Author: Kendare Blake
Publisher: Tor Teen
Release Date: 10 September 2013
Series: Goddess War
Old Gods never die…We've seen a lot of people attempt to twist various mythological tales, and some have been very successful. (The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan, Josephine Angelini's Starcrossed series, and The Gods & Monsters series by Kelly Keaton.) They are all books that I love, and Antigoddess wasn't any different--it rocked my fictional world. (Side note: If you haven't read any of those, you need to!)
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.
I love how the book bounced back and forth between Cassandra and Athena. I enjoyed seeing how their lives ran parallel to each other, and viewing how what was happening affected each of them. Cassandra is in the dark while we learn what's going on with the Olympian gods and goddesses from Athena, but when the two girls meet... craziness ensues and many unexpected things follow.
I also enjoyed the dark twists on old mythological tales. You shouldn't expect rainbows and roses from this book, because it's hard to find the joys in life when your entire being is slowing destroying itself. Athena and the others don't know why or how they're dying, but it's pretty intense... no one is getting off easy. I hated to read about what was happening to some of my favorites! It's brutal. Blake doesn't hold back on the grisly details either... I could feel Athena ripping a feather our her mouth at one point.
Kendare Blake has weakened the gods and made them vulnerable, and she's also brought a lot of people back from the past. I'm excited to see who else will be in the next book, and what roles they will play! If you enjoy Greek Mythology, and even if you don't, I believe this a book for you.