Friday, September 27, 2013

Friday Reads: Antigoddess by Kendare Blake!

Once again it's Friday, YAY! and to celebrate the weekend I'm back with a few reviews for Friday Reads!

For the first one we have a new twist on Greek Mythology with a slightly darker touch than usual, not that the Greek gods were all nice & fluffy themselves, no sir!

Antigoddess (Goddess War, #1)Antigoddess by Kendare Blake

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was so very excited to read Kendare Blake's take on the Greek gods and frankly, just the fact that she had added the twist of them dying from the get go was hinting at how unique the premise of this book is.

As always I will try my best to keep this review as spoiler free as possible!

Kendare Blake starts by putting the Greeks gods in an unexpected corner, they are all dying in different ways, all related somehow to who they are, so Athena is dying because she's growing owl feathers like a tumor, sprouting anywhere and everywhere in her.

The books is split in two different narratives/POVs for the most part, until they merge for the final showdown, one follows Athena and Hermes, trying to find answers to what is happening to them and how to stop it, and the other follows Cassandra who you'd think it's a normal teenager but no, she's the reincarnation of Cassandra of Troy, prophetess and oblivious key to the whole thing.

We get to see the gods split up in two sides, fighting each other and trying to grab at anything to get their way, which if you know about Greek myths, that's their usual modus operandi. Both gods and mortals keep on referencing Troy's war since that must have been one of the times where they were more involved and the gods took sides and wrecked countless lives for the heck of it.

Aside from the war, there's a lot of weigth on how the gods deal with the prospect of death and how that brings them closer to humanity, so they find themselves experiencing feelings that they never had before, or hadn't care to even think of having. That brings quite a lot of character developtment for the gods, mainly Athena, since she's the main goldy POV. And Cassandra's POV goes from accepting herself as different knowing she's a psychic to having to face a terrifying truth and the even more terrifying future of being engulfed in the gods' wars once again.

The plot moves quite in a quite straight forward way, without many twist or turns but it doesn't make it any less captivating and Kendare isn't pulling any punches here. She's not afraid to go ahead and make things grim and stab you right in the feelings!

The way she wraps up things is both enough to give you a finished book in itself and not be left with a massive cliffhanger but also to have you looking forward to the next book!

A fresh take on Greek gods that only she could write, very well deserving of 4 stars!

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  1. Yay I really liked this one and I loved how it was 2 povs and the merge was incredible and so intense! Athena's POV was my fav though she was just a great character overall. I also enjoyed the take on being at war with themselves it was very unique with a lot of great and cringe worthy horror aspects. Great review, Pili! :)

    1. Thank you, Giselle! And, yeah, I loved how the tension kept getting more and more intense the closer it got to the merge of all characters!
      And I was so heartbroken with the fallout of the battle! :(

  2. I hadn't given this one much thought but after this, it actually looks pretty cool. I love the idea of the gods facing death and the incorporation of Troy. It looks like a really fun and different read. Great review!

    -Mari @ The Sirenic Codex

    1. Thank you, Mari! Do let me know what you think of it if you decide to read it.

  3. Yay, great to hear that this was a good read! The sprouting feathers thing reminds me of Black Swan. I love the Greek gods feature and with them facing death it sounds pretty unique. Great review, Pili!


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