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Review: Antigoddess by Kendare Blake

ANTIGODDESSTitle: Antigoddess

Author: Kendare Blake

Genre: YA Mythological Thriller

Series: Goddess War (Book #1)

Publication Date: September 10, 2013

Format: Hardcover, 333 Pages

ISBN-10: 0765334437 (Tor Teen)

ISBN-13: 978-0765334435 (Tor Teen)

Reviewed by: Bridget


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.

Quick & Dirty: Very unique story featuring the Greek Gods. It had a slow start, but once it picked up, I couldn’t put it down. Full of action, romance and suspense, this is sure to please all young adult fans.

Opening Sentence: The feathers were starting to be a nuisance.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

The Greek Gods of Olympus are dying! Athena is slowly choking on feathers, Hermes has a fever that is slowly eating away his flesh, Hera is turning to stone, Aphrodite is losing her looks, all are dying in their own way, but can it be stopped? It was prophesied a long time ago that the Twilight of the gods would come and eventually they would all die. But Athena refuses to just give up. With the help of Hermes they travel the world looking for a way to stop their slow and painful deaths. They gather allies and face off against some of the other gods who have gone mad. Eventually, they find Cassandra, a normal human girl that has the gift of prophecy. She was once a great priestess and she may be the only hope the gods have left.

Cassandra is happy living her normal life with great friends and the perfect boyfriend. Sure, she is psychic, but that’s never been a problem until now. She has started to see dreams of people being tortured and people are dying. Then the dreams start to come true and Cassandra discovers that the old time Greek gods are real. She is thrown into a world at war and she could be the only person left that can save not only humanity, but the world.

Because the cast of characters were so large, I am only going to talk about a couple of them or this review would be way too long. First, I am going to tell you about my favorite character in the story and that was Athena. Everyone should be familiar with her since she is a Greek Goddess, but you get to see a very different side to her.  Like all the other gods she is dying. Feathers are slowly filling her lungs and organs, until eventually they will suffocate her. But she’s not the type of person to take her fate just lying down, she is going to fight to find a solution or die trying. I loved that Athena has all the traits that you would expect her to have being the goddess of wisdom and all that. But on top of that you get to watch her evolve and develop more human traits. This made her a much easier character to relate to and connect with.  She’s not a lovey dovey type of person, her presence demands a certain respect, and she has used that to her advantage. She also has a very hard shell put up and there are very few people that see the real her. I loved the small glimpses you got of her vulnerable side.

The other character I am going to mention is Cassandra. She is just your standard teenager that happens to be able to see the future. She was so ordinary, I actually found her to be a little boring at first. But luckily this didn’t last too long, once more of her story started to be revealed she became a lot more interesting. She is a very sweet and caring girl that is caught up in a pretty nasty war. All she wants to do is protect the people she loves and live a normal life. But she was never destined for normal, and I liked that she eventually accepted her role in everything. By the end, I was a big fan of Cassandra and I am excited to see how she develops in the next book.

Antigoddess is a very unique retelling featuring some of my favorite Greek gods. It is filled with action, romance, suspense, and amazing writing. It was a little hard for me to get into it at first because there was a lot of background information at the beginning. I will admit that the first part of the book moved really slowly for me, but once I finally got into the story, I couldn’t put it down. The fact that the gods are dying was so different from anything else I have ever read, so props to Blake for taking something that has been retold many times and putting her own twist on it. There is a fairly large cast of characters which I didn’t like at first, but eventually they all grew on me. By the end of the book, I was really invested in all the characters and I can’t wait to see what is going to happen next in each of their stories. If any of you have read any of Blake’s previous works you will know that she has a knack for writing very good creepy stories. While this one wasn’t nearly as scary as her other series, there were still moments that made me want to run and hide. Blake has amazing writing that just captivates you and leaves you enchanted days after finishing her books. I am really looking forward to the next book in the series and I would highly recommend this series to anyone looking for a thrilling mythological YA book.

Notable Scene:

He grinned. Blood coated his teeth.

“Aidan? I think you bit you lip.”


“I—“ Cassandra stopped. It wasn’t just his lip. Blood seeped up into his eyes. Glimpses of his tongue as he spoke words she couldn’t hear looked crack, split open, wet and red. Pinpricks stood out on his cheeks and forehead, tearing the skin as she watched. Something pressed through as she looked closer, frozen in horror as his face degraded right in front of her. Feather. White, and speckled brown. After they wriggled free they fluttered to the ground, leaving bleeding gashes behind, all over his body. He was a monster, holding her shoulders, his sliced-open lips mouthing her name.

Goddess War Series:

1. Antigoddess

2. Mortal Gods (October  14, 2014)

FTC Advisory:  Tor Teen/Macmillan provided me with a copy of Antigoddess.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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