Pabkins’ One Liner: Ancient Gods on a modern quest with both old and new love.
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.
You would think Antigoddess is a tale of Gods but I saw it as a look at mortality. What is one willing to do when faced with with the reality of a Death you thought you’d never meet? When time is endless there are so many things you will excuse yourself of, but when time is short would you do all manner of evils to save yourself? That’s the question now isn’t it.
Athena is dying, her body riddled with owl feathers on the inside that are slowly digging their way out. Sounds gruesome – It is. Luckily, everything isn’t all doom and gloom. She has a good bit of snark left in her even if she is one tough cookie and she plans to go out with a fight.
Then there is Cassandra. She is simply a mortal girl but has always been able to see things that are going to happen. But suddenly her visions turn terrible and dark. Awful things are coming – and her boyfriend Aidan just might know what her visions are all about.
With such a great array of Gods and mortals I came to like each one, well except the bad guys of course! Some were funny and real while others could be needy or supportive. I think this was necessary to balance out how stern and uptight Athena and Aidan had a tendency of being. Just when you thought things were too tense you’d get a line like this:
“Because Halloween is for guts. It’s not a fricken Victoria’s Secret audition.” – pg 171
Ultimately, Antigoddess piles on the action and you are pulled along for the ride. I was moved quickly from one page to the next without there being a sacrifice of character interaction and development. I was emotionally invested and felt it was overall well done. I anticipate more heartache and great things to come from The Goddess War series.
• An advanced uncorrected copy was provided by the publisher for an honest review. Quotes are from an unpublished edition of this title and are subject to change. All opinions expressed are my own. Please note that this post also contains affiliate links. To view our full Blog Policy, click here.