Absolutely fantastic mix of mythology & romance. A sob filled swoon fest.
You are probably already aware that I have a complete paranoid phobia abo...moreAbsolutely fantastic mix of mythology & romance. A sob filled swoon fest.
You are probably already aware that I have a complete paranoid phobia about *shudders* snakes. So as you can imagine Medusa is like the worst possible nightmare for me, in fact I’ve had more than my fair share of Medusa themes nightmares. So you could have bowled me over with a feather when I actually started to feel sympathy for a ‘creature’ that has a head full of snakes and can turn people to stone just by looking at them. I know, colour me shocked.
Heather Lyons does a fantastic job of making Medusa into a wonderful, caring girl as opposed to the monster of my nightmares. Unfairly cursed by the gods after being violated by Poseidon, Medusa accepts her punishment with grace, the kind of selflessness that is rare. She torments herself with her victims, suffering from guilt and nightmares due to something beyond her control. She cares for the statues of her ‘victims’ have become making sure they are clean and well placed on the tiny island that is her prison. Now you can see what I mean when I say it’s impossible not to like the Medusa, Heather Lyons has created.
Medusa’s only friends are a blind man and Hermes. Although it is obvious from the very beginning that Hermes cares deeply for Medusa. Something she is unwilling to acknowledge having lived in such seclusion and hurt. The simple acts of kindness Medusa is shown touch not only her heart but the readers alongside her. You rail against the unfairness and actually want to protect Medusa from feeling anymore pain.
The plot progression was outstanding weaving the characters of the Greek Gods in a unique and relatable way. Including a wonderful twist on the Hades and Persephone myth as well as the Grim Reaper. Although, it is Medusa’s character development that really shines through the narrative. Learning to relate to people and take care of herself, adjusting to life, love and family; Medusa never loses her innate caring qualities and it is this that endears her to all around her.
I absolutely adored the plot twists that Heather threw into the mix, completely unexpected and most definitely fantastic.
On the whole, The Deep End of the Sea blends smexy romance with mythology creating a wonderful sob filled swoon fest. If you enjoy twists on mythological tales be sure to pick this one up, you won’t regret it.(less)
This is an Arthurian adventure/fantasy novel set in a post-apocalyptic alternate future. 1000 years after a shift in climat...moreReview by Callum (Year 11)
This is an Arthurian adventure/fantasy novel set in a post-apocalyptic alternate future. 1000 years after a shift in climate patterns and the pollution of the Earth’s atmosphere, the world has practically returned to the middle ages. Our hero, the young boy Aran, peacefully resides on the Island as the son of a wealthy lord. But his tranquil life is soon endangered as the Marauders, ancient enemies of the Island people, prepare for attack. Aran is sucked into a devastating conflict and an ancient legacy as old as the Island itself.
My favourite aspect of the novel was the futuristic twist on the classic tale of Arthur. The characters and plotline come together in a gripping, fascinating and delightfully original adventure that doesn’t fail to entertain. One of the most intriguing characters is Huddleston’s portrayal of Peregrine. This mysterious character certainly proves that Huddleston has the ability to create individuals that draw you in, keeping you immersed in his world.
It is hard to mention anything negative about this novel and as I closed the back cover I yearned for more of Aran’s adventures and the struggles that lie ahead of him at the conclusion of the book. This heart-warming tale of friendship and adventure is certainly set to be a title filed under “classic”.
I really hope that Huddleston continues in his pursuit of fictional writing, as The Waking World was certainly one hell of a debut. Huddleston has the ability to combine fascinating and lovable characters within a rich and interesting world, all intricately weaved into a story that is truly captivating. (less)
OK so I will start by stating in all honesty fantasy is not my preferred genre, however, I have read Destiny’s Fire (I still need to write my review)...moreOK so I will start by stating in all honesty fantasy is not my preferred genre, however, I have read Destiny’s Fire (I still need to write my review) and loved Trisha’s writing style so I couldn’t wait to read Astarte’s Wrath. Although this is a companion novel to Destiny’s Fire I would actually advise reading it first because it provides in depth background information to the Kythan Guardians aiding insight and understanding to the events and interactions in Destiny’s Fire.
The story is action packed beautifully weaving mythology and romance to the fantasy. The use of historical events add to the realism shrouded in fantasy. The imagery is intense enabled by stunning descriptive writing apparent from the very beginning.
Told in first person narrative; Astarte is a Guardian assigned to the Pharaoh although they have been friends since childhood the divides in society place a barrier to their relationship. It was the characters and the romance that stood out for me in this book (as if you couldn’t have guessed). The idea of eternal love, love surviving death reduced me to tears and left me an emotional wreck for the rest of the day.
I also have to say that I have never seen such a visually beautiful and enticing eBook before, complete with colored chapter headings of Egyptian symbols.(less)