Friday, October 25, 2013

Book Talk: ANTIGODDESS by Kendare Blake

My book talks are coming at you from a librarian, not a reviewer. You won't find me talking about style or craft, why I think this could've been better or what worked or didn't work. I only do book talks on books I liked and want other people to know about. So if it's here I probably think it won't injure your brain if you read it.

Athena is growing feathers... inside her body. They poke through the roof of her mouth, slice their way through her eyeballs, and slowly fill her lungs. Her brother Hermes is wasting away, a fever eating him down to nothing. These supposedly immortal gods will die if they cannot stop their strange diseases and figure out who is causing them. They find Demeter, skin stretched thinly across the entire desert, reduced to a hole-in-the-ground mouth. She tells them to seek out Cassandra, Apollo's prophetess, who has been reborn and can help them prolong their lives.

Cassandra is an average high school student who can perform a parlor trick or two, but has no memory of her former life, no access to her powers, and no idea that her boyfriend is actually Apollo. He's returned to keep her safe and to make up for the past, and he'll protect her against anyone who wants to use her for their own ends - even his fellow gods and goddesses.

Hera has aligned herself against Athena, having discovered that by killing off the other Olympians she can leach their powers and prolong her own life. With their dwindling powers barely flickering through their failing bodies, Athena and Hermes have a small window of time to convince Apollo to let them kill Cassandra so that she can be reborn in her true form, and save them all.

Don't forget I've got a giveaway going on right now of my ARC of ANTIGODDESS!

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