Monday, 23 September 2013

Review: Antigoddess by Kendare Blake

Title: Antigoddess
Author: Kendare Blake
Publisher: Orchard Books
Release Date: 10th September 2013
Source: Bought
Rating: 4 out of 5

Description: He was Apollo, the sun, and he'd burn down anything that tried to hurt her... Cassandra and Aidan are just your average high-school couple. Or so Cassandra believes. Blissfully unaware that she was once a powerful prophetess, Cassandra doesn't even know thats god exist... Until now. Because the gods are dying - and Cassandra could hold the answer to their survival. But Aidan has a secret of his own. He is really Apollo, god of the sun, and he will do anything to protect the girl he loves from the danger that's coming for her. Even if it means war against his immortal family... Sexy, irresistible characters; romantic and mythological intrigue; relentless action and suspense

Antigoddess is a compelling take on the Greek Gods. It’s gory and dark with sharp wit and snappy dialogue.  It’s the gods, as you have never seen them before.  If I have learnt one thing from this book, it would be to not piss them off. The entire family is tearing it self apart from the inside. They are in the midst of a war and its tremendously fun watching them bicker, bitch, moan and attempt to get their way. If you love Greek mythology then this is a perfect book, with a fresh premise, tight writing and an unexpected ending. It’s a haunting tale of survival, family and the mistakes of the past.

The story pulled me in right from the first page. You can immediately tell that this isn’t your average story and that something big is happening.  There is never a dull moment. Kendare Blake’s writing is vivid and expressive. The imagery is bloody and gory. Throughout the book there is a great undercurrent of humour that is sharp and witty. The twilight of the gods is approaching, meaning that their death is imminent. The only way for them to survive is to kill each other and find Cassandra. Cassandra is a normal teenage girl apart from her ability to see the future. Now the gods are after her and Aiden her boyfriend will do anything to protect her. Alliances are formed, battles are fought and the past is repeating it self.  The story depicts a highly modernised version of the god. These are gods that live in our world, blend into its surrounds and know pop culture references. I immensely enjoyed reading about these modern gods.

The gods are not how you would expect them to be. They are frighting in the truest sense of the word.  They are not the heroes of this story nor are they the villains. They have various amoral and ambiguous areas.  They are willing to do anything for their survival, and don’t care about the mortals in their path. Hermes is sometimes a coward. Athena is unrelenting. Apollo is a bit stupid. Aphrodite is a child and according to everyone, Poseidon is a Prick. Even though the gods are ruthless, their story still evokes sympathy. You can understand where they are coming from and why they do what they do, especially Athena. Athena and Hermes were my favourite characters despite their shortcomings. I wanted them to succeed in their mission. Athena struggles with who she was in the past and who she is now. She is a character that does shocking things but there is a redeemable quality about her.

The family aspects of this story are layered and complicated. These gods haven’t seen each other in hundreds of years and they do not particularly care about each other. However deep down Blake manages to create subtle family ties and alliances. They do care about each other despite their actions; you just need to look hard enough to see it. The mortals in this story, Cassandra, Henry and Andi also play important roles and are not to be overlooked. I have a feeling that they will play a more important role in future books. Cassandra was the hardest character to get to know. We were just dropped into her story and there were many things about her background that were not explained. As the story moves forward she emerges as a stronger force but I still believe we have only scratched the surface with her. Her relationship with Aiden was something I had a bit of trouble getting my head around. When we meet them they are already in a solid relationship.  I wish I could have seen a bit more about their courtship so I could understand their relationship and sacrifices better.

The ending was very surprising. I wasn’t expecting Blake to take the story there and present a heartbreaking loss of all of its players, but I really enjoyed the outcome. It means that this war isn’t over and it’s going to get worse. I can’t wait for the next book. 

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