Medusa and the blind woman

by BugDevil

Volume 1:

The legendary Gorgon, Medusa, spends a solitary life on her island Sarpedon. The only interruptions to her monotonous life are the occasional expeditions of foolish humans that try to slay her for fame and riches.

This story begins on the day that just another of these expeditions brings along an unusual woman. A priestess of Athena that was born blind and is not afraid of the Gorgon. Soon those two are forced into an unexpected coexistence on the small island.

Will those two unlikely life partners learn to get along?  

Disclaimer: I released Volume 1 on amazon kindle under the name Bryn D. Estelle, so please do not send me messages that my work was stolen. 

Volume 2:

The great goddess of wisdom and war, Athena, realizes that her priestess is prisoner to the Gorgon and makes a bet with the monster.

The human expedition returns to slay the Gorgon and Eugenia is caught between the front lines. Typhos reveals his true goal and his machinations corner Medusa.

What choices will the dissimilar duo make? Who will come out victorious?

 

Volume 3:

After Eugenia awakens in the city of rowers, Eretria, she finds herself separated from Medusa who is receiving punishment for leaving her exile.

Still recovering from her injuries and desperate, the priestess sets off on a journey to make a return to Sarpedon. On her way she meets many strange new people as well as some familiar faces. On top of that the messenger of the gods, Hermes, tells her of a trial that awaits her on this uncertain path.

Where will her trial take her?

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Table of Contents
Chapter Name Release Date
Prologue: Medusa and the blind woman ago
Chapter 1: Medusa and the ceasefire ago
Chapter 2: Medusa and Eugenia ago
Chapter 3: Medusa and the idle days ago
Chapter 4: Medusa and the moonlit night ago
Chapter 5: Medusa and the messenger ago
Chapter 6: Eugenia and the messenger ago
Chapter 7: Athena and the scholar ago
Interlude: The messenger's path ago
Chapter 8: Medusa and the temple's secret ago
Chapter 9: Medusa and the castaway ago
Chapter 10: Medusa and the merchant ago
Chapter 11: Medusa and the trade ago
Chapter 12: Medusa and the drunkard ago
Chapter 13: Medusa and a goodbye ago
Chapter 14: Medusa and games ago
Chapter 15: Typhos and the mentor ago
Chapter 16: Eugenia and the storm ago
Chapter 17: Eugenia and the past ago
Chapter 18: Eugenia and the origin of faith ago
Chapter 19: The merchant and the scholar ago
[Volume 2] Chapter 20: Medusa and the silvery eyes ago
Chapter 21: Medusa and the stars ago
Chapter 22: Medusa and the negotiations ago
Chapter 23: Medusa and the siege ago
Chapter 24: Medusa and the cave ago
Chapter 25: Medusa and the shade ago
Chapter 26: Eugenia and the scholar ago
Chapter 27: The Gorgon and the priestess ago
Chapter 28: Typhos and Medusa ago
Chapter 29: Medusa and the final choice ago
[Volume 3] Chapter 30: Eugenia and separation ago
Chapter 31: Eugenia and the melody of the soul ago
Chapter 32: Eugenia and the messenger's advice ago
Interlude: The Gorgon's punishment ago
Chapter 33: Eugenia and the trial ago
Chapter 34: Eugenia and the Archon of discord ago
Chapter 35: Eugenia and the city without eyes ago
Chapter 36: Eugenia and the Archon of order ago
Chapter 37: Eugenia and the shadow of the scholar ago
Chapter 38: The Archon of order and the Archon of discord ago
Chapter 39: Leander and Achaeus ago
Interlude: Diverging Paths ago
Chapter 40: Eugenia and deception ago
Chapter 41: Eugenia and acceptance ago
Chapter 42: Eugenia and a goodbye ago
Chapter 43: Athena and Eugenia ago
Chapter 44: Medusa and a reunion ago
Chapter 45: Medusa and comfort ago
Chapter 46: Medusa and the melody of the soul ago
Chapter 47: Medusa and the sisters ago
Chapter 48: Medusa and a secret ago
Chapter 49: Medusa and the past ago
Chapter 50: Medusa and the idol ago
Chapter 51: Medusa and Athena ago
Chapter 52: Medusa and the garden ago
Chapter 53: Medusa and Aphrodite ago
Chapter 54: Eugenia and Aphrodite ago
Chapter 55: Medusa and the goddess of fertility ago
Chapter 56: Perseus and the scholar ago
Chapter 57: Perseus and Typhos ago
Chapter 58: Seriphos and Sarpedon ago
Chapter 59: Eugenia and the dream ago
Chapter 60: Eugenia and Stheno ago
Chapter 61: Eugenia and Euryale ago
Chapter 62: The Gorgon and the nightmare ago
Chapter 63: Medusa, Eugenia and the dream's end ago
Chapter 64: Perseus and Athens ago
Chapter 65: Perseus and the city that never sleeps ago
Chapter 65: Perseus and the Archon ago
Interlude: The weight of souls ago

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Michizure
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Love it, I recommend giving it a read

This story is driven by character interaction, as I believe any great story is. The two main characters feel well developed with distinct personalities and charming interactions with each other. The author goes on to expand the world by introducing side characters with their own backstories and motivations that make them feel like fleshed out characters that eventually drag the main characters into a much bigger world and story than the initial set up may suggest. For these reasons I give full points to character and story. As for style and grammar I have noticed nothing that distracts from the story being told, so full marks there as well. I feel that this story is highly underrated at the moment and is one of my favorite stories on RR. I urge anyone reading this to give it a try.

