Synopsis according to Goodreads:
“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.”
Antigoddess has several of my favorite things (Greek mythology, prickly heroines, good action) so I wasn’t surprised that I liked it. Kendare Blake has an earnest way of writing that fits a contemporary setting well, and I really, really like how she portrayed Athena (which is not at all how I’d ever imagined her).
It was a wee bit complicated in that there were some questions not answered, which I hope will be addressed in book 2 (like, WHY do other gods think they will be able to fight their deaths if they kill their fellows? Or is it just a chance for vengeance, petty and stupid?). I’m also hoping we see a few more Greek gods and goddesses in book 2, because I’d love to see what she does with a modern-day Dionysus. And Hestia!
Given the believable, fun characters and the fact that it’s a Greek mythology action novel set in modern day, I recommend it for both fans of Greek mythology and gods, and fans of contemporary magical realism. And urban fantasy. Also for fans of female protagonists, romance that isn’t terribly sticky, and those who don’t mind a little violence in their action plot. I know I’ll be grabbing Book 2 in the series.