Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Mortal Gods by Kendare Blake

Genre:  YA Mythology
The Goddess War Series, Book 2

Description (taken from Kendare Blake's website):
Ares, God of War, is leading the other dying gods into battle. Which is just fine with Athena. She’s ready to wage a war of her own, and she’s never liked him anyway. If Athena is lucky, the winning gods will have their immortality restored. If not, at least she’ll have killed the bloody lot of them, and she and Hermes can die in peace.

Cassandra Weaver is a weapon of fate. The girl who kills gods. But all she wants is for the god she loved and lost to return to life. If she can’t have that, then the other gods will burn, starting with his murderer, Aphrodite.

The alliance between Cassandra and Athena is fragile. Cassandra suspects Athena lacks the will to truly kill her own family. And Athena fears that Cassandra’s hate will get them ALL killed.

The war takes them across the globe, searching for lost gods, old enemies, and Achilles, the greatest warrior the world has ever seen. As the struggle escalates, Athena and Cassandra must find a way to work together. Because if they can’t, fates far worse than death await.

It's like taking bits and pieces from the Trojan War and throwing it into modern day times.  But in these days, the gods are weak and dying.  And they'll do anything to preserve their immortality, even if that means involving teenagers whose past lives were in the infamous war.

Athena has a brittle alliance with Cassandra, the girl who can kill gods.  But she's missing another chess piece: Achilles.  And if she can't get Odysseus' cooperation in finding him, she'll find another way.  But on the other side of the war, Ares sees what was done to his mother: Hera.  And Aphrodite's madness is beginning to get to him.  So he will join arms and fight Athena, the goddess who sides with mortals over her own family.

This story is easy to follow from start to finish.  I was engrossed with it and had to know what happened next.  But then the book ends, and I'm left wishing I had the next one.  My only complaint with this series is it doesn't go into too much description regarding the gods.  And I'm not sure I quite follow the weapons of fate, and how they're supposed to be so scary for the gods.  But it's definitely got enough action to keep me occupied.

A book for those who love mythology.  It'll keep you wondering what happens next as the gods are dying.

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