Antigoddess by Kendare Blake
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The gods are at each others throats; we just don’t know why that’s the case and while that’s unfolding, we’ve a more human drama of a couple being in love, one of them being psychic: Cassandra knows she special, her friends know she’s special, but there’s an easy acceptance here that allows for her end of the story to take on that ordinary feel. It’s a fact that may have contributed to me not being that into her at first. But Blake cleverly weaves the god’s past into the girls present and then things went from feeling ordinary to anything but - because gods at war, right?
I love the personality the gods had in this. The story begins with all of them being less than god like, not being all knowing, being flawed and… almost desperate. They’re all a far cry form the gods/goddesses we’d recognize. Hermes and Athena then later Athena and Ody together made it perfectly clear that god or not… there’s some thing bigger and badder than them somewhere. The question’s why. And what now. The set up had the lot of them being less and less god-like; a fact that sucked me in.
Then the there’s neat way Blake took each thread of the god’s past, Cassandra’s own and then both their presents. Impressive. There’s also the horror show of what her visions permitted as well as the action movie sequences that followed with each coming together. Again: SO. MUCH. FUN. But it isn’t just all those explosive moments of buildings blowing up and mad-crazy ancient gods doing most ungodly things; it’s the weaving of the story, of who they were with what they’ve become to come up with something new and, at times, unexpectedly emotional
So, we started with a pair of gods whose pasts have come back to bite them in the ass, then we shifted to a pair of not quite ordinary kids, then there there’s that crazy past that some may or may not be aware of thrown in, as well as some other crazier gods a might bit more desperate than the key players here; plus a horror sequence here and mad-dash-action sequence there, and we have Anti Goddess. I bow to Kendare Blake’s story telling prowess. Old stuff with a twist? Not at all… she’s taken these characters made them more human than the gods they are but made them feel and seem MORE in doing so. She’s also taken these kids with a little something speshul and brought into focus just how special they all really are.
i bow to kendare blake's story telling prowess. shocks and twists, there may have been many, but neither of those cancel out the effing great story this one became. SO. MUCH. FUN.
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