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Review: The Gorgon Bride by Galen Surlak-Ramsey

You know those books that are destined to be in your life? That’s how it was for The Gorgon Bride. I saw it on Netgalley but I was swamped at the time. So I didn’t request it. Then lo and behold, the author emailed and asked I wanted to read it. It was fate.



Except when you piss them off.

Then they suck.

They really, really suck.


Alexander Weiss discovers this tidbit when he inadvertently insults Athena, Goddess of Wisdom, and she casts him away on a forgotten isle filled with statues.

Being marooned is bad enough, but the fact that the island is also the home of Euryale, elder sister to Medusa, makes the situation a touch worse. The only thing keeping Alex from being petrified is the fact that Euryale has taken a liking to the blundering mortal.

For now.

What follows next is a wild, adventurous tale filled with heroes, gods, monsters, love, and war that is nothing short of legendary.


book review the gorgon bride by galen surlak ramsey(Disclaimer: I received this free book from the author. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

The Gorgon Bride is, without doubt, clever and fun. There’s this wry sense of humor that’s quick on its feet. The story is unique and fast paced. We are brought into their world, pulled from the sidewalk, down onto the shores. The Gorgon Bride doesn’t take itself too seriously. There’s this introspective self-reflexive humor to the writing – both it’s tone and plot. Not only is Alex humorous himself – in his dialogue – but Surlak-Ramsey keeps the tone light. We never get bogged down, and even when the themes are being played with, it never feels heavy.

There’s this lightness, a levity, to the book. At the same time, there’s a great sense of play throughout as Surlak-Ramsey takes what we know about mythology and tweaks it. The Gorgon Bride is perfect for mythology lovers and more. At the same time, it answers this basic, but essential question, of can we choose love? The characters, Alex especially, explores what the nature of love is and how do we choose to love? The Gorgon Bride is a hilarious book that I can already picture giving to a few of my relatives, my dad included. Check out The Gorgon Bride on Goodreads.


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