Truly, there are subtleties to the words. Immortal means to not die, to not be liable to death, whereas, Eternal means forever existing. But if something doesn’t die, it’s eternal, right?
No. If it was created, it can be uncreated.
And, it turns out, the pantheon of Greek gods was created. Who knew?
So, why am I waxing all philosophical about the shades of difference between immortal and eternal?
Got meself an ARC of ANTIGODDESS, due out September 10th, Book One in the The Goddess War series by Kendare Blake—so I read it.
Definitely liked it.
What’s it about, you wonder?
Greek gods living–or I should say dying–in the here and now.
I see you over there shaking your head and wagging that pointy appendage. Yes, you, you beady-eyed provincial! Of course, contemporary mythology is an oxymoron.
Gimmick, you say? Point well taken, but–gimmick or no–this YA yarn tracking the end of the Titans is a stellar read.
This multi-viewpoint adventure tracks sibling gods, Athena and Hermes, as they endeavor to discover what force of the universe is killing them. Athena’s choking on owl feathers developing within her body. Hermes is ravaged by a steady fever. Both retain some of their god-like powers–strength, wit, speed—but each are diminished. The key to their survival seems to be held by a teen psychic, Cassie—the reincarnation of Cassandra of Troy—whom they must find. Only Cassandra can foresee how to defeat the enemy gods who wish to finish Athena and Hermes off prematurely.
Cassandra wishes she knew why her visions don’t extend past her 18th birthday. Will she be alive, or will her powers simply expire? What she does know is she loves Aiden, but their relationship falls into serious jeopardy when she learns his epic past. Is he even human?
This book ends with a solid battle and more than one god bites it. I would not call it a happy ending—but it is a satisfactory resolution. Throughout we get an imaginative look at Odysseus, Apollo, Poseidon, Hera, Aphrodite, and the stage is set for Book Two—no question.
I loved how each god had his/her own unique mannerisms. Athena–goddess of war and wisdom–is naturally austere, and totally fashion unaffected. Meanwhile Hermes–messenger of the gods and god of thieves–is a creature of comfort and has no qualms stealing the best clothes, food or lodgings on their travels.
Though this is YA I really found the sexual tension between Athena and her favored hero, Odysseus, to be interesting. ANTIGODDESS is clean as a whistle and age-appropriate to young teens, so I wonder how this attraction will play out in the coming books.
And now I’m wondering how to get me a copy of the next book…
Look for ANTIGODDESS in bookstores September 10th or pre-order at the usual places.
Since I’m crawling with books, I’m offering up this ARC of ANTIGODDESS for YOU! (US addresses only.)
Just leave me a comment about which Greek god you’d like to be and why.
Be creative! My 10 y/o son will pick the winner he likes best. Comments close Friday, August 23th.
Make sure to leave your email address with your comment so I know how to contact you…