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A Perhaps TOO Modern Retelling of Myth

I’m a sucker for retellings of ancient myth, particularly that of ancient Greece and Rome. So I was very curious about this retelling of the myth of Eros and Psyche. I haven’t read the other books in the series, so I may have been at a disadvantage reading this fourth book. I definitely felt like I didn’t understand key concepts of the world and the relationships between the characters, even though the author did a little bit of an information dump at the start of it.

Something about this book just didn’t sit right with me. For a book telling of the reincarnations of the ancient gods and goddesses, the language felt jarringly modern. I guess the author wants it to be that way, but it diminishes these larger-than-life characters by making, say, Psyche/Jolie talk and think like an immature valley girl at times. And I totally don’t want to hear Eros/Sebastian talk about certain bodily effluents when he saw a python. I’ve been reading another series that blends the modern world with the ancient Greek gods and goddesses, and my positive thoughts about those books are making me see this one in a more negative light because this author has not carried off the concept as well as the other one.

Still, I did find the story of Eros and Psyche working through their issues and coming together again to be a fascinating one. I just wish I wasn’t so distracted by all the modern talk.

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