Antigoddess by Kendare Blake and a little Greek Mythology 101

Antigoddess by Kendare Blake and a little Greek Mythology 101Antigoddess by kendare Blake
Published by Tor Teen on September 10th 2013
Pages: 333
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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.

A little Greek Mythology 101…..

So for those of you new to the Greek mythology scene, or maybe you know a bit about the Greek gods and goddesses and would like to know a bit more. I have done a mini character breakdown for you about the characters featured in Antigoddess.

 

Cassandra , Princess of Troy – 

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In Greek Mythology, Cassandra was the daughter of Priam and Hecuba, the King and Queen of Troy. Now, according to legend, Cassandra was gorgeous. So gorgeous that she snagged the attention of the sun-god Apollo. So head-over-heels in love with Cassandra, Apollo granted her the gift of prophecy. But when Cassandra turns down Apollo, he loses it. Bent on revenge, Apollo decides to curse Cassandra, making it that no matter what she prophecies no one will believe her. So when she gets a vision of Troy being destroyed, she warns everyone, yet no one believes her. And so Troy is destroyed by the Greeks and poor Cassandra is kidnapped and forced to be a concubine. Where later she is eventually murdered.
Talk about a bad case of unrequited love…..

 

Apollo, The Sun God –     

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god apollo, the ancient greek god apollon and his lyreAccording to legend, Apollo is the son of Olympian god Zeus and Leto, a female Titan. Now, at the time Zeus is married to Hera ( will get to her in a bit ) , who is totally pissed off that Zeus is fooling around with Leto, So being super jealous and also known for her crazy temper, Hera makes it so that Leto has no safe place to deliver Apollo.

Finally, Leto discovers this floating island and with the help of Artemis, Apollo’s twin sister, she delivers him safely. Apollo soon grows into a strapping young man ( with the help of ambrosia, of course). Apollo ends up being this super handsome god, loved by all.
Now he wasn’t just a sun-god, he was also the god of poetry, arts and music, prophecy ( hence his crazy love filled gift to Cassandra), archery and healing and justice. He was also a total ladies man ( apparently just like his good ol’ dad.) He had many loves, that well , lets just say that ladies were plain crazy to want anything to do with the sun-god.
Example – There was Cassandra, whom he loved and bestowed the gift of prophecy. Then she pissed him off and he made everyone think she was a crazy, nutcase liar. True love there huh? Oh wait, then we have Daphne who wanted nothing to do with Apollo and ran off and turned herself into a laurel tree, just so she could avoid his advances. And what pray tell does Apollo do ? Ha ! He makes the laurel tree his sacred emblem. Then Apollo falls in love with Coronis. And what does silly Coronis do? Leaves the sun-god for another. And how does Apollo take his revenge? By having his sister Artemis kill her and then gives their child away.
I do believe this guy was a nut job with sociopathic tendencies…..

 

Hermes, Messenger of the Gods –

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Hermes was the son of Olympian God Zeus and Maia. ( Are you starting to see a pattern here? Apparently Zeus has a real issue with commitment ) . Now, Hermes was wicked fast and cunning, he had the ability travel between the world of men and the world of Gods. Hence, why they call him the Messenger of the Gods. He also served as guide to souls of the dead, helping them make their way to the underworld.
But Hermes was so much more than a messenger. He was also the protector of travelers, thieves and athletes. And boy, oh boy, did he have a sense of humor, he loved to play tricks on the other Gods.
Apparently Hermes got into trouble quite a lot with his pranks, but you couldn’t find a more spirited loving God. Three cheers for Hermes !!

Hector of Troy –

Every time I think of Hector of Troy, Eric Bana pops into my head. The guy was a total dream boat. But that’s off subject. So, Hector was the son of King Priam and Queen Hecuba , and heir to the throne of Troy. He was known as the Trojan Prince, eldest brother to Cassandra ( the beauty cursed by Apollo, that we talked about earlier) and one of the greatest fighters in the Trojan War.
He was married to Andromache and they had a son named Scamandrius. Hector was known as a fierce warrior, but also as a kind and loving man who cared for the people of Troy. As the Trojan War raged on, Hector was eventually killed in hand to hand combat, battling Achilles.

Andromache , Wife of Hector of Troy –

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Andromache was the wife of Hector, Prince of Troy. After Hector was killed by Achilles, Andromache and Hector’s only son was murdered . Andromache is now totally alone in the world. She was taken by the Greeks as spoils of War and was forced to be Neoptolemus’s concubine, along with Hector’s brother Helenus who was forced into slavery. After Neoptolemus died, Andromache marries Hector’s brother Helenus and becomes Queen of Epirus. Eventually she dies of old age.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Athena, Goddess of Wisdom –

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Athena is the daughter of the Olympian God Zeus. And what of her mother you say ? Well, Athena doesn’t have a mother. She sprang fully formed from Zeus’s forehead, clad in armour. Crazy right ?Athena Anyways Athena wasn’t only the goddess of wisdom but also the virgin goddess of reason, intelligent activity, arts and literature. She was also the patron goddess of agriculture, city and handcrafts.

