Review: GREAT GODDESSES by Nikita Gill
Updated: Jan 22
Great Goddesses is a difficult work for me to judge. I loved it, but it also wasn't what I expected it to be.
In the end, I'm going with three stars. Three because, as a poetry collection, this book seemed to fall flat, especially in comparison to Gill's Fierce Fairytales. If i was judging this book based on retellings of Greek mythology, it would definitely be five stars! But, as this was marketed as a poetry collection, I just didn't feel like I could truly give it five stars.
As a whole, this book is a great retelling piece, like I said. The new stories or twists of old myths make for an interesting read. It was really cool to see the gods both as they were in history and as they would be today. There were also some really unique takes on people like Ares, god of war, and Amphitrite, goddess of the sea.
I will say that if you don't know much about Greek mythology, this collection may not be for you - I'm an avid Greek myth lover and even I sometimes struggled to place what gods Gill was talking about at times. The glossary in the back helped, but having a solid foundation of knowledge before you read this book seems like a really good suggestion, if not a requirement.
So, three stars for the poetry collection it was supposed to be, but five for the retellings and creations of new of Greek myths!
"if a wife is only measured a good wife / by how faithful she has been, / then what makes a gauge of a good husband?"
"...the truth is a fire everyone sees and no one puts out."