BOOK REVIEW: ANTIGODDESS (GODDESS WAR, #1) BY KENDARE BLAKE
BOOK: Antigoddess (Goddess War, #1)
AUTHOR: Kendare Blake
GENRE: Greek Mythology, Paranormal
FORMAT: e-book (epub)
A fast paced narrative with Greek mythology as backdrop
Antigoddess has Greek mythology as its base. It brings alive the Greek Gods, Goddess and along with it, the Trojan War. The idea of the Gods turning mortal and dying has been fascinatingly narrated. Even though written in third person, the reader gets to delve into the minds of the “unattainable” Athena, the Greek Goddess of Battle Strategy and Cassandra, the Prophetess of Troy.
The pace keeps you hooked. But what keeps you on the edge all the time is the question, “What is going to happen now?”. I guess the very concept of Gods dying makes the reader wonder how it would all end. Are they going to be saved or will they perish?. What is commendable is even though the plot is based on a complex story, the story never confuses. It is quite simple and understandable.
The story begins with Athena looking for Demeter, the Goddess of Earth along with her half-brother Hermes, the Messenger God. Athena and Hermes are dying and they are out to find the cure.
I followed the progress of Athena’s disease with fascinating horror. However, I found Athena’s self doubting demeanor to be a bit irritating. I mean you are God for God’s sake so act like one but she rarely acts like one. Kendare probably thought that the lines in the book implying that they were less God’s justified Athena’s un-Godly behavior.
I guess them turning mortal and then, starting to behave like one too would have had much more impact if their had been a book before that showed them in all their glory. The glimpses in the book of their past are simply not enough. Also It would have been far more interesting to see Athena in her own element rather than the dilemma-plagued, more-human-than-God side.
Cassandra’s character feels quite powerless until the end. Apollo, the Sun God is likable but he has clearly been romanticized a bit too much. It would have been nice to see the grey in him. Most of the good God’s felt like losers to be honest. They felt powerless and helpless as compared to the vamp’ish Hera, Aphrodite (though she felt more like a blue-eyed hair brained Goddess) and Poseidon.
The climax was unpredictable though it was a bit incomplete. I guess this leaves an opening for a second book which I would love to read to experience the fast-paced, no-nonsense narrative of Kendare Blake.
“In short, the book is definitely worth a read , especially for the Greek mythology fans.”