Series: Goddess War #1
Published by Tor Teen
Pub Date: September 10th 2013
Format: ARC | Source: Publisher
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
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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.
Holy Greek mythology batman! I must confess that I have not read Anna Dressed in Blood, though it is in my TBR pile. After reading this first book in this new series, I most definitely need to soon. Antigoddess is a thrill ride complete with glorious battles, destruction, love, hate and betrayal. Greek mythology is a quite fascinating subject all on its own and the way Kendare Blake has modernized the stories is just plain genius. I am not extremely familiar with every Greek mythology story but the way each character/god/goddess is introduced doesn’t require much previous knowledge. The stories are woven together quite fluidly.
The main premise of the story is that our beloved immortal gods and goddesses are all dying slow and painful deaths *gasp*. This story has multiple narrators but one of the main ones is Athena, the goddess of war, who is being consumed by feathers little-by-little from the inside out. She takes it upon herself to figure out a way to fix everyone. As the goddess of war, she feels she needs to be the one to lead the fight against the villains of this story who also happen to be a trio of uber powerful gods and goddesses. Being a strategian of battle, Athena is a stone-cold b@$%# … at least that’s what everyone’s perception of her is. But she is a multilayered character, and as the story moves forward you start to see what she hides behind the stoic persona.
The other main narrator is Cassandra, who is a human mortal but has visions of events that will come to pass. So find the prophetess, save the world right? Well, turns out this whole immortal-not-mortal dilemma is turning the gods against each other and it just won’t be that easy. This story is so well written, I wouldn’t be surprised if it was auctioned off as a movie (yes, it’s that good). My favorite part of this book was meeting every new god/goddess and finding out how they may be somehow related to another character and what powers they possess.
Antigoddess is an adrenaline rush, especially towards the last half of the book. Kendare did a great job in building up the story, giving us just enough background to be able to follow the Greek mythology story a character was based on without drowning out the plot. The author painted vivid depictions of our heroes and grotesque pictures of the villains. There are romance storylines sprinkled within the book but I liked that they were not in the forefront of the main story, they were more like afterthoughts. Sort-of like ‘yes, love and romance is great but we’re all gonna die so let’s just focus on the task at hand.’ Brilliant. Oh and that ending! It left me physically aching for more and I can’t wait to dive into the next book in this series. I want more! I can’t wait to meet the other gods and goddesses that weren’t introduced in this first book. This series is off to a great start!