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Book Review | Athena’s Child by Hannah Lynn

We’re delighted to be sharing Elena’s thoughts about Athena’s Child by Hannah Lynn.

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Book cover Athena's Child by Hannah Lynn

Athena’s Child by Hannah Lynn is published in digital and paperback formats.

Daughter. Sister. Priestess. Protector.  

Son. Brother. Demi-God. Hero. 


Gifted and burdened with beauty far beyond that of mere mortals, Medusa seeks sanctuary with the Goddess Athena. But when the lustful gaze of mighty Poseidon falls upon her, even the Temple of Athena cannot protect her.

Young Perseus embarks on a seemingly impossible quest. Equipped with only bravado and determination, his only chance of success lays in the hands of his immortal siblings.

Medusa and Perseus soon become pawns of spiteful and selfish gods. Faced with the repercussions of Athena’s wrath Medusa has no choice but to flee and hide. But can she do so without becoming the monster they say she is.

History tells of conquering heroes. Tales distorted by time. Medusa’s truth has long been lost. Until now. Now it is time to hear her truth.

Revel in this powerful retelling of one of mythologies greatest tales today.

Book Review

I must admit I have never read a book with this subject matter (except at school many moons ago) and subsequently didn’t really know what to expect and whether I would enjoy it. I didn’t know much about Medusa before reading except what she looks like, but that wasn’t important as I quickly became swept up in Athenas Child.

Before her life as a Gorgon Medusa was an ordinary human who goes to work as a priestess for Athena for many years. Until she attracts the attention of Poseidon who attacks her – an attack she can not recover from. She’s banished by Athena and tries to find her family again but kills them instead and goes ultimately to live alone with her curse. 

Perseus the demigod is tasked with finding and killing Medusa and the story then shifts from Medusa’s perspective to Perseus’s.

I found Athena’s Child so entertaining and easy to read. I didn’t expect that at all as it’s a subject matter I’m not familiar with.

I felt pity for Medusa who was a victim of the whims of the gods and men and you can draw parallels with today in her story.

Overall a captivating read which left me wanting to find out more about the Greek gods and mythology. 

Read Elena’s thoughts on Queen’s of Themiscyra, another story in this series.

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Hannah Lynn is an award-winning novelist. Publishing her first book, Amendments – a dark, dystopian speculative fiction novel, in 2015. The Afterlife of Walter Augustus – a contemporary fiction novel with a supernatural twist – won the 2018 Kindle Storyteller Award and IPPY Gold Medal for Best Adult Fiction. She has also penned the delightfully funny and poignant Peas and Carrots Series

While she freely moves between genres, her novels are recognisable for their character driven stories and wonderfully vivid description.

She is currently working on an Urban Fantasy series and, having reimaged the story of Medusa in her Athena’s Child book, another mythological story.

Born in 1984, Hannah grew up in the Cotswolds, UK. After graduating from university, she spent ten years as a teacher of physics, first in the UK and then around Asia and for a while the Austrian Alps. It was during this time, inspired by the imaginations of the young people she taught, she began writing short stories for children, and then adult fiction. Now as a teacher, writer, wife and mother, she is currently living in Amman, Jordan.

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