The Necklace of Goddess Athena

August 4, 2016

the necklace of goddess athena elitereTime ….” Poseidon shook his head. “You mortals! You’re bound to it and keep forgetting it is only an illusion.” (Page 305)

“Man was made of flesh and bone on purpose! Time is his prison but also his best friend. He cannot make sense of his feelings, his accomplishments or his losses without it.” (Page 327)

If you’re in the mood for adventure, fantasy, mystery and Greek myths, I recommend author Effrosyni Moschoudi’s novel The Necklace of Goddess Athena: A New Adult Supernatural Mystery, which has elements of all these genres blended in. The result is a page-turning book with characters and situations which can stir the interest and imagination of readers of all ages who love Greek myths retellings or placed at the threshold of two very different worlds.

Time travelling siblings Phevos and Daphne are sent by their father, Efimios, on a mysterious journey which takes them from ancient times to modern-day Athens and the only rule they have to obey is to follow the signs Athena will send them. After they land in an orchard, Phevos and Daphne meet its owners, two other siblings, Ksenia and Manos, who will befriend them, due to the coincidental loss of their parents in the same period as Efimios’ wife. Do Phevos, Daphne, Ksenia and Manos have to unknowingly go on the same path to seek the truth about their parents? What secrets will surface from the past and how will they affect the children’s lives?  Only by reading the book you will find out.

This is a coming of age story, especially for Phevos, who has to learn to understand and to interpret the signs the two gods send him through dreams, riddles or other kind of signs which we would consider to be pure coincidences, but Phevos was taught not to believe in coincidences. The gods always know when it’s the perfect time to show the way, in order to make the divine plans come true. Until all the signs are revealed one at a time, Phevos and Daphne have to adapt to modern life in Athens, to find a job, and they will even fall in love with other characters from this peculiar world. However, sooner or later, the two worlds will meet and memories from the past will help both characters and readers understand how they shaped the present and how they will influence the future.

The main themes of this novel are faith (if Phevos didn’t have faith that the gods will guide him through, he would have definitely miss the signs), love in many of its forms (motherly love, brotherly love, platonic love, etc.), loss and longing (which are the main reason some of the characters suffer, whether  it’s about missing their parents, their spouse or a child) However, the book has also many moments of humour. I love the way Phevos is struggling at first to speak and understand Modern Greek, not to mention the fact that he doesn’t understand the meaning of words like tourist, shower or hotel. And there are also gorgeous gems of philosophy sprinkled here and there, which work perfectly as inspirational quotes for the reader.

I know that some people are not fond of poetic writing, but I enjoyed it very much because it felt like a melody to my ears. Besides the interweaving of magical elements in the story, I also adored the depiction of Athens with its people and their everyday life, the vegetation and the cityscape, which seemed so accurate that it brought me back to places I visited in Greece a year ago. Though most of the characters don’t have many flaws, I grew fond of them, their good nature and their ability to adapt to harsh situations life threw their way. I know it sounds very odd, but I would have liked to meet some of them in person and to befriend them, because I had a wonderful time learning about their lives and observing how they reacted in different situations.

The Necklace of Goddess Athena is an easy read for readers of all ages who still believe in fairy-tale, myths and the power of love that helps you find the truth about one’s disappearance and the way to bring them back in your life, if that’s possible. Reality and fiction meet in fairy-tales and myths, and Mrs Moshoudi’s novel is no exception. Hop on this wondrous journey from Antiquity to present-day Athens, befriend most of the characters and be prepared to see Athena and Poseidon appear in front of your eyes and hear them speak in prophetic tones.

by Alina Andreea Cătărău

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6 Responses to The Necklace of Goddess Athena

  1. Effrosyni Moschoudi on August 5, 2016 at 8:42 am

    Oh my goodness! This has to be, hands down, the most wonderful review I’ve ever received for this book. Your insights are incredible, I am speechless. I am so grateful you took the time to post this review here and on Amazon. Readers like you are a treasure to authors. I invite you to join Team Effrosyni on my site, if you like (same invitation I extend to your readers). This way you can receive any of my books you’d like to read for free. It would be a pleasure 🙂 Thank you again!

    • Elena Atudosiei on August 5, 2016 at 8:13 pm

      Thank you for the comment and the link! Alina was (and still is) excited about this book whenever she spoke of it. I’m glad that she found your novel and posted the review here, especially since it is a story she loved. All the best!

      • Alina Andreea Catarau on August 5, 2016 at 8:29 pm

        Thank you very much, Mrs. Moschoudi, your comment is one of the most beautiful compliments I’ve received since I’ve started writing book reviews and I’m truly honored to be part of your team! I have already subscribed to your newsletter and I’m looking forward to reading the books you have written.

        Best regards!


        • Effrosyni Moschoudi on August 6, 2016 at 9:11 am

          The honour is all mine, Alina! Thank you so much for signing up. I am thrilled to have you and your insights will be a treasure to me always. I can’t wait to hear what you think about The Amulet. I should have it ready to send out for reviews sometime this fall. Hugs, Effrosyni xxx

          • Alina Andreea Catarau on August 6, 2016 at 10:42 am

            You are welcome Mrs. Moschoudi, I can’t wait either to read The Amulet. Thank you once more and I’m looking forward to hearing from you again!

            Have a wonderful Sunday!

      • Effrosyni Moschoudi on August 6, 2016 at 9:10 am

        Thank you for your kind response, Elena! I really appreciate it. Have a wonderful weekend 🙂

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