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Deadly Destinations journeys to a dangerous world of gods and goddesses from the Antigoddess world by Kendare Blake. Antigoddess is the first book in the young adult fantasy Goddess Wars series and will be released on September 10, 2013 from Tor/Macmillan.
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BEHIND ENEMY LINES, WITH HERMES, GOD OF THIEVES
Hermes here. Taking a break from fighting a war to bring you up to speed. Don’t get me wrong; I’m grateful for the break. But if I’m gone too long, big sister Athena will chew me a shiny new asshole.
Pardon my French.
Ah, France. That would have been a nice place to hold this class. Would’ve been even better if we could fight the war there. All the great cities of Europe. We could batter down the walls of Notre Dame…blitz the British Museum. It’s been done before. Those mortals must almost be used to it. But I digress.
Before you jump feet first into the middle of our war that will probably get you killed, you should at least know why. Why Hera hates Athena. Why Athena hates Hera. Why everybody hates sweet Aphrodite, and she hates them back.
The answer is: Just because.
No, not really. And yet, a little really. The three of them have been at it forever. Nobody remembers where it started and it doesn’t matter. All that matters is that two team up on one, or each goes in for herself. They fight until the world bleeds, or until one of all run screaming. Then they switch sides and do it again. These three goddesses are responsible for a metric ton of shit in the mortal world. Sure, we gods like to say we rule it all, and good old dad certainly does, but when it comes to Hera and Athena, even he tends to shut his yap. Just let them hash it out, he said to me once. Ha. He couldn’t have stopped them if he tried.
That was the Trojan War, which is a good enough example as any. They were fighting over some trinket, an apple that declared its owner to be “the fairest”. They forced prince Paris of Troy to judge, the poor schlub, and proceeded to try to bribe him. Hera said she’d make him a great king. Athena said she’d make him a great hero. Aphrodite said she’d let him bone the most beautiful woman in the world.
He was an eighteen year old kid. What do you think he chose? Would you have chosen differently? Then you and I do not share the same libido.
Anyway, since Aphrodite got the apple, Athena and Hera joined forces and rallied the Greeks to attack Troy. They stomped that city something proper, and it resulted in the deaths of the entire Trojan royal family. King Priam, his son Hector, and his daughter, the cursed prophet, Cassandra. Who saw the future correctly but was cursed to never be believed. Poor, practical, innocent Cassandra.
Unfortunately for her, we’ll get back to her later.
So you see, my half-sisters and stepmother could never get along. And now that we’re all dying our strange, irritating, downright ungodly deaths, they get along even less. Cue the life ruining. Cue the world shaking.
But please, come along. A goddess war is the ultimate vacation destination. If you’re lucky, you’ll go down in history a hero. If you’re unlucky, they’ll grind you to paste under their heel and then berate your remains for ruining their boot. And hey, you might find you have real power, hidden down deep in that mortal chest. Send some my way. Save me, and I’ll be your friend, literally forever.
One last thing: as you are technically joining us at my invitation, as my guest, I, as your host, have the right to ask something of you. And it is this.
Try not to piss Athena off.
Kendare Blake is an import from South Korea who was raised in the United States by caucasian parents. You know, that old chestnut. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Business from Ithaca College and a Master’s degree in Writing from Middlesex University in London. She brakes for animals, the largest of which was a deer, which sadly didn’t make it, and the smallest of which was a mouse, which did, but it too forever. Amongst her likes are Greek Mythology, rare red meat and veganism. She also enjoys girls who can think with the boys like Ayn Rand, and boys who scare the morality into people, like Bret Easton Ellis.
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Available September 10, 2013 from Tor Teen/Macmillan
About this Book:
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.
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