This standalone book was a unique combination of Greek Mythology and the modern world.
Every seven years, the Agon begins. As punishment for a past rebellion, nine Greek gods are forced to walk the earth as mortals, hunted by the descendants of ancient bloodlines, all eager to kill a god and seize their divine power and immortality.
Long ago, Lore Perseous fled that brutal world in the wake of her family’s sadistic murder by a rival line, turning her back on the hunt’s promises of eternal glory. For years she’s pushed away any thought of revenge against the man–now a god–responsible for their deaths.
Yet as the next hunt dawns over New York City, two participants seek out her help: Castor, a childhood friend of Lore believed long dead, and a gravely wounded Athena, among the last of the original gods.
The goddess offers an alliance against their mutual enemy and, at last, a way for Lore to leave the Agon behind forever. But Lore’s decision to bind her fate to Athena’s and rejoin the hunt will come at a deadly cost–and still may not be enough to stop the rise of a new god with the power to bring humanity to its knees.
I tend to take notes as I read so that by the time I finish, I have all my thoughts organized from beginning to end — and so that I don’t let an emotional conclusion inhibit my ability to write a coherent review. HOWEVER, this book went from interesting mythological action to heart-wrenching trauma to twist after twist after twist. (Seriously, I thought I had the whole book figured out after the first dozen chapters, but I was very wrong).
To clarify, the reason I gave this book a three star review for romance isn’t because the romance was bad — the plot just wasn’t romance driven and more of a story about healing. It was the type of romance that made you feel warm and fuzzy during their little moments together.
The main protagonist, Lore, struggles with many themes such as forgiveness, self-discovery, and escaping her fate. And one of my favorite tropes, found family, plays a large role. I didn’t have a “World Building” category for my rating system during my last book review, but this book made me want to add it. Even though the story took place on Earth (New York), it was thought out and detailed and beautiful. Overall, I was so pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed this book. There were a few parts in the middle that slowed down a little for me, but the last two sections of the story were nonstop action, twists, and emotion. It’s a great standalone and I highly recommend it!
About the Author:
Alexandra Bracken was born in Phoenix, Arizona and is best known for her Darkest Minds Series, but has also written time travel romances, spooky humor, and Star Wars stories. She grew up going to Star Wars conventions and toy fairs which sparked her love for reading and writing.
Other Books By Alexandra Bracken:
The Darkest Minds Series (2012)
Passenger Duology (2016)
Star Wars: New Hope: The Princess, The Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy (2015)
In the Afterlife (2014)
The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding (2017)
Brightly Woven: The Graphic Novel (2020)
“There is more than one way to bleed a king,” Athena said. “You can bleed the life from him, or you can sap his men’s confidence in him.”
I thought it was really cool that Alexandra included some fun facts in the Barnes and Noble edition, as well as some annotations from a few of her favorite scenes. I wanted to share a few of those facts with you guys, and I would definitely recommend buying this version if you’re interested in the annotations… but if you haven’t read the book yet, I would stay away and come back later!!!
Okay, last warning…
Five Fun Facts!
- “Hermes was chosen for his role in the story because he’s a psychopomp – a guide of the dead who can cross the boundary between the worlds of the living and dead. He’s allowed to preform this role for Lore at River House. (By the way, Gil’s last name – Merrit – means boundary.”
- “Iro’s name is the modern Greek form of the name Hero. I thought a friendship between a Lore and a Hero might have felt a bit on the nose to readers.”
- “Two other titles I considered for the book were LORE ETERNAL and FATE BREAKER.”
- “The final fight with Artemis originally took place at the Boat Basin Café on the Upper West Side, but after I moved the flood (which was actually an earthquake in that version — I forgot to mention that!) to the end of that scene, it no longer made sense to set it there – and the restaurant closed in late 2019.”
- “The very first thing I knew about the story was the twist of Athena’s betrayal as the true killer of Lore’s family. I built the rest of the story out from that moment.”