Throughout History comes this lushly illustrated book of goddesses from around the world. Aphrodite, the Greek goddess whose love overcame mortality. Mazu, the Chinese deity who safely guides travelershome. Lakshmi, the Hindu provider of fortune and prosperity. These powerful deities and many more are celebrated in gorgeous artwork and enlightening essays that explore the feminine divine and encourage readers to empower themselves. Ann Shen’s signature watercolorsmake Legendary Ladies a unique, gift-worthy homage to the mighty women within.
Welcome to the final day of the blog tour. There are two posts today. Mine reviewing the last of the 13 selected goddesses and one over at The Pewter Wolf – http://thepewterwolf.blogspot.co.uk/?m=1 – giving an overview of the whole book.
As a Buffy fan I originally asked to represent Hecate because she was the goddess I was most familiar with. I was allocated Oshun.
I said the other day that I’m not religious but sometimes there are little things that happen that do make you wonder what else is out there. When I read about my chosen Goddess she reflects a decision I have made recently. Serendipity perhaps. And it’s always good to step away from your comfort zone and learn about something new. My blog tour date also falls on the day my legendary lady friends and I are heading out to celebrate one of our 40th birthdays.
The first thing I have to say is that the illustrations in this book by Ann Shen are stunning. Look at the vibrancy and colour in this image of Oshun. I love the 🌻 and 🐝 and get a warm summer vibe that can’t help but bring out a smile.
Similar to Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls alongside the images you get a page of text introducing the goddess. This is enough to whet your appetite and then you can go and search for more information on the ones you are drawn to.
Oshun is a goddess in the Yoruba religion, is named for a rover in West Africa and inspires love, beauty and creation and who wouldn’t like a bit more of all of those in their lives.
About the Author and Illustrator
Ann Shen is an illustrator and graphic designer and is the author of Bad Girls Throughout History. She lives in Los Angeles.
Thanks to Faye and Abrams & Chronicle for my copy for the purposes of this review. It’ll take pride of place alongside all my other inspirational women books, of which I’m building up quite a collection.