She excelled at battle plans , was wicked smart and could be down right ruthless. Athena was brave when it came to war, but she only took part in wars that defended the state and home from outside enemies. She also invented many things that helped man kind, like : the bridle, trumpet, flute, the ship and chariot, among many other things.

Athena was a total badass wonder woman. She was also Zeus’s favorite child and he spoiled her like crazy. He even let her use his thunderbolt. With that being said , Zeus had many children and it tended to piss people off when Zeus favored her over others.

I think Athena would have totally rocked the modern world. Future president material right here !

Hera , Supreme Goddess –

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Hera is wife of Zeus and his sister……eww, yeah the Gods were an odd bunch. Anyways Hera was raised by the Titan Gods Oceanus and Tethys. Now, the Titans were a cruel lot and being raised by them is probably the reason Hera had such an attitude problem.

And man did this chick have a badass attitude. For one, she was tricked by Zeus and forced to marry him. So yeah, she wasn’t a fan of  Zeus to begin with. But then Zeus couldn’t keep it in his pants and pissed off Hera even more.

Zeus was a bully and all the other Gods knew it .So for revenge Hera rallied everyone together and they trapped Zeus. But Zeus had an ally and was set free. And he was really pissed. So mad that he hung her from the sky from gold chains. She cried all night and finally Zeus agreed to free her if she never rebelled again.

Now, here’s the fun part, Hera wasn’t Queen of the Gods for nothing. She was smart and cunning and interfered with Zeus’s plans as much as possible. No meek and mild miss there. Hera could definitely hold her own.

Aphrodite , Goddess of Love –

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Ok so, Aphrodite’s birth is a wild one. But would you expect any less of the Goddess of love ? So the story goes a bit like this….

Its said she arose from the sea on a giant scallop, after Cronus castrated Uranus and tossed his severed genitals into the sea. Then Aphrodite walked ashore.
Known for her beauty, Aphrodite wasn’t only the Goddess of love, but also desire and beauty. And she had this magical girdle ( because the goddess of love needs a girdle right ? ) that made everyone desire her.

Aphrodite was married to Hephaestus, but apparently the Goddess of love wasn’t satisfied with one God, no, she had to have an affaire with her brother Ares, God of War. Told you they were an odd bunch. Anyways Hephaestus devised a plan and  embarrassed Aphrodite majorly in front of the other Gods. And if there’s one thing the prissy Goddess of love doesn’t like is to be embarrassed .

She represented all things love. That includes jealousy and lust. She was definitely not one to mess with.

Odysseus, the hero –

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Odysseus was the son of Laertes and Anticlea. He was a legendary hero and king of the island of Ithaca . He was well-known for his way with words and his ingenious cunning ways. He was the main protagonist of Homer’s epic, the Odyssey.

You could say that Odysseus was the perfect hero. Never seeking fame, but always ready to fight for a worthy cause. He was smart and rational. Always planning before rushing into a battle. But he was also a meer mortal, who when necessary would lie and cheat to achieve his goals and made numerous mistakes. He wasn’t perfect, nor did he strive to be. People looked up to him and some of the Gods favored him.

 

He played a crucial role in the Trojan War. He was the one who thought up the Trojan horse, and it was because of him the Greek’s succeeded in victory against Troy. He suffers through many trials before he finally makes it home. But if you want to get all the details on Odysseus check out Homer’s Odyssey.

 

Demeter , the Goddess of the Harvest –

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Demeter was the goddess of corn, grain, and the harvest. She was the daughter of the Titan’s Cronus and Rhea. It is said that Demeter was the one to make the crops grow and that she was responsible for the changing of the seasons.

She was also the goddess of earth, agriculture and fertility. She was widely known because of her daughter Persephone, who was abducted by Hades and forced to be his wife in the Underworld. So grief-stricken and angry at the loss of her beloved daughter, Demeter laid a curse on the world that caused plants to die, and the land to become desolate.

Zeus, worried by the effect Demeter was having on the world, sought Persephone’s return. However, Persephone had eaten while in the underworld ( its tabo to eat the forbidden fruit of the underworld folks, and once you do, you shall never be able to return. So….DON’T EAT THE FOOD !) So since Zeus could not remove Persephone from the underworld forever, he made it so that she only had to spend four months a year there and the rest of the time she could be with her mother Demeter.

During the months that Persephone spent in the underworld, Demeter would grieve the loss of her daughter and would withdraw her gifts from the world. Thus creating Winter. When Persephone would return , so would Demeter’s gifts and thus would come Spring.

