Great Goddesses by Nikita Gill

Great Goddesses

Empowering life lessons from myths and monsters. Wonder at Medusa's potent venom, Circe's fierce sorcery and Athena rising up over Olympus, as Nikita Gill majestically explores the untold stories of the life bringers, warriors, creators, survivors and destroyers that shook the world - the great Greek Goddesses.Vividly re-imagined and beautifully illustrated, step into an ancient world transformed by modern feminist magic.'I watch Girl become Godd...

Details Great Goddesses

TitleGreat Goddesses
Release DateSep 5th, 2019
PublisherEbury Press
GenrePoetry, Fantasy, Mythology, Fiction

Reviews Great Goddesses

  • destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
    3.5 starsI think the average reader's experience with Great Goddesses is going to depend heavily upon what you're looking for. I tried to review this fairly with a middle-of-the-road rating because, as a poetry collection, it didn't work. There's no rhythm or flow to 90% of the writing, much of the text feels a little repetitive, and more passages than not instilled about as much of an emotional response as the average textbook would. On the othe...
  • Jasmine
    Everyone say hello to my favourite book of 2019 :)The poetry market has been a tough nut to crack since Rupi Kaur arrived on the scene in 2014. There’s always been this need in the book community to compare any poet to Kaur, commenting on how similar or how dissimilar it is, how they must have copied her, how there’s no inspiration behind the work, how it brings nothing new to the table. I say why make them compete? Poetry is about so much mo...
  • Beck
    I liked it! I don't typically read poetry - seconds before I picked up this book I stated I didn't like poetry which was quite embarrassing - but I felt that this was quite nice. I liked how the myths were intertwined with an actual story. Initially, I was confused and wasn't too sure what was going on, but I soon caught on. I liked the story particularly. I found it to be quite believeable and although at times I felt it was a little preachy, I ...
  • Kari
    "even the dread king and queen of the underworld make gentle attempts at compassion in a world that is slowly forgetting how to burn the flames of kindness forever." and again nikita gill manages to take an already fascinating subject and turn in into a powerful feminist anthem. mythology is always had something i've had a light interest in but she's managed to turn into poetic magic. as usual i am awestruck by how talented she is and by how magn...
  • Bex
    Nikita Gill once again seamlessly blends well known stories, this time of Greek mythology, with contemporary poetry and feminism. She creates a dialogue between the reader and the various goddesses she recreates, often with a compelling argument for how they should be viewed rather than as the side characters they so often played. I loved that she challenges the reader, asking of them why the God is always remembered as the hero of the story rath...
  • Jesika
    I started reading this book hoping for something akin to "The World's Wife" by Carol Ann Duffy or "The Penelopiad" by Margaret Atwood. What I got felt so much more.... Sapphic. And, no, I do not think it is too high a praise to compare this collection to the most famous female poet of antiquity.Because in this collection, Nikita Gill brings that voice, the one of a strong, intelligent and unashamed woman, back to itself.It is a triumph of literat...
  • Mo
    ARC Given by NetGalley for Honest Review3.5 Stars! Great Goddesses is an inspiring collection of poems as told through the eyes of ancient greek goddesses. Nikita Gill creates a dialogue between the reader and the goddesses by speaking about hardships, heartache, and perseverance. You will also find some "Mortal Interludes" in which the author herself speaks on the subjects. The book is (somewhat confusingly) split up into sections via different ...
  • Jo
    Got this for our 12-year old grand-daughter. She loves Greek mythdology and, in fact, just returned from 3 weeks in Greece over the summer. She is also an avid writer herself so know that she will love this book and it will be a keeper. Many of the poems and stories are outstanding and some are just okay--but that's how it goes when you are reading of collection. Enjoy who enjoys Greek stories and legends will enjoy this book.
  • Amanda
    Nikita Gill has an uncanny way of reminding us that we are more than our beauty and our flaws. We are part god, part monster, but all worthy. This is a beautiful collection that doesn't hide from the horrors of Greek Mythology, but instead allows their stories to continue past what we all seem to remember.
  • Kelsey M
    I won this as an ARC through goodreads and I'm so glad to be able to add this to my bookshelf. I wondered if I'd even enjoy it because I'm not well versed in mythology but the concepts were quite clear (although I did find myself brushing up and enjoying the research) Beautiful, strong words and writing that is quite alive with spirit.
  • Nicole Brinkley
    Nikita Gill's stunning new collection imagines the birth of classic Greek gods alongside their lives in the modern world. Stunning, powerful, and feminist, with some descriptions so lush and vivid that I, for lack of a better phrase, want to eat them. My copy is marked with favorite poems and passages; I'll certainly be returning to this again.
  • Sara Hollingsworth
    I love, love Nikita Gill's poetry. This book of poetry was a beautiful collection of poems about the gods and goddesses. It's both as close to the original material as it could be, and also interpretative. There are "modern" poems talking about the gods today that are fantastic little snippets about how each god would have adapted to the modern era. Overall, one of my favorite collections.
  • John Wimmer
    Beautiful poetry
  • Sarah
    Probably a 3.5, mostly due to my own lack of knowledge about Greek myths that I’m sure lessened the impact.
  • KarnagesMistress
    When I was in seventh grade, my language arts class featured a unit on Greek mythology. Before that, I had only the most rudimentary knowledge of such trivia as "Venus is the Roman Goddess of love." I went to the library, checked out a copy of D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths, and my life changed forever. Twenty-eight years later, I walk daily with these Goddesses. What Nikita Gill's phenomenal work did for me was bring back that initial rush of p...
  • Katherine
    As with any collection of poems, some of these are really wonderful, and some of them are less so. I especially enjoyed the poem “What it Means to Be a Forgotten Magic Maker,” and the concept of the book as a whole was very fun. However, I felt like a lot of the interpretations of these myths were things that I have seen multiple times before.