- File Size: 2423 KB
- Print Length: 448 pages
- Publisher: SHP (March 28, 2016)
- Publication Date: March 28, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01DL35084
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,407,564 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This innovative mixture of gods and heroes from Greek myths hurtled into the unknown (by a mishap in space and a crash landing to face a whole new set of problems posed by a strange environment that included minor deities and heroes), engrossed me from the first page. It promised a very entertaining mix and plenty of excitement. When Twist throws the most famous gods and heroes such as Zeus, Athena, Prometheus, Pandora, Atlas, Apollo, Artemis and all the rest into a big modern melting pot, you have to expect the unexpected! But the result is quite delightful.
The sympathetic—and often amusing—way the deities are characterised and humanised is inspired. Each one keeps his/her recognisable traits from the ancient stories, but takes on more human aspects to account for some of their quirks and idiosyncrasies. I especially enjoyed the strong female deities taking ownership of their traditional roles and adding their own personal, feminine touches.
The use of modern colloquialisms made them accessible, endearing and highly entertaining. I especially liked the portrayal of the three feisty ‘A’ females: Artemis, Aphrodite and Athena. They kept the action moving forward in a very human way as well as milking every opportunity to add humour and interest to the story through their unique personalities. Permeating their stories is a rather poignant, coming of age love story to which just about anyone of any age can relate.
All in all, I found this an inspired story, engrossing, entertaining and beautifully written. Jenny Twist is a great story-teller and I can see this having an appeal to all ages as a new way to visit classical mythology in a novel, informative and engaging way.
In The Owl Goddess, Twist explores this possibility with the story of young Athena and her crowd of Olympian friends and their contact with humans on a young earth.
If you’re a fan of Greek mythology, this book has plenty to enjoy. It’s an interesting retelling of old stories, and has a charm and wit in its straightforward prose that is hard not to enjoy.
Despite the inventiveness of this re-imagining, however, there is still much to be desired. The writing often comes across as too simple, filled with overly childish dialogue and lazy descriptive shortcuts. The characters are also rather shallow, without much complexity or dynamism.
At times the plot felt a bit hurried, and some wildly coincidental piece of luck would land on a character and move the story forward. With a little more time spent on the plot, some of these scenes could have been much better, but as it is they just feel uninspired.
I still very much enjoyed this book because I’m a fan of Greek mythology, but I can’t in good conscience recommend it to another adult. A book should never substitute creativity for craft, and I only wish that there was a little more complexity to the story to make it really come alive. Perhaps this book would be better for an early or middle grade reader, but for an adult, it’s just a brief entertainment.
So, despite the ingenuity of the idea, I can only give this book three stars.
Reviewed by Elise at Whispering Stories Book Blog
**I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review**
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