Title: The Listeners
Author: Nina Kiriki Hoffman
In: The Coyote Road (Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling)
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Greek mythology,Tricksters
Dates read: 15th March 2019
Format: Short story
Publisher: Firebird Fantasy
5th sentence, 74th page: Nysa went down to the gate with her shoulders bowed, her gaze on the ground.
Nysa is a slave unwilling to face the future that is laid out before her. A prayer to Hermes might help to set her feet on a whole new path, but will it be one that she truly wants to follow?
I’ve always been fascinated by Greek Mythology. Ever since I was a tiny child. But I wasn’t expecting to find such a story in a collection of tales about Tricksters. I don’t know why, since Hermes is the god of thieves (and in a way tricksters). And Zeus… well, the amount of insane shenanigans that man gets up to… well, there is seriously no reason that the Greek Mythos shouldn’t find it’s way into this collection. And Hoffman did this brilliantly.
Although I have read quite a few stories on Greek Mythology, I haven’t read many that are based in Ancient Greece. The fact that this story is not only set within this time, but also around a young slave, worked brilliantly. It was both completely different to what I’ve read before, and so similar. Nysa is incredibly relatable in some ways, she’s a young woman who is trying to find a path that works for her. That has hope for the future. Okay, she’s a slave being put in situations that she really isn’t happy with. But the general gist of wanting to find a path that works for you is something that I think we can all relate to.