Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Book Review: The Goddess Inheritance

The Goddess Inheritance
by  Aimee Carter
Date Read:  4/17/2013

Rating:  ★ ★ ★  ★ 

I received this book from the publisher courtesy of Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

This was a very satisfying conclusion to the Goddess Test series.  All loose ends were tied up and you look forward to a long and happy life for the characters. 

This book starts out at the birth of Kate’s baby.  It skips 9 months after Goddess Interrupted.  Thank goodness – that would have been a boring story.  This book basically surrounds the birth of Kate’s baby, her trying to save Henry and Milo (the baby) and the rest of her Olympian family, and send Cronus back to Tartarus.

This book had so much more action than the previous book – probably even more than the first book.  This book read really fast because of the action and emotions that were experienced while reading it.  I was hoping this book would be better than Goddess Interrupted and it was, thank goodness!  Yes, there was a lot of heartache in it, we lose some characters we loved.  And poor Henry and Kate had to fight so hard for their little family.  But I loved how loyal they were to each other – and how hard they fought. And luckily they get their happy ending.

A character that betrayed them in previous books sought redemption in this book.  It was interesting to see how awful the Gods can be.  So to those who claim that this book doesn’t follow true mythology, I think it was close enough. Who cares if the exact myth is distorted – the story shows us Gods who are only looking out for themselves (though they weren’t all that way), but Hera and Zeus in particular were just awful.

Most of this story happened in Olympus and the palace on a Greek Island that they held Cronus in until the final battle.  I didn’t quite get a picture in my head of these places, other than a couple rooms (like the throne room in Olympus and the bedroom she was held captive in on the island), but most of the story happened in those two rooms, so that’s ok.  But I felt like I had a much better picture of the Underworld and the palace in the Underworld and Eden in the first books.

Kate did a lot of crying in this book.  But it always felt real to me.  I tried to imagine if it were my family being threatened and I figure I would probably cry a lot too.  You can only let emotions build up so much – and if you don’t release it, you can’t move on.  And I really liked how strong she got at the end of the book.  She stood up and fought for her family. And I loved that Persephone and her banded together to come up with a plan.  Which was actually a really good plan!  Kate didn’t back down and I loved it.

Overall I really enjoyed this book.  It mostly just led up to the battle, so there’s not a whole lot to comment on, other than we see these characters grow and fight.  We lose some, we gain some.  We see a family born.  And a hopeful future.

At the end of the book, it says “And so the Goddess Test series concludes – for now.”  I won’t lie, I was surprised and happy when I saw that it was only 3 books (including a few novellas), because the other series I had started reading from Harlequin Teen was the Iron Fey series, and that series has a TON of books.  But it sounds like we might get more of this series in the future.  Perhaps we will get to see how the world is when Milo grows up.  But for now, this was a very satisfying conclusion to the series.

I would recommend this series to anyone who enjoys mythology – but doesn’t get angry when it doesn’t follow the mythology we’ve been taught exactly.


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