Author: Aimee Carter
Series: Goddess Test #3
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Date: February 26, 2013
Source: For Review
Love or life.
Henry or their child.
The end of her family or the end of the world.
Kate must choose.
During nine months of captivity, Kate Winters has survived a jealous goddess, a vengeful Titan and a pregnancy she never asked for. Now the Queen of the Gods wants her unborn child, and Kate can't stop her--until Cronus offers a deal.
In exchange for her loyalty and devotion, the King of the Titans will spare humanity and let Kate keep her child. Yet even if Kate agrees, he'll destroy Henry, her mother and the rest of the council. And if she refuses, Cronus will tear the world apart until every last god and mortal is dead.
With the fate of everyone she loves resting on her shoulders, Kate must do the impossible: find a way to defeat the most powerful being in existence, even if it costs her everything.
Even if it costs her eternity.
After finishing The Goddess Inheritance, it is hard to believe that this is even the same series as The Goddess Test. The books have gotten so much better as the story continued and I am amazed at the depth and compassion Aimee Carter is able to instill in both her characters and the readers. Not only have I grown attached to the characters, but the plot has also gotten so much more rich and exciting.
As a long standing mythology fan, I am very familiar with the gods & goddesses and how they are typically portrayed in literature. I can usually find a twist or two in mythology novels, but it is typically how the Underworld or Olympus is portrayed that varies from novel to novel. While the gods’ personalities often vary a bit from author to author, I have never felt compassion for the gods that are typically hated. Hera, for example, is hateful in pretty much every mythology retelling ever told. Aimee Carter, however, makes us feel sorry for her. We still don’t like her and she is still a terrible person, but I just really felt for her by the end of this series. I understand how she has become such a horrible person, and she has my sympathy, even if I still don’t like her.
I also found myself feeling unexpectedly bad for Cronus. Authors love to make Cronus the bad guy—he ate his own children and is constantly trying to escape from his prison and wreak havoc on the mortal world. I don’t believe I’ve seen or read a single mythology story where I felt bad for Cronus, but Aimee Carter manages to miraculously pull this compassion out of me. He may be a bad guy, but his lot in life over the past millennia has left a lot to be desired.
The other striking difference with The Goddess Inheritance is how much the plot has changed since The Goddess Test. While the novels have always revolved around Greek mythology, The Goddess Test was very slow paced and there was little to no action in the entire novel. The subsequent books, however, have all been filled with action, adventure, and heartbreak. As much as I enjoyed The Goddess Test, I am thrilled that the books have evolved so much since then and really enjoy the more fast-paced novels.
As a die-hard Greek mythology fan, it’s hard to see this series go. I loved everything about it and am impressed with the way Aimee Carter has re-envisioned such a classic world. Throughout the series, I have been impressed with her ability to blend amazing characters with such a well crafted plot. This series is a must for mythology fans.