Thursday, January 11, 2018

Book Review - Medea, by Kerry Greenwood

Medea, Princess of Colchis, is a priestess of Hecate, Three Named, Lady of Phantoms. She is the custodian of the wood in which the Golden Fleece is hung. She alone can tame the giant serpent which guards the grove. And then Jason and his Argonauts come along, and she falls catastophically in love. She helps him steal the Golden Fleece ans sails with him to claim his throne. And that's when things go wrong... and she must attempt to reclaim her humanity through abandoment, murder, grief and heavy seas.


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'Medea' was an immense adventure! It has been a while since I picked up a lengthy book, and again this was an overdue novel to delve into. Such is the story of my reading life lately.

Really enjoyed Medea's character. She was a great contradiction from page to page. Strong but made weak by custom and her embittered teacher, and it was very clear that she had so much more potential and strength than she allowed herself. A consequence of the times she was born into. Yet she has power in her own rights, which becomes of great use to Jason and the Argonauts as they come to take the Golden Fleece. 

Jason and his Argonauts all have their own storylines running, and as much as one may think that it would be disjointed, the author was very good at connecting these characters in the book. As much as I was intrigued by Medea's storyline, I did not mind the interruption to explore Jason and his companion's, Nauplios, stories and how they got together with the Argonauts on their quest which then crosses paths with Medea. 

Filled to the brim with adventure quests, heroes and mysticism, it enthralled me from the very first chapter. It is violent, adventurous and incredibly sad as well, with many elements that would make one an epic story.  I am NOT familiar with the story of Medea in history, so I read this book for what it was worth, as a fictional story. And I thoroughly enjoyed it, and look forward to reading more by this author.

Happy Reading!
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Many thanks to Netgalley, Authors and Publishers for making copies available for review. No compensation was accepted and my opinions are 100% my own.

Author Bio:

Kerry Greenwood was born in the Melbourne suburb of Footscray and after wandering far and wide, she returned to live there. She has a degree in English and Law from Melbourne University and was admitted to the legal profession on the 1st April 1982, a day which she finds both soothing and significant.  Kerry Greenwood has worked as a folk singer, factory hand, director, producer, translator, costume-maker, cook and is currently a solicitor. When she is not writing, she works as a locum solicitor for the Victorian Legal Aid. She is also the unpaid curator of seven thousand books, three cats (Attila, Belladonna and Ashe) and a computer called Apple (which squeaks). She embroiders very well but cannot knit. She has flown planes and leapt out of them (with a parachute) in an attempt to cure her fear of heights (she is now terrified of jumping out of planes but can climb ladders without fear). She can detect second-hand bookshops from blocks away and is often found within them.

For fun Kerry reads science fiction/fantasy and detective stories. She is not married, has no children and lives with a registered wizard. When she is not doing any of the above she stares blankly out of the window.

Author Links: Website/Goodreads

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