Medea, Princess of Colchis, is a priestess of Hecate, Three Named, Lady of Phantoms. She is the custodian of the wood in which the Golden Fleece is hung. She alone can tame the giant serpent which guards the grove. And then Jason and his Argonauts come along, and she falls catastrophically in love. She helps him steal the Golden Fleece and sails with him to claim his throne. And that’s when things go wrong… and she must attempt to reclaim her humanity through abandonment, murder, grief and heavy seas.
About the Author
Kerry Greenwood is the author of more than 40 novels and six non-fiction books. Among her many honors, Ms. Greenwood1 has received the Ned Kelly Lifetime Achievement Award from the Crime Writers’ Association of Australia. When she is not writing she is an advocate in Magistrates’ Courts for the Legal Aid Commission. She is not married, has no children and lives with a registered Wizard.
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“My mother gave birth to me in the darkness under the earth and died in doing so. I loved the velvety blanket of night before my dazzled eyes ever encountered light. And when I did, they say I wept, and the people said, ‘Here is a true daughter of Hekate!’
I am standing in the dark again, in the central room of my own placeno, of Hekate’s temple, which was once mine, before I went with Jason. Jason the thief, the pirate, the betrayer. Jason the stranger. I have left my own gods, my own tongue, my own beliefs, for too long....
The knife blade gleams, and I try the blade. I feel the sting as it slides along my thumb. It is very sharp. I can hear the children laughing as they play.
How did I come to this?”
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“This is a book I didn’t want to end. I dreamed about the characters for days afterward.” Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author of Last to Die
“The well-known stories of Medea, Jason and the Argonauts are based on widely differing legends. Now it’s Medea’s turn to speak....The first of [Greenwood’s] three Delphic Women'series to be available in the United States is an enthralling, sensual, tragic tale packed with historical detail.” Kirkus Reviews
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is my second review for this book. The first was posted on the previously published version and seems to have disappeared. Greenwood offers up a new theory to the popular yet unproven myth/speculation that Medea killed her own children ( the speculation was helped along by Euripides written version of the events). Given the remnants of hearsay and evidence read through the frame of reference handed down by Euripides, it is possible that the maternal filicide supposedly comitted by Medea never happened. I would also like to take a moment to say what an utter self loving and treacherous male Jason was. His golden reputation doesn't shine very brightly in this version of events. He betrays her trust more than once and yet she still throws her lot in with him. Greenwood weaves the supposed sorcery of women of that time, they tended to be healers something often mistaken for witchcraft, in a way that makes situational sense. One of my favourite characters was Herakles. Old trustworthy Herakles with a pure heart and the soul of a warrior. It is written in a way that combines mythology, history with fictional elements without becoming a dry academic rehash. I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley.
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