People travel from afar to the small isle in the Aegean Sea hoping for a single glimpse of Princess Psyche. Their adoration for the mortal woman is so all-consuming that citizens begin to shower her with the very gifts and offerings they once left at the alter of Venus, goddess of love and beauty.
But gods are known for their jealousy.
Cupid, the god of love, takes pleasure in causing strife and mischief in the lives of humans. He uses love as a weapon, humoring in the weakness of people at the whims of their feelings. When his mother Venus approaches him about punishing the human girl who dares to steal her offerings and affections from the people, Cupid gladly accepts.
Psyche’s punishment is to be given to a mysterious creature who only comes to her in the dark of night under the pact that she will never lay eyes on him. She is terrified of this stranger, who the oracle described as a serpent. Her mate, however, is masterful in his dealings with his bride. He takes his time, morphing her fears into different sensations completely.
Based on the Roman/Greek mythology of Cupid and Psyche by Lucius Apuleius, New York Times bestseller Wendy Higgins brings the tale to life, weaving layers that show exactly how a sacrificial lamb can be enchanted by an unseen monster.
Adult Historical Fantasy. Standalone.
Wendy Higgins is the actual best.
Not only did she write a freaking amazing, steamy romance based off of mythology… but she also taught me something I didn’t know.
I had no freaking clue that Beauty and the Beast is based off of the mythology of Cupid and Psyche.
In all my time being absolutely fascinated with mythology, I did not know this at all.
Granted, it’s a much more direct ‘we are going to be married and bang a lot’, compared to Beauty and the Beast’s tame, ‘you hate me until you become a victim of stockholm syndrome then suddenly love me’. But you know…
In all seriousness though, I actually adored this story. Psyche was mildly annoying at some parts and I really disliked her sisters. But from what I read of the myths (when I stopped reading and researched the hell out of it) Wendy Higgins stuck to the story and gave an extremely accurate retelling.
I honestly am in love. And Mino and Sphynx were amazing and I love them.
This is most likely either going to kick off another Wendy Higgins marathon or another mythology marathon.
If any of you have any recommendations for mythology retellings (I know I’ve read a lot, but I’m sure there’s tons I’ve missed) please let me know. There can never be too much mythology in your life.
This book is also available on KU!
Until next time,