The Necklace of Goddess Athena by Effrosyni Moschoudi



My rating:  5  of  5  stars

(by Goodreads)

Efimios is an ancient Greek and an unsung hero of Athens. He has saved the city countless times by undertaking time-travelling missions as instructed by Goddess Athena herself. Now an elderly man, he sends his son Phevos and his adopted daughter Daphne on a time-travelling quest to modern-day Athens. Mysterious as always, he only advises his children to look out for the signs without offering any explanations. Mystified, yet eager to obey their father’s will, Phevos and Daphne settle down in this new world, having been offered assistance by two orphaned siblings: Ksenia and Manos. New friendships and romantic love change their lives while their father’s covert purpose is gradually revealed. As the youngsters continue to unravel the secrets of their family past, inevitably they get caught up in the ongoing conflict between two Gods, one of which becomes their protector and the other, their worst nemesis. Who will prevail when the rival Gods meet again and will the mortal bystanders survive to tell the tale?


Genre:  (Urban) fantasy adventure



This particular memory often led Ksenia back to the same lanes. She often picked flowers during her walks there, like her mother used to. She’d put them in the vase that still stood on the windowsill in the kitchen and Ksenia now did that too. It felt to her as her duty to pass on her memories to her brother and to keep them alive for their parents’ sake. Tenderly, her fingers caressed the heads of two pink carnations that stood rather lonesome inside the vase. Ksenia would never give up on her parents. She always hoped that one day they would return and explain everything. She knew in her heart that they were alive and that was enough to her to keep believing.

Ksenia and Manos were quite alarmed to find the strangers on their land. They stood for a few moments there, speechless. Daphne raised her arms to her brother. He helped her up and she clung to him like her life depended on it. For a few seconds, they both felt the same instinctive urge to run away but as he stood looking at the seemingly kind strangers, Phevos thought better of it and finally reconsidered.



My Opinion

The book introduces you to Ksenia and Manos, living in nowadays Athens. Eleven years ago, their parents vanished without a trace. One evening they meet two strangers on their land. Phevos and Daphne cannot tell them that they time-travelled from ancient Greek. They become friends – not only due to the knowledge that they all lost dear family members. It is a story of kindness, wisdom, and adventure. I will not tell you more about the story than shown in the Goodreads plot description. This would spoil the fun of reading this book yourself.

With The Necklace of Goddess Athena, Effrosyni Moschoudi has created a beautiful story of friendship, belief, and endurance. The Necklace of Goddess Athena is an entertaining and fast read, making you want to read more. I was drawn into the story right away. I felt close to the characters and everything that happened. All relevant characters became so real that I ‘related’ to them. When I reached the end of the story, I was sad – having to say goodbye to my ‘new’ friends was hard. Effrosyni’s descriptions create a live sensation i.e. you easily see, hear, and smell. I truly fell under the spell of her apt writing, and I have only once before (when reading her novel The Lady of the Pier: The Ebb) felt this burning wish to visit Greece.  😀

This is a book to read again.


About the author

Effrosyni Moschoudi was born and raised in Athens, Greece. She has a BSc in Computer Science and has worked for large companies for twenty years, mainly in the hotel and airline business. She’s been writing since childhood and lives in a quaint seaside town near Athens with her husband Andy and a naughty cat called Felix. She’s passionate about books and movies and dedicates sufficient time on her weekends to enjoy a bit of both.


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Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about The Necklace of Goddess Athena?  Or – if you did not yet read The Necklace of Goddess Athena  – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

My question for you cinephiles:
If The Necklace of Goddess Athena was filmed – who should direct it, who could you imagine as actors?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂



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7 thoughts on “The Necklace of Goddess Athena by Effrosyni Moschoudi

    • I know, Ali; I am pretty sure you’ll like this one. 🙂
      My TBR list is huge. Every time I cross one book off (having read it) – there are at least two new ones on it…

    • The kids themselves do not have magical powers. Thanks to the Gods, there is magical help. It is a mystery, with a touch of magic. I assumed I’d like it after reading the blurb. Now I can say that I love it.

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