Book Review: Antigoddess

Book Review: AntigoddessAntigoddess by Kendare Blake
Series: Goddess War #1
Published by Tor Teen on September 10th 2013
Pages: 336
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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.

After really enjoying Anna Dressed in Blood, Antigoddess seemed like it would be right up my alley. I love twists on mythology, and Antigoddess seemed like it would bring something new to the table.

The story started out with a bang. Athena and Hermes, once great figures of their time, have been reduced to shadows of their form selves. In the countless centuries since their prime, Athena and Hermes, along with the other great gods and goddesses, have been more or less forgotten. Unlike in the past, the human world of today barely acknowledges their existence. Due to this, the gods and goddesses are experiencing something new, something foreign… the loss of their immortality, and are facing something they never imagined they might… death.

While I love, love the premise of Antigoddess, I will admit there was a disconnection between the actual premise itself and the execution. Which, for me, was a big disappointment. As I got deeper and deeper in to Antigoddess, I found myself having a harder and harder time staying focused. Trying to see what the bigger picture was besides the idea that our gods and goddesses mainly were just trying to save themselves in any way that they could, all the while trying to hunt down the bad guy.

In addition to some issues with the execution, I had a really hard time with our characters. Antigoddess is set up basically from alternating POVS, Cassandra and Athena, with a little Hermes mixed in. While I really enjoyed Athena and Hermes, I found myself having a love / hate relationship with Cassandra. Personality wise, I liked her, but there was something really blah about her that just bugged me.

Final Verdict:

All in all, I didn't really love or hate Antigoddess. It was somewhere in the middle. Everything about Antigoddess screamed potential, but overall, it fell flat for me in a number of areas.

Will I read the next installment:

Probably not.


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3 responses to “Book Review: Antigoddess

  1. Thank you for this review! I also loved Anna Dressed in Blood and was anxious to read Antigoddess, but I was always a little concerned about how I'd like it in the end. I'll probably still give it a try, but it's nice to know more about the executiona and characters 🙂

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