REVIEW + AUDIOBOOK EXCERPT: Antigoddess (Goddess War #1) by Kendare Blake

antigoddess books keep me saneTitle: Antigoddess (Goddess War #1)

Author: Kendare Blake

Genre: YA Fantasy/ Mythology

Release Date: September 10th 2013

Purchase: Amazon (Kindle or Hardcover)

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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.

At the publisher’s request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management software (DRM) applied.

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The moment I read the synopsis, I knew I had to read this novel. I am a fan of anything and everything Greek deities. Not to mention the title is very catchy. It seemed like I was going to enjoy reading the book, and enjoy I did.

Athena and all the other gods and goddesses are dying a slow death. This isn’t  supposed to happen, after all they are immortal. Some deities are silently waiting for their time to come, some others, like Hermes and Athena are willing to do everything to stay alive, to fight for the lives they took for granted for a very long time.

Athena is one of the strongest goddesses in Greek mythology and seeing her in the brink of dying in Antigoddess is new to me. Still, I love Blake’s twist to the Greek mythology.

The personality of the characters in the book really resembles those portrayed in the original stories. I like how Blake retained their characteristics because I felt like I knew the characters like I would know a very close friend.

I love the fact that you can’t really tell who’s the good guys and who are the evil ones in the story. The gods are trying to outlive each other because they can’t grasp the fact that they are dying. They just won’t accept to cease to exist. The bad guys want to outlive the others, so do Athena and her group. Since Athena’s posse and the bad guys have the same goal, does it make Team Athena evil, too?

I have got to admire Cassandra and Apollo’s love for each other too. I am a sucker for romance, okay? Also, I want to give props to Hermes. He can be insensitive sometimes but deep inside he’s a great guy. I am having a crush on Odysseus also. He’s seems like the kind of person you know you can depend on. There are a lot of great characters in the book, which makes it all the more enjoyable to read

Blake did a great job in introducing a new twist to a classic many of us likes. Antigoddess is one unique book while still maintaining the essence of its roots. I highly recommend reading this series, especially if you love mythology like me! And I can’t wait to continue on reading the saga of our beloved deities.

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