Reviewed by Ankita Shukla for Readers' Favorite
The Rape Trial of Medusa by Michael Kasenow is a fascinating fantasy story. For ages, Olympians were worshipped as gods. Medusa Gorgon was a priestess in the Temple of Athena. When Medusa was raped in the same temple, Athena was outraged. Instead of finding the truth behind the crime, she accused Medusa of seducing a man inside the place that was created to honor her. To create an example of her, Athena cursed Medusa and exiled her to an island to live a life of solitude. After centuries, it was revealed that Olympians were not gods; they were just a very powerful and influential family who owned millionaires and billionaires. Soon afterward, Medusa appealed for a rape trial in the international court of New York. What followed was an exhilarating clash between extremists who wanted Medusa's head and people who considered Medusa wrongly accused and severely punished. With a strong feminist lawyer, Maggie Harper, on her side, Medusa had a fair chance at justice; however, Zeus Olympian and his family were hellbent on proving her to be nothing more than a monster and a seductress.
Concealed behind an enthralling page-turner is Michael Kasenow 's abhorrence toward the horrid crimes against women and society's irrational mindset against women. While Medusa represents many women who were punished for their own rape time and again, Maggie Harper comes forward as the image of fortitude in the face of a society that worshipped money and power. Medusa's philosophical banter with one of the side characters, Jack Hardy, was thought-provoking. Zeus as an antagonist provoked hatred and fear with his monstrous and perverse mindset. By including a trial, Michael Kasenow glued readers to the edge of their seats. The Rape Trial of Medusa is an impactful book that forces its readers to look at the ugly side of society. If courtroom drama, social issues, action, and profound conversations intrigue you, then The Rape Trial of Medusa by Michael Kasenow is a perfect book for you.