Monday, February 10, 2014

Antigoddess by Kendare Blake

The blurb:
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.

Imagine that the Roman and Greek gods do exist and that they've reappeared in our world.  The mortals whose lives they'd played with, twisted, blessed, ruined, fought over have been reborn and live with us as well.  These humans are blissfully (or naively) ignorant of their old lives and of the ways that the gods touched their lives in the past and these humans are doomed to repeat their fates.  The same gods are still drawn to them and still reach out to them, calling and manipulating.   The ways that the gods play are different now, some gods have adapted to our present better than others.  

In Antigoddess, Kendare Blake gives us a fun account of what it would be like to have the characters and gods of the Trojan War living in our time as teenagers.  Witty and imaginative, Antigoddess is the first part of a widely popular new series (the Goddess War) and a highly enjoyable read!

  • Age Range: 12 - 18 years
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • ISBN-10: 0765334437 - Hardcover $17.99
  • Publisher: Tor Teen; a edition (September 10, 2013), 336 pages.
  • Review copy courtesy of the publisher.

About the Author:
Kendare Blake holds an M.A. in creative writing from Middlesex University in northern London.  She lives and writes in Lynnwood, Washington.

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