Review: Antigoddess by Kendare Blake


Title: Antigoddess (Goddess War #1)

Author: Kendare Blake

Release Date/Publisher: September 10th 2013 by Tor Teen

Finished: September 14th 2013

Pages: 333-Hardcover-owned


  1. Antigoddess
  2. Mortal Gods
  3. Unknown


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.

What I thought:

Do you love books that involve Mythology? Want it set in modern times? Then you are going to love this book!

While this book is meant to be read as if it’s happening right now, I was so glad that the characters of the gods of old actually seemed old, and that they didn’t act like modern teenagers. They did talk like we normally do, but just the way they carried themselves made them seem more like they were forced to move on with the times but still carried their old powerful ways. I was kind of worried about that going in but I was really glad how the author made them fit well in this story.

The gods are dying, and we see through Athena’s eyes as she travels and tries to figure out why and if she can stop it. We also have Cassandra who is a teen from today, but she sees things others don’t, things that are going to happen. There are appearances from a bunch of the popular gods, and some of the lesser known human characters from history too. It was just so awesome to see all of these people interact, and I’m really excited for the next book where we figure out more of what’s happening to the dying gods!

Definitely pick this book up and give it a chance. It really makes me want to go read up on more mythology now!

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5 comments on “Review: Antigoddess by Kendare Blake

  1. I am so excited to read this one! I have it sat on my TBR pile, and I definitely need to bump it up higher after reading your review. It’s got such an interesting concept, and I’m glad that Kendare Blake managed to pull it off. Great review! 🙂

  2. I’m so glad you enjoyed this one!! I really did too, a lot more than I thought I would. I think you said it well — I’m glad the gods SEEMED old and just carried themselves different from the normal teenager character. I think things just really came together well!

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