Book Review: Antigoddess (Goddess War#1) by Kendare Blake

BookReviewsAntigoddess (Goddess War#1) by Kendare Blake13246736

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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.

Rating: 10/5, okay I know that doesn’t make sense…5/5

This book was simply and utterly dynamic. I have come to the conclusion that everything the lovely Kendare Blake crafts will be nothing short of perfection.

1600167_10152164384800908_58508561_nThe only thing more exciting than a new Kendare Blake book? Knowing Antigoddess is the first entry in a new series! Hooray!

I loved her previous works, Anna Dressed In Blood, and The Girl of Nightmares and I thought nothing would ever rank as high as those two haunting books. Here I am again, as I close the last page, thinking to myself: wow, this is one of the best books I have ever read.

Blake has a way with words that makes the reader travel to the world of the story and never want to leave.

For fans of Greek mythology, Blake has created an epic twist on the age-old belief of immortality. I have previously attempted to study mythology, and the aftermath of my studies left my brain flooded with a heap of information I didn’t retain, or understand. Scrambled bits and pieces of myth filled my brain. To put it simply, I studied, and I learned nothing.

For those whom are in the same shoes as me, with little to no knowledge of mythology, don’t be deterred. Blake fills the reader with enough back-story, for the reader to understand exactly what is taking place and whom each God is.

Much of the book is presented in a dual-perspective, which I always find fantastic. It adds that extra bit of awesome to the story. Seeing what is happening through different eyes leaves the reader without a second of boredom. It keeps the story flowing at a fast, action-packed pace.

In short, I LOVED this book. If I go further into detail I fear I will ruin the plot and the outcome.

Simply put, it is a must read. Prepare to let the Anna series lower in your rank of top books, Antigoddess will take place as the new #1.

Thank you, Raincoast Canada for the ARC review copy. 

About Lisa Lunney

A Canadian gal that firmly believes words can change the world. An avid reader, writer and Autumn/Winter lover. She excels at communications and writes for pleasure and profession.
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