Blake, Kendare Mortal Gods (Goddess War, #2), 346 pgs. Tor, 2014. $17.99 Content: Language: R (94 swears; 8 “F”); Mature Content: PG-13; Violence: R.
Athena is gathering as many gods as possible in hopes to win the God war and remain immortal. She is also trying to protect Cassi, a human who can see parts of the future and can kill the gods with the touch of her hands. As Athena gathers her forces of gods, heroes and humans, she doesn’t expect to feel concern and love for her group of soldiers, but as she starts to care for them it makes her decisions to go to war harder. And when an old enemy, that she thought was dead, is found still alive, Athena begins to wonder who could possibly end this war on top.
This is an interesting take on the gods—it feels like normal characters have been given god names in a modern world. The world isn’t believable and I didn’t relate to any of the characters. The blood and gore is grotesque and violent and the language is not great either. The ending is a total cliff hanger. There are better series out there about the Greek gods.
HS-OPTIONAL. Reviewer, C. Peterson.