Saturday, February 22

Review: The Deep End of the Sea by Heather Lyons

Title: The Deep End of the Sea
By: Heather Lyons
My Copy: Ebook from Publisher
BookWhisperer's Review:

What if all the legends you’ve learned were wrong?

Brutally attacked by one god and unfairly cursed by another she faithfully served, Medusa has spent the last two thousand years living out her punishment on an enchanted isle in the Aegean Sea. A far cry from the monster legends depict, she’s spent her time educating herself, gardening, and desperately trying to frighten away adventure seekers who occasionally end up, much to her dismay, as statues when they manage to catch her off guard. As time marches on without her, Medusa wishes for nothing more than to be given a second chance at a life stolen away at far too young an age.

But then comes a day when Hermes, one of the few friends she still has and the only deity she trusts, petitions the rest of the gods and goddesses to reverse the curse. Thus begins a journey toward healing and redemption, of reclaiming a life after tragedy, and of just how powerful friendship and love can be—because sometimes, you have to sink in the deep end of the sea before you can rise back up again.

It is no surprise that I love Mythology so when I was saw this book, I knew I needed it immediately.  There is always something so brilliant about taking a story that has been told for hundreds of years and putting a different spin on it, and that is exactly what Lyons has done.  This is not the Medusa that I grew up reading about; this is a completely different Medusa, a Medusa I would love to be friends with. In fact, none of the gods or goddesses are the same and it was so wonderful to read about a whole new world than the one I was used to reading.

I fell in love with the character Medusa.  The kindness, sorrow, longing, and gentle heart that she showed really made me want the best of life that one could ever have.  She is technically a monster, turning anyone she sees into stone, but that is not what she wants.  Medusa wants a normal life and the closest that she can get is by befriending a blind old man, a blind cat, and Hermes. 

Oh, Hermes, so wonderful throughout the entire book!  His want to reverse the curse that was placed on Medusa starts the war of the gods. This war was so fascinating and of course, as the reader, you take a side and you want justice to be served but knowing that these are gods, nothing will ever be completely fair.

Bottom line, if I were asked to describe this book in two words, I would pick ‘ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC!’ I look forward to reading more of Lyons books in the future.

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