Review: Antigoddess

Title: Antigoddess Image

Author: Kendare Blake

Rating: ★1/2

Provided Synopsis: 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.

Review: To be quite honest, I feel cheated. I love classics and mythology so much that I minored in the subject at university, so whenever I learn that a book dealing with mythology is to be published I tend to gravitate towards it. But I could have left this book alone on the shelf because it was boring.

In Antigoddess the gods we know from Greek mythology are dying in the twenty-first century. They have lived for centuries, they have been reduced to no longer being as revered as they once were and demoted to blend in with a human existence – they might have lived forever that way if fate had not dealt them an extermination date. Our main goddess is Athena, whose death is slowly arriving through the form of owl feathers suffocating her. She travels with her brother, Hermes, to learn all they can about why they are no longer eternal and discover that the gods have been choosing sides. Hera, Poseidon, and Aphrodite believe that the only way to save their existence is to kill off the other gods and claim the prophetess Cassandra to use as a weapon. So Athena and Hermes must reach her first.

Cassandra, for her part, is living in a sleepy town and is unaware of her previous life as a princess of Troy. In order to use her for the gods’ survival she must be re-awoken to her past and fate. And to be honest, the struggle to find out information about why the gods are dying, the search for Cassandra’s whereabouts, and the resistance that Apollo provides to protect Cassandra takes up the majority of this book. There is very little action for a book that is supposed to be a part of a series called The Goddess War. Unfortunately, this book does little more than set up the structure of what I suppose the series will be about, making it into a very boring, dragged out, and anti-climatic prequel-esque storyline.

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