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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Margin of Eros is a humorous urban fantasy novel by Clare Hawthorne. The story combines the modern day mayhem of human life in California with the busybody lives of the Greek gods of Olympus, who are feeling a little forgotten amid the hurly-burly of contemporary life. The action switches between a variety of characters, from catty goddesses such as Hera and Aphrodite to Eros and Hermes, who have their own playful agendas once on Earth, and the intrusion of a hippy-like version of Jesus of Nazareth into the plot. The primary human character is Violet, who gets embroiled in the petty games and squabbles of the gods and has a very hard time getting out again.
Clare Hawthorne’s prose is witty, and I very much enjoyed her slick, modern day versions of the characters we know so well from ancient Greek mythology. Margin of Eros is very much a character ensemble piece which sets out scenes for laughs and the occasional over-descriptive love scene, and it does a good job of satirizing the Californian way of life, and the general shallow nature of humankind. The thing that prevents it being a five star read for me is that the plot didn’t really go anywhere; it’s very much a collection of amusing events that don’t appear to culminate. Overall, though, I’d recommend this book to chick-lit fans looking for something genuinely funny and a little bit different to their usual contemporary drama reads. Margin of Eros is a quick and stylish read, sure to make you smile.