Sunday, November 3, 2013

Antigoddess by Kendare Blake

Genre:  YA Mythology
Goddess War Series, Book 1

Description (taken from Goodreads):
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.

This book starts off with Athena and Hermes, both suffering from different ailments.  They're searching for another God or Goddess to figure out what's happening to them.  As they learn more, they find themselves targets in a war that's only beginning.  The gods are dying, and they will kill their family if it means their survival.

Then the book jumps to Cassandra and Aiden's story.  Two normal teens living the normal high school life.  Or so you'd think.  Cassandra can predict the flip of a coin every time, and she's beginning to have visions.  And these visions let her know that the war is coming to her.  She will be essential in this war, and there isn't a way to avoid it.

Honestly?  The story is good and fun to follow.  But nothing gets answered.  What's happening to the gods?  Why are they dying?  The various ailments they're facing, explain it all to me now.  I don't get any answers here.  But riding with the story, I enjoyed it.

Would I recommend this book?  Sure, it's fun.  It's an interesting take on mythology.  But expect this one to be an opener to a new series, not one that's going to explain everything.

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