Gorgon by Zachary Hill

Book Review, Gorgon

We’ve seen it a thousand times. Our hero prince “Fill-in-the-blank” is mighty handy with a sword, all the tavern wenches love him, and he rides a mighty warhorse into battle while wearing gleaming plate mail. And then commits genocide against all sorts of interesting creatures because they aren’t like him. Yawn.

Well I’ve got some good news! If you take a look at the cover you’ll instantly discover that this isn’t a book about some hair net wearing prince. No, Gorgon tells the tale of Nayda a young woman who just happens to be… wait for it… a Gorgon!

Gorgon by Zachary Hill

Remember the vile snake woman Medusa who Perseus kills in Clash of the Titans? Then he used her decapitated head to turn the Kraken to stone? Yes that kind of Gorgon. But unlike the hideous Medusa Nayda is actually kind of pretty, a girl with snake hair… mmm. Where was I?

Oh yes just like Medusa she can turn people to stone with her gaze. But it horrifies her. She’s no vicious monster; she just wants to be left alone to live on her little island. Do you think she gets her wish? This is an epic fantasy, so of course she doesn’t!

No, Nayda is kidnapped… err gorgonnapped by some nefarious folks and sold to the Human Imperial army. It seems the tactical uses of a girl who can turn your enemy to stone if they look at her are worth a pretty penny. The army thinks those elves won’t know what hit them! But those tricky elves make good cannons and matchlock weapons and fire back. Yes this fantasy actually has guns in it! You know since the first firearms were developed around 1100 AD it’s strange that there aren’t more fantasy novels with firearms in them.

So pick up Gorgon by Zachary Hill, you won’t be disappointed.

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