Saturday, October 26, 2013

Antigoddess by Kendare Blake [Review]

Antigoddess (Goddess War, #1)4 out of 5 Robots!

Antigoddess by Kendare Blake
Series: Goddess War #1
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release: September 10, 2013
Hardcover: 333 Pages
Publisher: Tor Teen
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
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.
(Courtesy of the Publisher)

Shannon's Thoughts:
Mythology retellings are pretty hit or miss for me.  Sometimes they are so focused on a YA romance that makes little to no sense and are filled with so much angst.  But sometimes they manage to create an interesting story, mixing the modern with the old. Antigoddess manages to do the latter fairly well.  The strength of the book really lies with Blake's imagination and character profiles. The idea that each god(dess) is dying in some unique way is really fascinating.  Athena is slowing being chocked to death by owl feathers and Hermes is slowing wasting away.  They are desperate to find the cure and are traveling the earth looking for answers.  Intermixed with Athena's and Herme's mission is Cassandra, a mildly clairvoyant teenage American girl.  Only she is THE Cassandra from Trojan War fame - a girl gifted with prophesy but cursed to have no one believe her.  Only modern day Cassandra doesn't remember her past, but she is drawn into the brewing war between the dying gods and the "anti-gods".

I really enjoyed the revealing of the different gods, their relationships and the parts they play.  Again, this is the strongest aspect of Antigoddess.  But there was a part of me that felt a little removed from the story and I had a little trouble staying interesting for long periods of time.  Sometimes I enjoyed the slow unpacking of the plot and characters, but other times I itched for more tension and action. But the action that did happen were exciting and the ending left things pointed in an interesting direction.  I will definitely be back for the second installment.

1 comment :

  1. I found an excerpt of this and it reads pretty well. Interesting, decent dialog. Sounds like a good book. :)



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