Review: Antigoddess by Kendare Blake

September 9, 2013 5 stars, Book Review 28 ★★★★★

Review: Antigoddess by Kendare BlakeAntigoddess by Kendare Blake
Series: Goddess War #1
Published by Tor Teen on September 10, 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 333
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publisher
My Reviews in this series: Mortal Gods

*This book was provided by the Publisher for review. No compensation was provided and all opinions are strictly my own.

The Goddess War begins in Antigoddess, the first installment of the new series by acclaimed author of Anna Dressed in Blood, Kendare Blake.

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.


Ancient Gods on a modern quest with both old and new love.​​

You would think Antigoddess is a tale of Gods but I saw it as a look at mortality. What is one willing to do when faced with with the reality of a Death you thought you’d never meet? When time is endless there are so many things you will excuse yourself of, but when time is short would you do all manner of evils to save yourself? That’s the question now isn’t it.

Athena is dying, her body riddled with owl feathers on the inside that are slowly digging their way out. Sounds gruesome – It is. Luckily, everything isn’t all doom and gloom. She has a good bit of snark left in her even if she is one tough cookie and she plans to go out with a fight.

It was a tangled mess, and his fingers snagged in it. Probably on a sticky patch of some kind of massage oil from his time in the room of many bosoms, was Athena’s guess. – pg 126

Then there is Cassandra. She is simply a mortal girl but has always been able to see things that are going to happen. But suddenly her visions turn terrible and dark. Awful things are coming – and her boyfriend Aidan just might know what her visions are all about.

This sound was feral and wild. It came from wet, hungry throats. Across razor teeth. It was a sound you ran from until blood broke into your lungs and your legs failed. – pg 101

With such a great array of Gods and mortals I came to like each one, well except the bad guys of course! Some were funny and real while others could be needy or supportive. I think this was necessary to balance out how stern and uptight Athena and Aidan had a tendency of being. Just when you thought things were too tense you’d get a line like this:

“I don’t know why we couldn’t have just gotten the Slutty Bo Peep and Slutty Cleopatra costumes like I wanted.”

“Because Halloween is for guts. It’s not a fricken Victoria’s Secret audition.” – pg 171

Ultimately, Antigoddess piles on the action and you are pulled along for the ride. I was moved quickly from one page to the next without there being a sacrifice of character interaction and development. I was emotionally invested and felt it was overall well done. I anticipate more heartache and great things to come from The Goddess War series.


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28 Responses to “Review: Antigoddess by Kendare Blake”

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      I have never been that interested in mythology. I like watching the old 80s movies and hey I loved the tv shows Xena and Hercules but outside of that I haven’t really made it a point to read much fiction with heavy mythology woven in. I really liked it.

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Yes – owl feathers! Oh and the hardcover dustjacket where the feather is – it’s raised and has texture – it was such a nice small touch. I should have included that in my review.

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Ooo! I think you will really like this one Danny! It has enough tantalizing love interests in here that you will be excited to see if anything more develops. I know I am and I usually don’t get all worked up over possible romance haha.

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Awesome! I should check out your Something Wicked Returns! I really enjoyed this. I hear that it is having really mixed reviews tho so I hope you end up loving it like I did!!

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      I’m so sorry! I noticed after I put up my review that there was some definite mixed reviews. Did you put yours up already I’ll have to check it out if you did to see what didn’t work for you!

  1. Anita Powers

    wow this sounds so good, I have always loved books with the Gods being part of the storyline but this is a new twist to it. I loved your review, you shared some great points and insight, thanks

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Thanks Anita! I find it so funny because normally I don’t gravitate towards books with greek mythology. I usually feel like they are just rinse repeat on old stories. This however I really loved.

  2. Amy Ryan

    I’ve heard about this book I like mythology based books thanks for he review will add it to my TBR list now 🙂

  3. nurmawati djuhawan

    i always love books about godesses…i will read anti godess definetely !!
    thx u for ur review 🙂

  4. Alex W

    I loved Anna Dressed in Blood. I would give this book a chance just because it’s by Blake but I must admit your review makes it sound great! I love books based on the gods and any retelling/spin off of mythology. I’ll definitely be looking for this book.
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    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Thanks! I hope you like it. I seriously enjoyed Anna Dressed in Blood as well. I loved it in fact. I was not as impressed with Girl of Nightmares unfortunately. Maybe its that book 2 things. Personally I don’t really like books with mythology because I feel like you need to know stuff or they aren’t very original but this was awesome.