Author: Alexandra Bracken
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
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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.
First of all, can we talk about how beautiful this cover is? I just got instantly interested seeing that cover.
So… on to the book itself…. I found Lore extremely enjoyable. I’m a big fan of anything Greek mythology so I was actually hooked from the very start. The book started out so strong with its epilogue and the action and excitement just never stops. Alexandra Bracken has a talent of keeping the reader on the edge of their seats. Although a lot of the events at first are complicated and not easy to follow, I was able to catch up and enjoy the book. I do have to mention though that are a lot of houses and new gods and minor characters and it gets jumbled in your head sometimes. This book just needs to be read in a slower pace.
As I have mentioned, I love Greek mythology and stories based on the Greek myths. I love that this book isn’t centered on the gods but on the mortals that they have affected throughout history. I love how the plot in this book showed that the Greek Gods are not perfect and has vulnerabilities. The old gods or the original Greek gods we know in this book, however, are one-dimensional. I would have loved this book more if there was more development with the old gods instead of being their stereotypical selves and personalities.
Even so, I incredibly enjoyed this book. And the big factor to that is the main characters – Lore and Castor. It’s been a while since I’ve actually shipped characters but I did ship this two hard. I love stories about friendship and love. I love the story of love blossomed between this two in spite of being busy running for their lives.
Overall, this book has great plot and great pacing. I highly recommend it to lovers of YA and Greek Mythology.