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.
Before I start this review, can I just tell you guys how tacky the title is. (No offense meant)
This was a pretty refreshing twist on the mythology we’ve known so well. We’ve always known that gods and goddesses are immortal (in the stories) and they’ve known it as well, but what happens if it actually wasn’t the case?
All hell breaks loose. That’s what.
And the celestial beings would rather die fighting each other (even killing other innocents mortals in their way) than accepting it gracefully. They just don’t know how to accept death.
I liked how the gods and goddesses here are still made of awesome (well, some of them). Athena was still the cool, calculating goddess who led mortals to victory and sometimes demise. All those years residing with the humans somewhat thawed her a bit, but that’s okay. I loved Hermes very much, but I can’t really say good things about Apollo until the last few pages. I didn’t like how he was portrayed here as a god that’s, excuse me for my language, pussy-whipped. He also acted before thinking. What happened to the great sun god? He softened. A LOT.
I also wished that we had more time understanding Hera and Poseidon. I mean, I’m sure there are other things going on in their heads besides “Must.Kill.People.Everyone.Hehe.Must.” They became too much of a 2d character that it felt like I was reading a juvenile comic book. I hope they’ll give Aphrodite a chance in the next book.
Nonetheless, this was a pretty good novel and I would’ve given this 4 stars if the first half of the book didn’t feel so… Tedious.
I mean, all they did was talk, reminisce, talk, argue, talk. BUT. After that first half… Oh boy.
PS: I suggest that before reading this book, you should know a bit about the Trojan War so you could further appreciate the story… Or at least have your google search engine open while reading.