The Hour Glass Witch is a Romantic Altered History Time Travel Tale with a splash of Greek Myth.
Travel back to the Salem Witch Hunt when a wicked glance could have you hanging from the gallows, convicted of lustful witchcraft! Accused of being a witch, Clio, the Muse of History is thrown in prison by a former lover from another life. To escape the gallows, she flees back in time, to the Italian Renaissance, where she becomes a courtesan for a famous Italian painter, living a life of luxury while pining for her lost love. Her favorite god and good friend, Dionysus, is living it up in Tuscany. He invites her to a wild party at his palace where she runs smack-dab into her destiny, only to be separated once more by the Queen of Gorgons. While the sands of time run out, she travels to Hades to face the hounds of Hell in search of her love. Can she salvage her one true love, please the gods and save the lost souls of Salem?
Meh. I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t love it, either. The story started in the middle, rather than the beginning, a far as I was concerned. Had it begun at the actual beginning (Pierus meeting and falling in love with Clio, rather than Aphrodite, who wanted him for herself), going forward from there, it would have made for a far richer story, one the reader could become emotionally invested in. The short memory sequences that gave glimpses into Clio and Pierus’ past weren’t enough. I wanted to know all of their history, not be given tiny peeks of it! I wanted to see the event that later angered Aphrodite so greatly… the things that led up to that moment, as well as the thing itself… so that I could easily picture and understand her fury (perhaps even sympathize with it, to a certain degree?) which wouldn’t make the cursing of Clio seem like such an arbitrary thing. It would have meaning behind it, and not seemed a convenient, one-dimensional plot point.
What was there, was enjoyable to read, don’t get me wrong. I just wish I’d been able to read the whole story that was available to be told, rather than the middle of it. That complete story, I’m sure, would have earned a five star rating from me.
Author: Alisha Paige
Title: The Hour Glass Witch
Published: February 17, 2011
This review was originally published on Goodreads on March 18, 2015.