Book Review: Antigoddess by Kendare Blake

Series: Goddess War #1
Publisher: Tor Teen
Publication Date: September 10th 2013
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 333 pages
Source: Borrowed

Description (from goodreads):

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.

I know, that’s one of the longest description I’ve ever read, too. It’s a pretty accurate description of the book though because the Goddess War does begin in Antigoddess. 

For someone who knows so little about Greek mythology and is not really a fan of the genre, I actually enjoyed reading Antigoddess. I liked how I was immediately pulled into the action of the story. There’s no lengthy introduction of what’s going on because you kind of have to just follow the story in order to find out because I think the book itself is the introduction to the whole series. It’s that kind of book. I loved how it tackled different kinds of relationships like friendship and family, and especially the forbidden relationship or mortal and immortals. 

The way Kendare Blake wrote Antigoddess is gorgeous. It’s similar to the way Laini Taylor wrote her Daughter series in the way that it gives that distinct feeling of fantasy and mystery. The only problem I had with the writing is that I had a hard time reading it at first because it’s told in multiple perspectives in a third person’s POV. Hafl-way through the book I finally got used to it because the character perspectives were narrowed down to two people. It helped that it’s distinguishable if it’s being told from a god’s perspective and a mortal’s perspective. 

With Greek mythology being a popular genre, you have to have characters that stand out that will help set your book apart from other books. There’s plenty of that in Antigoddess and they kept the book interesting for me. I love Athena the most because she’s a very selfless person when it comes to protecting her siblings. You can call her selfish for some of the things she did but sometimes you have to be selfish in order to be selfless. I understand her that way. Cassandra is also a very strong character. I can only imagine how helpless she feels for knowing the future and not being able to do anything about it, but she always tries to overcome it even though it’s very hard. Lastly, there is Odysseus who has my heart. I love him, that is all.

Antigoddess had a very unexpected ending that left me wanting more. I actually didn’t realize that I was already too invested in this series until that ending. I didn’t expect that it would hurt as much as it did. There’s still so many things that can happen with this series so I’ll definitely continue on reading the next books.

Rating: ★★★★ out of 5 stars  

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