Poseidon, God of the Sea –

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After Zeus, Hades and Poseidon defeated the Titans, Zeus decided to spilt the universe between the three of them. Zeus took the heavens and ruled over Olympus as king of the gods. Poseidon took the sea and was second in command. And Hades ruled the Underworld and the dead. Poseidon was married to Amphitrite, one of the granddaughters of the Titans Oceanus. He was worshipped by seamen and was well-known for having a horrible temper. His weapon of choice was a trident, which he used to cause earthquakes, and to shatter any object. It is said that he created many sea creatures, but the most important was the horse. He created the horse in an attempt to woo Demeter, but by the time his creation was perfected he had lost his ardor for Demeter. ( which was the whole purpose. Demeter didn’t want Poseidon so she sent him on a wild goose chase. Guess we have her to thank for Horses )

 

Now that you have a little background on the main characters ( they’re past lives, that is) will move on to ANTIGODDESS…..

 

My Review :

Ever watch the movie Mean Girls ?Image result for mean girls memes why are you so obsessed with me You know the movie with those ruthless teenage girls that will do anything to stay on top? Well that’s what Antigoddess reminds me of, well in a way. That is if you were to take the Greek Gods and Goddess’s, who are already on a power-trip and turn them into teenagers. So now they’re not only Gods and Goddess’s with super abilities but now they have all the hormonal, uncontrollable tendencies of teenagers.

And it’s AWESOME !!! The characters were amazing. Not only did Ms. Blake remake the classic gods and goddess’ and make them modern, but she infused them with they’re old Greek selves as well. So you get refreshing yet immensely rich characters. Image result for mean girls memes why are you so obsessed with meAbove I gave you a little look at the main characters old selves, but now I want to discuss they’re modern selves. So the story starts out with Athena, Goddess of Wisdom ( or War, just depends on her mood lol) and Hermes ( God of thieves, Messenger of the gods). Athena was like a mother hen with ruthless tendencies. She was a smart and cunning battle goddess one minute and a modern gal complaining about missing creature comforts the next.

She rocks purple highlights and a badass attitude. Then we have Hermes, who comes across as your modern-day bi-sexual best-friend. He loves fashion and food. He loves to gossip, talk about the latest hottie and he’s a loyal and trust worthy friend. He’s down-right hilarous and I loved him to pieces. But Hermes has another side, hes wicked fast ( hence the messenger of the gods) and very cunning. He may be your hilarious best friend but he can also be quite ruthless when need be.

So Athena and Hermes go in search of the one person that can help them find out why they’re dying, Cassandra. That leads us to Cassandra and Aiden. Cassandra is just your normal everyday teenager. She worries about homework, hangs out with her friends and has an awesome boyfriend that she’s madly in love with. She also has this strange ability to tell the future. At least she thinks it’s strange, until two strangers show up and change everything ( Athena and Hermes) . And Aiden, he’s also just your normal everyday teenager, or at least he appears that way. He adores Cassandra and would do anything for her.  But once Athena and Hermes show up, the shit hits the fan.

Turns out that Cassandra is actually Cassandra, Princess of Troy , the prophetess. And Aiden is..well dang it, I really want to tell you who Aiden really is but man would that spoil it for you. And well I myself hate spoilers, so let’s just say who he is will shock and awe you. But lets move on…. Next up we have Hera, who is the queen of the gods and a total b-otch. She’s on the bad side of the war and out to get Athena, Cassandra and everyone else that stands in her way. She’s wicked, smart and all about revenge.

On Hera’s side is Aphrodite, Goddess of love. And who better at revenge than the goddess of love. Except since the god’s have gone crazy and are dying, she’s a bit of a nutcase.  She’s a sweet, beautiful teenager who has sociopathic out bursts and rambles on incoherently. Oh, and lets talk about Poseidon….he’s turn into a mixture between Hannibal and Freddy Krueger. He’s totally lost it and is definitely on the bad side.

Back to the good side, you have Henry, who is Cassandra’s brother. He plays the reliable older brother type. Always trying to look after Cassandra. He changes a lot as the story evolves, he ends up being a very brave and dashing hero.  Then there’s Odysseus. He reminds me of Zach Efron in his  High School Musical Days, at least at first. He’s the cute, funny goofball you can’t help but love. But then his character shifts mid-way and he ends up being like Efron  in Charlie St. Cloud. Just delicious lol.  He always had a serious side, but it’s like his sex appeal grew ten fold. At first he was just this goofy Brit  that was everyone’s best friend. But then he was the Hero Odysseus, the fierce warrior who rocked a British accent.  And he just happens to be head-over-heels in love with Athena ( God’s don’t date meer mortals, you know) but he doesn’t care to let her know that. Every chance he get’s he’s letting her know just exactly how he feels lol.  I love him !

And last but not least is Andy, she’s a wild one. She’s the sportish type and get’s along with everyone. She’s fierce and loyal, and will do anything to protect her friends. I like her personality the most. She’s a great mixture of snarky and endearing.

I have to say that I really enjoyed Antigoddess. It had plenty of twists and turns, enough mystery to keep you guessing, and just the right amount of action to keep you hooked.  I look forward to the next book in the series ” Mortal Gods” .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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