I received this book for free from NetGalley, requested from publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Series: Goddess War #1
Published by Tor Teen on September 10th, 2013
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Mythology, Young Adult
Source: NetGalley, requested from publisher
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.
Cassandra has never been normal. She believes she’s psychic but when she finds out the real story behind her visions of the future and of who she is, her problems start to grow and ends up running for her life. The Gods are after her and with the help of her boyfriend, best friend and brother, they find themselves locked in a battle to the death.
Cassandra is one tough chick. Having to find out all that she is and who she claims to be can’t be an easy task. That must be why her boyfriend is so protective of her. I liked that their relationship was already established. There are no lingering stares or flirtatious. They’re already in love and the way they are with each other is rather sweet.
As for Athena and Odysseus, their relationship is forbidden which means a lot of flirting, stolen glances and the like. It’s a little odd to have a Goddess so flustered even if it is the Goddess of Wisdom and Strategy.
The pacing in this story is just right with the two story lines interweaving. The length is just right as well because I wasn’t bored with it, I just kept reading wanting to find out what happens. There are definitely some strange scenes that I for one won’t forget because it was essentially so disturbing. That’s what I believe Kendare Blake does best. Her gruesome scary scenes always freaks me out.
Here’s to Kendare and to the next book in this exciting new mythology series!