Title: Antigoddess (Godess War #1)
Author: Kendare Blake
Publication Info: Published September 10, 2013 by Tor Teen
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
The Flavor: Percy Jackson meets Gameboard of the Gods
The Short Version: Fans of Greek mythology will appreciate this addition to the genre, which drops a couple of f bombs while still managing to be young adult. Think of it as a more vulgar and violent Percy Jackson.
The Characters: THE GREEK GODS.
I wish every book would feature the Greek gods as characters. Athena is a tattooed teenager with a bit of a chip on her shoulders. She’s a little desperate, which makes her a little crazy. In fact, all of the gods and goddesses are a little crazy (except Apollo, who I’ll get to later). But it’s sort of in keeping with gods and goddesses in general. They all act a little childish and rash. This book does not tone that down at all, making Hera look downright crazy-pants.
The book moves between character perspectives, mostly focusing on Athena and Cassandra, who are not in the same area for the majority of the novel. At first, it’s a bit frustrating because as soon as something gets good in one perspective it switches. But, I eventually got used to it. It’s like a two for one story.
Both stories have their own romance plot, the Cassandra and Apollo one being the more interesting of the two. If you know your Greek myths, you know those two have some history to work out. And work out they did. I heart me some Apollo. I had zero thoughts on him prior to this novel, so we can credit it for all of my love.
“And I knew no matter what I did, I would lose you anyway. To death, or disease, or a fucking car accident. I’ve felt your heartbeat, and it’s so delicate it makes me ache. It paralyzed me, how different we are, and in the end I was a coward. But I’ve loved you a thousand years, and another thousand.”
“You asshole.” She stopped angrily packing and threw her bag on the bed. A thousand years and another thousand. That’s how long he’d spent loving the girl he’d gotten murdered. “You made me love you more than I did before. Knowing what you did. It’s a violation.”
“You’ve got your old cape of Justice on again. You’re getting it in your head that you could be a hero. Athena and Hermes, last of the sane gods, saving the humans and righting the wrongs.” In the soft-hued light of morning, with the sun coming up over his back, she couldn’t tell ho series he was.
“Don’t sound so high and mighty. You’ve played the hero before.”
Hermes snorted. “Rarely. And never front and center. Face it, sis, I was always the Green Lantern to your Iron Man.”
“Don’t be such a nerd. Besides, you’re mixing Marvel and DC.”
“I don’t know why we couldn’t have just gotten the Slutty Bo Peep and Slutty Cleopatra costumes like I wanted.”
“Because Halloween is for guts. It’s not a fricken Victoria’s Secret audition.”
In days gone by she might have smote him, turned him into a tree or a statue or something. Glory days.
Hermes eats his own flesh, Demeter gets stretched to the point of tearing, and I choke to death on the inside of a bird cage.
Usually, I don’t care too much about prose. I don’t need beautiful prose to love a book. But, as this book proves, it certainly doesn’t hurt.
Parting thoughts: This book is the first in a series, so it largely sets up a much larger story. So you will get a lot of backstory. But, since it’s about the Greek gods, it’s all good. The second book, The Immortal Goddess, came out last month, and my review should be up in the coming weeks.
As a side note, this is the second series from the author who wrote the popular Anna Dressed in Blood series. I like this series better. So, if you liked that series, you should definitely give this one a try.