(Goddess War #1)
Author: Kendare Blake
Publication Date: September 10th, 2013
Publisher: Tor Teen
Pages: 333 (Hardcover)
Genre: YA – Fantasy (Greek Mythology)
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.
“Everything born must die, Athena.”
I was hooked from the first page, and I am not lying. The book begins with Athena and Hermes searching for Demeter to ask why they’re dying. While I highly enjoyed reading Athena’s POV, I have to be honest that Cassandra’s POV wasn’t really interesting in the beginning. Nothing particularly happens in her POV and it was as if I was kept waiting and waiting for something that wasn’t going to happen at all. The POVs switch between Athena and Cassandra one after another and the book became much MUCH more fascinating once they have met up at some point.
“Haven’t I lived long enough? Shouldn’t a goddess have the grace to accept this?”
Athena’s character surprised me a bit. I thought she was going to be this level-headed and wise girl the whole time – she’s a goddess after all – but it’s nice to see her breaks down and acts out of her character a few times due to her desperation. Considering the fact that she’s going to lose her eternal life, it makes her more…realistic and human. But, Athena sticks to her main goal, not letting personal issues get in the way of how she handles the situation and that’s what I liked best about her. I noticed that Hermes is sorta overshadowed by Athena in the first half, however, Blake gave him his own spotlight and I really love how every character in this book has their roles. Hermes proves to be a reliable and serious yet laid-back at times, and Cassandra manages to overcome her fear to do what’s important the most in the end.
Despite the fact that some of my questions are still unanswered, the world-building in this book was well-written and not info-dumpy at all. The plot got more and more excited, the action intensified in the second half and I LOVE every battle scene in this book! I won’t go in-depth with the plot cause I don’t wanna ruin everyone’s experience though. In addition, reading Antigoddess made me feel really nostalgic about PJO and HoO… It made me want to re-read those series all over again <3 But still, the author managed to add her own twists to the mythology – which makes it more fascinating and unique.
Romance isn’t the main focus in this book (thank goodness).There are two couples in this book, though. I had difficulty buying Cassandra and Aidan’s romance since the relationship seemed to be…underdeveloped. On the other hand, the other couple had me swooning and the tension built up throughout the book. I thought this romance was kinda intriguing cause Athena is a virgin goddess but anyways I’m looking forward for future development!
I extremely enjoyed reading this book. Antigoddess lived up to my expectations and I was thrilled once I was done reading it – the giddy feelings you got when you just read an awesome book. Filled with Greek mythology goodness, I highly recommend this book for those who loved Rick Riordan’s work.