Fiction, Fantasy, Greek Mythology, Young Adult, Romance
September 10th, 2013
The Goddess War begins in Antigoddess, the first installment of the new series by acclaimed author of Anna Dressed in Blood, Kendare Blake.
Old Gods never die…
Or so Athena thought. But then the feathers started sprouting beneath her skin, invading her lungs like a strange cancer, and Hermes showed up with a fever eating away his flesh. So much for living a quiet eternity in perpetual health.
Desperately seeking the cause of their slow, miserable deaths, Athena and Hermes travel the world, gathering allies and discovering enemies both new and old. Their search leads them to Cassandra—an ordinary girl who was once an extraordinary prophetess, protected and loved by a god.
These days, Cassandra doesn’t involve herself in the business of gods—in fact, she doesn’t even know they exist. But she could be the key in a war that is only just beginning.
Because Hera, the queen of the gods, has aligned herself with other of the ancient Olympians, who are killing off rivals in an attempt to prolong their own lives. But these anti-gods have become corrupted in their desperation to survive, horrific caricatures of their former glory. Athena will need every advantage she can get, because immortals don’t just flicker out.
Every one of them dies in their own way. Some choke on feathers. Others become monsters. All of them rage against their last breath.
The Goddess War is about to begin.
I should start this review off by saying that I am a total sucker for any book that involves Greek mythology… When I came across Antigoddess I knew I absolutely had to read it! Kendare Blake definitely brings something new to the table with her spin on the Gods and Goddesses losing their immortality and slowly dying. Not to mention, the deaths are slow and awful! Kendare’s mythological representations of the Gods were very accurate. I also really enjoyed the personalities that Blake gave the gods, as well as the fact that the afflictions that the Gods suffered from made complete sense. The beginning was a little confusing at first, but the book gets better once you get the hang of the different narratives and the general idea behind what is going on. I did feel like there was more sitting around than there should have been, but that is just my opinion. I also would have loved more background on the characters — i.e. how did they know they were Gods? Why were they teenagers? I have so many questions that I hope are answered in the next book, Mortal Gods.