Book Review | Stone Blind by Natalie Haynes

Wednesday, October 5, 2022

*Thank you to Harper Collins for gifting me this Advanced Readers Copy*

Summary: They will fear you and flee you and call you a monster. The only mortal in a family of gods, Medusa is the youngest of the Gorgon sisters. Unlike her siblings, Medusa grows older, experiences change, feels weakness. Her mortal lifespan gives her an urgency that her family will never know.

When the sea god Poseidon assaults Medusa in Athene’s temple, the goddess is enraged. Furious by the violation of her sacred space, Athene takes revenge — on the young woman. Punished for Poseidon’s actions, Medusa is forever transformed. Writhing snakes replace her hair and her gaze will turn any living creature to stone. Cursed with the power to destroy all she loves with one look, Medusa condemns herself to a life of solitude. Until Perseus embarks upon a fateful quest to fetch the head of a Gorgon . . .

Rating: ⭐⭐1/2

My Thoughts: I honestly had a hard time rating this book. The writing was really good and the overall story was decent, but there were issues that I really did not like. First of all, this is not a Medusa story. She his honestly a minor character in this book. I would say Athene or Perseus are the main characters. This is their story. So, being marketed as a Medusa book is fairly misleading. That was kind of disappointing to me, since I was expecting this to mainly be about Medusa.

Also, the Medusa aspect of this book is not a re-telling. It’s quite true to the original Greek mythology, which I was not expecting at all.

Second, there are entirely way too many characters and POV’s in this book. It’s hard to keep up and gets quite confusing at times. The author should have taken out quite a few of these characters and wrote them into a different book or two.

All that being said, if you want a story about a lot of Gods, Goddesses, and how they interact with mortals, this book might be for you. Like I said it’s well written just not the story that was expected at all.


Trigger Warning: a lot of talk about sexual assault — nothing graphic, but definitely mentioned a lot.

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