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A story where mythology (Medusa) and a classic fairytale comes together in a funny, gory, sweet, tragic romance that will last the ages.
He’s Sworn to Protect the Emperor at All Costs
When he was a child, Bjerner sacrificed his eyes to the Goddess of Death. Raised as a warrior, he’s now a trusted member of the Varangian guard. As he struggles to keep the emperor alive, Bjerner is forced to take a mission that will either see him killed or see him hailed as a hero.
She’s Tired of Heroes
All they ever want to do is try to kill her. Ever since she was born, Ophidia has been hunted like an animal and all because of what she is: a beast that has the power to turn people into stone.
Forced to hide in a cave her entire life with only the dead heroes for company, Ophidia desperately wants her next visitor to be a little less stabby.
And less inclined to look at her face.
And would it really kill them to just talk to her first?
But as the centuries pass, she’s starting to lose hope that such a man exists…
4 out of 5 (very good)
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Well Miranda Grant has broke my heart with this one.
I think this is my favourite. Ophidia is a beautiful soul, I found her really easy to like. I just feel for her, she finally feels pure happiness and then... I'm not spoiling it for you! Suffice to say I wouldn't want to be a God or Demigod after reading the epilogue.
Bjerner, the boy that was released from Niflhel without his sight, became an insightful man full of love and honour.
I'd love to say this is a warm and fuzzy read but it's not, it has it's warm moments yes but it's still dark.
Hel hath no fury like Medusa's spawn.
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Miranda Grant has cycled three thousand miles up the Rocky Mountains on a tandem bike, launched herself off a cliff to go soar under a giant piece of thin fabric, and has stared down a mamma grizzly and her cub without losing a single limb. A true believer in that life is too short to waste away, she has a comprehensive bucket list and becoming a successful writer is just the next item on it. She defines success as not how much money she makes or how wide of an audience she captivates. To her, it's defined by transporting her readers into a new world and have them fall in love with its occupants. If she can do that, then this item is done. Though that is not to say her writing will be.