Review: Mortal Gods by Kendare Blake

November 25, 2014 3.5 stars, Book Review 18 ★★★½

Review: Mortal Gods by Kendare BlakeMortal Gods by Kendare Blake
Series: Goddess War #2
Published by Tor Teen on October 14, 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 341
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
My Reviews in this series: Antigoddess

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

Ares, God of War, is leading the other dying gods into battle. Which is just fine with Athena. She's ready to wage a war of her own, and she's never liked him anyway. If Athena is lucky, the winning gods will have their immortality restored. If not, at least she'll have killed the bloody lot of them, and she and Hermes can die in peace.

Cassandra Weaver is a weapon of fate. The girl who kills gods. But all she wants is for the god she loved and lost to return to life. If she can't have that, then the other gods will burn, starting with his murderer, Aphrodite.

The alliance between Cassandra and Athena is fragile. Cassandra suspects Athena lacks the will to truly kill her own family. And Athena fears that Cassandra's hate will get them ALL killed.

The war takes them across the globe, searching for lost gods, old enemies, and Achilles, the greatest warrior the world has ever seen. As the struggle escalates, Athena and Cassandra must find a way to work together. Because if they can't, fates far worse than death await.


Dying and warring Gods of Olympus done young adult style

Here we are back again in Mortal Gods with Athena, Cass, Hermes, Odysseus and the rest of the gang, with a few new additions. It’s been a scant few months since the climactic ending of Antigoddess and View Spoiler »

Athena what you do, you do so well

Whether it’s do something right or do something wrong – this gal doesn’t do things by halves. I like Athena – to me she is the ultimate star of the show. While the books so far really have seemed to center around both Athena and Cass. This time around I was so much more interested in Athena (likely because Cass annoyed the snot out of me). Athena has her failings as it seems the book tries to make abundantly clear that “gods” have just as many flaws as an average person, but their mistakes just tend to impact people way more. I love the struggles that we see Athena go through in trying to lead this motley group of humans and gods against the other set of gods. I adore how stubborn and strong (or even bull headed at times) she can be on some fronts but then also how vulnerable she can be in others. One particular scene with her and Hermes tweaked my heartstrings so much. While I can’t say I was entirely too happy with some of the choices she makes regarding her and Odysseus I can see where she’s coming from but still hey I’m not going to agree with her on her reasoning. Seize what you want I say!

Sometimes you just wanna smack that pouty look off someone’s face

Who? Why Cass I tell you! View Spoiler » turned Cass into this bitter anger ball. Just reading her scenes sometimes was like a trip to the dentist to have a sour tooth pulled that leaves this nasty abscess behind that you can’t treat with anything! Did she annoy me that much – yeah, she did, she really did. I’m quite sure that was the exact intention and response the author was trying to get out of me. And it worked, oh boy did it work. Cass only has one thing on her mind really and that’s revenge. In a way she is almost unrecognizable to me from the original character I knew and liked in the first book. I’m one of those readers that has a really hard time enjoying a book if I’m not enjoying reading a specific character – but luckily Cass is not the only point of view that we read from, and not everything centers around her part of the storyline. So my rating is unfortunately a direct reflection of mostly Cass. – This was still a great book and I definitely plan on reading the next one – but I can’t get over how annoyed I was most of the time and I personally don’t like to be annoyed for the bulk of a reading experience.

More Hermes, Odysseus and party please!

I really enjoyed the snippets of Hermes and Odysseus I got this time around so much so that I wish there could have been more from them. I’m thinking that we might see much more of Hermes taking the spot light in the next book but that also might be wishful thinking on my part. I found myself ultimately only really caring about Athena, Hermes and Odysseus in this book and I know some of that is because I didn’t like Cass’ attitude in Mortal Gods but I also felt like I needed more of a presence from the other secondary characters. They were so very second fiddle that I couldn’t bring myself to care much about them.

Why do second books cliff hang me so?

I’m not a fan of the second book cliffhangers. Indeed you could say I hate them. Rarely are they ever done in a way that leaves me “wanting” more. Do I want to continue reading – yes. But am I left with a feeling of dissatisfaction? – even more so yes. It is really something I see mostly in young adult books and perhaps its part of the reason why more and more lately I find myself only reading the first book in a YA series. I am not a patient person. I think there must surely be a way to avoid cliffhangers at the end of series novels.

