Redemption of the Gorgons Book 1
by Claire Davon
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Print Length: 209 pages
Publication Date: December 3, 2019
Euryale will never forget the day the gods turned her into a monster. After millennia, her heart beats faster at the idea of regaining her normal form. For the feel of skin and not scales, hair and not snakes. But the price could be too high.
Knowing full well the gods can’t be trusted, Euryale agrees to take on a reluctant partner to track down whoever is murdering a growing number of gods. A murderer no one cared about until the killings edged uncomfortably close to bigger and bigger pantheons. Tracking the murderers down is the price she has to pay for her newly restored form—and that of her two equally cursed sisters.
Asher’s unusual gift for eerily horrific sound effects make him a highly sought-after voiceover artist. While he keeps a low profile, there has always been a ticking time bomb in the form of the bargain between his banshee mother and his father, the god Ares. It’s time to pay up—or pay with his life.
As Euryale and Asher dance around their mutual mistrust, the friction ignites a fire of unexpected attraction. But love is almost as impossible as the dangerous task ahead. Because even if the murderers don’t stab them in the back, the fickle gods certainly will.
As soon as I saw the title of this book, I knew I had to read it. I absolutely love stories about the gorgons, and it drives me up a wall that they often play the role of evil, scary monster in everything from books (I’m looking at you, Percy Jackson) to movies to video games. I’ll pick up pretty much anything that strives to give the gorgon sisters even a tiny bit of character development. In this, Gorgon’s Price did not disappoint.
The book begins with the gorgon Euryale having her human-like appearance restored to her in exchange for discovering who is behind a series of god murders. She is paired together with the son of a banshee, Asher, since their target uses sound-based attacks, and this is something both Euryale and Asher specialize in.
While Euryale isn’t treated like a two-dimensional villain, she isn’t treated as an innocent, either. She has spent many centuries in a monstrous form, and it clearly affects her. She discusses things like murder or attacking and eating an animal where it stands very matter-of-factly. The author also takes into account that unlike Medusa, Euryale is immortal, and the way the character views events and the general idea of time reflect this. It was a nice twist on the character I haven’t read before.
The romance gets hot and heavy in this book pretty quickly. Euryale and Asher are attracted to each other on their first meeting, and they’re usually in the bedroom within a page or two of dealing with a dangerous encounter. While they frequently chide themselves and remind each other the relationship couldn’t work long-term (and especially won’t work if Euryale changes form again), they pursue it with little hesitancy. This might be your cup of tea or it might not, but the book never hides the direction it’s going in. Euryale has decided that if there’s any chance of her turning back into a monster for another two or three millennia, she’s going to use the precious time she has with Asher as much as she can.
The ending was satisfying while still leaving a good opening for future books. I’m curious where the series goes from here.
Rating 4 out of 5
Claire can’t remember a time when writing wasn’t part of her life. Growing up, she used to write stories with her friends. As a teenager she started out reading fantasy and science fiction, but her diet quickly changed to romance and happily-ever-after’s. A native of Massachusetts and cold weather, she left all that behind to move to the sun and fun of California, but has always lived no more than twenty miles from the ocean.
In college she studied acting with a minor in creative writing. In hindsight she should have flipped course studies. Before she was published, she sold books on eBay and discovered some of her favorite authors by sampling the goods, which was the perfect solution. Claire has many book-irons in the fire, most notably her urban fantasy series, The Elementals’ Challenge series, but writes contemporary and shifter romances as well as.
While she’s not a movie mogul or actor, she does work in the film industry with her office firmly situated in the 90210 district of Hollywood. Prone to break out into song, she is quick on feet and just as quick with snappy dialogue. In addition to writing she does animal rescue, reads, and goes to movies. She loves to hear from fans, so feel free to drop her a line.
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