The Deep End of the Sea by Heather Lyons

The Deep End of the Sea
The Deep End of the Sea

Synopsis:

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.

Review:

It took me a while to get into Deep End of the Sea, but once I did I really enjoyed the story. Medusa is so kind, she has such a big heart, she has so much compassion for others, but she has been dealt a bad hand. She was attacked and then banished to live as a monster. I just really felt bad for her. How could anyone be so cruel to such a kind person? 

Medusa is banished on an island and doesn't have much contact with the outside world. After all she could accidentally kill people if she looks at them. She see herself as a monster, as someone who is not good, because she has killed others. She has done everything she can to prevent any accidents, but accidents still happen every so often. She has two friends who come to visit occasionally. One an old blind man, one Hermes the god. Medusa doesn't really know why Hermes always comes back, but she is glad he does. He is her best friend, but she is always worried that she will accidentally look him in the eye one day. She has been on her island for two thousand years, but she has still not been able to get over what happened to her. She still will not talk about, about the horrible circumstances that lead to her being cursed.

When Hermes tells Medusa that he is going to the council to try and get her curse reversed, she is hesitant. He has been trying for years to right the wrongs done to her, but she is so scared, so hurt by what happened she doesn't know how to hope for something better. After all it was the gods who did this to her how can she trust them? The story really gets good once she travels to Olympus for the council meeting that will potentially change her fate.

Hermes and Medusa were so cute together. You can see how much he cares about her, even when she thinks of herself as a monster. He doesn't care what she looks like, he likes her. He likes who she is as a person and it doesn't matter about anything else. She has a long road ahead of her, lots of crazy gods, but lots of amazing new friends as well. It was heartbreaking reading her story, but I really enjoyed it. She keeps getting her world disrupted and having to start over, and it really challenges her. I think most of what happened had to happen to really make Medusa who she should be, to let her heal and grow stronger as a person, but I was so sad for her at times. Luckily she has a great group of people who care about her and look out for her. It was a great read. I loved seeing the old mythology through a new lens.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

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