Review: Antigoddess by Kendare Blake



“For the record I don’t believe in Fate. I believe that the pieces have been placed. The ending hasn’t been written yet.”

Date Published: September 10, 2013

Published by: Tor Teen

ISBN: 9780765334435

Pages: 333 pages

Status: Read from December 28, 2015 to January 1, 2016

Rating: ★★★.5


The Goddess War begins in Antigoddess, the first installment of the new series by acclaimed author of Anna Dressed in Blood, Kendare Blake.

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.


The author’s version of the Greek gods are set in the modern world where they are normal human beings, except they weren’t. They are currently facing a war against themselves because they’re all dying. Each one of them has a different way of dying. Athena, for example, has feathers growing inside her body. Because of this, gods chose between two sides and these two sides are fighting each other for their own lives. But not all gods are busy with their war as Apollo, god of the sun, is busy atoning his past sins to the woman he loved, Cassandra. He wishes to stay out of their business and keep Cassandra from them. However, Cassandra is needed in this war which is why both sides are trying to take her.

The book is good. The story is good. Imagine, the Greek gods and goddesses we know are dying despite being immortals. I enjoyed most of it, but there were times I don’t get what’s happening anymore. It’s a bit slow paced for me but I didn’t get bored. I don’t like Athena at first but as the story goes by, I’m starting to like her. Not all gods are presented in the 1st book so I’m looking forward to see the other gods like Ares in its sequel. I also liked the way the author inserts stories from the Greek mythology, the Trojan War, via Athena’s reminiscence. I’m also amazed at Blake’s writing style. The way she describes what’s happening and the vivid images left me amazed.


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