Sunday, March 3, 2013

Book Review: The Goddess Inheritance

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. Quoted from Goodreads


First, there are a couple of things you need to do in order to really enjoy this series. Expand your suspension of disbelief and forget half of what you know about Greek mythology.  By all means, keep half of it, but that other half?  It sort of just gets in the way of the story.  Here's my example from the first book. Kate has to go through a bunch of tests that end up basically being the seven deadly sins.  My biggest problem with that is these are the Greek gods that are testing her, not the pope, pastor, bishop, reverend, or some other designation in Christianity.  These gods all (with one or two exceptions) didn't live by those rules themselves, ever. Even as they're testing Kate, they're sleeping around with each other, lying, murdering, full of pride, etc.  It comes across as extremely hypocritical, and really set my teeth on edge. 

Still, there are aspects of this series that I really enjoyed. Pore Hera (aka Calliope in this series) gets a bad rap in a lot of literature, but at least this series acknowledges all the crap she has to put up with from her family, Zeus (Walter) in particular.  I love the idea of Hades (Henry) as the good guy and the only one who is really eternal because though the world may end, the dead and the underworld will always be there, so some of the gods are kind of jealous of him.  It's a great take on the whole mythology and the gods being connected to their worshipers/things the gods are over.

Now for this book in particular, and I'm warning you, there will be a few spoilers from the first two books. It takes place 9 months after the end of book two and starts off Kate in prison and being watched over by Calliope and Cronus. Of course, Kate escapes rather quickly after her baby, Milo, is born, and the rest of the book deals with her trying to get him back and stopping Cronus from destroying the world.

I liked the amount of action involved in this book.  Aimee Carter really stepped up her game, and filled it full of twists, betrayals, battles, and catastrophes.  Plus, Kate and Henry finally seem to get over their insecurities about each other.  They are committed in their relationship, so the angst that  fueled the first two books is past.  Oh, there are still problems, like Kate's relationship with Ava, Cronus, and particularly Walter, but at least our main couple is solid.

I loved the contrast between Calliope and Cronus.  They are absolutely opposite types of villains, and they made an interesting combination. Calliope was vicious and emotional, while Cronus was almost spacey and evil in a cold, sort of detached way, like he really didn't care about anything.  

While Kate did spend a good amount of time crying in this book, I'm going to let that pass, since she just had a baby, then lost him. At least she never gave up trying to help. She never really became a powerful fighter (but what can you expect when you compare her to all the other gods who have been fighting for millennia), but she always tried to do her part.  I didn't always agree with what she did, and she absolutely needed to talk to her friends more about some of her plans, but her heart was in the right place the whole time.

Henry was sweet. Granted, he kept his share of secrets from Kate, as she did from him, but they worked that out by the end.  I liked seeing him with Milo and how he was finally able to get past all his insecurities about relationships.  I also love how he came for Kate in the very beginning.   

The ending was . . . interesting.  Don't get me wrong, it's full of emotional turmoil and sacrifice, but I'll admit, I was kind of hoping for a bit more of a battle. We kind of got to see Kate come into her own, but I wanted to see how the other gods were fighting Cronus.  It's implied, of course, but we don't get a lot of concrete action, and how everything was resolved?  Well, it was almost a little anticlimactic (but still heartbreaking).

There's still a few things I don't get, and some gaping plot holes I would like explained, but all in all it was a fun ending to an interesting series.   I'm rating it a solid 3 stars. It probably would have been more if there were a few things that really kind of bothered me and a few questions I had about the way things played out.

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