 

Kikanolo
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Heart-warming character-driven story

This a heart-warming story driven by the interactions of its two well-developed main characters. It effectively and accurately weaves in many aspects of the relevant Greek mythology, while still telling an original story.

The writing style is easy to follow, there are no major grammar issues, and the world-building has been happening slowly but steadily. 

My only concern is that recently chapter releases have become a bit more erratic, but the chapters are worth the wait. 

I would strongly recommend this story, since it is well-written and has a lot of potential.

 

(as of Chapter 36)

Saphyron
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A great sweet story. That I love!

Reviewed at: Chapter 43: Medusa and a reunion

Overall this is a romance story. We have the infamous Gorgon and a blind priestess of Athena. They go through life together, both the good and the bad. The love is there hidden behind half-truth and misdirections, but it is simply sweet.

This is by far one of the best novels on this site and I highly recommend it to everyone who wants a well-written romance novel.

Mss
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Even though this story has comedy and slice of life tags, it is not just about a human and a monster living together and doing a random stuffs. Later in the story it will be lots of drama and seriousness that even made me tear up several times while reading. It is a beautiful and heart-warming story. The plot is great and you will find it even more enjoyable if you are into Greek mythology like me.

The best story on this site for me so far.

LPG
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 I was really pleasant surprised by the accuracy of the whole story. Some details I never knew about the myth are naturally introduced in the story. I am excited to see where the story is going to. 

DerpyBack
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The Story is Heart-Warming and Generally Great

KazumaDayo
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This is really a special piece that has graced RoyalRoad. As a work of historical fiction, the author breathes life into his or her vision of the Greecian city states' golden age while paying homage to just about everything ancient greek: language, culture, and mythology (religions, cults, and mythos). A reader versed in classical greek literature will also find plenty of draws from those materials, which lends the story a very solid base.

Iconic cities are populated with imaginative characters steeped in the city states' diverse cultures. The main cast in particular recieve real attention to authenticity in their motives and decisionmaking. Readers will discover that good guys can be bad guys (but not too bad), and more interestingly, bad guys can be good guys. Characters also face the classic literary devices. In particular they must struggle in a world where fallible but apocalyptically powerful gods have vested interests in the affairs of mortals and immortals alike despite remaining rather detatched from the toils and sufferings. Of course, there is no lack of conflict between the mortal cast, who really take the stage as the plot transitions from an isolated castaway set to the vibrant city-state backdrops.

Readers will appreciate the comedic elements amidst a serious story. The only negative here is that the humor seems very much the Japanese boke and tsukommi, but perhaps just straight guy wise guy. Either way, it sticks out from the story, despite being properly integrated. This is impossible to avoid, really: ancient greek jokes would be lost in translation or lost on the readers, modern comedy is probably different anyway.

On that note, the style looses points as modern phrases have worked their way into the story, too many to count really. Some of this is unavoidable what with using the english language, but also a shortcoming on the author's part to replace them. No points were removed from style for giving characters accents to explain their educational level or regional dialect/accent despite it being distasteful and putting undesireable focus on the english language's part in the story, in the eyes of this reviewer.

It felt as though this story might have learned something from rational fictions, or perhaps just good writing. Characters behave rationally; no-one is left holding an idiot ball. Furthermore, there is a real submotif of advancing humankind's interests for the sake of progress and betterment, of defying destiny and not relying on an external force (gods). This goes hand in hand with the deconstruction of strawman monsters. Thats right, the work we have been waiting for, where monsters are NOT humans, but neither are they monsters. Certainly not flat, that much is clear. True to greek mythos, it turns out they are mostly just victims of hyperpowerful deities with hyperpowerful egos. Anyone who likes redemption, repentance, and general self improvement should be satisfied. Certainly there are some tragic elements, but all things considered, they belong in a story inspired by ancient greek mythos.

Similarly, what is a hero, in a realistic story rather than a legend? What does it mean to have faith when your faith can be rewarded? When your faith is insignificant and ignored, or when a lack of faith may bring an olympic wrath down upon you? All these dilemas and more are faced by ordinary individuals daily in BugDevil's Medusa and the Blind Woman, where everyone is a hero and no-one is special.

Note: the author does not claim to be perfectly accurate, and indeed there are plenty of mistakes. However, given the role shipping plays, I wish the author had done more research. ¿Why are there wooden crates?

Greenie405
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A Historical Monster Turned into a Slice Of lIfe

I never thought I wanted a slice of life about a blind priestess living with Medusa. But reading as they interact and slowly get to know each other has been very fun. If you have any interst in Greek mythology, monster girls (who are truly Monsterous) or a cute slice of life, than this story is worth checking out.

Akhil Sihra
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Is this story a total fiction or was there really a eugenia in Greece myths. Also people use the term Lamia for snake women, Was there really such a place? Are these connected?

Espearance
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Đây là điều dành cho bạn?

Reviewed at: Chapter 59: Eugenia and the dream

Tôi thực sự thích nó, tôi cũng không phải giả khó tính. Nó là một cuốn sách tiểu điển hình, lôi cuốn, toàn bộ và đặc biệt không có H, tôi cũng không thích H sự hoang dại, tôi cảm thấy ngại và khó chịu khi đọc. Tôi cũng không phải là một chuyên gia nhưng tôi thích sự giản dị, hành động của họ qua từng chương trình và không ai hoàn thành cả các vị thần vì vậy, hãy tin tôi xứng đáng với thời gian của bạn.