this book and I will definitely be checking out other myth retellings from this author.

Thank you to the author and Netgalley for sending me a digital copy in exchange for an honest review.

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