Author: Josephine Angelini
Series: Starcrossed #3
Date: May 28, 2013
Source: For Review
After accidentally unleashing the gods from their captivity on Olympus, Helen must find a way to re-imprison them without starting a devastating war. But the gods are angry, and their thirst for blood already has a body count.
To make matters worse, the Oracle reveals that a diabolical Tyrant is lurking among them, which drives a wedge between the once-solid group of friends. As the gods use the Scions against one another, Lucas’s life hangs in the balance. Still unsure whether she loves him or Orion, Helen is forced to make a terrifying decision, for war is coming to her shores.
In Josephine Angelini’s compelling conclusion to the masterfully woven Starcrossed trilogy, a goddess must rise above it all to change a destiny that’s been written in the stars. With worlds built just as fast as they crumble, love and war collide in an all-out battle that will leave no question unanswered and no heart untouched.
Reading Goddess is such a bittersweet feeling. The story is so fantastic and readers have likely been on the edge of their seat wondering what happens since they put down Dreamless. As amazing as it is though, you know this is the end, and that does make it a little sad. Josephine Angelini continues to weave the same magic into Goddess that she did with the rest of the Starcrossed trilogy.
The love story hasn’t changed too much since Dreamless. Helen and Lucas still want each other even though they’re forbidden to be together, and Helen and Orion are trying to determine if they can be together in light of that fact.
More important that the love story, however, is the merging of all the houses into one. Since Lucas, Helen, and Orion became blood brothers at the end of Dreamless, they have officially released the gods from Mt. Olympus and opened the floodgates for the doomsday prophecy they’ve worked so hard to keep from happening.
Most of the novel focuses on the scions quest to prevent the prophecy from coming true and keeping the gods from wreaking havoc on the mortal world. While I won’t get into too much detail, so I don’t spoil the story, there was a ton of action and adventure! There was also a bit of mystery regarding the Tyrant, but it was fairly easy to figure that part out. We meet even more gods and goddesses than we did in Dreamless and the story as a whole is just really well done. I enjoyed everything from the mythology to the love story, and really, really loved all of the parallels Angelini created between the current story and Troy.
Goddess wraps up the Starcrossed series quite nicely. All of the major plot points have been answered, there are no seeming cop outs, and it was just a great read! It is impossible to put down and I finished the whole thing in essentially one sitting. Josephine Angelini is a master and I’m sure her next series will live up to this one.
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