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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Medea: Priestess, Princess, Witch is a work of fiction in the mythology, adventure, and historical fiction subgenres. It is best suited to the general adult reading audience. Readers are swept away by a gripping narrative penned by author JJ Taylor, transcending the familiar tales of Medea to depict a woman fighting for freedom in a world dominated by gods and ego-driven men. Set in the house of King Aeetes on the Black Sea, Medea, a descendant of Helios, grapples with her formidable powers while navigating a world that seeks to confine her based on her gender. The arrival of Jason and the Argonauts heralds change, and Medea is thrust into a complex web of sacrifices, politics, gods with hidden agendas, and the profound magic that shapes her destiny.
Author JJ Taylor has crafted a thrilling and atmospheric work that reimagines Medea in a stirring, active fashion, presenting her as a multidimensional character grappling with societal expectations, divine forces, and her own quest for freedom. The narrative is rich with political intrigue, magical elements, and emotional depth, offering an immersive experience thanks to the author’s dedication to worldbuilding, attitude, and detail. The close narrative style gives us real insight into Medea’s thought process and emotional capabilities, capturing the true essence of Medea's journey as a woman of her time. What results is a powerful protagonist whose transformation unfolds amidst a backdrop of gods, monsters, and the complexities of love, and one whom you really deeply root for from cover to cover. Overall, I would not hesitate to recommend Medea: Priestess, Princess, Witch for mythology fans everywhere, as Taylor's storytelling prowess brings a whole new perspective to a classical tale.