Welcome back, folks! For today’s post I’m here to talk about one of the most gorgeous non-fiction titles I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing this year: Legendary Ladies by Ann Shen.
The weighty hardback is dedicated to shining the spotlight on 50 goddesses from global mythology, aiming to empower and inspire readers.
It does exactly what it set out to do and you’ll find each goddess has a note telling you when to ‘call on her’. For example, Freya (my personal favourite) is the goddess you would call on when you need the push to be bold and embark on an adventure to pursue your heart’s desire.
As I said earlier, there are a whopping 50 goddesses featured throughout the book, originating from all different cultures and mythologies: from Ala (Ibo origin) to Lakshmi (Hindu) and Psyche (Greek), you’ll learn more about mythologies you love and be introduced to those you’re less familiar with. If you’ve been wanting to learn more about world mythology then this is a fantastic starting point to give you an introduction into some of the leading ladies you’ll come to know better. Meanwhile, if you consider yourself a mythology veteran then this is a lovely book to dip into when you want to revisit some of your favourite goddesses.
I want to take a moment to highlight Freya, the Norse goddess of love who’s my personal pick for the ultimate legendary lady. First up, her preferred mode of transport is a golden chariot drawn by cats. I’ll take one, please. Second, she’s one of the more sensual goddesses out there and is known for her sexuality taking centre stage in many of her myths. We love a sex positive goddess. Shen’s beautiful style of illustrations captures the essence of all the goddesses in the book but her art of Freya is one of my favourites – the dreamy, heavy-lidded expression is perfection.
Legendary Ladies is available now from Chronicle Books and you can order it right now on Amazon or pop into your local bookshop.