I lost a God once. It’s easier done than people think. Forget a prayer once in a while or simply grow grief in your kitchen window along with the basil and rosemary. Somewhere inside my heart, I misplaced my faith, misunderstood my own origin story, became a person half tragedy, more misery, and I started to relish it.

From 1. A Mortal Interlude by Nikita Gill

Firstly, I have to start this review with a confession: I have a rather large lack of knowledge of Greek mythology. I wish this wasn’t true, but it is, so there you have it. I was excited then to receive a copy of bestselling writer and poet, Nikita Gill’s Great Goddesses: Life lessons from myths and monsters. My lack of knowledge turned out to be a great space from which to read this powerful book covering the history of Ancient Greece to tell the story of its mothers, “warriors, creators, survivors and destroyers that shook the world” — the great Greek goddesses.

Why be a half-finished poem in some forgotten poet’s story, when one can be an odyssey in and of herself, part magic, part villain, Part Goddess, part lover.

From ‘What It Means to Be a Forgotten Magic Maker’

The collection of poems is a feminist retelling of Greek mythology to give the goddesses their voice, albeit a more contemporary voice for the lessons and gems of wisdom have been adapted for our times. Although, I ask myself does universal human truth change with the times?

But Ares knows the truth now, the force that drives this. War makes the very wealthy richer so they engineer thousands of them.

From ‘Ares, After’

Great Goddesses: Life lessons from myths and monsters is reminiscent of epic poetry and the audio version of this book will lend itself well to the original mode of oral poetry.

Intricate ink drawing are scattered throughout the book adding another layer of meaning to the poetry, and a welcome useful glossary of Greek gods and goddesses can be found at the book of the book.

Great Goddesses: Life lessons from myths and monsters can be interpreted as a collection of hymns of praise, not only to the Greek goddesses of Ancient Greece, but as a song of love for women everywhere.

Bravo, Gill on a beautiful book.

Many thanks to the folks at Penguin Random House Australia for a copy of this book to review.