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Medusa by Rosie Hewlett – ARC Review


My Rating ~ Four and a half Stars

4half-gold-stars copy

RELEASE DATE:  30 April 2021

Format: E-ARC

Pages: 204

Publisher: Silverwood Books



You know her name, you know her story. Just not the right one.

Within the depths of the Underworld the formidable snake-haired Gorgon has finally had enough. Tired of being eternally and unjustly brandished a villain, Medusa has found the courage to face her tragic past and speak out. Determined to expose the centuries of lies surrounding her name, Medusa gives unparalleled insight into her cursed life, from her earliest memories and abandonment at birth, right through to her tragic and untimely death at the hands of the hero Perseus. Through telling her story, Medusa finally reveals the lost truth behind antiquity’s most infamous monster.

MEDUSA breathes new life into an ancient story and echoes the battle that women throughout millennia have continued to wage – the opportunity to simply be heard.



Thank you so much to Silverwood Books for sending me a copy of this book, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review!

Most people know Medusa’s tale…or do they. Medusa takes us on a journey of her life, reimagined through the authors eyes, showing her part as a victim in her story. Abandoned, sexually assaulted and betrayed, Medusa struggles through life and begs us to look at some of the Gods’ stories with a different perspective.  I am not usually attracted to mythology type stories and rarely enjoy them, but I love villain origin stories, so I decided to give this one a try. I was surprised to find I devoured it!  

This is such a fresh outlook on this age old tale and I am more intrigued by the legend of Medusa than I ever was before. The writing was beautiful and I had to read it all in one sitting. I was spellbound.  Although everything was wrapped up beautifully, I actually wish this book was a little longer, just because I enjoyed it so much!


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2 thoughts on “Medusa by Rosie Hewlett – ARC Review”

  1. I’m a big fan of myths and folk tales so.. that an author decided to retell Medusa’s story (from Her perspective) is exciting for me. I can’t wait to read this! And just look at that cover, wow!
    Great review and thank you so much for sharing it!

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