The Deep End of the Sea
By Heather Lyons
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.
When I first sat down with The Deep End of the Sea I was a little apprehensive. Greek Mythology? I am the first to admit my complete ignorance on the subject. I will also immediately admit to loving the book. With a modern twist we are taken on a journey with the one and only Medusa as she faces the past, the life she has been forced into and the life she desires. Through friendship and love she discovers the woman she has always wanted to be. The woman that she was meant to be.
This is not only a story of love, family, friendship and self discovery but one of justice. Heather manages to take a villain and make him into a person. A broken and disturbed person, but a person all the same. She takes the heroin and the hero and puts obstacles in their way that only true love can overcome.
You can feel the author's love for Greek mythology as well as her belief in justice, friendship and true love and even her sense of humor. I have to appreciate any author that devotes time to the wonders of a relaxing bath, a shopping trip with a girlfriend and the appreciation for shoes!
Heather Lyons has always had a thing for words—She’s been writing stories since she was a kid. In addition to writing, she’s also been an archaeologist and a teacher. Heather is a rabid music fan, as evidenced by her (mostly) music-centric blog, and she’s married to an even larger music snob. They’re happily raising three kids who are mini music fiends who love to read and be read to.
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