Women of Myth

Women of Myth

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A tragedy. A fairy tale. An adventure. A horror story. In this thought-provoking anthology, I.A WATSON turns the spotlight on the heroines of legend, to give voice on ancient injustices, to rediscover ignored passions, and to take terrible revenges. "The Flower Maiden" features Blodeuwedd, a young woman literally created to be the perfect wife for a great lord. What happens if she wants a life different from the one she was magically made for? What happens if the heroine wants to rescue herself? Revisiting Celtic myth from the Mabinogion, this story speaks of passion, revenge, and the rights of champions. "The Lady of the Land" is a kitchen wench enslaved by her wicked stepmother and ugly stepsisters, humbled and overlooked in a harsh cruel world. When she aids an old crone in the forest and meets a disguised prince she is drawn into a twilight realm of deceit and destiny that will save or doom the kingdom. The traditional fairy story now best known as "Cinderella" gets retold, filling in the missing details of the prince's journey and that of the hearth-servant's household. What makes Cinders the heroine? Is she only the trophy centrepiece of the narrative, or is there more to her that fits her for greatness? "Sometimes A Princess Must Die" gives voice to Hesione, Princess of Troy, who was sacrificed to a monster and rescued by mighty Hercules. Hesione's perspective of rulers, heroes, and monsters is far from the standard legend, though. This time the princess has a voice, recounting the dangers and doom that a damsel of myth endures in a world dominated by warrior heroes. "The Mother of Demons" introduces Lilith, first wife of Adam. Is she mistress of devils, slayer of infants, seducer of man and enemy of Eve's daughters? Or is she the first independent woman, defier of patriarchy, before sin, the ultimate rebel? What happens when she encounters history's most powerful sorcerer-king, Solomon the Great, and Solomon's estranged once-true-love Princess Naamah? This work includes adult themes.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 210 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 12mm | 313g
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1515047822
  • 9781515047827

About MR I a Watson

I.A. Watson is an adventure, fantasy, and SF author from Yorkshire, England. Since his fiction debut in 2010 he's won several awards for writing in the pulp genre although he's still not sure what that genre actually is (this year it was the Pulp Factory award for Best Short Story 2014). He just likes to write and he likes people to read the stories he's told. The fact people pay for this sometimes is a lovely bonus. His works include: The World War II supernatural Saturday matinee action adventure SIR MUMPHREY WILTON AND THE LOST CITY OF MYSTERY. The weird science exploits of THE TRANSDIMENSIONAL TRAVEL COMPANY Urban occult adventure stories in VINNIE DE SOTH, JOBBING OCCULTIST The historical fantasy ST GEORGE AND THE DRAGON volumes 1 and 2 The historical adventure ROBIN HOOD series, KING OF SHERWOOD, ARROW OF JUSTICE, FREEDOM'S OUTLAW and FORBIDDEN LEGEND The SF novel BLACKTHORN: DYNASTY OF MARS and the upcoming SPIRES OF MARS, and contribution to the anthology BLACKTHORN: THUNDER ON MARS The non-fiction collection of eccentric articles and essays WHERE STORIES DWELL, and contributions to the superhero commentary volumes ASSEMBLED! and ASSEMBLED 2! The BYZANTIUM fantasy novellas starting with BYZANTIUM: DEAD MEN'S ROAD and BYZANTIUM: STONE AND FIRE Action-adventure novellas THE NEW ADVENTURES OF RICHARD KNIGHT vol 2: RACE WITH HELL and ZEPPELIN TALES Award-winning contributions to SHERLOCK HOLMES: CONSULTING DETECTIVE volumes 1-7. some of which are also collected in the anthology SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERIES. Anthology contributions to GIDEON CAIN, DEMON HUNTER, BLACKTHORN: THUNDER ON MARS, THE NEW ADVENTURES OF RICHARD KNIGHT vol 1, ARMLESS O'NEIL: BLOOD-PRICE OF THE MISSIONARY'S GOLD, SINBAD: THE NEW VOYAGES vol 1 & 4, MONSTER EARTH, GRAND CENTRAL NOIR, THE SPIDER: EXTREME PREJUDICE, THE MANY WORLDS OF ULYSSES KING, PRIDE OF THE MOHICANS, COSY AND STRANGE, SENTINELS: ALTERNATE VISIONS, OCCULT DETECTIVE MONSTER HUNTER, and THE NEW ADVENTURES OF SEMI DUAL. Other upcoming publications include the novels PREMIUM DELIVERY TO THE CENTRE OF THE EARTH, HOLMES AND HOUDINI, and LABOURS OF HERCULES, novellas BYZANTIUM: REBEL'S RUN, BYZANTIUM: GHOST ARMIES and BYZANTIUM: SHATTERED BONDS, and anthology contributions to SHERLOCK HOLMES: CONSULTING DETECTIVE volumes 8 and 9, and SHERLOCK HOLMES AND DOCTOR WHAT? I.A. Watson's author homepage, with some free stories and sample chapters, is at http: //www.chillwater.org.uk/writing/iawatsonhome.htm
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