By Kendare Blake
Published on September 10, 2013
Published by Tor Teen
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.
..... Nope, just learned a valuable lesson. NEVER EVER EVER type "gruesome" into the search bar at Tumblr. I will just leave you with my reaction to both the fighting AND what I just witnessed. (I can't unsee it *shudder*)
Anyway, the characters were strong and kick butt. There was a ton of action in this book and a TON of fighting. If you are looking for a sweet romantic book- this is NOT that book. There was a little bit of romance, but it was only hinted at, not very blatant.
I really enjoyed all of the action and generally kick buttiness... but in some places- I wondered where the heart was. I got to see a little of Athena, but as for the rest- we really didn't get much back story. The author assumes that you have read the Illiad and the Oddessey- so if you haven't, here and here are the wikis for them ;). I love Greek literature and myths, so this was not a big deal, but I know it could cause some confusion if you don't know the story.
I really enjoyed Anti-goddess, even if it did gross me out in parts (skin flaps anyone? *shudder*). I am glad this will be a series and I think it would appeal to anyone (but especially fans of 300).