Thursday 3 January 2013

Review: The Goddess Inheritance by Aimee Carter

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Source: Publishers via Netgalley

Synopsis from Goodreads:
Love or life.
Henry or their child.
The end of her family or the end of the world.
Kate must choose.

During nine months of captivity, Kate Winters has survived a jealous goddess, a vengeful Titan and a pregnancy she never asked for. Now the Queen of the Gods wants her unborn child, and Kate can't stop her--until Cronus offers a deal.

In exchange for her loyalty and devotion, the King of the Titans will spare humanity and let Kate keep her child. Yet even if Kate agrees, he'll destroy Henry, her mother and the rest of the council. And if she refuses, Cronus will tear the world apart until every last god and mortal is dead.

With the fate of everyone she loves resting on her shoulders, Kate must do the impossible: find a way to defeat the most powerful being in existence, even if it costs her everything.

Even if it costs her eternity

Book 3 in the Goddess series

Goddess Inheritance picks up a few months after the dramatic cliff-hanger ending of Goddess Interrupted. It was nice to return to these familiar strong characters, and made better because the relationship between Henry and Kate is stronger than ever. Henry, who in the previous books has always been so cold and closed off, is much more open and honest in this one, and we get a chance to see the real depth of his feeling for Kate. Also, the fact that the reason behind his barriers,was that he was afraid Kate would leave him like Persephone did.

I love retellings of fairytales or Greek myths, and Aimee Carter does a fantastic job of weaving a modern day story with ancient myths. The war between the gods and Cronus the Titan has intensified, and gives the book a mood of tension and danger. Cronus is a very sinister villain- powerful, creepy and a bit psychotic, and the traitor goddess Calliope was also particularly nasty.

This series felt a lot more mature than other YA series- not because it is unsuitable for teenagers to read, but just because Kate has to cope with such a lot of hugely life-altering experiences at such a young age. War, marriage, kidnap, and babies, aren't usually something a modern teenage girl has to deal with, but Kate takes everything in her stride and each challenge as it is thrown at her.

She is sensible and passionate, and self-sacrificing, and everything that she has to go through makes for such an emotional roller-coaster of a read, that you can't help but like her, feel for her struggle, and root for her. I loved how this book could really stir up my emotions. The happy times are beautifully romantic, and the tragic times were really heartbreaking. I enjoyed being afraid for Kate and Henry, and the suspense of not knowing what was going to happen.

This book is packed with action, twists, turns, revenge, love and heartbreak. A great ending to what has been a fantastic gripping and emotional series.

1 comment:

  1. I was a bit disappointed with this. I have loved the rest of the series but the structure seemed all over the place and Kate finally started to annoy me. I will miss the series though. Thought the preview of her knew one seemed interesting...


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