You can smack me now for my whining – cause I still enjoyed it

Overall, this was a very enjoyable read and fast paced to book. The two major issued I pointed out are purely my own and I think many others might not have a problem at all. So don’t judge on the rating because I did literally still devour this book in a day and look forward to seeing what happens next. The writing flowed great from scene to scene without any lulls so I rarely put the book down. I adore Blake’s storytelling and her ability to make me really connect with some of her characters and her imagery continues to be top notch.
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18 Responses to “Review: Mortal Gods by Kendare Blake”

    • Tabitha (Pabkins)

      I have definitely enjoyed her other books. I loved Anna Dressed in Blood which I think was her debut novel a few years ago. I like this series so far as well too – I just found one of the main characters this time to be so annoying that it sapped some of the enjoyment from the book for me since she was one of the main POVs.
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  1. Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

    This series really intrigues me because I LOVE Greek mythology and it definitely sounds like it takes a different route to the Percy Jackson series. Athena sounds like she’s really well developed too, and I love how you explained the way their flaws have a greater impact. I think I’ll definitely have to check this series out, despite the cliffhanger at the end! Great review lovely!

    • Tabitha (Pabkins)

      You know I’ve never been a fan of Greek mythology. I think the theme was popular in YA at some point wasn’t it? but they don’t usually sound appealing to me. I wouldn’t have nabbed this series except I loved Blake’s other books. and I really did love the first one – so I’m hoping the third gives me more of that.
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  2. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Yeah, similar deal for me on this book. Cass just made me so angry, which brought down the whole mood for me. That, and the author went all out with taking the characters to exotic places like the Malaysian jungle and the Australian outback, but didn’t spend much time building the setting and atmosphere at all. YA books where there’s very little adult presence irks me too. It’s like, oh your teenager misses school and the parents don’t hear from her for days, and…no repercussions?

    But I hear ya, I still enjoyed this one.
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    • Tabitha (Not Yet Read)

      crap I just lost my ENTIRE long freaking comment. I agree with you on all parts and I’m too lazy to type everything out again except like this
      – hate people who abuse others with the lack of control on their own emotions and their selfish “me me me” behavior
      – yes the setting thing was odd at least with the Jungle I felt more from that because of the village, tromping thru the jungle and them complaining about the yuckiness
      – and the parents thing yeah it happens way too often in YA unfortunately.

      (can you imagine my comment was even longer then this one?)
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  3. Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

    Good review, Tabitha! I read it even though I haven’t read book one, because sometimes I’m OK with knowing what happens (it helps me decide whether to read a series or not.) This sounds decidedly interesting and I like the sound of Athena. As someone else says, a different take on the Greek gods than Rick Riordan’s (though I loved his books.)
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  4. Maija's Fantasy Reads

    Oh, the second book is out already? I still haven’t read the first book (says a person who has had it lying on her shelf for a year now)! It’s good to know about the cliffhanger, so I know not to start the second book before the third is out… Btw, I often tend to only read the first book in a YA series, too. Just pretend it isn’t a series. 🙂
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  5. lynnsbooks

    Oh no, I still haven’t read Anna Dressed in Blood!! Seriously I need to get my act together – I feel a list coming on (not that I ever stick to them). I like the look of this series but I’m already behind with so many others (and this one as it’s now onto No.2).
    I think obsessive readers should all be magically gifted with time turners. It really seems the only fair way forward!
    Lynn 😀
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  6. Kirsty-Marie

    I love Athena, and so much more this time around, even if I do want to slap her for being so damn stubborn with Odysseus, so right with you there, especially all the freaking tension and they need to just bash their heads together already. I did still like Cass this time around, emotionally I get it, but at the end of the day, the way she was with Athena, yikes. I mean, it’s not her fault. As it’s said, they would’ve come after her anyway, that was the whole point. They all have equal blame, but I definitely preferred Athena’s chapters. Stupid cliffhanger though. I’m not a patient person either, they’re just unnecessarily mean things. >:(
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