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Mythological Mondays (9)

Mythological Mondays is a weekly meme hosted by Bonnie at A Backwards Story. MM highlights all things myth related.

FuryFor Mythological Monday this week I decided to readdress one of my earlier posts. This week I'm going to highlight Fury by Elizabeth Miles. Originally, I speculated that this book would feature the Furies from Greek mythology. At that time I hadn't read the book, but I was dead on. There is a definite Greek myth element at play.

These Furies are a little different than the traditional Furies you may have read about. The main Fury, the one calling all the shots... that's her on the cover. Totally gorgeous, right? What happened to the hag element? It is not here, that's for sure. These girls are total babes. Which makes sense, because they tend to hunt down their prey and lead them to certain doom. Kind of hard to do that if you're crying blood and look like walking death.

The myth feature doesn't end with the Furies. There is also a brief mention of Persephone towards the end. You know, the whole swallowing pomegranate seeds and all. Except that they weren't pomegranate seeds really. And the chick that swallows the seeds never actually descends into the Underworld per se. I never read about Hades either. It really felt out of place, but the concept made sense at the time.

I featured a more in depth review last week, if you're interested.

Otherwise, if you want to read (yet another) Greek myth inspired book, check this one out. The story is original, but the Furies are a borrowed feature.


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Product Details

Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Square Fish (August 21, 2007)
ISBN-10: 9780312369828
Source: My personal book

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