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
I think it was necessary that the narrative switched between Athena and Cass so that we could get the perspectives of both a dying god and a mortal but I enjoyed Cass’ perspective a lot more. It was really cool how each god was suffering from something very specific to them and the book was pretty graphic which is to be expected from Kendare Blake (author of Anna Dressed in Blood). This is such a promising series and there’s so much to work with. I really hope this series sticks to Greek mythology and The Trojan War/Odyssey. You do need to know some of the history of the Trojan war or at least have seen the movie Troy to figure out who each character is supposed to be. The book is very much a story about Cass and Athena and out of the supporting characters Aidan and Odysseus also got some depth. It kind of had a slow feeling since one half (the gods side) was exciting at times while the other half (mortal side) was slow and then they would switch paces. Only at the end when the two sides merged did the novel really pick up.
The next book in the Goddess War series is Aristeia coming out 2014.