Series: Goddess War #1
Published by Tor Teen on September 10th, 2013
Genres: fantasy, young adult
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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.
I don’t know one blogger who didn’t love Anna Dressed in Blood. I’m sure they exist, but they are not someone I know. I liked it a lot, but it wasn’t true love. I gave it four out of five stars, and I believe the reasoning was that I couldn’t connect to the characters–that I didn’t like them very much. Well, as much as I hoped that wouldn’t happen again, it did.
I found the characters to be flat, one-dimensional, and for the most part, completely unlikable. Athena was selfish, Hermes was a pushover, Aiden was googly-eyed over Cassandra without any personality of his own, the villains were your typical ‘muahahah’ kind, and Cassandra was a shell of a person, her only purpose to move the plot along.
Obviously, this was incredibly frustrating for me as a reader. I’ve seen reviews for this book that complimented the writing. Uhhh…I can’t say that I agree. No disrespect to those reviewers, but this book was SERIOUSLY lacking in transitions. There were places where the writing was super choppy, and there was a lot of dialogue where I was unsure who was speaking. Maybe this is because I analyze everything I read and read a lot slower than I used to, but it bothered me. A lot.
As far as the story itself goes, I didn’t like the first thirty pages or so, and I was sorely tempted to give it up. We have Athena coughing up feathers and come boring girl named Cassandra going about her day-to-day activities with not much else going on. Athena and Hermes are dying, that’s all we know, and it takes a while to go anywhere beyond that.
|What was the point to all of it?|
I just couldn’t connect. I didn’t like the characters, I didn’t like the writing, and I don’t believe the opening chapters were plotted well. Things did finally start to get interesting, but it was past the point of me caring. I am certain that I would have put this book down to read something else if I had not been given TWO copies for review from the publisher. I felt obligated so I finished.
One of the things I determined from reading Anna Dressed in Blood was that this author excelled at storytelling. And while I liked what she did with the Greek myths (and as a mythology purist this is hard for me to admit), I thought the storytelling was pretty blah. Sure the second half of the book moved along at a decent pace, but if you don’t engage the reader you are writing for, it’s not exactly something I can compliment.
It’s not all bad though. She did something daring with the myths and I have to give her credit for that. I thought most of her imagery was pretty decent though I would have enjoyed it more if it hadn’t been choppy, choppy, choppy. Everything just felt so abrupt and in your face and that is NOT how I felt about her previous work.
I feel like I should maybe rate it lower than what I am, but I finished it. The book kept me interested enough to push on past the halfway point and that deserves something from me. And then I did appreciate the creativity the author used in her topic of choice. Will I be sticking around for the next book in the series?